• The DIF Showcase

    @ Hub Melbourne

    The DIF Showcase is the CBD program in the Victorian Digital Innovation Festival


    Daily from Monday 28 August to Wednesday 6 September, from 9.30am – 7.30pm are four 90-minute sessions set to inspire.

  • Program Overview

    Digital Change Makers Coffee

    9.30 – 11.00 am

    Socially minded tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Melbourne’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation.

    Lunch 'n' Learn Industry Experts

    12 noon – 1.30 pm

    Learn top tips, latest trends, inside info or practical guidance. From technical advice to business skills there’s sure to be something for everyone.

    Thought Leaders 
    Deep Dives

    2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

    Participate in an open innovation collaboration between industry, academia, government and community. Thrash out ideas and explore digital innovation.

    Inspiring Entrepreneurs

    6pm – 7.30 pm

    End each day with some of Melbourne’s home-grown tech companies, co-founders or lone rangers. Leadership and resilience are qualities these speakers share.

  • Mon 28 Aug - Stepping up in a digital world

    ‘How can digital tools drive social change?’ @DSI4AU

    9:30AM - 11:00AM

    Socially minded tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Melbourne’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation - DSI - an emerging phenomenon where organisations use technology to make a difference. DSI is community driven > digitally disruptive > based on collaborative networks > deliverimg social impact. Kelly Hutchinson, will share the latest updates on the DSI4AU initiative from the Pearcey Institute and Melbourne Social Equity Institute. The Digital Changemakers series @ Hub Melbourne is part of the PhD project to map Australia’s Digital Changemakers at the University of Melbourne.

    'Perfect Pitch' StartupVic + Entrepreneurs&Co.

    12NOON - 1:30PM

    Depending on what source you read it is believed that up to 95% of startups fail. Join Startup Victoria Events and Community Manager Mei Chan and Pitch mentors Phil Ore and Warwick Peel of Entrepreneurs&Co. in an interactive session to learn about how to create your unique value proposition and develop a perfect pitch. We will be discussing how to create a pitch deck that can act as a perfect way to find the right customers, partners, team members or investors. Plus some tips on how digital innovation can help you stand out from the crowd. This event is a partnership between Startup Victoria + Entrepreneurs&Co.

    'The Lucky Country Disrupted ' Australia 3.0 Roundtable

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Australia 3.0 presents a provocative deep dive discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities for a country in transition. The Lucky Country Disrupted: Innovation, Collaboration and Competition in a 21st century Australia. Participate in an open innovation collaboration between industry, government, academia and community. Thrash out ideas and explore digital innovation. Moderated by Sandy Plunkett, Innovation Technology Consultant and National Committee member of the Pearcey Foundation.

    'Jo Burston 2017 Pearcey Oration + Vic Entrepreneur Award'

    5:00PM - 7:00PM

    The 2017 Pearcey Oration will be delivered by Ms Jo Burston of Inspiring Rare Birds fame. Her mission is “to see 1 million more women entrepreneurs within the next 10 years, globally. We want to inspire women. We want to give current entrepreneurs a voice.” Jo will also present the 2017 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. Part of the DIF thought leaders series.
  • Tue 29 Aug - Investing in ideas & people

    'Environment + Social Change' One10

    9:30AM - 11:00AM

    Socially minded tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Melbourne’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation. Join Geoff Gourley from One10 to explore how technology and innovation can influence a positive change to environmental or social and community issues facing Victorian communities, metro and regional areas acknowledged.

    'Investing in Women at Scale'

    12NOON - 1:30PM

    Scale helps investors and entrepreneurial women to connect, invest and succeed. Find out how Scale equips women to become successful investors whose wealth is enhanced through connection with, investment in, and support of women entrepreneurs in early stage businesses. Our founding members are women, but we welcome and include men who share our vision of maximizing returns by supporting early stage businesses that value gender diverse leadership. Hear from Sabine Dejey, Scale Investors Interim co-CEO, Rebecca Zhang Investment Manager and Scale portfolio company, Switch Automation, Deb Noller CEO. It’s sure to be an interesting way to spend your lunch break.

