Speakers.

Something Digital will feature multiple international keynote sessions. Delivered by world class experts, these sessions are designed to focus on big digital ideas, push boundaries and challenge your thinking! 
 
Between these keynotes will be 2 stages of sessions and conversations delivered by local legends, designed to strengthen digital capabilities through the four themes. >> Learn more about the Something Digital program.

As curators of the event we believe that part of presenting an outstanding event includes delivering a genuinely diverse set of speakers. Our commitment for Something Digital is to not only bring the best of the best to the stage, but also to ensure we have a 50/50 split of male and female presenters on the day (well +/- 2). 
 
Check out the first of our speakers below and keep checking back as we add to the line up over the months to come!
International Keynote
Adam Bonnifield
VP Artificial Intelligence
Airbus


International Keynote
Adam Bonnifield 
VP Artificial Intelligence, Airbus

Adam currently serves as VP Artificial Intelligence at Airbus. Previously he led advanced data and technology projects for the Obama White House - launching the US voter registration platform as well as open data projects to track government performance and help workers protect their rights. Adam has also founded two startups dedicated to democratizing AI and Big Data. He serves on the advisory board of several startups and non-profits in AI, Big Data, and web analytics.

Adam on Twitter >> @adamsfallen
International Keynote
Mariana Dahan
Founder and CEO
World Identity Network



International Keynote
Mariana Dahan
Founder and CEO, World Identity Network

As the founder and CEO of the World Identity Network (WIN) - Mariana Dahan is striving to bring together world’s brightest minds and leverage the potential of blockchain technology to solve some of humanity’s toughest challenges, such as the trafficking of human beings. To that end, WIN has partnered with several United Nations agencies to organize the “Blockchain for Humanity” Global Challenge, which resulting in a series of forward-looking technologies solutions and approaches. 

Mariana on Twitter >> @marianadahan
International Keynote 
Justin Hendrix
Executive Director
NYC Media Lab


International Keynote 
Justin Hendrix
Executive Director, NYC Media Lab


Justin is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, a public-private partnership between the City’s industry and its universities to drive emerging media and technology innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab's interests range across disciplines from data science to virtual and augmented reality. Its programs include prototyping projects that encourages digital media startup formation and technology commercialization on the City’s campuses.

Justin on twitter >> @justinhendrix
International Keynote
Caroline Sinders
Digital Anthropologist, Machine Learning Researcher and Artist
Convocation Design

International Keynote
Caroline Sinders
Digital Anthropologist, Machine Learning Researcher and Artist Convocation Design


For the past few years,  Caroline has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment and politics in digital, conversational spaces. Caroline is the founder of Convocation Design + Research, an agency focusing on the intersections of machine learning, user research, designing for public good, and solving communication difficult problems.

Caroline on twitter >> @carolinesinders
Jannah Baker
Innovation, Research & Development Program Officer
Urban Utilities



Jannah Baker, Innovation, Research & Development Program Officer, Urban Utilities

Jannah has a Bachelor of Business majoring in economics, minoring in management and international business. She has been the Innovation, Research & Development Program Officer at Urban Utilities since April 2018, where she supports the culture of innovation throughout the business and helps drive ideas from ideation through to implementation.

Urban Utilities on twitter >> UrbanUtilities
Chris Beaumont
Service Design and Implementation Partner
Endeavour Foundation



Chris Beaumont
Service Design and Implementation, Partner Endeavour Foundation


Chris has spent the last 20 years working in the disability sector. He applies human centred design principles to his work and has led services that focus on peoples’ wellbeing, engagement with the community and the development of peoples’ learning and life skills. The focus is firmly on utilising technology to support people with a disability - in particular, virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

Endeavour Foundation on twitter >> @endeavourf
Vanessa Brennan
Chief Brand & Customer Officer
Michael Hill


Vanessa Brennan
Chief Brand & Customer Officer, Michael Hill


Vanessa is a recognised business leader, experienced in customer and brand transformational change in iconic national and international organisations. Seasoned at delivery of enterprise-wide design customer growth strategies within organisations. Vanessa has a passion for building omni-channel businesses that deliver an exceptional branded consumer experience through all interactive channels. 

Michael Hill on twitter >> @michaelhill
Holly Cardew
Founder
Pixc


Holly Cardew
Founder, Pixc

Holly founded Pixc to help eCommerce stores optimise their product content, increase their online sales and automate the repetitive tasks within their business.

