Myriad’s event program offers an action packed exploration of the Future of Culture; Future of Health; Future of Money; Future of Cities, and the Future of Work and Play. Across 3 stages, workshop spaces, lounges, restaurants, bars, gallery spaces and outdoor areas, make friends with global speakers, local networks and – the future – at Myriad 2017.

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

The Speakeasy

River City Labs Demo Day (INVITE ONLY)

One of the biggest events on the Brisbane startup calendar, the RCL and Muru-D Demo day is a culminated pitch event involving the participants of its 6 month accelerator program.

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Foyer Area

Event Opening & Pre-Registration

7:15 pm to 8:00 pm

Power Stage

The Future of Everything – Opening Address, Keynote and discussion

Myriad’s opening night will commence with an address by the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts.

Peter Schwartz, Futurist & Co-Founder, General Business Network, will then present the opening keynote, an informed insight into of the future of everything, a perfect introduction to the next two days of discussion.

Following the opening keynote, Taavi Kotka, ex CIO of Estonia and Pip Marlow, CEO Strategic Innovation, Suncorp will set the scene for Myriad, and the content they are most looking forward to diving into.

Streamed live on the Startup Stage screens (Powerhouse Turbine Platform)

Tamzin Taylor

Head of Apps for Western Europe, Google Play

Peter Schwartz

Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Salesforce

Taavi Kotka

CIO, Estonia

Pip Marlow

CEO, Strategic Innovation, Suncorp
9:00 am to 9:15 am

Power Stage

Welcome to Myriad Day 1

Opening comments by the Queensland Premier

The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP Premier and Minister for the Arts

The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP Premier and Minister for the Arts
9:15 am to 9:45 am

Power Stage

Innovation & tech in Europe: An Australian’s perspective

Europe’s tech start up scene has grown 3.5x in the last 6 years and investment is booming. In this 30min session, Tamzin will showcase the European cities which are proving to be the movers and shakers of tech, what they have in common, and what we can take away to replicate their success.

Tamzin Taylor

Head of Apps for Western Europe, Google Play
9:15 am to 10:00 am

The Speakeasy

Kids, Cattle and Communities

The Extraordinary World of 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award winner, Patrice Brown.

Patrice Brown

Corporate Environmental Advisor, CQG Consulting
9:15 am to 9:30 am

Startup Stage

ASX Presents: An alternative to Series B

An overview of IPO’ing on the ASX

Josh Collard

Business Development Manager, ASX
9:15 am to 10:30 am

The Workshop

Stand-up Ideation

The digital economy is opportunity rich, but our approaches to ideation have not kept up with the quickly growing landscape of design choices. Brainstorming, diversity, design thinking are very much enabling ideation methods resting on the hope that the right mix of people and environment leads to new insights.

This highly interactive workshop will introduce the idea of catalysing ideation, i.e. series of patterns that can be used to derive new value propositions. Mastering these simple patterns helps to quickly spot ‘what else is possible’. We will end up with giving you the chance to practice these and become a ‘stand-up ideator’.

Michael Rosemann

Executive Director, Corporate Engagement International & Development, Queensland University of Technology

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Professor and PwC Chair in Digital Economy, Research Lead of "Embracing Digital Age" theme, Queensland University of Technology
9:30 am to 10:30 am

Startup Stage

Going Global from Day 1

This panel will explore what it means to be a uniquely Australian startup or entrepreneur – and what makes us think and act differently in the global market.

Holly Cardew


David Ryan

Cofounder & Managing Director, Corilla
9:45 am to 10:15 am

Power Stage

“Stop not till the goal is reached.” How Maha is building Queensland’s fastest emerging new city

Few people can say they have built a city from scratch.

Maha turned a new idea and an unwanted parcel of land on Brisbane’s outskirts into a multi- billion dollar contributor to the Queensland economy and a building block of the nation.

It was a mammoth undertaking powered by a resource he says everyone can tap into.

* This bio replaces an earlier version which was factually incorrect. Myriad apologies for any error.

Maha Sinnathamby

Chairman & Founder, Springfield Land Corporation
10:00 am to 10:45 am

The Speakeasy

Innovation Traps for Senior Managers

Want to be a better manager in the digital age? It’s not just about entrepreneurial skill set, it’s also about the mindset. Learn skills to innovate and adapt to technology in a company of any size with innovation specialist, Brian Ruddle.

Brian Ruddle

Founder, Impact Innovation Group
10:00 am to 10:30 am

The Myriad Studio

ASEAN: Open for Business

Syed Nabil Aljeffri

Secretary-General, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Power Stage

China China China! Asian Culture in the Age of Trumpism

Born in China and raised in Silicon Valley, venture capitalist Rui Ma is no stranger when it comes to cross border investments. Hear Ma discuss the intersection of culture and technology investment in the Asian Century.

Rui Ma

Silicon Valley / China Cross-border Investor
10:30 am to 11:00 am

Startup Stage

Changing the Face of Startups: Why diversity isn’t a ‘nice to have’

How can we build a world-leading innovation economy when half the population is missing out on the action? The short answer is, we can’t.

