Core to any Something Digital experience is the content. Our speakers and sessions are our heroes. 

The Curated Program will run over two days (19-20 Oct) with 10 blocks, each designed around a different topic. Each block will contain 3-4 sessions including presentations, conversations and riffs. This year's blocks include:  

2021 Program

  • DAY 1: OCT 19
  • DAY 2: Oct 20
The Tivoli | Live StreamThe PrecinctMasterclasses + Side Events
Registration and coffee
08.15 - 09.00
Opening - Conquering the unknown
The theme for Something Digital 2021 focuses on the solution. On us, as creators and consumers in the digital economy taking a stand. To deliver profit with purpose, strengthen our organisations and build a better tomorrow!
09.00 - 10.30
  • Opening: Welcome to Something Digital
  • Keynote: Supernormal - How to thrive when we get back to normal
  • Re-writing the rules to conquer the unknown
Break + Collab Zone - Speed Networking
[Powered by Brisbane EDA]
10.30 - 11.30
People, data & ethics [Powered by CSIRO]
Any digital or innovation role involves the ethics of information. Irrespective of whether you are the founder, a marketer, data scientist, policy maker or developer there are many micro ethical decisions which impact the data of your customers, the content you publish and the future of information.
11.30 - 13.00
  • How has the pandemic shaped our relationship with data?
  • How to avoid data bias through diversity
  • Data determinism: When do we stop making decisions, leaving the data to drive our behaviour?
  • Combining science, Indigenous knowledge, AI & ethical data
The future of everything
Some problems require technology inspired by long term thinking. They span the practical like voice ux, to the eternal like quantum computing or the philosophical like resurrection tech. We might not have all the answers, but the glimpses give us a taste of the life we are building - the future of everything.
11.30 - 13.00
  • Keynote: Life, death & robots: How can machines enable human relationships to scale?
  • Hands off - Voice technology for safety, accessibility & experience
  • Alternative approaches to developing AI
  • The future of the screen. Blending business, entertainment & gaming
Break + Collab Zone – Office Hours
[Powered by Brisbane EDA]
13.00 - 14.00
Break, travel, caffeine, stretch the legs
13.00 - 14.00
The 2021 techlash: Consumers vs Giants
Between the death of the cookie; social media dilemmas; platform polarisation; and the erosion of trust - the future of the web and our relationship with it is in jeopardy. How can we, as creators of digital goodness navigate through the challenges created by the tech giants and their enemies?
14.00 - 16.00
  • Keynote: Politics, surveillance capitalism & the internet
  • Navigating the future media landscape - what will advertising look like within the next decade?
  • Thought Bomb: Online advertising and it's influence on culture and creators
  • How to survive in a cookie-less future
Digitising sustainability
How can we leverage digitalisation to enhance or rather propel the benefits of sustainability? From circular economy to visual impact statements, sustainable consumer technology or simply data that helps us make the right decisions for our planet... where is digital sustainability taking us?
14.00 - 16.00
  • Keynote: Fireside chat - The digital transformation driving sustainability
  • Food technology, production & security
  • Artificial Collective Super-Intelligence as a solution to sustainability
  • The digital behind the circular economy, new materials & future recycling
Official networking drinks
Join us for a drink (or two) and celebrate our ecosystem at The Sound Garden
16.00 - 18.00