Holly has a background in building eCommerce stores, marketplaces, online marketing, outsourcing and graphics. She has worked with companies internationally to build their online presence.

Holly on twitter >> @holyccc
Katrina Donaghy
Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Civic Ledger



Katrina Donaghy
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Civic Ledger


Katrina is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – a civic focused blockchain Australian company. We work with governments globally on the use of blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems where blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies. In Australia, she organises the Brisbane Women in Blockchain Meetup and in mid-April 2018, Katrina was appointed to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board.

Katrina on twitter >> @katrina_donaghy
Alexander Dreiling
CEO
Clipchamp



Alexander Dreiling
CEO, Clipchamp


Prior to founding Clipchamp, Alex was an Associate Professor, Industry-funded Chair and Digital Innovation Theme Leader at QUT as well as a Research Program Manager at SAP. Over the past 15 years, Alex has been driving an agenda of digital innovation in each of his roles. At Clipchamp he oversaw the launch of several products, registered user growth to 4.5 million within 24 months, raised capital in three rounds, and built a strong team of developers, designers and growth specialists.

Clipchamp on twitter >> @clipchamp
Michael Gillespie 
Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Domino's Group


Michael Gillespie
Chief Digital and Technology Officer,  Domino's Group

Michael is the Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (DPE), overseeing the Digital and Information Technology teams. Through his leadership, Domino’s has rolled out DPE’s global online ordering platform into its seven markets, while also driving digital sales growth and efficiencies. He has achieved a number of world firsts in social media and online ordering including managing DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) Deliveries.  

Domino's on twitter >> @dominos_au
Edda Hamar
Co-Founder & CEO
Lána


Edda Hamar
Co-Founder & CEO Lána

Edda is the founder of Australia’s largest sustainable fashion runway show, Undress Runways which began in 2011. Evolving from the runways, today, Edda is developing an online platform to buy, rent and sell maternity wear, a shared economy for mothers. It is called Lána and is currently being tested in Brisbane, Australia. Lána means 'lend' in Icelandic. Her work on Lána earned her a spot in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List.

Edda on twitter >> @eddahamar
Paul Harapin
Vice President and General Manager Asia Pacific Japan
Domo


Paul Harapin
Vice President and General Manager Asia Pacific Japan, Domo

Paul brings nearly 30 years of experience to Domo building high-growth enterprise businesses in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) as well as the Australia-New Zealand-South Pacific region. Through various leadership roles, Paul has excelled in working with startups, mergers & acquisitions, company rebuilds and sales and marketing strategy, including establishing new business models and venture funding.

Paul on twitter >> @paulharapin
Ben Johnston
Co-founder

Josephmark


Ben Johnston
Co-founder, 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.

Ben on twitter >> @designtheworld_
Llew Jury
Executive Chair and Director
Advancer


Llew Jury
Executive Chair and Director,  Advancer

Llew is a leading digital & business innovation expert having founded and exited numerous digital businesses over the past 20 years. As an award winning business owner he’s built & developed huge revenue and profit streams for clients throughout Australia and overseas.
Llew is the Founder & Chair of Reload Business Group. He is also the Entrepreneur in Residence at Muru-D and the River City Labs Accelerator.

Llew on twitter >> @reloada
Tracey Kay
Co-founder
Axalon


Tracey Kay
Co-founder, Axalon


Tracey is the Co-Founder of Axalon - a company of emerging technology specialists. We help start-ups, enterprise and government to improve their products and services by leveraging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Tracey is passionate about demystifying technology so that a broader audience can engage in the process of innovation.

Tracey on twitter >> @traceykayAU
Sue Keay
Chief Operating Officer
Australian Centre for Robotic Vision


Sue Keay
Chief Operating Officer, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision


Recognised as one of Queensland's most influential people (The Courier Mail's Power100) and as a Superstar of STEM (Science & Technology Australia). Sue is a trained scientist with highly developed business skills, who runs the world's first robotic vision research centre. She has been working across industries to develop Australia's first Robotics Roadmap highlighting how advances in robotics will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.