    'Platforms + Collective Intelligence' MindHive

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    How do you effectively engage the crowd? Join this pop-up session to discover how MindHive has built a network of 11427 expert ‘hivers’ are engaging in online problem solving . MindHive verified experts are university researchers, strategic consultants, government leaders, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Collective Intelligence not only enhances a culture of innovation and collaboration, it accelerates it. Find out why it makes sense to use the power of disruptive collaboration technology to address problems that matter.

    'Investing your time wisely at the start'

    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    WHY NOW? When to fund What need in what sequence and from Whom to support growth? WHY? Collaboration is an essential element to entrepreneurial success. Knowing when to network and engage with whom for what purpose to drive your entrepreneurial spirit. Hear the collective learning from entrepreneurs with host Ernest Stabek, Coach for SME’s and startups. Despite some challenges, skill gaps, false starts and bad decisions we can still achieve our goals. Growth is rarely a straight line to success - it's driven by collaboration and sometimes in directions, you never thought of when you started out.

  • Wed 30 Aug - Platforms for Change

    Digital Civil Society

    9:30AM - 11:00AM

    Digital civil society includes all the ways people and organizations voluntarily use private resources for public benefit in a digital age. The rapid adoption of digital tools for social and political action has resulted in a complicated new sphere that Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) refer to as “digital civil society”. Discover how civil society is emerging at the intersection of several domains: nonprofits, associations, and philanthropy; market solutions for social good; political action; and digital data and infrastructure.


    Hear from BeCollective, Metavents Rock Against Poverty and Social Innovation Network Inc. how they harness community and connections through digital platforms to make a difference.

    'Digital marketing 101' with Sam Hurley - Creative Anthropologist

    12NOON - 1:30PM

    Digital Marketing is becoming more and more important to a businesses success in attract , converting and retaining their target customers. In this fast paced lunch and learn, discover all of the key elements to using digital marketing for your business. Including: What is digital marketing. Where to start. Planning your digital strategy. The importance of being human centred . An overview of digital marketing channels and tactics. Resources, tools, tips and tricks. This is for business owners and marketing professionals ready to utilise the digital landscape to their businesses advantage. Join Sam Hurley from Marketing Entourage and learn the basics.

    'Open Innovation + Challenges + Hacks + Jams – What’s next'

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Open Innovation relies on people crossing boundaries wearing multiple hats and thinking outside the proverbial box. These digital change agents in government, industry and academia are the 'connectors in between' that foster collaboration and disrupt systems. Kathy Reid from GovHack Geelong and Linux Australia raised issues about the sustainability of the model – posing the question are we Peak Hackathon? This deep dive will bring together actors across the network to ask What’s next?

    'What the tech?' Social Innovation Network

    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    Social Innovation Network co-founder Megan Wright leads an evening ‘What the tech?’ exploring the challenges and highlights of social change makers on their journey through the tech space. During this event, you will hear from successful entrepreneurs who have jumped the chasm of failure while bringing about social impact in the digital space. What drove them through their hard times? What tips, tricks and take-homes can they provide you t6o help you along your path? Join Jacinta Carboon CEO, Sqaureweave, Amanda Miller Impact Investor at Impact Generation and others.

  • Thu 31 Aug - The Good & Bad of Disruption

    'Hacking for Good' RHoK + Techfugees

    9:30AM - 11:00AM

    Socially minded tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Melbourne’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation. Meet teams from Techfugees and Random Hacks of Kindness to hear how their solutions have made a real difference to people’s lives.

    TEDxMelbourne Screening

    12NOON - 1:30PM

    In the lead up to TEDx Melbourne Rebels, Revolutionaries and Us on 19th September, 2017 hear about their most daring and ambitious event to date. Immerse yourselves in the minds of intelligent thinkers, revolutionary leaders, and ambitious minds. Watch screenings of last year’s speakers over a sandwich.