Join Nicola Hazell for a thought provoking discussion on why diversity matters in driving Australia’s innovation agenda, and how increased investment in female-led startups will ensure a stronger future for Australia’s tech sector. The presentation will include exclusive insights from behind the scenes at SheStarts – BlueChilli’s national startup program and documentary series, redefining what it means to be a tech entrepreneur.

Nicola Hazell

SheStarts Director, Blue Chilli
10:30 am to 11:00 am

The Myriad Studio

Next Gen Therapeutics – a Wormy Solution

Worms could be man’s next best friend. Alex Loukas and his colleagues at James Cook University have turned to the wonders of evolutionary biology to find the most unlikely of cures – parasitic worms! Globally we are experiencing an epidemic of chronic inflammatory and metabolic diseases. For many of these diseases, current treatments are a band-aid at best, and treat symptoms rather than cure the disease. Professor Loukas will describe aspects of his team’s work, notably the ability of experimental hookworm infections to allow people with coeliac disease to enjoy pizza, pasta and other gluten containing foods. Hookworms suppress inflammation by injecting proteins into the gut of their infected human hosts, and Prof Loukas will describe the current state-of-the-art in the use of worm molecules to treat a suite of chronic diseases ranging from asthma to inflammatory bowel disease.

Alex Loukas

Professor, James Cook University
10:40 am to 12:10 pm

The Workshop

Funding Ready: Series A to IPO

Philip Lee, Executive Director Corporate Advisory at Morgans Financial Limited will host an interactive workshop aimed at helping growing companies prepare themselves for introducing outside investors.
Topics will include:
understanding and interrogating your value proposition;
finding the right equity partner to you;
how investors will approach valuing you company;
how you can influence your value; and
are you investor ready, can you execute?

Philip Lee

Executive Director, Morgans Financial Limited

Roger Leaning

Director, Morgans Financial Limited
10:45 am to 11:15 am

Power Stage

Social Innovation Part 1: The New Work Order

Jan Owen AO, CEO of The Foundation for Young Australians, has dedicated her life to ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for the jobs of the future. Discover in this session what the future of work will look like in Australia and the steps we can take to make it accessible for the next generation of leaders. Presented in partnership with the Community Services Industry Alliance and Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Jan Owen, AO

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians
10:45 am to 11:30 am

The Speakeasy

How to fly with a Welded Rocket: lowering barriers to entry for space testing and travelling the inner system.

Dr. Paddy Neumann will describe the operation of our system, show some experimental results and describe how it can alter the proposed space economy before describing our facility for testing on board the International Space Station.

Dr. Paddy Neumann

Founder, Neumann Space
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Startup Stage

Elevator Pitch Session #1

Participants have just 90 seconds to win an invitation upstairs to the Myriad Investor Lounge.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Myriad Studio

Australian Consul-General Michael Wood, in conversation with Dr. Jaleh Daie

Dr. Jaleh Daie

Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Michael Wood

Australian Consul-General in Chicago
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Power Stage

Social Innovation Part 2: Walk In My Shoes

Founders of The Startup Show and passionate advocates for inclusiveness and diversity, Anna and Ahmed will discuss the role that technology can play in connecting communities.Presented in partnership with the Community Services Industry Alliance and Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services


Ahmed Salama

Co-Founder, That Startup Show

Anna Reeves

Co-Founder + Series Creator, That Startup Show
11:30 am to 12:15 pm

The Speakeasy

India’s Newest Superhero

A beautiful woman, wrapped in a sari, sits calmly on top of a ferocious tiger. This is how the world meets Priya, India’s newest superhero and a sexual assault survivor. See the augmented reality exhibition showcased in London, New York and featured in over 500 news stories around the globe.’

Ram Devineni

Founder, Priya's Shakti
11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Startup Stage

Suspended Schoolboy to Educational Pioneer

QLD local Taj Pabari tells his amazing story, from crappy grades to coding guru.

Taj Pabari

Founder, Fiftysix
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Startup Stage

From Seed to Series

DoseMe founder and CTO Rob McLeay shares the stage with DoseMe CEO Charles Cornish in what will be an insightful, frank perspective on moving from Seed to Series A and beyond. This includes the single biggest decision a founder may have to make or accept – if and when to bring in external management to take the helm. What to look for in an external CEO and how to navigate through the chasm of death. Raising capital in Australia when the world is your market. Five key learnings from the Founder compared to the those learnt by the CEO. You be the judge – is the Founder and the CEO of DoseMe a match made in heaven, or just one confrontation away from separation?

Robert McLeay & Charles Cornish

Founder and CEO, DoseMe
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

The Myriad Studio

The Future of Learning

With mantra stating ‘You shouldn’t have to learn how to learn, Go1 has ripped through the online training market’ with incredible growth and success over a few short years.  With digital transformation within companies becoming a critical productivity tension, Andrew will demonstrate how learning need not be so hard.

