Innovative thinkers Brian Keayes and Ant Moorhouse are going global in their push for world-changing social enterprises.
Innovative thinkers Brian Keayes and Ant Moorhouse are going global in their push for world-changing social enterprises.

Makepeace Island gathering sparks sustainability summit

A brainstorming tech gathering on Sir Richard Branson's Makepeace Island in Noosa is the catalyst for a global collaboration to help shape a sustainable future.

The Together in Action global summit is calling for social entrepreneurs from around the world to submit their ideas on the back of the acclaimed EarthTech Challenge held on Makepeace Island in February this year.

The challenge attracted 855 entries from 73 countries. and now Together in Action aims to address the United Nations' sustainable development goals.

Sir Richard Branson built Makepeace Island and some smart young thinkers came in droves in February to try and make the world a better place.
Sir Richard Branson built Makepeace Island and some smart young thinkers came in droves in February to try and make the world a better place.

EarthTech was co-founded by Noosa-based tech start-up mentor Ant Moorhouse and TEDxNoosa organiser Brian Keayes as a social enterprise helping young entrepreneurs have "an exponential impact on humanity and our planet", with a mission to launch 1000 youth-led initiatives to positively impact one billion lives by 2030.

Mr Moorhouse said the summit was designed to connect the best and brightest minds in social innovation with an influential network of judges, organisations, industry experts, and impact investors.

"These are unprecedented times," Mr Moorhouse said.

An earlier ideas summit held on Makepeace Island is sparking a global coming together of minds.
An earlier ideas summit held on Makepeace Island is sparking a global coming together of minds.

"More than ever we need tech-enabled social innovations that are localised, impactful and supported by a global crowd of experts."

These ideas will address the social and economic challenges of a post-COVID world in line with the United Nations' 17 Global Goals

Mr Moorhouse said Together in Action would partner to bring these ideas to life through an influential network including strategic partners WaterAid and Save the Children.

Submissions have just opened and can be submitted until October 30.

The Earth tech summit on Makepeace Island earlier this year.
The Earth tech summit on Makepeace Island earlier this year.

Judging takes place from October 31 and finalists will be announced on November 16 with the Together in Action online summit running from November 19.

"We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of submissions we received for the EarthTech Challenge," Mr Moorhouse said.

"Our inaugural winning team, Safewheel, has come so far since we first met them and are now successfully helping people in rural Bangladesh to receive emergency and medical services via their innovative tuktuk style ambulances.

"The solutions are out there, the ambition is high, and there is a collective pool of energy, knowledge and skills that needs to be harnessed," he said.

This summit is being pitched as TEDx meets the famous Burning Man desert gathering for alternative thinking.

"This powerful combination of people and resources will accelerate cohesive action towards the United Nations' sustainable development goals," Mr Moorhouse said.

"As the world celebrates the United Nations' 75th anniversary and comes together to discuss how to respond and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, EarthTech is proud to be leading this impactful program designed to make a real difference to people and planet," he said.

For more information and to secure tickets to this world-class event visit togetherinaction.org.


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