Wednesday 3 May 2017

12pm - 10pm // Event Cinemas, George St, Sydney CBD

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Convergence 04 Speakers & Panelists

First Round Speaker Line-up Announcement, full schedule details on Programme
  • David Liu

    David Liu

    David Liu

    Creative Director VR, Viacom

    New York

    As the Creative Director of Virtual Reality at Viacom NEXT (New York), David champions combinatorial creativity, working across storytelling and experiential mediums. He has created AAA and indie games, directed television and film productions, and designed large-scale alternate reality games. His resume includes work at Electronic Arts on The Sims 4, the BBC World Service, Singapore Arts Festival, Ford Motors, and SAP.

    Viacom NEXT creates and produces unique VR experiences for brands such as Paramount Pictures and MTV. Their projects have premiered across festivals and game platforms. Notable highlights include Tyler Hurd’s Chocolate (South by Southwest, Sundance); Smash Party VR (launched Dec 2016 on Steam); and MTV’s Open Your Eyes Tilt Brush VR Art Show (USA Presidential Debates, South by South Lawn). Viacom NEXT is a member company of the MIT Media Lab, NYC Media Lab, and NYU Game Center.

    David has worked in Singapore, Australia, and the United States. He holds a Master’s degree from the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Jennifer Wilson

    Jennifer Wilson

    Jennifer Wilson

    The Project Factory (UK/Syd)

    London & Sydney

    Jennifer is a Group Executive Director of The Project Factory, a producer of creative transmedia projects across games, VR, web, mobile and social media. Jennifer is one of the digital worlds true pioneers is the author of several books and papers exploring the digital space. Jennifer has over 25 years experience in interactive consumer engagement with a strong focus on using play and story to engage. She is Council member representing the Animation and New Media Division on the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) and a regular contributor on mobile, games and gamification and linking narrative to consumers across multiple devices.

    The Project Factory creates bespoke digital solutions to address the needs of brands, broadcasters, and governments. Working on global projects with Downton Abbey, Offspring and new film Predestination and the global hit TV series Sherlock, to produce Sherlock: The Network – the Official App.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • John Sietsma

    John Sietsma

    John Sietsma

    Unity Technologies, Evangelist Australia & New Zealand

    Melbourne

    John Sietsma, a software engineer, games developer and educator, combines his long history to help people make the most out of Unity. He has worked on games and Augmented Reality that let people fly planes, play Rugby League, conquer kingdoms, merge the real with the virtual and compose music by waving their arms around! A personal highlight has been teaching new game programmers the skills needed to enter the world of game development.

    Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, an intuitive and flexible development platform used to make wildly creative and intelligently interactive 3D and 2D content. The "author once, deploy everywhere"​ capability ensures developers can publish to all of the most popular platforms. Unity are VR enthusiasts, their highly optimized rendering pipeline can help you achieve exceptional frame rates. That, and the Unity editor’s rapid iteration capabilities, have already helped to make Unity far and away the most widely used VR development platform. Native support is available for: Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Gear VR, Playstation VR and Google Daydream.

    Unity Technologies boasts a thriving community of over 2 million registered developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Singapore, Sweden, Ukraine, the UK and elsewhere the United States.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • John MacLeod

    John MacLeod

    John MacLeod

    Watson & IoT Specialist, IBM

    Sydney

    John is currently IBM's specialist in the Internet of Things (IoT) both at a business and technical level. With skills in electronics, database management, requirements management and software engineering processes my current focus on the IoT is a natural progression. The opportunity presented by the IoT is only limited by our imagination and ability to communicate it to our clients.

    IBM's new Watson Internet of Things (IoT) is a cognitive system that learns from, and infuses intelligence into the physical world. The Internet of Things refers to the growing range of connected devices that send data across the Internet. IoT, can make life easier for all of us. The Internet of Things is now a reality due to the convergence of several technologies, including wireless communications, micro-electrical systems and of course, the Internet.