Andrew Barnes

CEO, Go1
12:20 pm to 1:50 pm

The Workshop

Ten things every startup founder should do in the first 6 months of their startup

Colin Kinner from Onramp deep dives into ten things every startup founder should do in the first 6 months of their startup

Colin Kinner

Founder, Startup Onramp
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Startup Stage

How we Innovate Internally at Dropbox

Creating their innovative cloud product, before the term was even defined Dropbox are a world leader in storage and data management. Learn how they plan their success and growth with strategic growth architect Ruben Garcia Mohedano.

Ruben Garcia Mohedano

Strategic Solutions Architect, Dropbox
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The Myriad Studio

New Innovative Wave & Revolutionary Storage in Renewable Energy Industry

Junji Itoh

Managing Director, Sumitomo Electric Industries
1:00 pm to 1:40 pm

Startup Stage

Ten reasons why your next hire should be a student!

Leading innovative companies and startups are building their businesses by hiring digital native students who can offer new insights and ways of doing things. Learn how to make this work for you while also providing a student with a great opportunity.

CSIRO/Data61’s Liz Jakubowski and the team from student job platform, Ribit, are teaming up with local startup and intern stars to offer their perspectives in an engaging, fun and fast-paced lunchtime workshop.

Liz Jakubowski

Founder, Ribit
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Power Stage

How to Embrace Uncertainty (and Design a Better Business)

As traditional education programs have always been business focused, we are automatically educated for certainty. But the world is not linear or certain. We should embrace uncertainty just like designers do. Uncertainty is like cocaine for the brain!

Patrick van der Pijl

CEO, Business Models Inc
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

The Speakeasy

Blockchain smart contracts and task automation: how far, how close, what now?

As blockchain use moves from brainstorm to pilot, issues of real world interaction arise. These cannot be solved solely from within the blockchain application itself. Hear Scott and Stefan discuss the need collaboration between the architects and engineers of the new systems and the participants and policymakers of the marketplaces which are destined to use them.

Scott Farrell

Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Stefan Hajkowicz

Principal Scientist in Strategy and Foresight, CSIRO
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

The Myriad Studio

5 Years of Growth in the Queensland Economy

Michael Knox, Morgans Chief Economist and Director of Strategy, will deliver an insightful presentation about Queensland’s key growth drivers using the most up to date ABS census data released only days before Myriad.

Michael Knox

Chief Economist + Director of Strategy, Morgans Financial Limited.
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Power Stage

Welcome to Estonia: The World’s First Digital Country

As the former CIO of the world’s most innovative economy, Taavi Kotka was responsible for Estonia’s hugely successful e-residency program. Discover how this world first digital initiative helped to spark private and public engagement both offline and online.

Taavi Kotka

CIO, Estonia
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The Workshop

Sales Secrets of Hyper Growth B2B SaaS Companies | direct from Silicon Valley

According to Startup Muster 59% of startups still say their biggest challenge is customer acquisition. This is a a common challenge for startups all over the world, including Silicon Valley.

This event will be an interactive workshop, exploring the challenges facing B2B SaaS startups today, how the best companies overcome these challenges and practicle steps Australian companies can implement to sell more locally and scale sales teams globally.

Sharing the knowledge accumulated over years building sales teams for one of the NASDAQ’s fastest growing SaaS businesses and designing and training sales teams as an architect with Winning by Design, helping 150+ Silicon Valley sales teams achieve hyper growth

Key Take Aways;
– A common language for SaaS sales
– Understanding the challenges of scaling a SaaS sales
– The successful framework for a B2B SaaS sales organisation

Andy Farquharson

Sales Architect, Winning By Design
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Power Stage

What Drives Success: A Peek Under the Hood of the Most Successful V8 Team of the Current Era

Jamie Whincup is one of the most recognised names in the sporting world, but little is known about the technology that helps to drive his success.

Jamie Whincup

Six-time V8 Supercar Champion

Mark Dutton

Team Manager, Triple Eight Race Engineering
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Startup Stage

Companies of tomorrow: Designing high-performing teams

Good culture is the heartbeat of a good business. As remote teams, dispersed cultures and flexible working environments become more and more common we have focus on this more than ever. This keynote is an exploration into creating the framework of a high-performing team that’s spread across many timezones.

Ben Johnston

Founder, Josephmark
3:00 pm to 3:45 pm

The Speakeasy

The End Of Advertising As We Know It

While the digital future has some of us wondering if we will have jobs in 2 years, Jay Morgan says what we should be thinking about are the creative opportunities. Let’s talk about it.

Jay Morgan

Group Digital Creative Director, J. Walter Thompson
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Startup Stage

What did you say? Learning how to communicate, again.

When your job hinges on how well you communicate – often across seas – you quickly learn most of us don’t do it very well. While technology is to thank for societal progression, it can also be blamed for communication breakdowns. We’ve forgotten how to do the most basic of things.What’s the difference between good conversation and good communication? How can we build rapport, respect and healthy debate? And what does soup have to do with it all?

In this talk, Crystal shares three useful tips on how to see the world through the eyes of a stranger so we can become better partners, friends and leaders.

