alternative ways work
Where people & ideas gather
Rust490 helps catalyse people to
explore “what if we could” & “why can’t we”
to foster ideas into happening
Fueled by crazy technologies
People and ideas play and mesh with technology to make things, transforming & radicalising customer experiences & whole markets, inspiring & anchoring how we make ideas happen
it’s not business-as-usual
A creative non BAU mindset catalyses open minded team work.
Contemporary models & practices from deep experience in start up & innovation worlds
But it can coexist
in place & in community
Rust490’s heart is in its community.
We draw inspiration from place and our places teach us.
Creative & organic.
Whatever the problem, community is the answer
Its all about you
Rust 490’s foundational inspiration is creating a unique space, enabling people, ideas, and communities to collide & flourish through fearless dialogue, team work, creativity, and clever technology.
First opening in 2014 as a creative workshop space for ideas/ entrepreneurs/ technology/ impact and hosting the fast growing Darwin Freelancers and Entrepreneurs Meetup, Rust490 morphed to a co work and ideas space. Over the last 5 years Rust490's taken turns and followed sign posts along different routes, without any external financing. But the viable business model given the oddities of the local eco system remained elusive.
Browse News & Events to see some of Rust490’s 2017/18 IdeasFests connections with extraordinary people with ideas. People that are often audacious, yet care. Love team work. Renegades .
In 2018 the regional economic downturn caught up with us and Rust490 retreated to return! We're still here just not on the Main Street.
Rust490 is about ideas shifting.
Rust490 offers you ways to use the power of ideas, technology and diversity to replenish or create a business, a team, a partnership, or a community. You are people with dreams, ideas wanting to make stuff happen
RUST490 OFFERS help to -
1. Explore and interrogate ideas to find fit. If an idea holds up, identify ways on a page to realise it
2. Find ways to hack problems. Someone Should Do Something! What if we could solve or fix something BIG ? Tricky problems hold impact, complexity and intractability. Get fresh ideas and options on the table then work out the how
3. Unpack “innovation”. Romp through the meanings and usefulness of the ubiquitous “I” word , different dimensions of innovation, with some practical models.
4. Work with the Lean Business Canvas: Qualify in an idea FAST, iteratively create business model cases
5. Does IP matter? Yes- and No. A basics conversation about IP "things", processes, patent searching and global thinking for you to decide if / how you need IP.
6. Bootstrap or finance? Well, there's a great question we can help with.
HOW WE DO IT
Fast- no one’s got much time. Rust490 uses contemporary agile tools and methods from start up thinking world, now 30 years old, backed by brilliant material on the web. Inherently flexible and innovative
Workplaces and business as usual methods can be soul destroying. Proscriptive and prescriptive. Hard to get space/ time to reflect, think creatively. Yet thinking & acting differently can be a norm.
• Workshops, seminars, tools, practices, ideas pitches, mini sprints, hackathons, workshops, fringe events, pop ups where you need an IdeaStorm
• One hour? 2 hours? Ideas out on the table on 30 minutes? 3 mornings in a row? It depends on you and your intent
New ways – Fast, Learning focused, Fearless. Teams. Open. Ask for what you need. Discover a space for possibilities, and lose legacy rusted-on thinking. Flourish.
News and Events
Rust 490 has been working in the ideas, creative disruption, connections and business fostering space in Darwin for 5 years, inspired by technology and the extraordinary creativity of people in our community. Like so many of us Rust 490 has been seeking ways to regenerate Darwin (it won’t be “the next big project”!), and now Read more about Interested in a new co work space in Darwin?![…]
After 4 years @ 4/ 90 Woods St City Rust490 is moving at the end of July, perchance to be reborn elsewhere in Darwin’s fringe CBD. There’s no better way to draw a line in the sand than to share with you some preoccupations arising through Rust490’s journey. We offer you 3 one hour workshops Read more about Rust490’s line in the sand: 3 workshops[…]
IdeasFest Tourism (watch the stunning 2 minute video!) was an exhilarating one day ideas hackathon event at the Wirraway Business Centre at Darwin International Airport, open to everyone with tourism ideas and visions for the Territory – Saturday 28th April 2018. Rust490 was a major organizer. Like other IdeasFests, this event grew from the conviction that people’s ideas Read more about Ideasfest Tourism April 2018 – Ideas to Spark Business[…]
The Territory’s first ever Startup Weekend is in Darwin 10 -12 November 2017 as part of TECHSTARS GLOBAL STARTUP CELEBRATION week. Rust490 will be in the middle of it! Techstars is “the world wide entrepreneur network” – a global investment and startup engine that’s built the startup weekend model into one the most successful community catalysts for ideas and Read more about Techstars Startup Weekend Darwin November 2017[…]
A fabulous inaugural IdeasFest TopEnd Women on Friday 27/10/2017 was hosted by Luke Gosling OAM MP at Monsoons, organised by by Deb Turner ThinkSmart NT, Jude Ellen Rust490 and Jessica Christie ELB . It was a first IdeasFest for 45 invited women to see what people thought, and also a pilot for new ways of using technology to gather Read more about IdeasFest Top End Women 2017[…]
A fast paced lunch time workshop run by Jude Ellen, designed to foster ideas with creative fearless entrepreneurial thinking, finding the edge for successful action Global forces propelled by technology are shifting our world, colliding with our local realities, creating dynamic risks and opportunities for us as a community. And we are urged to innovate – Read more about Flourish or Die! October 2017[…]
Australia Post Regional Pitchfest’s 2017 Northern Territory finals are on the 14th of July at the Darwin Entertainment Centre Studio Theatre between 6:45pm and 9:30pm. Rust490’s been in the middle of making this happen over the 3 months lead in, because – “Regional Pitchfest is all about proving you don’t need to be from the big smoke Read more about Australia Post Regional Pitchfest Northern Territory Final – 14th July 2017![…]
The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) is coming to the Territory and hosting a 2 hour intensive workshop on Friday the 14th of July 2017 12pm and 2pm at Rust490. Not sure who MAP are or what they’re all about? Read on! MAP at a glance: MAP’s mission is to launch high growth ventures into the world. Read more about Melbourne Accelerator Program @ Rust490 – 14th July 2017![…]
Our hunch worked! Rust490’s intuition that ideas and entrepreneurs across our communities were impatient to be brought together and unleashed proved right- the inaugural Top End IdeasFest’s immediate legacy was a step up and outpouring of action. Designed like a start up weekend, but condensed by Rust490 into one intensive day the IdeasFest was an Read more about The First Top End IDEASFEST April 2017[…]