    Watson is an exciting technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to derive analytic conclusions from enormous sets of unstructured data. Using these techniques from the academic discipline of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Watson is a highly advanced software system designed to run on a range of IBM’s high performance computing systems.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Ben Moir

    Ben Moir

    Ben Moir

    Director, Snepo FabLab & WearableX

    Sydney & New York

    Ben Moir is the founding member of Snepo Research where for the last 10 years he has used his diverse knowledge to design systems incorporating new hardware technology and software. In 2013 Ben setup Wearable Experiments (We:eX) and heads up the technical development and integration of electronics into garments and accessories.

    Formally trained as an Electrical Engineer, he brings to Snepo a commercial grounding but also likes to roll up his sleeves, taking a hands on approach to design and product development. He leads a team of developers, guiding the architecture and philosophy of the bespoke solutions developed at Snepo. One of Snepo’s key points of difference which Ben Moir built into the DNA of the company is its commitment to research. All Snepo staff members are entitled to spend time researching new projects and technology and approaches.

    Through this practice Snepo stays at the forefront of emerging technology and user behaviour. This research also results in a suite of knowledge and tools which Snepo makes available to its clients and which can be leveraged for future projects.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Nick Wailes

    Nick Wailes

    Nick Wailes

    Professor, Associate Dean

    Digital & Innovation, UNSW

    Professor Nick Wailes, Associate Dean (Digital & Innovation), is responsible for leading the digital transformation of the UNSW Business School, he is also Director AGSM Online. Nick will expand the work he is already doing in the digital space to enhance the student learning experience across the Business School through new technologies. Prior to Nick’s appointment as Associate Dean (Digital & Innovation) he was Director of the MBT and AGSM Online; he also has extensive experience gained while Director of the MBA program at the University of Sydney.

    His research has focused on technology and organisational change. He has also conducted research in international and comparative human resource management and strategic management.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • David Zwierzchaczewski

    David Zwierzchaczewski

    David Zwierzchaczewski

    Animation Specialist & Application Engineer

    Autodesk

    David Zwierzchaczewski has been working in the Film/ TV and games industry for over 15 years. Trained as a traditional 2D animator David quickly transitioned over to 3D where he moved up through the production ranks to direct several projects. Some of the recent project he has been involved in are Civilisation V, Dark Siders II, Saints Row the Third, L.A. Noire He is now the resident 3D specialist at Autodesk, where he is on the BETA development teams for Maya, 3DS Max, MudBox and Motion Builder.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9XqguB-cFE

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Mandy Nichols

    Mandy Nichols

    Mandy Nichols

    Film & Fashion, 3D Printing

    Sydney & Melbourne

    Mandy is a costume cutter, maker and stylist whose career spans film, TV, theatre & advertising.

    Graduating from NIDA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (costume) Mandy has worked as a key costume cutter and maker with film credits including  Director Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’ & Academy award & Bafta award winning ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader’, 'Xmen Origins: Wolverine' and 'The Wolverine'.

    Recent credits include key Costume cutter for Director Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant', and  7 network & Foxtel  period television series 'A Place to Call Home' and Costume buyer for 'Truth' featuring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.

    Mandy has worked extensively in theatre as a costume Supervisor and cutter/maker for Australian theatre companies including Belvoir theatre company, The Bell Shakespeare company and Opera Australia.

    Mandy is the current wardrobe director for Fremantle Media Australia's X-factor and regularly works as a stylist in music and advertising.

    In 2015 Mandy received the Churchill Fellowship & Gilbert Spottiswood fellowship to develop expertise in the traditional and current practices of corsetry and couture womenswear.

    This fellowship has strengthened Mandy's studio practice and has also led to a love of writing and documenting fashion after many hours examining couture garments in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Balenciaga Museum in Spain and private collections viewed in Paris.