    'Impact of Digital Disruption on Trust in Experts' The Conversation

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Digital disruption has transformed the media industry, opening the floodgates to misinformation and fake news and threatening the viability of public interest journalism. This is not merely a threat to the traditional role of journalists in holding power to account: it has also eroded trust in experts and made reliable information difficult to find. To discuss how we can rebuild public trust in experts in the digital era, Lisa Watts, The Conversation's CEO, Michael Brown, Physicist at Monash University and Patrick Stokes, Philosopher at Deakin University will join Charis Palmer (moderator) in conversation.

    'Digital Innovators' Entrepreneurs&Co.

    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    Entrepreneurs&Co. is a community where like-minded people come together to connect, collaborate and learn from the best entrepreneurs in Australia. Come and meet a panel of Melbourne’s home grown digital innovators and hear their story, the challenges they have had to overcome and tips on how to be successful. This event is for anyone interested in the entrepreneurial ecosystem - including experienced business owners, industry partners, corporate intrapreneurs, students and those considering or have recently launched their own startup.
  • Fri 1 Sep : Diversity + Inclusion = Opportunity

    'Disrupting Disability' Clickability + VRWork Pl►ys VR + Cubble

    9:30AM - 11:00AM

    Socially minded tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Melbourne’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation. Hear from Melbourne social entrepreneurs on how they’re disrupting the sector. Aviva Kelcher-Belk, Co-founder of Clickability an Australian disability service directory. Ben McEwing Director and Founder Carben Creative and Bernadette O'Connor CEO Workforce Plus talk about 20Squared the VRWork Pl►ys VR Game is to engage young people to think about a career in the disability sector. Finally Cuuble a platform for inclusive communities by Alan Lloyd.

    ‘Can you afford to ignore the Female Economy?’ with Jacinta Carboon + TechDiversity Panel

    12NOON - 1:30PM

    TechDiversity and the Australian Information Industry Association presents Jacinta Carboon, CEO Squareweave and TEDx Melbourne presenter, discussing the female economy particularly within the digital community. As businesses tap into the burgeoning female economy and change the game for women they can thrive across all levels of an organisation. Jacinta will be followed by a panel discussion by winners and sponsors of the 2017 TechDiversity Awards program including Avanade, Cultural Infusion, Dattner Grant, DCC Jobs, FourPL, Seamless and Vodafone.

    'Making Human Centred Design Inclusive' Autism CRC

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Human Centred Design or Design Thinking has become a popular methodology for developing applications. However, HCD methodologies are themselves designed with neurotypical humans in mind, and thus need to be modified to cater for the diverse needs of autistic adults. Learn from Wojciech Nadachowski, Autism CRC, Chief Operating Officer, and Rochelle Johnson, ANZ, Systems Analyst how the team approached this opportunity #apps4autism hackathon was #TechDiversity Merit Award Winners for 2017 in the Business category.

    'Discover the Hub Coworking Ecosystem'

    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    End the day with some of Melbourne’s home-grown tech companies, co-founders or lone rangers. Join Hub Members for their regular end of week drinks. Who knows who you might meet?

  • Mon 4 Sep - Digital Opportunities

    'Making a Difference' with TOM: Melbourne Makeathon for Assistive Technology

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, this session is canceled

    Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) is a global 72 hour Makeathon coming to Melbourne once more 1-3 December at Swinburne University. Teams develop hardware and software product prototypes designed to meet the needs that people with disabilities identify most important to them. By bringing together people who understand these needs (‘Need-Knowers’) alongside engineers, designers, developers and health professionals ('Makers'), and providing a space for innovation and prototyping, we will create solutions, make new connections and share unique experiences. The TOM Melbourne team invite you to join them to Make A Difference and collaborate in one of the most exciting, creative and innovative experiences of a lifetime.

    'Cyber Security – it’s personal' with Rachel Falk + Dr Julia Cornwell McKean

    12NOON - 1:30PM

    Why should you always be wary of the word “free” when it comes to anything online? Hear from Rachael Falk on the latest trends in this emerging field. As the co-author of the "Five Knows of Cyber Security", a highly regarded and often referenced approach that can be used to effectively manage cyber security risk from the Board down. Dr Julia Cornwell McKean will talk about 'eSecurity: the 'why should I care?' quotient. Having just retired from the Australian public service - at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Australian Communications and Media Authority now is focused on how to get Mr and Mrs Ordinary Australian to understand why they should care about eSecurity.

