Content Curation Committee

It takes a tribe to build a truly extraordinary festival! For Something Digital, a key part of this tribe is our content curation committee.

Bringing together some of Brisbane's most brilliant digital minds, the 
content curation committee are working closely with the team at Bright Humans to create a program which will not only challenges your thinking but help build capability within our organisations. 
Davey Gibian 
Founding Team Calypso AI + Former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

I am a founding team member at Calypso AI - building the tools for trusted AI.

Throughout my career, I have straddled national security and technology. I worked for the US government (Pentagon/DoD, White House, USDOT) at the intersection of AI, cybersecurity, and national security.

Prior to government, I was the CEO of OMG, an applied artificial intelligence firm specializing in unstructured data analysis. I also worked at Palantir Technologies on US Gov’t efforts and, at the beginning of my career, I spent 6 years as a quantitative analyst and investment banker. 
Ben Johnston
CEO
Josephmark
Ben’s spent more than a decade developing businesses, consulting on digital strategy, identifying market gaps and future trends. He’s founded many successful companies, including design studio and venture lab Josephmark, motion design company Breeder, indigenous creative agency Gilimbaa and trending music platform We Are Hunted, which was acquired by Twitter in 2012.

As JM’s CEO, he’s become an influential figure within Australia’s creative and business communities, and his fearlessness in pushing the envelope has culminated in the truly entrepreneurial business that Josephmark is known for.  
Llew Jury
Founder + Managing Director
Sprint Ventures

Llew is an experienced digital business and marketing leader that's founded, managed and exited global digital marketing and consulting businesses over the past two decades. He is the Founder & Managing Director at Sprint Ventures - growing, mentoring and investing in the very best early-stage ideas and most importantly, their founders

He is a director of Advancer.ai, a Saas platform on a mission to help business owners, CEOs and managers get HR confident. He is also the Founder & Chair of Reload Business Group, one of Australia's leading digital marketing groups.
Leanne Kemp
Founder and CEO
Everledger

Using her extensive background in emerging technologies, business, jewellery and insurance, through Everledger Leanne is pushing boundaries to address real-world challenges.

Using blockchain technology, Everledger is driving transparency and trust along global supply chains to ensure the provenance of valuable assets.

With a rich history in innovation, Leanne previously founded three Australian startups including Absoft Queensland, Fastcards Pty Ltd. and the Great Australian Survey Company.
Prof. Marek Kowalkiewicz
Founding Director
QUT Centre for the Digital Economy

With a passion for exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems, Marek has extensive industry based innovation implementation experience together with a strong academic background.

His role of Senior Director, Products and Innovation with SAP, Silicon Valley saw him successfully lead teams of researchers and developers in many innovative projects. He drove the set up of a brand new SAP Research centre in Singapore and SAP’s newest, flagship series of developer events, d-kom.
Dr. Justine Lacey
Director, Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform
CSIRO

Dr Justine Lacey leads CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform; a research program that assesses the potential risks, benefits and uncertainties of future science and technology and ensures socially responsible science and technology is designed and delivered for all Australians.

The program also examines significant policy, regulatory and ethical challenges presented by novel and disruptive innovations and technologies, which if left unresolved, could hinder progress and innovation needed for future science to deliver benefits to society and future generations.
Cat Matson
Manager, Economic & Community Development
Ipswich City Council
 
Cat Matson is one of Queensland’s most popular MCs and moderators, known for her straight-talking style and extracting the best from her panellists. Cat is the founder and lead facilitator of Impactful Presenters, an online program that teaches change-makers and professionals how to present with confidence.

As Brisbane’s former chief digital officer, Cat has a strong reputation in Australia’s innovation ecosystems and was recognised in 2018 at the IDC Digital Transformation Awards as Australia’s Digital Experience (DX) Leader. Cat has led the way in open innovation programs for civic improvement with the design and development of Brisbane Innovate, believed to be one of the largest open innovation programs in the world. 
Nadine Zrinzo
Co-founder
Bright Humans
Nadine has been bringing experiences to life for almost 20 years across Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. At Bright Humans, Nadine takes on the role of a lead project manager + chief content curator.

With a penchant for “leave no detail spared”, she brings to our events + experiences strong research, business production and project management skills.

Nadine’s superpower? Curating event programs and then pairing these with some of the most outstanding speakers on the planet. All with the goal of delivering a mind-blowing experience for attendees.

Tribe of Digital Legends

In addition to the Content Curation Committee, in 2021 we are expanding our wisdom with the newly created Tribe of Digital Legends. These incredible humans are all experts in their respective industries/roles and bring to Something Digital deep digital insights, connections and knowledge.
Isaac Coonan
Senior Industry Development Manager, Technology
Brisbane EDA
Conor Hagan
Co-Founder
Explorate

Emily Haydon
Founder
The Talent Connective

Anne Kovachevich
Australasian Foresight + Innovation Leader
Arup

Peter Laurie
Director
Junta
Scott Millar
CEO
Bop Industries
Samantha Pearce
Marketing Director
Liquid Interactive
Kshira Saagar
Chief Data Officer
Latitude Financial
 
Cori Stewart
CEO
ARM Hub

Jason Titman
Managing Director and Founder
Intergr8 Group