    Working on costume for 'Gods of Egypt' Mandy used a mixture of traditional costume and 3D printing, we are excited to hear all about her epxerience.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Lindsay Adams

    Lindsay Adams

    Lindsay Adams

    VFX Supervisor, Iloura

    Sydney

    Lindsay Adams has worked in visual effects for over 15 years at several studios including Iloura, ILM, MPC and Animal Logic. He was nominated for a VES award for Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road. Lindsay's work also includes ‘The Avengers’, ‘300’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’. In 2017 he supervised the visual effects for HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ which filmed in Australia.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1271101/

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Damian Candusso

    Damian Candusso

    Damian Candusso

    Associate Professor, School of Communication & Creative Industries

    Charles Sturt University

    Damian provides a unique nexus between industry practice and research in sound and immersive media. He has extensive expertise working at the pinnacle of the film, television, music and non-traditional screen industries. Notable screen credits include: The LEGO Movie, The Great Gatsby, Australia, and 79th Academy Award winning Happy Feet. Damian has been nominated and awarded at both national and international levels including: the Centenary Medal, awarded on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen for his Contribution to Australian Society, the City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition and many peer reviewed awards. Damian has also served on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), a first for an Australian.

    As a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Damian provides innovative research solutions for industry. His research includes sound design, spatial sound design for 3-D film, 360 and Virtual Reality and interactive sound spatialisation.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Darren Woolley

    Darren Woolley

    Darren Woolley

    Global CEO

    TrintyP3 Marketing

    Darren was a scientist, who got into advertising as a copywriter and ended up a creative director.

    After 15 years in advertising he realised when marketers and their agencies work well together amazing things can happen. Unfortunately that is often not the way it pans out. So in 2000 he established TrinityP3 as an independent marketing management consulting company.

    He helps marketers and advertisers work out what agencies they need, then search and select the right agencies to meet those needs. He helps them better engage and align their agencies to their marketing objectives. And we assess and measure the performance of their agencies. 

    Darren has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore so we can help our clients find the right agencies, negotiate the ideal contracts, benchmark the current costs or assess their current processes across Asia Pacific including China, SE Asia and Australia.

    Darren is very engaged in emerging technology, especially through MarTech (marketing automation technology) and AdTech (advertising automation technology). We are very excited to host one of the biggest names in advertising at our next Convergence.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

    Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

    Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

    Program Director of the BAE

    Robots in Architecture

    Dagmar Reinhardt is an architect, Program Director of the BAE and robotics research leader at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney. Reinhardt has recently chaired the ROB|ARCH2016 Robots in Architecture, Art and Design conference that brought international researchers, industry and practice to Australia (www.http://www.robarch2016.org). Reinhardt's architecture practice reinhardtjung produces building projects, installations, curatorial work, research, publications, lectures and exhibitions in Europe and Australia, has been widely published, and received numerous awards (www.reinhardtjung.de).

    Reinhardt’s work extends architectural performance and performativity towards design research and cross-disciplinary practice with audio-acoustics, and structural engineering, with a focus on engineering the acoustic behaviour of curved geometries through generative design and robotic fabrication, and in choreographing relationships between kinect sensing, fabricated materiality, and body movement. Her work with biome explores the mathematical language shared between scripting, sound/music, digital fabrication, interaction design and architecture (www.biome.cc).

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Matt Furse

    Matt Furse

    Matt Furse

    Digital Transformation Specialist

    Internet of Things

    Matt Furse is a Digital Transformation Specialist at Microsoft, focused on the Internet of Things, working in the Australia & New Zealand markets. Matt is responsible for working with a range of Commercial Business, Government and Education customers to develop new thinking and strategies around Digital Transformation and ultimately building out how advancing cloud technologies can function as an accelerants to their business change and disruptors in their markets.

    Matt has over 10-years of direct sales experience at Microsoft, IBM and start-ups working with senior-level line-of-business BDMs as well as senior-level technical contacts delivering on solution-oriented sales motions.