    International education + digital careers

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Students, educators and industry feedback shows an increasing need for ‘T-shaped’ skills - people with a combination of strong technical expertise and generalist business skills. As a result of this broadening of expectations, digital technology graduates face challenges in securing entry-level jobs, with employers often wanting a level of skill and depth of experience that graduates in single disciplines cannot offer. Participate in an open roundtable discussion between industry, government, academia and student community. Thrash out ideas and explore opportunities to deliver better outcomes for all.

    Startups for over 50’s

    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    There is growing as the number of people engaging in business startups at the age of 50 or over is growing rapidly, with positive economic and social benefits. Hear from Bambi Price, Leon Sterling and Marion Mundana on their tips for becoming a ‘seniorpreneur’ through embracing technology.

  • Tue 5 Sep - Tech Journeys

    'Data for Impact' with Impactful Ventures + NTT Data + Victorian Government

    9:30AM - 11:00AM

    In a world saturated in data, it is quintessential to start harnessing data intelligently in order to create positive social impact. This exciting digital changemaker event will hear from experts from the public, private and NFP sectors around the different approaches of data utilization for impact. Our panel discussion will be centered on delving into important issues around citizen data, data-sharing and data security, open data, big data and how data can be leveraged in the not-for-profit sector to provide actionable intelligence and strategic foresight. If we want to make collective impact, we need to have an inclusive conversation around who is doing what with data, where the gaps are and where the forward-thinking must begin. Please Join us for this free session!

    'IoT and Water'

    12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    What are the opportunities and challenges of the Water Industry in a Digital World? How do we get there in relation to: customer expectation; smart infrastructure and digital technologies; new business models and regulations and secure data sharing?

    Lead by IoT Alliance Australia’s Frank Zeichner CEO, IoTAA & Knowledge Economy Institute in partnership with Pearcey Institute. Australia 3.0’s Colin Farrelly will lead the MindHive Online Roundtable post the face to face deep dive to continue the discussion and put ideas into action. Running from 12noon – 5 pm this is an invite-only event. Interested in attending please contact ICT Sector Development, Employment, Investment and Trade, Victoria State Government

    'Tech social entrepreneurs' with One10

    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    Geoff Gourley from One10 leads a panel discussion with collection of inspiring tech social entrepreneurs that are using technology to solve wicked problems, sharing their challenges, solutions, stakeholder approach and tips.

  • Wed 6 Sep : The Future of Digital Health

    ANDHealth are the lead partner for The DIF @ Hub Melbourne on the final day of the Festival. Showcasing how an integrated ecosystem for the development and commercialisation of evidence-based digital health products can create positive outcomes for Australia.

    Apps for Health + Wellbeing

    9:30AM - 11:00AM

    Socially minded tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Melbourne’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation. Health and wellbeing apps have boomed but not all are created equal. Those backed up by research and evidence based care models are able to deliver real benefits. Join software developers, health practitioners and entrepreneurs to find out how they’ve put the patient at the centre. From rare cancers, to meditation and medication management, there is a lot to explore.

    Digital Health Commercialisation ANDHealt

    12NOON - 1:30PM

    Digital Health- building successful digital health businesses, global trends in digital health, empowering the patient through digital health. Discover the key points for consideration for digital health product success, investment in digital health. Join in this showcase of Victorian digital health companies and find out more about commercialisation process.

    ‘Imagining Australia’s healthcare system in 2050’ ANDHealth + A3.0

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Participate in an open innovation collaboration between industry, government, academia and community. Thrash out ideas and explore digital innovation.

    The DIF Closing Party

    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    So after over 30 sessions, The DIF Showcase comes to a close. Come and celebrate all that Melbourne's digital tech ecosystem has to offer.

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