2019 Festival.

Digital is the electricity that powers our organisations and ultimately our lives. We are constantly looking for ways to do things better, bigger and faster and whether we like it or not, digital innovation is essential.

Something Digital was created to celebrate our digital ecosystem and help organisations in Brisbane and South East QLD to strengthen their digital capabilities across various business areas including marketing, business analytics, technology, leadership, customer design and operations. 

For 2019 the Something Digital festival ran over 3 days in October and included 13 separate activations involving almost 1000 participants.
The 3 days were centred around:

Day 1: The Something School
Day 2: Something Digital
Day 3: Open Studios

Day 1: The Something School

New to the 2019 festival lineup was The Something School. The Something School provided 50 high school students from 8 different schools with the opportunity to join an immersive and inspirational day.

Focussing on all things digital and innovation including, we tackled; future cities, humanising digital, the future of work and tech for good.

The day was run in partnership with BOP Industries, a Brisbane based technology and education company on a mission to inspire the next generation of Digital Creators.

Student Feedback (given to one of the supervising teachers)


On behalf of Jess, Sophie, Abby, Nathan and myself, we would like to thank you immensely for allowing us the opportunity to attend the Something Schools conference. We all believe this was one of the most inspirational experiences we have ever had the pleasure to be apart of. We all appreciate you so much and we can’t wait to use our newly given knowledge to take action and to become more innovative and digital-thinking people throughout our lives.

Day 2: Something Digital

On October 24, over 500 of Brisbane’s finest digital people descended upon the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for Something Digital, the flagship conference of Something Digital Festival.


With a theme of Power to the People, attendees explored how the human experience is central to our digital conversations, whether we are talking about algorithmic bias, ethics, smart cities, operational efficiencies, customer experiences, digital wellness or automation.


Built as a collaborative initiative, Something Digital is designed to challenge and support the entire digital ecosystem from startups and small businesses to government & enterprise.


In 2019 the featured: 

  • Four international keynote speakers + 32 local & interstate legends. Check out our speakers hall of fame
  • Two stages of mind blowing sessions
  • A swath of activity beyond the stage including:
              – Masterclasses
              – A digital showcase
              – A demo lounge
              – Rent-a-guru
  • A digital showcase and demo lounge
  • Plenty of opportunities to play and collaborate
  • A digital hangover to remember 

Day 3: Open Studios

Run on October 25, Open Studios gave businesses in our local digital community a chance to showcase their projects, services and digital aptitude in their own offices and space.


Available for anyone to attend, these events created an additional opportunity for the Brisbane community to learn and build on their skills or dabble in a particular digital interest!


This year, with events ranging from DIY videos to Humanology and leveraging AI in the future of work … there was a little #somethingdigital for everyone. 


You can view photos from the day on our Facebook page and read the official wrap up of Brisbane’s Digital Festival here.