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  • Benjamin Richards

    Benjamin Richards

    Benjamin Richards

    Director of Creative Development & Innovation

    Cutting Edge

    Benjamin Richards has always been extremely passionate about art, science, technology and the moving image. In the early 90s he saw the culmination of his interests in the form of primitive 3D software which resulted in an award winning animated short and since then, he has been involved in nearly all aspects of film and tv production, winning multiple awards for his VFX work and documentaries.

    He worked with Autodesk for 7 years as a technical specialist, living and traveling extensively across Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and North America, working with the likes of Weta, Pixar and Lucasfilm on high profile feature films such as Avatar, Lord of The Rings, Star Wars & The Incredibles and games studios such as EA, Ubisoft and Sony on several AAA game titles, as well as with all manner of technology partners.

    Benjamin is keenly interested in the future of entertainment and the possibilities new technologies such as AR and VR enable. As Director of Creative Development & Innovation for Cutting Edge, he is at the forefront of an exciting new era of storytelling.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Sahil Harriram

    Sahil Harriram

    Sahil Harriram

    CEO / Lead Embedded Engineer

    Elite Robotics

    Sahil is the CEO and Lead Embedded Engineer of Elite Robotics; a start-up from the emerging innovation ecosystem in the greater Newcastle region. In addition to winning UON’s Enterprise Week Pitch Fest, they placed second at DaSH’s pitchfest. Sahil’s role in in the organisation spans from overall business management to designing the embedded system for their robotic solutions.

    He has always been passionate about technology and innovation and this has led him to complete his Honours in Mechatronics Engineering; finishing his thesis on the Software Architectural Design for an autonomous boat used in an international robotics competition (RobotX). Through this project he developed a framework for the embedded applications of advanced algorithms for autonomous vehicle control. 

    Sahil also has experience programming machine learning algorithms for vehicle guidance and probabilistic state estimation algorithms used as part of the vehicle’s navigation system.

    While at the University of Newcastle he completed a semester exchange at the Karl Benz School at Karlsruhe Institute für Technologie. This led him to get involved with UON’s Exchange Student Network where as President he managed a team of 8 students to build a social platform to enable exchange students to interact with domestic students, which helped them win two Campus life awards.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Peter Xing

    Peter Xing

    Peter Xing

    Technology & Innovation

    KPMG

    Peter is a Technology & Innovation Manager at KPMG. He has been extensively covering the recent developments in artificial intelligence and its impact on business and the future of humanity. Peter is also the co-founder of Transhumanism Australia, a community that educates and invests in scientific research and technologies which enhance the human biological condition.

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  • David Francis

    David Francis

    David Francis

    Head of Sales APAC

    Zappar & Virtual Method

    Augmented Reality and Virtual Interfaces are David's area of specialisation, finding their best utility, application and monetisation in the real world, without breaking User Experience. David deploys large AR and VR campaigns in Live environments, working with premium global brands. His skills cover AR, VR, Geo-Fencing, BLE proximity, Acoustic Fingerprinting, Haptics, 3D/4D Printing and sensor-based biometrics, frontier technologies.

    Zappar is a clever little app that can see and recognise images and objects in the world around us. Once it sees things it knows, it uses Augmented Reality to make them come to life. AR is just a fancypants way of saying that the app adds things to the camera view that aren’t actually there.

    With Zappar you can turn almost anything into a TV channel, a video game or even one of those social networking sites. Zappar adds a new visual dimension to the world for you to explore.

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  • Roger Lawrence

    Roger Lawrence

    Roger Lawrence

    Founder and Director

    Vice Versa Reality

    A successful technology executive, with broad experience in all aspects of advising enterprise executives, managing high-calibre technologists and facilitating business results across both infrastructure and development domains.

    Chief Technologist and strategic advisor for business and government covering topics that include; innovation, the Internet of Things, wearable computing, applications modernisation, unified communications, Big Data, social media, security, mobile computing and cloud tech.