Endeavour on twitter >> @suekeay
Leanne Kemp
CEO and Founder
Everledger


Leanne Kemp
CEO and Founder, Everledger


Leanne Kemp is the Founder & CEO of Everledger, a leading emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a global digital ledger in an authenticated immutable manner. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group 

Leanne on twitter >> @leanne_kemp
Rylan Kindness
CEO & Founder
Parking Deals Australia 

Rylan Kindness
CEO & Founder, Parking Deals Australia


Rylan Kindness is a 17-year-old entrepreneur, freestyle BMX athlete and founder of Australia's #1 parking discount platform - Parking Deals Australia. His company helps 100's of thousands of Aussies save money on parking and focus's of making the parking industry more transparent so customers can save money and have better parking experience's.  

Rylan on twitter >> @rylankind
Stewart Koplick
Service Delivery Learning Leader
Endeavour Foundation


Stewart Koplick
Service Delivery Learning Leader, Endeavour Foundation


Stewart is responsible for leading the learning and training arm of Endeavour, with a focus on training of front line services. As part of his role as Learning Leader, Stewart has conceptualised and led development of innovative products leading to possible commercial opportunities with external stakeholders, including websites, mobile phone applications and Virtual Learning Environments.

Endeavour on twitter >> @endeavourf
Anne Kovachevich
Australasian Foresight + Innovation Leader 
Arup


Anne Kovachevich Australasian Foresight + Innovation Leader Arup 

Anne is the Foresight and Innovation Leader for Arup Australasia and is inspired by helping companies understand current trends and what they can do to be at the forefront of their industries. Anne works closely with the Global Arup Foresight + Innovation + Research team so that she can provide current advice on global trends. Anne works with Arup teams internally to understand the future of the business and how they need to adapt to meet future needs and be resilient to disruption. Anne has facilitated many vision workshops for Sustainability and Foresight. 

Anne on twitter >> @annekovachevich
Marek Kowalkiewicz 
Chair in Digital Economy
QUT


Marek Kowalkiewicz
Chair in Digital Economy, QUT

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. With a high quality publication record and registered patents, Marek is academically rigorous and actively applies research to industry outcomes. 

Marek on twitter >> @marekkowal
Deon Liebenberg
Vice President of Innovation & Strategy
Optus Business


Deon Liebenberg
Vice President of Innovation & Strategy, Optus Business 


As the Vice President of Innovation & Strategy at Optus Business, Deon Liebenberg leads our Mobile, Fixed and ICT product teams. Deon joined Optus in July 2018, and brings with him a deep understanding of the global ICT and Telecommunications industry. Deon’s previous roles include Internet of Things Managing Executive at Vodacom Africa and prior to that, Executive Vice President for Vodafone’s Global Enterprise business in Africa. 

Optus on twitter >> @optusbusiness
Chris Macaulay
Co-Founder & CEO
Advvy


Chris Macaulay
Co-Founder & CEO, Advvy


Chris is the Co-Founder and CEO of Advvy, media technology company & 2018 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year. Advvy delivers a workflow solution for enterprise media and advertising agencies to streamline campaign planning and buying processes while giving management real-time visibility on internal operations. When Chris isn't building his company or the Brisbane tech-startup community, he spends time with his wife and 3 amazing kids. 

Chris on twitter >> @cmacaulay
Josephine Marsh
Director Government Recordkeeping
Queensland State Archives


Josephine Marsh
Director Government Recordkeeping, Queensland State Archives
 

Josephine trained as an archivist in the UK where she learnt to read Latin and handle parchment documents from the 12th century. These days it is more about digital innovation and what digital technologies can do to make our recordkeeping lives easier as well as inspiring others to take up the digital recordkeeping challenge.

Josephine on twitter >> @jomarsh44
Cat Matson
Chief Digital Officer
City of Brisbane


Cat Matson
Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane

Cat Matson is the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the City of Brisbane and is charged with the digital transformation of the city. As an experienced digital and start-up strategist and respected business leader, Cat drives the Digital Brisbane strategy.  Cat is a passionate advocate for human-centric ‘smart cities’, recognising that digital is an enabler, not an outcome in its own right. 

Cat on twitter >> @catmatson
Scott Millar
CEO & Founder
BOP Industries


Scott Millar
CEO & Founder, BOP Industries


The tech-head prodigy behind BOP Industries, Scott Millar, is a young entrepreneur taking the world by storm. Compared to a young Steve Jobs after turning a year nine school project into a thriving business, Scott has deferred university to run BOP Industries full time. BOP Industries is a Brisbane based holographic projections startup creating holograms for the event industry.  