Crystal Fong

Creative Director & Chairwoman, Apostrophe Copywriters
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Myriad Studio

The 3 Things I Teach Every Startup

Entrepreneurial risk: why startups aren’t that risky and how to convince yourself and others of that.
Pirate Metrics: sanely describing how your business is going and what it is worth to yourself and others
Pricing: understanding the value, price and cost of your offering and why it is probably wrong

Peter Laurie

Director, Junta
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Power Stage

From Thought to Finish ResApp Health

Taking a concept technology to the best performing ASX listed company in its first 12 months. Co-founder Brian Leedman leads the conversation.

Brian Leedman

Co-Founder + Executive Director, ResApp Health
3:40 pm to 5:10 pm

The Workshop

From Innovation to Implementation – Legal techniques to turbo charge your venture

John Swinson will present an interactive workshop on getting start-ups “out of the garage” and the legal implications they will face.

John Swinson

Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Power Stage

Hackers, Hacktivists & Extremists

We are living in a world where cyber attacks have become the norm. New kinds of attackers appear, with new targets, new motivations and new methods. To understand and to fight the attacks, we need to understand who the attackers are. Security expert Mikko Hypponen will look at the latest big hacking cases and reveal what really went on.

Mikko Hypponen

Chief Research Officer, F-Secure

Michelle Price

CEO, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Startup Stage

Science Fiction is the new SaaS

Blackbird Ventures co-founder Niki Scevak on where all the SaaS companies have gone, and why we should be paying attention to the new generation of Australian startups that look like science fiction stories.

Niki Scevak

Managing Director, Blackbird Ventures
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Power Stage

The Future of Sex: 5 Things You Need to Know

Tech strategist, sex futurist and podcast host Bryony Cole will explore how technology has transformed the way we relate to each other.

Bryony Cole

Host + Creator, The Future of Sex Podcast
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Startup Stage

Crash & Burn Rate: The Honest Story of a Founder’s Failure

A brief history of the rise and fall of Gerard’s start-up journey including a few pivots and mergers along the way.

Gerard Doyle

Head of Innovation & Strategy, iProspect
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Startup Stage

Official Spaceship Launch

Get ready for take-off…

Paul Bennetts

Founder + CEO, Spaceship
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm

The Speakeasy

WTF is UX?

Details released soon…

Jay Morgan

Group Digital Creative Director, J. Walter Thompson

Jessica Huddart

CEO, Josephmark

Declan Mimnagh

Creative Lead, Expedia
9:00 am to 9:45 am

The Speakeasy

How a Startup Hatches

According to the 2016 Startup Muster Survey, Nearly three-quarters of start-ups are now based in co-working spaces. This panel will discuss the challenges of scaling these startup hubs and what this means for the future of work and play.

Justin Strharsky

Director, Unearthed

Mark Paddenburg

CEO, Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast

Mark Gustowski

Executive Manager, QUT Creative Enterprise

Ren Butler

EIR & Ideation Muse, Blue Chilli
9:00 am to 10:30 am

The Storm Stage

Coding 101: HTML5 and CSS3

Code Like a Girl workshops are a great place for women and girls to learn to code for the first time. We speak clearly, avoid jargon and our workshops are facilitated by industry experts who are eager to share their learnings and knowledge. It’s your safe place to ask questions and be curious about the world of technology.

Learn the basics of Web page development using HTML5, CSS3. This workshop explains how you can make a basic webpage, run it on browser and edit it on the go.

Mai Nguyen

Lead Workshop Coordinator, Code Like A Girl

Kruti Patel

Coding Instructor, Code Like A Girl
9:00 am to 9:15 am

Power Stage

Welcome to Myriad, Day 2

Opening Comments

Mark Sowerby

Chief Queensland Entrepreneur
9:00 am to 9:10 am

The Startup Stage

City Connect Official Launch

9:10 am to 9:30 am

Startup Stage

State of the Startup Nation

Startup Muster showcases the progress challenges and opportunities of the Australian startup community. We’ll be taking a deeper look at the findings from 2016, drawing out interesting insights about founders, their startups, the businesses that support them and what’s to come.

Monica Wulff

Co-founder and CEO, Startup Muster
9:15 am to 9:45 am

Power Stage

The Intersection of Fashion, Robotics and Technology

Producing an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs combining fashion and technology in unusual ways, Anouk is one of the world’s first true FashionTech pioneers. Showcasing lessons learned while building systems in and around the human body, for the first time in Australia Anouk will show off designs that move, breathe, and react to the environment around them.

Anouk Wipprecht

Fashiontech Pioneer
9:30 am to 10:00 am

Startup Stage

Startup Chile in conversation with Hot DesQ

What happens when entrepreneurs from all over the world bring the expertise and teams to Queensland? What lessons can we learn from other startups hubs around the world? Find out in this engaging collision of ideas between the Queensland Government’s Hot DesQ program and Startup Chile’s Astrid Borgna Puelle.