The Tivoli | Live Stream

The Precinct

Masterclasses + Side Events

The Tivoli | Live StreamThe PrecinctMasterclasses + Side Events
Registration and coffee
08.15 - 09.00
Opening - Conquering the unknown
The theme for Something Digital 2021 focuses on the solution. On us, as creators and consumers in the digital economy taking a stand. To deliver profit with purpose, strengthen our organisations and build a better tomorrow!
09.00 - 10.30
  • Opening: Welcome to Something Digital
  • Keynote: Supernormal - How to thrive when we get back to normal
  • Re-writing the rules to conquer the unknown
Break + Collab Zone - Speed Networking
[Powered by Brisbane EDA]
10.30 - 11.30
People, data & ethics [Powered by CSIRO]
Any digital or innovation role involves the ethics of information. Irrespective of whether you are the founder, a marketer, data scientist, policy maker or developer there are many micro ethical decisions which impact the data of your customers, the content you publish and the future of information.
11.30 - 13.00
  • How has the pandemic shaped our relationship with data?
  • How to avoid data bias through diversity
  • Data determinism: When do we stop making decisions, leaving the data to drive our behaviour?
  • Combining science, Indigenous knowledge, AI & ethical data
The future of everything
Some problems require technology inspired by long term thinking. They span the practical like voice ux, to the eternal like quantum computing or the philosophical like resurrection tech. We might not have all the answers, but the glimpses give us a taste of the life we are building - the future of everything.
11.30 - 13.00
  • Keynote: Life, death & robots: How can machines enable human relationships to scale?
  • Hands off - Voice technology for safety, accessibility & experience
  • Alternative approaches to developing AI
  • The future of the screen. Blending business, entertainment & gaming
Break + Collab Zone – Office Hours
[Powered by Brisbane EDA]
13.00 - 14.00
Break, travel, caffeine, stretch the legs
13.00 - 14.00
The 2021 techlash: Consumers vs Giants
Between the death of the cookie; social media dilemmas; platform polarisation; and the erosion of trust - the future of the web and our relationship with it is in jeopardy. How can we, as creators of digital goodness navigate through the challenges created by the tech giants and their enemies?
14.00 - 16.00
  • Keynote: Politics, surveillance capitalism & the internet
  • Navigating the future media landscape - what will advertising look like within the next decade?
  • Thought Bomb: Online advertising and it's influence on culture and creators
  • How to survive in a cookie-less future
Digitising sustainability
How can we leverage digitalisation to enhance or rather propel the benefits of sustainability? From circular economy to visual impact statements, sustainable consumer technology or simply data that helps us make the right decisions for our planet... where is digital sustainability taking us?
14.00 - 16.00
  • Keynote: Fireside chat - The digital transformation driving sustainability
  • Food technology, production & security
  • Artificial Collective Super-Intelligence as a solution to sustainability
  • The digital behind the circular economy, new materials & future recycling
Official networking drinks
Join us for a drink (or two) and celebrate our ecosystem at The Sound Garden
16.00 - 18.00

The Tivoli | Live Stream

The Precinct

Masterclasses + Side Events

No sessions available!
The Tivoli | Live StreamThe PrecinctMasterclasses + Side Events
Partner Breakfast
A chance to catch up and network over brekkie. Invite only.
07.30 - 09.00
Arrival + coffee
08.30 - 09.00
Queensland's 10 year innovation journey to the Olympics [Powered by Advance Queensland]
With the 2032 Olympics in clear sight, Brisbane, South East Queensland and the rest of our state is gearing up for a show-stopping, awe-inspiring and thrilling journey. Whilst the athletes are the stars, there is a significant tech and digital thread woven through all the competitions, infrastructure and experiences. Digital innovation is the key to creating exceptional interactive and immersive games.
09.00 - 10.30
  • Queensland’s innovation roadmap to 2032
  • Fireside chat. Tech influence in the lead to the golden moment
  • Conversation. How do we morph our city infrastructure to deliver a truly innovative and immersive Games?
Digital strategies marketers dream of...
Marketing has become a tough balancing act between the search for eyeballs, a want to automate, the need for increased ROI and of course, a constant stream of creative ideas. Doing more with less is a challenge faced by many and one which can be overcome through the right strategies.
09.00 - 10.30
  • Keynote: The power of online communities for individuals and brands
  • Securing attention in a purpose driven economy
  • Becoming a creative technologist!




Break + Collab Zone – Discussions
[Powered by Brisbane EDA]
10.30 - 11.30
Break, travel, caffeine, stretch the legs

10.30 - 11.30
Masterclass. How to market in a privacy-first world
11.00 - 11.45
Presented by Xpon Technologies



Nurturing your people
Finding and nurturing great talent is a constant challenge for even the most gifted of leaders. When you throw in realities like remote working, automation, the current pace of change, the search for purpose and an increased focus on wellbeing; you have no choice but to recognise that successful people strategies require more complex solutions.
11.30 - 13.00
  • Keynote: Authenticity starts with inclusion
  • Building & maintaining a strong culture across countless locations
  • Leading in difficult times: How to take efficient & confident decisions
The business of innovation
Organisations innovate for growth. We test out new ideas, build new technologies, increase efficiencies, improve customer experiences, hack our way to better processes all with the view of growth from one perspective or another. How are organisations leveraging digital innovation for growth in 2021 and beyond?
11.30 - 13.00
  • Conversation: Fostering an authentic culture of innovation within traditional organisations.
  • Presentation: One big & lots of littles: Hyper-personalisation & transformation with purpose
  • Scaling AI projects effectively
Break
13.00 - 14.00
Building a responsible future [Powered by CSIRO]
As we move forward into the unknown we must fundamentally understand that all innovation needs to be responsible. The time for debate is over. Each and every one of us has a part to play. What are you doing today to ensure that the technology you are creating is contributing to a sustainable, respectful and healthy future?
14.00 - 16.00
  • Combining the old and the new: Indigenous knowledge informing responsible technology
  • How to embed ‘responsibility' in your work
  • How responsible innovation should be creating value beyond the bottom line
  • Keynote: Collaborative intelligence - Humans X Machines
Sneaky Wednesday Drinks
Celebrate the end of the curated program with a sneaky drink at Space & Co. (Formerly Welcome to Bowen Hills)
16.00 - 18.00

