Panel: How simple tech became revolutionary – a behind the scenes view on three industry pivots!

Tech for tech’s sake is redundant in business, especially where margins are thin, customers are fickle and skilled staff can be hard to find. But when the tech works, when it becomes a silver bullet, that’s when tech becomes revolutionary.

This session is not a case study. It is a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how leaders have arrived to their aha moments, and how they have seized the potential of the tech in front of them and created a business powerhouse by taking a leap of faith.



Richard Bremner, Head of Technology,

Dimity Dornan, Executive Director & Founder, Hear and Say / Bionics Queensland

Dr Dimity Dornan AO is an entrepreneur, speech pathologist, researcher, Chair of Bionics Queensland and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In 1992 she established Hear and Say as a leading not-for-profit for children with hearing loss learning to listen and speak, particularly with surgically implantable hearing technology like the bionic ear.

Dr Dornan’s current work aims to take outcomes similar to the majority of bionic ear recipients to other new spinoff devices. She has been recognised with numerous awards and was inducted in the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame (2017), awarded the Business Leader of the Year – India Australia Business and Community Awards (2017), Australia Not For Profit Technology Awards 2018 Lifetime Achievement award (2018) and Queensland’s Senior Australian of the Year (2018).

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