Innovation PNG 2023 Conference

An international-standard event bringing the best of new technology, creative solutions and innovative thinking to Papua New Guinea’s business and government communities.

Innovation PNG 2023 is taking place at APEC Haus, Port Moresby, on 10 November 2023.

Hosted by the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business Advantage International, Innovation PNG 2023 follows the highly successful inaugural event held in 2019.

The only event of its kind in Papua New Guinea, our 2023 conference will provide the opportunity for PNG’s wider business and government community to learn from, be inspired by, and engage with the best innovators from PNG and overseas.

Gala Awards Dinner – 9 November
Full-day Conference – 10 November

(For a summary of our inaugural 2019 Innovation Conference, click here.)

9 November 2023

What will happen?

Plenary Conference will feature international keynote speakers and multiple streams in the afternoon.

A Gala Awards Dinner the night before will be held to acknowledge and reward PNG’s leading innovators. The dinner includes a premium three-course meal with beverages, plus two ‘Ted Talk’-style presentations from among our international keynote speakers.

An Expo Plus will feature company booths and technology-related services/attractions.

Workshops will provide hands-on training and inspiration

Program so far

The conference program will feature international keynotes, panel sessions, virtual keynotes, Q&As and case studies from the smartest PNG innovators (especially SMEs).

International speakers:

  • Dr Jane Thomason, futurist and thought-leader, on the digital economy as a driver of growth & prosperity
  • Ted Garner, Chief Strategy Officer, Konica/Minolta Australia, on creating an innovation culture
  • Matt Dri, Partner, Cyber Response & Forensic Technology, KPMG Australia on Cybersecurity
  • Craig Kirkland, Director – Pacific Islands, Mastercard on the next wave of innovation in payments


PNG-based speakers:

  • Steven Matainaho, Secretary, Dept of Information & Communications Technology
  • Samson Korawali, Chief Executive Officer, SNS Tech
  • Robbie Huxley, Managing Director, TE (PNG)
  • Christopher Vagalia, CEO, Agri-Tech Organics (PNG)
  • James Inglis, Managing Director, Niupay
  • Ginia Sialis, Business Owner and Director, Tapioca Delight
  • Isaac Jipsy, Chief Executive Officer, ODESH
  • Dominic Sikakau, CEO, Credit Guarantee Corporation
  • Gokul Naidu, Chief Executive Officer, Datec

  • Martha Nion-Tefuarani, Senior Manager – Strategic Innovation, Kina Bank
  • Opi Loi, Managing Director, Niugini Asssurance

  • Priscilla Kevin, Tech Entrepreneur and ICT & ERP Consultant
  • Alan Preston, Chief Executive Officer, Trukai Industries
  •  and many more …


Hot topics

These topics will be covered by a range of expert presentations, panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions:

  • Connectivity in PNG
  • Ecommerce, marketing and branding
  • Developing an innovation culture in your organisation
  • Digital banking


Workshops/deep dives include:

  • Planning for a digital future ­– an innovation framework for PNG
    Facilitator: Dr Jane Thomason
  • Cybersecurity deep dive (60 minutes)
    This workshop will bring local and international cybersecurity experts together to take a deeper dive into some of the latest cybersecurity trends, tools and approaches.
    Facilitator: Matt Dri
  • Software-driven solutions for PNG
    Some of PNG’s leading software engineers will discuss how they are developing PNG solutions for PNG problems.
    In association with the PNG ICT Cluster.

*The above program is subject to change. We will be adding new speakers and sessions in the lead up to announcing the final program in early November.





Watch the conference trailer


Registrations are now open for both conference and Gala Awards Dinner here. Pricing is as follows:



Price per person (PGK incl GST)

Full day conference (early bird rate)

10 November 2023

K1490 (until 13 October)

Full day conference (full rate)

K1700 (after 13 October)

Gala Awards Dinner

9 November 2023



Official Government Partner


Innovation PNG Awards

The 2023 Innovation PNG Awards have been created to celebrate and encourage innovation in PNG organisations.

Timed to coincide with the 2023 Innovation PNG Conference (to be held at APEC Haus, Port Moresby on 10 November 2023), the awards are open to three types of entrants:

  • Small businesses (less than 10 employees)
  • Larger businesses (10 employees or more) and
  • Government agencies and departments

They will be judged by an expert panel led by the futurist, Dr Jane Thomason.

To enter your organisation for the 2023 Innovation PNG Awards, simply tell us about your innovation online at:

The three winners – one for each category – will be announced at a special Gala Awards Dinner at APEC Haus on 9 November 2023.

Winners will receive 2 tickets to the Gala Awards dinner, a unique crystal glass winner’s trophy, and have the chance to speak at Innovation PNG 2023 about their innovation.

You have until 5pm (Port Moresby time) on Friday 27 October 2023 to enter.

2019 Innovation Awards  – the winners

Small organisation

Innovation PNG 2019 Award Winner (small organisation) — Immaculate Javia from Sustainable Alluvial Mining Services

Large organisation

SP Brewery’s cassava project. This project is massive in scope and could be seen both as an innovation in product development and also in agribusiness. It’s an imaginative project of complexity and vision, with the potential to encourage other efforts to replace imports with PNG-grown and made produce, delivering a positive economic impact.

Innovation PNG Award Winner (large organisation) — Nancy Gah from SP Brewery