Working at the pointy end of innovation, multi-award-winning international innovators Sally Dominguez and Mark Pesce understand the innovation mindset...

Innovation Catalyser


City CBD and Surrounds
2000 NSW

Stone & Chalk
accelerated incubator innovation catalyser one night only!


multi-award-winning innovator Sally Dominguez

Sally Dominguez

Catalyser Host & Adventurous Thinking Facilitator

Sally Dominguez is an innovation thought leader, a multi-award-winning inventor, entrepreneur and educator living in San Francisco and working worldwide.

In 2003 Dominguez designed the ground-breaking Nest highchair which is now held in the Powerhouse Museum Permanent Collection.  Nest created the category of designer baby products and pioneered a new finish in rotomolding. In 2005 Dominguez designed the modular Rainwater HOG tank, inventing the now-common practice of using through-holes to brace plastic flat-walled water tanks and winning five international awards for innovation and sustainable design including being named a Top 10 Green Building Product in the USA.  In 2012 Dominguez developed her Five Lenses methodology of ADVENTUROUS THINKING to help people structure their thinking around the process of a consistently innovative thinker.  

After working with the NSW Board of Studies to teach Design Technology students about her innovative process, Dominguez devised her ADVENTUROUS THINKING innovation framework of Five Lenses for a workshop at Stanford University in 2013.   The Five Lenses advanced design thinking strategy has now been introduced to American and Australian corporations including NASA, Genentech, SanDisk, ClifBar and Breville.   Dominguez works with these organisations to increase consistently innovative thinking across all departments, and to re-mine “old” research and redefine costly failed initiatives and research as “foundation building” for new innovative steps.  Recently Dominguez  nuanced her thinking strategy into an enhanced STEM program for primary and secondary  education. SYSTEMIC combines STEM with Innovation and Creative Communcation.  This new cross-curriculum connective learning system debuted in select Wagga Wagga primary and secondary schools March 2017.

Dominguez was a panelist and judge on the ABC TV’s The New Inventors for 7 years.  She judges cars for Wheels, judges products for the US-based Spark Design, and teachers innovative thinking internationally.  She was named one of Advance Australia's "50 for the Future" Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in 2012, is an ambassador for Engineers without Borders Australia and was the first Australian to drive the grueling Rallye de Gazelles.


Mark Pesce futurist

Mark Pesce

Catalyser Facilitator

Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster.

In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web, with Tony Parisi and Gavin Andresen, chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation.

Pesce brings his skills as a futurist to diverse sectors of the economy, including financial institutions ranging from Westpac, World Bank, HSBC and SWIFT, and regularly facilitates and mentors hackathons on topics as diverse as fintech, blockchain, virtual reality, and education.
An internationally sought-after speaker, for seven years Pesce was a panelist and judge on the ABC’s hit series The New Inventors, celebrating Australia’s newest inventions and inventors. Pesce writes fortnightly a column for the internationally respected tech publication The Register, and co-hosts This Week in Startups Australia, the nation's #1 tech podcast.

Pesce has written six books, including The Next Billion Seconds, which explores how connectivity amplifies human capacity, and The Playful World, which used toys such as Furby and Sony’s PlayStation to illuminate the interactive world of the 21st century.

As an educator, Pesce founded graduate programs in interactive media at both the University of Southern California’s world-famous Cinema School and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School. Pesce currently holds an appointment as Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney’s Digital Cultures Program, in addition to an adjunct professorship at the University of Technology Sydney's new Animal Logic Academy.

In 2006, Pesce opened the doors of the Digital Growth Partnership, a Sydney consultancy dedicated to helping clients identify and benefit from the opportunities of connected business.

Event Details

Working at the pointy end of innovation, multi-award-winning international innovators Sally Dominguez and Mark Pesce understand the innovation mindset. Known for their work as judges on ABC's New Inventors and for their pioneering innovation in tech (Mark), design thinking and product design (Sally) your hosts will be adding advice and commentary during this creative ideas mixer. Join Sally and Mark to experience the exhilaration of thinking outside your "expert" neural pathways in this fast-paced, immersive ADVENTUROUS THINKING Catalyser for Intense Idea Generation.

In the time-honoured tradition of "Drinking and Thinking" an opening beverage will relax your working memory and allow your creative sparks to fly - so arrive on time!  opener relaxes your working memory and a series of ADVENTUROUS THINKING exercises using the Five Lens tools. The evening will proceed through the bearable discomfort of Parkour disruption, the advanced design thinking of Sideways Thinking and the architectural mindset of Negative Space. Pushing your thinking outside its expert comfort zone creates new neural pathways. Apply these tools to your vexing problem for a profusion of solutions, or come as an Agitator and feel the rush of carefree prolific ideation.

ADVENTUROUS THINKING incorporates the best of design thinking, maker thinking, empathy and disruptive thinking and augments it with tools gleaned from over a decade of expert frugal innovation practice and observation.  It has proven successful in provoking unexpected solutions and engaging diverse age groups, racial groups including non-English speaking professionals, and has been successfully applied to education curriculums, product design and business strategy.  ADVENTUROUS THINKING takes the latest research on neuroplasticity and translates it into tools and techniques that allow every user to be more actively and consistently innovative.

Multi-award-winning frugal innovator Sally Dominguez is the architect of the Adventurous Thinking strategy and teaches it at Stanford University and to companies including NASA labs, Genentech, Breville and Sandisk. 

ADVENTUROUS THINKING amplifies creative thinking, promotes consistent innovation and assists in making systems, products and strategies more robust and sustainable. 

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