Scott on twitter >> @scott_millar_
Scott Norrish
Regional Lead – Workspace Innovation – Employee Experience Digital Solutions Group
Optus Business

Scott Norrish
Regional Lead – Workspace Innovation – Employee Experience Digital Solutions Group, Optus Business 


Scott lead’s Optus’s Digital Experience, Employee & Workspace Innovation activities and is seen as one of our leading thinkers in terms of Collaboration Adoption linking the modern employee and many of the new work style formats and emerging work technologies.

Optus on twitter >> @optusbusiness
Lisa Renneisen
Co-Founder
generationYOU


Lisa Renneisen
Co-founder, generationYOU

Lisa brings over 15 years of marketing and product management experience to Bright Conferences and generationYOU. She has worked with a number of startups in Europe and Australia before taking the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship. As the guru of all things digital, techie or geeky! When she is not busy trialing a new social media platform or playing with new gadgets, Lisa manages and implements the marketing campaigns for all our events and brands. 

Lisa on twitter >> @lisarenneisen
Natalie Rens
Artificial Intelligence Specialist at OQCE + Founder of Spaceport AI


Natalie Rens
Artificial Intelligence Specialist at OQCE + Founder of Spaceport AI


Dr Natalie Rens is a neuroscientist, artificial intelligence strategist, and space enthusiast. Natalie works as the Artificial Intelligence Specialist for the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, implementing strategies to advance AI capability in Queensland. Recently, Natalie also founded her own company Spaceport AI with the goal of developing AI technologies that will enable sustainable human life in space.

Natalie on twitter >> @natalierens
Kshira Saagar
Head of Data Sciences and Analytics
THE ICONIC


Kshira Saagar 
Head of Data Sciences and Analytics,  THE ICONIC

Kshira Saagar (Shee-Ruh Sa-Ga) has been with the Analytics/Decision Sciences industry for almost a decade now having worked across the globe. The bulk of his work has been focussed on developing solutions for the Analytics problem spaces of the Retail, Telecom and Insurance marketing departments. In his current role at The Iconic, as the Head of Analytics and Data Sciences, he's responsible for understanding and enabling data driven decision making.

Kshira on twitter >> @kshira_saagar
Alexandra Sloane
Head of Marketing - ANZ
Facebook



Alexandra Sloane
Head of Marketing - ANZ, Facebook


Alexandra is the Head of Marketing at Facebook, Australia & New Zealand. Her 5 years with Facebook has included 2 years in Singapore as Regional Marketing lead, APAC, and she has recently returned to Sydney to lead consumer, business and industry marketing for Facebook’s family of apps and services, including Instagram, Messenger and Audience Network.

Prior to joining Facebook in 2012, Alexandra spent 11 years working in creative agencies. 
Rick Wingfield
GM Innovation
Australia Post


Rick Wingfield
GM Innovation, Australia Post


Rick has a passion for entrepreneurship and helping Australia become an innovation nation. He has two decades of digital and strategy experience with executive roles in retail, logistics and financial services. As GM Innovation at Australia Post he is leading a program re-imagining the future of ecommerce, financial & government services, driving customer-led innovation through incubating new businesses, investing in startups and exploring emerging technologies.

Rick on twitter >> @rick_wingfield
Melissa Witheriff
Head of Digital Innovation
CUA


Melissa Witheriff 
Head of Digital Innovation, CUA


Melissa is focused on addressing problems worth solving working with the startup community accelerating ideas into value generating opportunities. With extensive experience in the commercial, government and NFP sectors, Melissa has a strong track record in digital innovation, human centred design, Chatbots (AI, machine learning), AR/VR, enterprise social networks, business improvement, portfolio change management and leading business and people transitions.

Melissa on twitter >> @mwitheriff
Gavin Wood
Chief Information and Digital Officer
Newcrest Mining


Gavin Wood
Chief Information and Digital Officer, Newcrest Mining

Gavin is a highly accountable and commercial technology leader, with a strong track record of delivering real transformational change with tangible and measurable business benefits.

He is an advocate for the innovative use of mobility, advanced analytics, cloud based services, and managed services, and has had great success in delivering business outcomes to Newcrest Mining in these areas.

Gavin is a strong believer in empowered, values driven teams working together towards shared goals.
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