We're on the hunt for thought leaders, mischief makers and digital legends like yourself, to join us in creating Something Digital for Queensland!

Spread across four stages and various activations, Something Digital will be welcoming over 70 incredible digital legends as speakers, panellists, moderators and general mischief makers. 

The theme for 2021 is 'Conquering the Unknown’. In an age where uncertainty is becoming the only security, we are looking for strategies, ideas, tools and innovations to help Queensland’s digital community to forge a path through the haze. 

Our program first approach

Something Digital was created to build capabilities, bring our digital ecosystem together and showcase the great innovations that are happening right here in our backyard.

To achieve that we are very proud to take a program first approach. This means that we design the program first and then find the speakers.

We work with our content curation committee, tribe of digital legends and countless other industry professionals to curate a program that delivers tangible solutions to challenges centred on business growth, moral conundrums and societal problems - all with a digital lens of course! 

The program has a number of moving parts to satisfy diversity in terms of program (sessions, blocks, panels etc) and speakers (industry, size, role, seniority, gender, ethnic backgrounds etc). 

Acceptance or rejection in this call for speakers is not a reflection of your capability, it's all about fit. Also as the program and speakers mature, so might the requirements, so we might also reach out later. 

What we are looking for

Essentially we are looking for 2 types of speakers:
  • Those able to speak on a specific topic or session for 10 or 20 minutes 
  • Panellists ready to join a conversation, debate or discussion 
To speak to the following topic areas:
  • The business of growth
  • People, data and ethics
  • The 2021 Techlash: Consumers vs Giants
  • The future of computing
  • Digitising sustainability
  • Our 10 year journey to the olympics
  • Taking care of your people
  • Digital strategies marketers dream of
  • The business of AI
  • Building a responsible future
We also have a number of opportunities for showcase makers  who are keen to talk about their innovation for 10 minutes. Please note, that if you are a potential sponsor, you would need to talk to us about packages to secure a spot on the showcase stage.

Application Overview

A few important notes on the audience:
  • They are very experienced when it comes to digital innovation, so please, no 101s on how to build a website, start a social media strategy or design a basic campaign.
  • They will hail from various industries, roles, and company types, so some sessions will be more generic, others more specific and that is completely fine. 
  • They are there to learn. Not to be sold to. Please no pitches and/or selling.
  • Our audience will expect you to show up. Unless you have the sniffles. 
Other: 
  • We welcome speakers from interstate, however you will need to cover your own travel and accommodation.
  • Please keep the 19 & 20 October free - the program has many moving parts, so we won’t be able to commit to a specific time till we get closer. 
  • We also won’t be able to confirm a stage till we get closer which means that some of your sessions will be live streamed, others won’t. 
  • As a speaker you will be able to attend the rest of the festival for free (of course). 
  • We do not remunerate speakers - unfortunately the economic realities of Something Digital makes this impossible. 
  • You will need to adhere to whatever covid safe plan will be in force at the time. Some requirements are annoying, so please be flexible and bear with us. 
Note: If you are a vendor you will need to take a sponsorship package to join us on the program. This includes but is not limited to consultants, solution providers, telcos, SaaS companies, training providers etc. If you are unsure if this applies to you, then you are likely a potential sponsor (though feel free to ask us). 

For any more information please drop nadine an email nadine@somethingdigital.com.au.

Application Form

This application form is made up of two parts:
  • Part one. All the great things about you 
  • Part two. All the awesome things you want to speak about

Part 1: About You

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Your Bio
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Please upload you headshot (.jpeg or .png – 1mb max)
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We’re working increasing diversity at our events and would love your support. We’re keen to learn more about your background and how you identify yourself. Responses are optional and will be kept confidential.
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How do you identify yourself with regards to gender?

Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?

How do you identify yourself with regards to race and ethnicity?

Part two – Session selections

What type of session would you like to present?

What topic area would you like to speak on?

Tell us a bit about what you want to cover.

How does this topic help/strengthen our digital ecosystem?

What makes this session/topic unique?

If you are interested in presenting on the soapbox stage, tell us a bit about the product/service/innovation that you would like to showcase..

Are you interested in finding out more about partnership opportunities?

  • There are a few session spots that are earmarked for sponsors and partners.
  • These will come with more bells and whistles and of course guaranteed participation.
  • If you would like more information about sponsor opportunities please let us know below.


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