Newcastle Next: Forecasting a cityfull ofgood ideas

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IN Hollywood, he’s a digital soothsayer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the movie industry.

In the Hunter, he’s the creative director for Research and Innovation Clusters at the University of Newcastle.

In between, he has designed concepts for everything from sunglasses for Oakley to cars for Rolls-Royce. Other brands on his development list include Nike, American Express, Apple and BMW.

Meet Jeff Julian – futurist.

He was part of Steven Spielberg’s team for The Minority Report. His creativity can also be seen on the blockbusters Superman Returns, RoboCop , I Am Legend , World War Z and I Robot.

His latest credit is his imagining of Newcastle 2114 that appears on today’s front page.

The longer you look, the more you notice. It is the last in our set of souvenir editions, tracing the city across four centuries (you can buy copies from theherald老域名出售.au store).

‘‘I’m working on another project which involves a 360-degree Newcastle landscape using gigapixel photography,’’ Julian explained.

‘‘But more on that later …’’

Julian will be one of the guest speakers at this week’s Hunter Innovation Forum.

Forum chair John Coyle said Australian companies should embrace innovation if they wanted to prosper against global competition. “Not only is innovation the key to business success, creating jobs and wealth for future generations, it makes for more vibrant and creative cities,” he said.

The three-day forum starts today with ‘‘big industry’’ sessions for mining, manufacturing and energy, at Newcastle City Hall. Watch it livestreamed today and tomorrow on theherald老域名出售.au and Saturday on nbntv老域名出售.au.