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Calling All Inventors For The Rotary FNQ Field Days Invention Competition

Mar 27, 2013

The 2013 Rotary FNQ Field Days is giving local inventors the platform to take their ideas to the next level with exposure to thousands of potential customers.

Entries in the North Queensland Register Inventors Contest, being held as part of the two day event on 29 and 30 May, vie for a cash prize and financial assistance to contest the Australian National Field Days competition in Orange, NSW, later this year.

Open to inventions valued under and over $1000, contest coordinator John Hardy said he was looking forward to seeing the variety of practical farm and home products.

"Each year in the competition we receive an amazing array of entries from some very smart inventors," Mr Hardy said. "Entries are now open and we are looking for more to flow in before the field days."

Mr Hardy said the competition provided a perfect opportunity for inventors to gain exposure for their invention and network with industry.

He said each entrant would receive exposure from the field days to exhibitors and businesses, more than 10,000 members of the public who are expected to visit the two-day event and industry experts.

Inventors like Mareeba's Tracey Beikoff, pictured, and her The Original Rescue Swag - a go anywhere, safety response kit made to suit Australian conditions and the first entry in this year's competition - will feature on the field days official website and in the exhibitor guide.

Ms Beikoff said the competition was as an incredible opportunity to gain further validation and exposure for her invention.

"It’s also inspirational to see the incredible quality of entrepreneurship on the Tablelands," Ms Beikoff said.

Winners of both categories will receive free entry into the 2013 Tropical Innovation Awards, valued at $100, while all entries receive a free multimedia publicity program.

To enter, download the entry form at www.fnqfielddays.org.au/inventors-contest or contact Mr John Hardy on 4095 4154.

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