Astrid Borgna Puelle

Business Development Manager, Startup Chile

Bruno Yukihara

Co-founder & CEO, Contact2Sale

Aaron Birkby

CEO, Startup Catalyst

Trevor Stafford

CEO, SquareAway

Marius Ursache

Co-founder & CEO, Eternime
9:45 am to 10:15 am

Power Stage

Growth and Hustle: Lessons from top technology startups

Sriram Krishnan is a technology executive and early stage investor with experience in Europe, Asia and US. He has a strong track record of building businesses and teams globally, and is passionate about growing innovative technology services. Sriram is currently the Head of International Growth at Tinder and was previously the VP, Business at Humin until the company was acquired by Tinder in March 2016.

Sriram Krishnan

Head of International Growth, Tinder
9:45 am to 10:30 am

The Speakeasy

Mental Health & AI: Meet Amélie, the Empathic Chatbot

Everyone needs someone to talk to and Amelie can help deliver this need at scale. this is because she is empathetic chatbot that empowers people to take improve the future of their own mental health.

Julian Bright

10:00 am to 10:30 am

The Startup Stage

Cross Cultural Communication in the Age of Globalisation

In this talk, global renowned artist and creative director Yiying Lu will showcase and talk about her cross cultural design practices for global companies and organisations, such as Disney Shanghai, NYU Shanghai, Twitter, Cre8 Summit, China Australia Millennial Project, 500 Startups, the Dumpling Emoji Project and so on. This talk will take audiences on a journey of exploring creativity and effective visual communication within cross-cultural communication in the age of globalisation.

Yiying Lu

Creative Director, 500 Startups
10:00 am to 10:30 am

The Myriad Studio

Secrets of the Israeli Ecosystem – How to Build a Market with no Market

Hear Ben talk about the exponential growth of innovation and investment in Israel, and particularly how corporates engage with the ecosystem.

Ben Strugo

Business Development, SOSA
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Power Stage

Scaling Slack: Applying a humanistic approach to product and people

Marissa Senzaki has helped to put the right people in the right places for some of the worlds biggest technology companies. Now lead recruiter for Slack Australia, hear about the people first approach being adopted by Globally successful organisation Slack.

Marissa Senzaki

Lead Recruiter, Slack

Murray Galbraith

Co-founder & CEO, Myriad
10:30 am to 11:00 am

The Startup Stage

Blow up your car: Why Every Single Demographer is Wrong

Why drive a car when you can holographic telepresence your way across the city, country and globe!? This talk is an amber light for C suites identifying near term savings, time leverage, staff and environmental benefits and a green light for startups, investors and government looking at the greatest facilitation of economic opportunity in history

Scott O’Brien

CEO, Humense
10:30 am to 11:00 am

The Storm Stage

You had me at ‘Hello World’

A story of girl meets code. Ally shares a very honest and open account of her days of studying Computer Science and working life as a web developer. Find out what really motivated her to create the social enterprise ‘Code Like a Girl’ and why she believes companies  need to be more involved in making the industry a welcoming place for females to grow and sustain their career in tech.

Ally Watson

Founder, Code Like A Girl
10:30 am to 11:15 am

The Speakeasy

The Future of Film

Screen Queensland-supported productions generated over 2800 jobs in 2015-2016. CEO Tracey Vieira teams up with Stephen Oh from XM2 to talk about bringing big business down-under and why the next big talent will come from Queensland.

Tracey Vieira

CEO, Screen QLD

Stephen Oh

CEO, Director, Producer - XM2 Aerial, XM2 Aerial
10:30 am to 11:00 am

The Myriad Studio

Hack The Reef: The Results

Rowan Lamont

Lead Design Thinker, Design Works

Simon Raik-Allen

Chief Technical Advisor, MYOB
10:45 am to 11:15 am

Power Stage

Building for Builders: The New Startup Toolkit

Stripe, Slack and Xero are at the forefront of the innovation economy, accelerating many of the most forward-thinking businesses around the world.
In a discussion moderated by John Henderson from AirTree Ventures, hear from Mac Wang, Australian Growth Lead at Stripe, Xero’s Head of Financial Services Ben Styles and Slack’s APAC Manager Mike Clapson about the mission critical tools powering today’s global scale-ups.

Mac Wang

Head of AU Growth, Stripe

Jennifer Callaghan

Marketplace Manager Australia, Xero

Mike Clapson

Manager, APAC, Slack, Slack

John Henderson

Partner, Airtree Ventures
11:00 am to 11:30 am

The Storm Stage

Escape Velocity

David has spent the last two years at the CSIRO building Australia’s first technology accelerator to help researchers turn their cutting edge science into technology that people want to use. You’ll hear the story of why new technologies take so long to emerge, get a sneak peak of some of the newest technologies under development, and learn how you can be part of the journey.

David Burt

Innovation Manager, CSIRO
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Startup Stage

Floating Cities: Building Humanity’s Next Frontier

A bold and timely project to create floating city states within nations, to unlearn the mistakes of the past. Appearing closer to science-fiction than fact, learn how the Seasteading institute is rewriting all the rules.

Ashley Blake

Australian Ambassador, The Seasteading Institute
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Myriad Studio

The Future of Fatherhood

Wayne Bradshaw

CEO, The Fathering Project

Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin & Assistant Minister to the Treasurer
11:15 am to 11:50 am

The Speakeasy

Hello Tomorrow: Introducing the World Wide Ledger

Industry is just waking up to the potential of blockchain technology. Similar to how the world was transformed with the introduction of the internet twenty-five years ago, blockchain is set to fundamentally change the way we record and organise information.

In this session Queensland entrepreneur Leanne Kemp tracks our progression towards Web 3.0, a movement beyond the creation of content where we embark on a transactional trust layer, transitioning from what we once knew as the World Wide Web to the World Wide Ledger.

Building a global, digital ledger to trace the world’s most valuable goods, emerging technology startup Everledger is working to reduce global fraud and bring transparency to opaque marketplaces starting with the diamond industry.

Leanne Kemp

Founder & CEO, Everledger
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Power Stage

Lessons from the World’s Leading Tech Economies

Ben Sand

Entrepreneur In Residence, Muru-D
11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Startup Stage

Queensland’s most successful startup: Safety Culture

With a recent round of investment that was heard all around the state, Safety Culture continues to be a leading light for the Queensland ecosystem. From a position of deep subject matter expertise, Luke Anear has built a globally recognised product that is saving lives.

Luke Anear

Founder & CEO, SafetyCulture
11:45 am to 12:20 pm

Power Stage

Who is the next Unaipon?

Next time you hand over a $50 note, take a closer a look at the man on the front, Ngarrindjeri man and prolific Aboriginal inventor, David Unaipon (think orbital sheep shears and the conceptualisation of helicopter flight based on the boomerang). David is amongst many of our First Australians, who have been innovating for over 60,000 years. But who is our next Unaipon? As recent as 2013, only 1.2% of Indigenous students enrolled in STEM related higher education. That’s not enough.

Join our all Indigenous panel of highly talented entrepreneurs and uber geeks, for a vibrant Q & A on the search for Australia’s next generation of Unaipons. It’s a conversation worth being part of.

Hosted by STEM.I.AM. and the team behind it, Carbon Creative.

Jirra Lulla

Founder, Kalinya

Troy Casey

Program Manager, Carbon Creative, Carbon Creative

Wayne Denning

Managing Director, Carbon Creative, Carbon Creative

Kaylah Truth

Musical Artist

Renee Cawthorne

Indigenous Education Project Officer, Australian Museum

Shane Kennelly

Managing Director, Kennelly Constructions
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

The Storm Stage

Women in STEM – Hearts and Minds – Bionics and 3D printed tech for tomorrow.

25 years ago, Dr Dimity Dornan pioneered some of Australia’s most cutting edge bionics technology. In this session, she is joined by Dr. Mia Woodruff, one of Australia’s most innovative medical minds discussing the future of 3D printing and biofabrication.

Dimity Dornan, AO

Founder, Hear & Say

Dr. Mia Woodruff

Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Startup Stage

Entrepreneurialism in High School Education

With stories of garage successes and a roster of self-made Silicon Valley stars, entrepreneurial education is sometimes seen as an oxymoron.  Not so, argues three leading regional thought-leaders, who are each taking a unique approach to education, with the aim of levelling-up our youth and preparing for our digital future.

In conversation with Troy Haines, Chad Renando and Sharon HunneyBell

Troy Haines

CEO and Co-founder, The Space Cairns

Chad Renando

Community Manager, Fire Station 101

Sharon Hunneybell

Co-founder, Startup Apprentice
12:00 pm to 1:00 am

The Myriad Studio

Social Innovation Showcase and Networking Lunch

Join the Community Services Industry Alliance and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for the next part of the social innovation focus. Experience a special showcase of leading Queensland innovators in social program design and delivery, and network with other social innovators.

Graham Clarke

Integration Coordinator, Mission Action Partners at Churches of Christ in Queensland

Belinda Drew

Community Services Industry Alliance

Anne Livingston

Community Care Assistive Technology Collaborative

Rachelle Riley

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
12:30 pm to 1:15 pm

The Speakeasy

When Knowledge does not equal Impact; the Conundrum of Translating Health Research into Healthier Communities

Professor Jeff Dunn AO has devoted his academic career to creating impact in the community for cancer control. In his time as CEO of Cancer Council Queensland he facilitated the investment of nearly $250 million in cancer research and support services in Queensland and is well known for his enthusiasm, optimism, and passion for bringing people together in the fight against cancer.

Jeff Dunn AO

Chair of Transformative Social Science, University of Southern Queensland
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

The Storm Stage

Turbocharge Your Business With Game Design Tactics

Can game design enhance your career and your business? Join us for a session that investigates how player behaviour techniques can empower your employees and enhance your team dynamics. We’ll design your career like a videogame character, and use the ‘world map’ of your business to make you a great quest-giver, so that you can improve the engagement, productivity and happiness of your team.

Audience: Managers of companies and start-ups, creative teams and individuals looking to take control of their career trajectory

Émilie Poissenot

Game Design + Production & Narrative Consultant, Burning Glass Creative

Brooke Maggs

Co-founder, Burning Glass Creative
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Power Stage

Spread the word: Using innovative storytelling to gain a global audience

My Grandmother’s Lingo is a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award- and 2016 Walkley Award-winning online documentary that combines voice-activated gaming and unique animations to unlock the story of Angelina Joshua, a young Indigenous woman living in remote East Arnhem Land, and her fight to save her traditional language, Marra. This session is hosted by Angelina Joshua and producer Gina McKeon, and explores the changing nature of media and storytelling through technology, and how we can harness it to engage new and young audiences in Australia and around the world.

Angelina Joshua

Language Specialist, Ngukurr Language Centre

Gina McKeon

Senior Content Producer/Journalist, SBS, SBS
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Startup Stage

Elevator Pitch Session #2

A lighting quick session, where a roll call of early stage Queensland startups hope to impress the knowledgable Myriad audience with their 90 second elevator pitch.

Manfred Neustifter

CEO, Flowpay Australia

Matt Tomlins

CEO & Cofounder, Cover Card

Erez Saf

President, CRiskCo

Danielle Lewis

Co-founder & CEO, Scrunch
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The Myriad Studio

Harnessing the Power of the Queensland Sun

Redback Technologies Founder and Managing Director. Phil is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and operations professional with a demonstrated track record of growing start-ups into successful & profitable organisations.

Philip Livingston

Founder & Managing Director, Redback Technologies
1:15 pm to 2:00 pm

The Speakeasy

Startups – Do People Care?

Steve Baxter

Founder, River City Labs
1:15 pm to 2:00 pm

The Speakeasy

Startups – Do People Care?

For anyone engaged with startups, the world is full of promise. It is not clear that all in society are coming along for the ride. Startups remain a mystery to the general public. As the world is increasingly connected, walls are literally going up. Discomfort with impacts to traditional jobs is growing. Join Steve, Bernie, Anna and Monica as they debate this topic from two very different backgrounds.

Steve Baxter

Founder, River City Labs

Bernie Woodcroft

Director, ilab

Monica Wulff

Co-founder and CEO, Startup Muster

Anna Reeves

Co-Founder + Series Creator, That Startup Show
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Power Stage

AI, UX and the Future of Transportation

Bringing Uber’s competitor Lyft to the stage-front.

Currently focused on strategic partnerships and business development for Lyft in San Francisco, Insiya is laser focused on disruptive technologies, IP and technology licensing. Previously, she has held senior roles with YouTube and Google Glass.

Insiya Lokhandwala

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Lyft
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Startup Stage

Game Development: State of the Union

It’s been a crazy few years in the QLD gaming industry… Just where exactly are we at right now?

Kim Allom

Producer, Defiant Development
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Power Stage

Lifestyle Diseases: The Trillion Dollar Opportunity

Lifestyle driven chronic diseases are set to cost the world economy $47tn in the next decade. This talk examines the opportunity for technology and human interaction to change the game.

James Maskell

Founder, Evolution of Medicine
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

The Speakeasy

Funnel Hacking: More Crucial than Growth Hacking

In the same way that growth hacking has helped unlock new ways of getting a ton of eyes on your product, Funnel Hacking is about unlocking the repeatable series of processes to convert as many of those people as possible.

Audrey Melnik

Founder, Funnel Ventures
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The Myriad Studio

Welcome to the new Global Market

Marcus Simpson

Head of Global Private Equity, QIC
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The Storm Stage

Customer Acquisition vs Investment Acquisition

In this session we will examine the age old question; Should startups seek investment, or chase down organic growth? Can Bootstrapping actually harm a business? Jamie will deliver insights into the pros and cons of both, from her first-hand experience as a banking executive to CEO in a rapid-growth startup.

Jamie Leach

CEO, Gruntify
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The Startup Stage

The Three Things I Teach Every Startup

Entrepreneurial risk: why startups aren’t that risky and how to convince yourself and others of that.
Pirate Metrics: sanely describing how your business is going and what it is worth to yourself and others.
Pricing: understanding the value, price and cost of your offering and why it is probably wrong.

Peter Laurie

Director, Junta
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The Startup Stage

More Than Money: Monica Bradley in conversation with Anne-Marie Birkill

OneVentures Managing Partner Anne-Marie Birkill has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups. In this unique tell-all, Anne-Marie chats to Monica Bradley, Founder of Purposeful Capital, about why successful investing is about more than money and the importance of investing with purpose.

Anne-Marie Birkill

Managing Partner, OneVentures

McCall McIntyre

Venture Capitalist, Samsung Next

Monica Bradley

Founder, Purposeful Capital
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Power Stage

The Secret to Getting Noticed by TechCrunch

Josh Constine is a journalist who specialises in deep analysis of technology products. In this first-ever Australian appearance, Josh will talk about the role that technology plays in social interactions and how Australian startups can stand out on the global scene

Josh Constine

Editor-At-Large, TechCrunch
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The Storm Stage

Shaking hands with robots; and other future business trends

From cyborgs to global villages, AI invasions to UX as lifeblood, here are some stranger than fiction predictions for the future of our work and play from MYOB Chief Technical Advisor Simon Raik-Allen.

Simon Raik-Allen

Chief Technical Advisor, MYOB
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

The Speakeasy

Unleashing Boundless Energy

Rowan Lamont talks about the value of design thinking in creating positive impact and how Designworks recently applied this approach in designing the Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Rowan Lamont

Lead Design Thinker, Design Works
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Power Stage

Trends in Agriculture and Food Innovation: What Next?

Women in Technology Hall of Famer, Dr. Jaleh Daie returns to QLD with another passionate presentation profiling her investments in early stage start-ups across food and agriculture.

Dr. Jaleh Daie

Managing Partner, Aurora Equity
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Storm Stage

ilab Demo Day

A series of micro pitch sessions, encouraging teams to ‘elevator pitch’ their way up to meet with potential investors on the top floor of Brisbane Powerhouse.

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Startup Stage

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth of Building Startups that Sell To Government and Enterprise

Join two of Queensland’s most successful recent startups in discussion around the finer detail of scaling your business. Wayne Gerard, co-founder of technical documentation company RedEye and Joe Hoolahan, co-founder of journey management software JESI will share their insights that have seen them grow their businesses globally.

Wayne Gerard

CEO, Red Eye

Joe Hoolahan

CEO and Co-founder, JESI
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Power Stage

Terra Drones landing in Queensland: Insights from CEO and Founder

CEO Toru Tokushige combines the positive features of a Japanese technology company with a Silicon Valley startup. Discover why he chose to set up his regional office in Queensland.

Toru Tokushige

Founder & CEO, Terradrone
3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

The Speakeasy

Regional Smart Cities: Communities of the Future

Smart city technology for core services and consumer conveniences in urban environments is receiving considerable attention worldwide.   Often overlooked in these discussions, however are the social implications for communities–particularly in regional cities.  Hear from organisations actively involved in smart cities innovations about how we’re bringing the public into collaborative conversations for building future communities.

This session is powered by Sunshine Coast.

Zach Johnson

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Spark Bureau

Stefani Adams

Innovation Partner, Australia Post Accelerator
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Startup Stage

The Future of Work: Less is More

The future of work sits on the verge of enormous change, and in fact, already underway. In the face of automation and AI, how might work become rehumanised? What is work, when flexibility of place, time and team is so varied? And what about creativity? Some foresight and preparation for this shift will enable us to embrace this change, working smarter and possibly living happier as a result.

Mark Henley

Director of Transformation and Digital Strategy APAC, Adobe
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Power Stage

From Austin to Auckland: Insights from SXSW to NZ

Since he left his 14 year stint at SXSW, Shawn has been on a number of creative endeavours and covert operations that have taken him across the globe. Find out what he’s learned along the way and how it’s helped him become ‘instrumental’ to the NZ tech community.

Shawn O’Keefe

Programme Director, Creative HQ (formerly SXSW)
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The Storm Stage

Hacking North Queensland: Don’t go west – go north!

This workshop is a chance to work with world-renowned e-researcher Professor Ian Atkinson. 
Northern Queensland is a vast area that contains massive possibilities and huge challenges as it transitions from mining prosperity to a 21st century economy.  Challenges around energy, water, high-tech agricultural production, and becoming interconnected to global communities loom in the North, but the solutions we create will not only generate a new sustainable economy here but also create high-value export knowhow that is in demand from tropical countries around the world.
We need younger people and emerging leaders to guide northern Australia and drive this change. 
This high-energy interactive workshop will get you started, building the community and generating the momentum we need to hack a new future”.  

Professor Ian Atkinson

Director, E-Research, James Cook University
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Startup Stage

Jonathan Teo in conversation with Martin Talvari

Jonathan Teo

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Binary Capital

Martin Talvari

Co-Founder & Chairman, Myriad
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

The Speakeasy

Robots: What are they and why do we need them?

We will start off discussing what robots today look like and what they can do, and touch briefly on the role that fiction has in our preconceptions about robotics.  Then we will move on to discuss why we need robots and give examples of the sorts of work that advanced robots can do.

Peter Corke

Director, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Power Stage

The State of Queensland Science

Through her insights as CEO and Director of the Queensland Museum Network, Professor Miller, in discussion with Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby, explores the state of play and future of Queensland science.

Suzanne Miller

Queensland Chief Scientist & CEO & Director, Queensland Museum Network

Mark Sowerby

Chief Queensland Entrepreneur
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

The Startup Stage

Closing the Loop

A short rant on the not-so-delicate art of turning passion into practice.

Will Dayble

Founder, Fitzroy Academy
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

The Storm Stage

Entrepreneurship with Purpose: New Zealand launches the world’s first global impact visa

Yoseph Ayele

CEO, Edmond Hilary Fellowship
5:00 pm to 5:15 pm

Power Stage

Closing Remarks

The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, Queensland Parliament

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