Speakers.
With an overall theme of ‘Power to the People’, the Something Digital program will focus on the human element of our digital innovations, processes and strategies.

Our international keynotes are ready to take the stage to provoke, push boundaries and challenging your thinking around digital innovation.

In addition to these keynotes we will be hosting 30+ local and interstate digital legends. Spread across 2 stages, their sole aim is to inspire, strengthen digital capabilities and share digital success stories.
>> International Keynotes.
Berit Anderson
CEO & Editor in Chief
Scout


 
 
About Berit >> Berit is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Scout, a media company exploring the future of technology through analysis, science fiction, and scenario planning games. 

Why we love Berit >> Not only is Berit literally exploring the future, she is also the Program Director at Future in Review, an annual gathering of top technologists, scientists and business executives focused on using technology to solve global problems.
Christina Lee Storm
VP of Emerging Technology, Strategy, & Business Operations
DreamWorks Animation 


About Christina >> Christina is the Head of the Advanced Creative Technology group, which advances DreamWorks IP into new forms of immersive creative content on all platforms using emerging technologies including AR, VR, real-time rendering, virtual production, and motion capture.    

Why we love Christina >> She recently produced two VR projects for DreamWorks “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise and is currently producing two AR projects for DreamWorks Abominable and Trolls World Tour.
Davey Gibian
 Founding team at Calypso AI + White House Presidential Innovation Fellow for AI and National Security



About Davey >> As an executive at Calypso AI and a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow for AI and National Security, Davey as worn many hats, including being a founder, humanitarian, and senior national security/military adviser. Davey has worked on Wall Street, at the White House, in Silicon Valley, the Pentagon and active war zones.  

Why we love Davey >> Davey is a white knight in a sometimes dark digital world. Rather than shying away from the tough digital battles, Davey faces them head on. 
Tim Hwang
Former Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative




About Tim >> Tim Hwang is a lawyer, writer, and researcher working at the intersection of emerging technologies and society. He was formerly Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics & Governance of AI Initiative, a philanthropic project working to ensure that machine learning & autonomous technologies are researched, developed, and deployed in the public interest.  

Why we love Tim >> In a previous life, Tim worked at Google, where he was the company's global public policy lead on artificial intelligence. 
>> Moderators.
Ben Johnston
CEO
Josephmark

About Ben >> Ben has spent more than a decade developing businesses, consulting on digital strategy, identifying market gaps and future trends. He’s founded many successful companies including Josephmark, Breeder, Gilimbaa and We Are Hunted.

Why we love Ben >> Ben is (literally) a giant in Brisbane's digital ecosystem. He is a  key driver behind some of Brisbane's greatest  digital innovations and  is well known for his fearlessness in pushing the envelope.
Cat Matson
Brisbane's Chief Digital Officer + GM Innovation
Brisbane Marketing 

About Cat >> Cat is charged with the digital transformation of the city and driving Brisbane’s city-wide digital strategy. She is a passionate advocate for human-centric ‘smart cities’, recognising that digital is an enabler, not an outcome in its own right.

Why we love Cat >> Cat is undeniably the queen of digital in Brisbane. She is known for calling it as it is and uses her love of digital to help businesses leverage new tech to reach their full potential.
Majella Edwards
Founding CEO
Sortal

About Majella >> Majella Edwards is an Olympian turned tech entrepreneur with over 16 years experience in collection management, product design, photo media and user experience design. She has worked at some of Australia's most prestigious cultural institutions such as the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia. 

Why we love Majella >> Majella is kicking all sorts of goals with Sortal, most notably, this year they were awarded a Good Design Award for digital design.
Prof Marek Kowalkiewicz
Chair in Digital Economy
QUT

About Marek >> 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. 

Why we love Marek >> He is probably the most digital person we know. He lives with a hierarchy of robots, is crazy smart and tends to begin most sentences with "but have you considered ..."
>> Local + Interstate Legends.
Andrew Hertsch
Digital Services Partner
Telstra Purple


About Andrew >> Andrew has over twenty years of experience in the technology industry. Andrew’s knowledge and experience continually evolved throughout his career; from a foundation in infrastructure, to leading agile development, and now innovating with organisations as a Digital Services Partner at Telstra Purple.

