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The DIF 2016: 1 Day. 7 Experiences.

Showcase of Victorian Innovators

Victoria is a constantly buzzing hub of tech, culture and festivals. Everywhere you look, literally every week, there’s new and enthralling events happening - from future technologies and creative disruption, to design excellence and pushing the boundaries of knowledge - nothing's off limits. Our innovators and entrepreneurs are thinkers and problem solvers who view the world differently and they make a difference through digital technology.

As part of the inaugural Digital Innovation Festival, The DIF provided a sneak preview of the leading innovation events that occur across Victoria annually. As the pinnacle feature of the Digital Innovation Festival, the showcased the pioneers who strive to make a lasting impact on the digital technology ecosystem. Speakers from Above All Human, BuzzConf, Creative Innovation, Melbourne Knowledge Week, Pause Fest, Pivot Summit and Silicon Block Party, MC’d by Rhys Hayes from IE Digital shared their experience. In 2016, The DIF was a one-day-only free event for over 300 people at the iconic Deakin Edge @ Fed Square on the 8th of September.

The DIF 2016 taste test of Victoria's annual innovation events​

Creative Innovation, Melbourne (Nov)

Ci2016 will feature 40+ global leaders, innovators, thinkers and deliver world class ideas and pragmatic solutions. It will offer forecasts, strategies and practices to help transform you and your organisations. Join big and small business, educators, entrepreneurs, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the world. The must-­attend event for everyone seeking fresh insights, ideas, tools and connections.

BuzzConf Technology Festival, Ballan (Nov)

BuzzConf looks like a cutting edge tech conference...and it is! An inclusive, family-friendly Emerging Technology, Futurism, and Innovation conference, where all participants and presenters spend the whole weekend being entertained at a festival in scenic country Victoria.

Pivot Summit Geelong (Dec)

Pivot Summit is back, Friday December 2nd, 2016. The event brings you exciting international, national and local speakers, presenting on all things digital & technology – and how technology is influencing us both personally and professionally.

Pause Fest Melbourne (Feb)

Pause Fest: a catalyst for innovation, a uniter of industries, a platform for the future. Pause Fest stands for the content you can’t Google. Digital disruption has changed the way consumers behave and businesses operate. To truly understand what this means for you and your business, the conference program has been designed around the pillars of the startup - Creative, Tech, Business. Our keynote speakers and panels will take you deep inside each topic, challenging what you thought you knew.

Silicon Block Party by IE, Richmond (Feb/Jun/Sep)

This past year IE, the Innovation and Experience Company, has been focussing on bringing the technology community together with Silicon Block Party. The quarterly, free, event aims to bring the industry up-and-comers together with the experts in the field to form one shared community, with the common goal of networking and knowledge sharing. There’s food trucks, DJs, disco lights and a neon bar, which automatically means everyone’s in for a fun time!

Melbourne Knowledge Week (May)

Melbourne Knowledge Week is a progressive annual festival for a smart and innovative city. We connect people, place, research and technology in collaboration with the knowledge sector to imagine the city of the future:

Above All Human, Melbourne 

above all human is a conference for startup founders, makers, and innovators who want to be successful, best prepared to anticipate the future, build innovative products, and be the most effective entrepreneurs they can be. Learn from some of Silicon Valley and Europe's best founders and investors about how they made it and what they see as the next big breakout categories for startup success. Hear how to grow a global business from Australia from our most successful local entrepreneurs and investors. Be inspired and connect with a community of Australia's most passionate founders and startup teams.

Thanks to Pause Fest for hosting The DIF at their home @ Fed Square

The DIF 2016 Digital Innovation Festival Partners include Above All Human, BuzzConf, Creative Innovation, Melbourne Knowledge Week, Pause Fest, Pivot Summit and Silicon Block Party IE Digital and the Victoria State Government.​
Collaboration is at the core of innovation and The DIF brought together Victoria’s leading events on one stage as the pinnacle of the 2016 Digital Innovation Festival which runs across Victoria from the last week of August to the first week of September. The Digital Innovation Festival or #DIFvic provides a platform to showcase and celebrate Victoria's innovation and digital technology capabilities.

The DIF is designed to highlight and explore the ‘Victorian Difference’ that drives entrepreneurs, students and industry to not only be different but make a difference through excellence in digital technology. This "difference" has made Melbourne Australia’s digital and technology capital, creating innovative and creative approaches to solving local, national and global problems. Victoria has over 8000 tech companies which generate over $34 billion and $3 billion in exports each year.

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