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.

The first of our awesome speakers can be found below however, keep checking back, as we will be adding many more over the next few months!
>> International Keynotes.
Berit Anderson
CEO & Editor in Chief

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.
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
Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative

About Tim >> Tim is 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. He has also been been dubbed “The Busiest Man on the Internet” by Forbes Magazine. 
>> Moderators.
Ben Johnston

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.
Prof Marek Kowalkiewicz
Chair in Digital Economy

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.
Angela Stengel
Head, Content Ideas Lab

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

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.
Clair Sullivan
Chief Digital Health Officer
Metro North Hospital and Health Service

About Clair >> Clair graduated with Honours in Medicine from UQ and a Research Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Leeds. She is currently the Chief Digital Health Officer for Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

Why we love Clair >> Clair has an array of digital transformation lessons to share from a healthcare setting inc. how to juggle expectations of internal stakeholders, patients, clinicians and the analytics team while keeping a top-down AND bottom-up approach.
Dani Townsend
Head of People, Culture and Operations

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
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


About Hayden >> Hayden is a Partner and he leads HopgoodGanim’s Intellectual Property and Technology team. Hayden specialises in the information, communications and technology sector, and intellectual property law.

Why we love Hayden >> Recognised in as a leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyer in Doyle's Guide, Hayden is one of Australia’s leading IP and technology lawyers, whose breadth of skill and experience is top notch.
Justine Lacey
Responsible Innovation Research Leader

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.
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. 
Luke Abercrombie
Head of Technology

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

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

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
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.
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