Why we love Andrew >> A problem-solver at heart, Andrew's approach is business-centric and strives to find the right solution to solve a business problem, rather than leading with technology first.
Angela Stengel
Head, Content Ideas Lab
ABC


About Angela >> As Head of the ABC's Content Ideas Lab, Angela is responsible for exploring fresh content ideas that connect with new audiences. Angela joined the ABC in 2008 working for ABC Innovation and ABC Radio. Angela has worked in editorial and digital roles in arts, media and education.

Why we love Angela >> Angela  has been applying human-centred design techniques to content projects at the ABC for some years, a highlight being setting up ABC's first digital only podcast.
Ben Crothers
Principal Design Strategist
Atlassian


About Ben >> Ben has been in the digital industry since Netscape ruled the web, and putting 'Under Construction' banners on websites was seen as the right thing to do. During this time, he has accrued a wealth of experience in brand, customer research, design, development + strategy.

Why we love Ben >> Ben combines Design Thinking practice with sketching + visualisation, to explore problems, explain concepts & envision new experiences.
Brett Matheison
General Manager
Watkins Steel


About Brett >> Brett has been the GM of Watkins Steel since 2017. Brett has a Bachelor in Business, Rural Management from UQ; and over 30 years of relevant industry experience across structural steel, construction, and project management. 

Why we love Brett >> Brett embodies the “make it happen” philosophy that drives the business and thrives on the fast-paced environment that embraces change, and innovation and technology are at the forefront of the company’s expansion.
Brett Wiskar
Chief Future Officer
Wiley


About Brett >> Brett is The Chief Future Officer and leader of the business advisory unit at food focused consultancy, Wiley, who provide consulting services to food infrastructure projects.

Why we love Brett >> Brett is a prolific writer with a strong grasp of the challenges and opportunities of innovation and disruption. This is only superseded by his ability to eloquently articulate both experiences of innovation and opportunity to be gained from changing the status quo in a business.
Brigid Leishman
Chief Operating Officer
CUA


About Brigid >> Brigid has worked in financial services for over 30 years and is currently Chief Operating Officer at CUA. In addition to leading the operational functions at CUA, she has enterprise accountability for AI and RPA, and Continuous Improvement.

Why we love Brigid >> Brigid is passionate about the opportunities that AI presents and believes that grounded and pragmatic solutions are the way forward. She is currently working with Standards Australia on how governance in AI in Australia should be regulated.
Dan Etiel
Chief Marketing Officer
Tanda


About Dan >> A Brisbane-bred marketer, Dan has applied his experience in brand management, strategy and growth-driven design across the globe, over the past 10 years. 

Why we love Dan >> With extensive history in both B2C and B2B, Dan is now helping to build better, more successful workforces as Chief Marketing Officer at Tanda.
Dan Fischer
Head of Digital Transformation and Design
Virgin Australia

About Dan >> Dan joined Virgin Australia to lead digital transformation and design after six years transforming digital customer-platforms and the digital operating model at Qantas. Previously Dan was Multimedia Executive Producer and Deputy Network Editor at News Corp Australia, leading the network’s interactive storytelling through major news event.

Why we love Dan >> Dan is passionate about the intersection of commerce and design and the role emotion and context play in building game-changing customer experiences.
Dani Townsend
Head of People, Culture and Operations
Everledger


About Dani >> Dani is a passionate business builder and a champion for diversity in tech, with extensive experience in global B2B technology businesses in start-up to scale-up phases of growth. Dani is currently the Head of People, Culture and Operations at Everledger.

Why we love Dani >> Dani is the superhuman in charge of all of Everledger’s HR including attracting top-level talent to support the business’s growth and entry into new markets.
Dimity Dornan
Executive Director & Founder
Hear and Say / Bionics Queensland


About Dimity >> Dr Dimity Dornan AO is an entrepreneur, speech pathologist, researcher, Chair of Bionics Queensland and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Her current work aims to take outcomes similar to the majority of bionic ear recipients to other new spinoff devices

Why we love Dimity >> Through the use of tech, Dimity (and the Hear and Say foundation which she established in 1992) give children with hearing loss the gift of  learning to listen and speak, particularly with surgically implantable hearing technology like the bionic ear. 
Emily Haydon
Founder
The Talent Connective


About Emily >> Emily is a career networker with a passion for aligning careers with purpose, conscious living, and the role of business as a vehicle for social change. She's the Founder of The Talent Connective - a boutique digital recruitment firm which leverages local networks for global causes.

Why we love Emily >> As one of Brisbane's favourite recruiters, Emily has a deep understanding of what employees want + need to succeed @ work.
Hayden Delaney
Partner +
 Head of IP
& Technology Team

HopgoodGanim

About Hayden >> Hayden is highly experienced in the information, communications and technology sector, as well as intellectual property law. Hayden advises his clients on practical solutions for protecting and managing information assets and complying with their privacy obligations.

Why we love Hayden >> Hayden is recognised as a Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyer and a Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer by Doyle’s Guide, 2018 and 2019. 
Jenny Zou
Head of Business Improvement
Super Retail Group


About Jenny >> Jenny is an experienced business improvement and transformation professional with demonstrated capability and track record of success to develop and implement strategic initiatives that aligns with the organisation’s strategy & vision for over 10 years. 

Why we love Jenny >> Jenny joined Super Retail Group (SRG) in 2014, and has been leading the process centre of excellence to support the organisation delivering initiatives that aligns with the strategy ever since.
Justine Lacey
Responsible Innovation Research Leader
CSIRO

About Justine >> Dr Justine Lacey leads CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform; a research program that assesses the potential risks, benefits and uncertainties of future science and technology and ensures socially responsible science and technology is designed and delivered for all Australians.

Why we love Justine >> Part of Justine's role includes examining significant policy, regulatory and ethical challenges presented by novel and disruptive innovations and technologies.
Katie James
Senior Digital Manager
flybuys


About Katie >> With more than a decade of experience in digital and marketing for some of Australia’s best-known brands, Katie is passionate about digital experience and how it enables us both online and offline. With 8.6 million members, flybuys touches more than two thirds of Australians households and digital is at the heart of that experience.

Why we love Katie >> Katie and her team are focused on delivering intuitive & highly personalised digital experiences that simplify the often overly complex world of loyalty programs.
Kshira Saagar
Director of Data Science and Analytics
Global Fashion Group


About Kshira >> Kshira Saagar (Shee-Ruh Sa-Ga) has been with the Analytics/Decision Sciences industry for almost a decade. The bulk of his work has been focussed on developing solutions for the analytics problem spaces of the Retail, Telecom and Insurance marketing departments.

Why we love Kshira >> Apart from being one of the fastest speakers we have ever met (literally), Kshira manages to make the sometimes dry topic of analytics captivating and intriguing.
Leanne Kemp
Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur



About Leanne >> Leanne Kemp is Founder and CEO of Everledger and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. She is a prominent figure in the technology sector and recognised internationally as an innovator and leader. Her company Everledger uses Blockchain technology to track high-value assets such as diamonds, art and wine.

Why we love Leanne >> As QLDs Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne is undeniably passionate about helping startups and scale-ups to grow and flourish in an increasingly competitive landscape. 
Lucy Poole
Head of Government Digital Experience
Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency
About Lucy >> Lucy is responsible for improving the digital delivery of government services across the Commonwealth. Lucy also leads cooperation efforts with state and territory jurisdictions to ensure service delivery is consistent, easy and simple for all users.

Why we love Lucy >> Prior to joining the DTA, Lucy held senior executive roles at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Public Service Commission where she led several business transformation programs.
Luke Abercrombie
Head of Technology
Transurban


About Luke >> Luke commenced with Transurban in Oct 2018 in a newly created role as Head of Technology, Queensland. He is responsible for technology across corporate solutions, Traffic Control Centres, Intelligent Traffic Systems in the tunnels and roads and for driving technology lead innovation.

Why we love Luke >> Luke and his team are literally responsible for much of tech that keeps our cities moving, helping people get where they want to go, quicker, safer and easier.
Matthew Tobin
Co-Founder and Managing Director
UAP 
 


About Matt >> Matthew and his brother Daniel established UAP in 1993, as a studio + workshop in which to collaborate with artists and create artwork for the public realm. His current focus is strategic business growth, and UAP’s engagement with advanced manufacturing techniques and Industry 4.0.

Why we love Matthew >> Matthew has played an integral role in UAP’s evolution from a small Brisbane workshop to an international brand, fostering an outlook that embraces all creative possibilities.
Melissa Wiscicki
Regional Digital Practice Leader
Aurecon 
 


About Melissa >> Melissa is part of a global digital team at Aurecon who inquisitively challenge emerging technology like virtual and mixed reality, UAVs, real time visualisation and data insights, machine learning and collaborative design platforms.

Why we love Melissa >> Melissa is obsessed with finding better ways of working to drive efficiency, leaner business by analysing how humans interact with their community and beyond 24x7
Melissa Witheriff
Head of Digital Innovation
CUA 


About Melissa >> Melissa is focused on addressing problems worth solving working with the startup community accelerating ideas into value generating opportunities. She has extensive experience in the commercial, government and NFP sectors. 

Why we love Melissa >>  Melissa has a unique ability to balance the intrigue and possibility of new tech with the practical business applications ... all for the benefit of both customers (members) and employees.
Rachel Khoo
Head of Digital
Amart Furniture
 



About Rachel >> As the newly appointed Head of Digital for Amart Furniture, Rachel will guide the digital transformation of Amart's platforms after working with some of the biggest market disrupters in Australia, including Youfoodz, Domino's, and Auto & General.

Why we love Rachel >> Rachel has brought a number of exciting platforms to market, including some of Australia's first insurance aggregator websites the ability to track your pizza from store to door with GPS Pizza Tracker for Dominos.
Randall Fernando
Specialist Data Scientist | Advance Queensland Digital Champion
BHP Maintenance And Engineering Centre of Excellence


About Randall >> Randall is a Specialist Data Scientist working in BHP's Maintenance and Engineering Centre of Excellence, part of a multi-disciplinary team helping to provide data-driven insights. Prior to working at BHP, Randall was a member of the Suncorp Innovation Lab where I worked on cutting edge technologies such as facial recognition, blockchain, and IoT..

Why we love Randall >> In addition to Randall's awesome data experience, he is also an Advance Queensland Digital Community Champion.
Rob Hudson
Founder
SpoutLogic




About Rob >> Rob has over 26 years in the advertising and digital industries. In 2019, Rob launched SpoutLogic; a consultancy focused on the practical application of human-centred design and emerging technology for business, academia and governments, delivering digital innovation and marketing advantage.

Why we love Rob >> Rob is one of Brisbane's true digital and agency rockstars. He an IPA Certified Strategist and author of the Digital Analytics for Marketing section of the most recent IMC book from McGraw-Hill Education
Sarah Leach
Principal Coordinator - Smart Connected Brisbane Office
Brisbane City Council


About Sarah >> As Principal Coordinator, Sarah works across Brisbane City Council to lead and facilitate the delivery of Council’s human-centric, smart city vision and explore ways to use data, technology and innovation to deliver a more liveable, prosperous and sustainable Brisbane for residents, businesses and visitors.

Why we love Sarah >> Sarah is responsible for connecting people of Brisbane, on a city level, enabling us all work together to build a better Brisbane for tomorrow.
Sarah Yip
Managing Director
KEASE International



About Sarah >> Sarah Yip founded KEASE International 4 years ago after working of 10 years in the leadership development; her breakthrough work in empowering leaders to adopt a Human-Centred style of leadership has resulted in clients achieving an up to 33% increase in engagement, productivity and profitability.

Why we love Sarah >> Sarah is on a mission to have 1 million leaders ‘HUMAN better’ to mobilise and inspire others to create innovative, sustainable, engaging and productive workplaces of the future.
Stewart Faith
Consultant
DOMO



About Stewart >> Stewart is a bridge between technologists and business leaders articulating why the right use of data and technology will add value to an organisation, allowing executives to clearly see what they will get, when they will get it, and what value will be delivered.

Why we love Stewart >> Stewart has a 360 degree view of the technology industry, working for consultancy companies like NTT DATA, customers such as Nestle and DHL and software providers SAP and DOMO. 
Thuy Lam
Founder and CEO
Blackbook.ai
 



About Thuy >> Thuy is the cofounder of Blackbook.ai a Automation and AI consulting company. Blackbook.ai was founded in 2017 and now employs over 75 people across Brisbane Sydney and Melbourne, being the largest privately held Australian owned Automation and AI Company.

Why we love Thuy >> Thuy has a passion in employing and developing local talent. He believes that to grow a smart city or country you have to stop shipping jobs and development overseas and trust in your community to uptake this technology.
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