The Tivoli | Live Stream

The Precinct

Masterclasses + Side Events

The Tivoli | Live StreamThe PrecinctMasterclasses + Side Events
Partner Breakfast
A chance to catch up and network over brekkie. Invite only.
07.30 - 09.00
Arrival + coffee
08.30 - 09.00
Queensland's 10 year innovation journey to the Olympics [Powered by Advance Queensland]
With the 2032 Olympics in clear sight, Brisbane, South East Queensland and the rest of our state is gearing up for a show-stopping, awe-inspiring and thrilling journey. Whilst the athletes are the stars, there is a significant tech and digital thread woven through all the competitions, infrastructure and experiences. Digital innovation is the key to creating exceptional interactive and immersive games.
09.00 - 10.30
  • Queensland’s innovation roadmap to 2032
  • Fireside chat. Tech influence in the lead to the golden moment
  • Conversation. How do we morph our city infrastructure to deliver a truly innovative and immersive Games?
Digital strategies marketers dream of...
Marketing has become a tough balancing act between the search for eyeballs, a want to automate, the need for increased ROI and of course, a constant stream of creative ideas. Doing more with less is a challenge faced by many and one which can be overcome through the right strategies.
09.00 - 10.30
  • Keynote: The power of online communities for individuals and brands
  • Securing attention in a purpose driven economy
  • Becoming a creative technologist!




Break + Collab Zone – Discussions
[Powered by Brisbane EDA]
10.30 - 11.30
Break, travel, caffeine, stretch the legs

10.30 - 11.30
Masterclass. How to market in a privacy-first world
11.00 - 11.45
Presented by Xpon Technologies



Nurturing your people
Finding and nurturing great talent is a constant challenge for even the most gifted of leaders. When you throw in realities like remote working, automation, the current pace of change, the search for purpose and an increased focus on wellbeing; you have no choice but to recognise that successful people strategies require more complex solutions.
11.30 - 13.00
  • Keynote: Authenticity starts with inclusion
  • Building & maintaining a strong culture across countless locations
  • Leading in difficult times: How to take efficient & confident decisions
The business of innovation
Organisations innovate for growth. We test out new ideas, build new technologies, increase efficiencies, improve customer experiences, hack our way to better processes all with the view of growth from one perspective or another. How are organisations leveraging digital innovation for growth in 2021 and beyond?
11.30 - 13.00
  • Conversation: Fostering an authentic culture of innovation within traditional organisations.
  • Presentation: One big & lots of littles: Hyper-personalisation & transformation with purpose
  • Scaling AI projects effectively
Break
13.00 - 14.00
Building a responsible future [Powered by CSIRO]
As we move forward into the unknown we must fundamentally understand that all innovation needs to be responsible. The time for debate is over. Each and every one of us has a part to play. What are you doing today to ensure that the technology you are creating is contributing to a sustainable, respectful and healthy future?
14.00 - 16.00
  • Combining the old and the new: Indigenous knowledge informing responsible technology
  • How to embed ‘responsibility' in your work
  • How responsible innovation should be creating value beyond the bottom line
  • Keynote: Collaborative intelligence - Humans X Machines
Sneaky Wednesday Drinks
Celebrate the end of the curated program with a sneaky drink at Space & Co. (Formerly Welcome to Bowen Hills)
16.00 - 18.00

The Tivoli | Live Stream

The Precinct

Masterclasses + Side Events

No sessions available!

2021 Program Structure

The curated program is designed together with our content curation committee, our tribe of digital legends as well as many other industry experts.

Whilst the topics changes from year to year as the world evolves, our focus remains on; strengthening digital capabilities; fostering thought leadership and showcasing the great digital innovations found right here in our backyard!
  • The Curated Program runs over two days (19-20 Oct) with 10 blocks spread across 2 stages.
  • Each block will contains 3-4 sessions including presentations, conversations and riffs.
  • Masterclasses also run in parallel offering attendees a chance to dive deeper into a selection of digital topics.
This year we have 3 types of sessions running at Something Digital:
  • Presentations: A single speaker will present on a designated topic
  • Riffs: Two speakers will take to the stage to have a free flowing discussion about the topic at hand (no moderator)
  • Conversations: Consisting of of 3-4 panellists + a moderator, these will offer an opportunity for the audience to engage with the conversation