For the second year in a row, Something Digital ran as a 4-day hybrid festival in the midst of a pandemic. A feat we are incredibly proud of – especially considering the challenges 2021 threw at us.
With 94 speakers coming together to present the program, the 2021 lineup was our most diverse festival ever. Beyond achieving gender balance, our stage was graced by a strong group of Indigenous speakers; voices from queer, transgender and non-binary tech experts; and an overall racial diversity spanning all corners of the globe.
Over the past four years, we’ve learnt that the most important thing about Something Digital isn’t actually the tech. It’s the people. Whether they are the people on stage, the ones in the audience or those watching online.
It’s all about the incredible talent that we have right here in our backyard.
Day 1 of the festival saw two intimate invite-only roundtables run.
Roundtable 1: Bridging the Digital Divide
How might industry collaborate with government, not for profits and communities to bridge the digital divide and create a more inclusive digital world?
Roundtable 2: Founders for Founders
Run by the team at RCL, this roundtable bought together 35 Tech Startup Founders to collaborate and network with other Founders on their current progress, challenges and opportunities.
Tue October 19 – Wed Oct 20
With both in-person and online attendance options, this year’s curated program was our best ever. Over two days we featured:
A world class program and speakers.
Over 90 speakers presented 43 sessions spread across 10 content blocks. A dedicated suite of masterclasses allowed attendees to dive deep into a selection of digital innovation topics.
A dedicated collaboration zone.
In between the incredible on-stage content, we ran a suite of collaboration activities including networking to office hours and group therapy.
Endless networking opportunities.
In-Person attendees also benefitted from free flowing coffee, official networking drinks and cheeky hump day drinks.
Thu October 21
On the final day of the festival, local Brisbane businesses have the opportunity to throw open their doors to the wider community, showcasing their projects, services and digital aptitude.
Run as short, sharp and punchy sessions … we call these events ‘Open Studios‘. 2021 Open Studios included: