The Plenary session at the Connect Expo is THE place to learn about the astonishing technologies that are changing our world. Leaders of business strategy, technology and investment will converge to hear about the Next Big Thing. Australia's top innovators discuss how technology will revolutionise your business and your life. Entitled "The Next Big Thing" this plenary session will discuss what you should do to future-proof your organisation from the next wave of technological change and disruption.

 



DON TAPSCOTT

Global Thought-leader on the Impact of Emerging Technologies

 


ARIC DROMI

Chief Futurist, Volvo Car Group

 


JAMES O'LOGHLIN

Innovation Expert and Media Personality


BARRY FITZGERALD

CEO, Roy Hill Holdings




DR AMANDA CAPLES

Lead Scientist, Victorian State Government

 




PHILL NOSWORTHY

Expert in Dynamic Change and Growth








PROFESSOR RAHIM TAFAZOLLI

Director of Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) and 5GIC (5G Innovation Centre), University of Surrey




QAIZAR HASSONJEE

Head of TILT Smart Home Textiles; SVP, Welspun USA







JULIE FEDELE

General Manager, Customer Experience Strategy & Design Retail X Innovation Lab, Bupa Australia and New Zealand






CYAN TAEED

Founder and Executive Director, Envato | Victorian Business Woman of the Year 2015

 

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Who should attend:

  • CEOs, CTOs, COOs and CIOs
  • Chief Architects
  • Heads of Strategy, ICT Infrastructure, Digital and Innovation
  • Investors
  • Technology Developers, Engineers and Designers
  • Strategy Consultants
  • Project Managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Those interested in emerging technologies

Why Attend:

  1. Hear global innovators from world leading brands discuss strategies for success in an age of disruption
  2. See the technologies that will revolutionise the business landscape
  3. Uncover how your business can reduce costs and improve efficiency
  4. Learn how to create a culture of innovation, speed and agility
  5. Understand how to embrace change while managing risk
  6. See how the future of customer experience is being driven by augmented & virtual reality
  7. Hear how machine learning is being applied for better decision making and increased productivity
  8. Get the latest insights into how AI, big data and analytics are changing the world
  9. Understand how collaborative robotics is driving innovation and accelerating the next industrial revolution

 

Agenda:

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

8:45 | Chairperson Introduction: Paul Budde, CEO, BuddeComm; Strategic Advisor, Australian Smart Communities Association

8:50 | Official Opening: Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, Victorian State Government

9:00 | Business Survival Depends on Your Ability to Recognise Opportunity

  • How to foresee and seize business opportunities related to technology
  • The world is changing - is your business?
  • Learn how major businesses harness emerging technology

Phill Nosworthy, Futurist and Expert in Dynamic Change and Growth

9:20 | Technologies for a Wireless Future

  • How will digital technologies evolve over the next five years?
  • How will hyper-connectivity affect the way we do business?
  • Enabling quantum computing, true artificial intelligence and more

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director - 5G Innovation Centre & Head of Institute for Communication Systems, University of Surrey


9:40 | Panel Discussion: Building an Ecosystem That Embraces Change

  • How to recognise change and move with it
  • Is agility the secret to business success in the digital age?
  • How can businesses be more agile?

Phill Nosworthy, Futurist and Expert in Dynamic Change and Growth
Barry Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Hill Holdings
Julie Fedele, General Manager, Customer Experience Strategy & Design Retail X Innovation Lab, Bupa Australia and New Zealand

10:00 | Five Mind Blowing Technologies that Will Change the World

  • Uncovering who is creating the next wave of technological innovation
  • How can you prepare for these technologies?
  • When these exciting innovations become commonplace?
Don Tapscott, Global Thought-leader on the Impact of Emerging Technologies


 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

8:50 | Chairperson Introduction: Kathy Coultas, Director Digital Technology and ICT Sector Development, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

9:00 | Navigating the Unknown - A Future in a Box

The idea of unknown conceptual changes to the digital landscape of tomorrow and the detachment of some part of society from the current business model in favour of a model that is not anchored in physical implementations will force us into a new set of values. These values are ones that will help us to understand that causality and randomness will interact with a fragmented focal point where the “digital ego” acts as a cognitive independent extension of the collective awareness.

In his session Aric will talk about:

  • Wetware - the brain as a digital platform
  • "Human in the machine" - how will we interact with artificial intelligence in the future
  • How do fragmented interactions work in a digitised society
  • Value creation through digital transformation

Aric Dromi, Futurologist, Digital Philosopher and Professional Troublemaker, Volvo Car Group

9:30 | Identifying Opportunities to Innovate

  • Learn how to identify opportunities for innovation in your business
  • The three things innovators do better than everyone else
  • How to create a culture of innovation and agility

James O’Loghlin, Innovation Expert and Media Personality

9:50 | Panel Discussion: Cultivating Innovative and Entrepreneurial Thinking

  • How to recognise a viable idea without over-investing
  • What should you do when a junior staff member has a big idea?
  • Are innovation labs helping or hindering innovation?

James O’Loghlin, Innovation Expert and Media Personality
Aric Dromi, Chief Futurist, Volvo Car Group
Qaizar Hassonjee
, Head of TILT Smart Home Textiles; SVP, Welspun USA
Cyan Taeed, Founder and Executive Director, Envato | Victorian Business Woman of the Year 2015