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2016 Highlights


See @QandA with our 2016 speaker @rachelbotsman? She spoke of #OpenState2017 keynote @alexander_betts' amazing work…


An ‘Open State’ is a state that welcomes new ideas, from both within and outside its borders, to transform its economy and create new industries and jobs.


When communities, governments and businesses work together, they become a powerful force for change.

Open State was held for the first time in 2016.
With more than 65 events hosted by 60 presenting partners, the event attracted more than 25,000 attendances.

View last year's festival

With a focus on the future, Open State connects leading national and international expertise with SA business and community organisations to find new ways to solve the challenges of today.