    A startup entrepreneur who empowers other professionals through innovation in the latest technologies, including IoT, wearable computing and 3D printing.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Mathew Hermans

    Mathew Hermans

    Mathew Hermans

    VR CG Supervisor

    Electric Lens Co.

    Matt is a young veteran of the advertising industry in Australia. Covering the gamut of TVC, Film and installation mediums he has a wide base of experience over the past 15 years. During this time he developed dangerously futuristic workflows at Fuel and Alt VFX while waiting for technology to catch up to his vision.

    Over the past couple of years he has finally met with this intersection of Virtual Reality and VFX.

    Combining the highly technical discipline of high end VFX and ground breaking game engines he is smashing these together to form 'photo-realism on a real-time budget' and pioneer a new area of immersive story telling.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • J'aimee Skippon-Volke

    J'aimee Skippon-Volke

    J'aimee Skippon-Volke

    Festival Director

    Byron Bay International Film Festival

    J’aimee Skippon-Volke, Director of the Byron Bay International Film Festival has a growing reputation for cutting-edge curation & developing of rich and diverse programmes of entertaining, inspiring & thought provoking films and film events which enhance our worldview & collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film.

    J’aimee, has a truly international perspective, born in Australia, she spent much of her childhood in NZ, the US & the UK. It was in the UK where the curtains opened on J’aimee’s love of underground & independent cinema. Growing up in Covent Garden in Central London, she discovered the cinematic offerings at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) a hub for the exploration of radical art & culture.

    She worked in the UK’s TV industry & after a stint in the USA, decided to ‘give Australia a go’. J’aimee and her partner Osvaldo Alfaro, BBFF’s Technical Director, have grown BBFF’s unique culture and flourishing international reputation. Seeing both esteemed international filmmakers and emerging values-aligned artists vying for a place in its programme. With trademark ethics and selectivity, BBFF offers audience members & filmmakers the opportunity to be part of more meaningful screen culture experience.

    Experienced in film and visual effects production J'aimee has turned her focus to both producing and curating immersive content as well as traditional film.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Luke Bubb

    Luke Bubb

    Luke Bubb

    Artist / Art Director / Concept Design

    Moving Peaks, Byron Bay

    Luke is a South African born artist living in Australia working primarily with design, storytelling and emotional experience projects to create original narratives in the Art's, Film and Virtual Reality mediums.

    Currently commercial projects involve world building, environment design and art direction for Virtual Reality. Personal projects include abstract expression artworks for a collaborative exhibition and healing concept designs for property developers.

    The last 10 years have seen him create work for Australia's award winning studios including AltVFX, FuelVFX, FIN Design, Umeric, Cutting Edge and Method Studios.

    His work on Orrery Sequence in Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus gained internationally attention and has been published on sites such as FXguide and in magazines including Cinefex.

    Luke’s commercial clients include the BBC, VISA, SBS Travel, MTV, GE, Nokia, NEC, Kirin, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Cadbury, Ford, Lexus, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Toyota.

    Films include Prometheus, Australia, The Tree, Bedtime Stories, The Spirit, The Square and Tomorrow When the War Began.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Osvaldo Alfaro

    Osvaldo Alfaro

    Osvaldo Alfaro

    Technical Director

    Byron Bay International Film Festival

    Realtime electronic immersion, film and future evangelist.

    Throughout his life Osvaldo has had a passion for imagery, be it captured or delivered utilising multiple formats and techniques. This passion has driven Osvaldo in his career, from an early love of drawing then onto photography and cinematography through to today’s highly technical advances in synthetic image creation.

    While still active in film and TV production crews since leaving school Osvaldo also strives to keep up to date with new techniques in software with programmes like 3dsMax and more recently Houdini FX. After working on several feature films in VFX he cemented his skills using Substance Live, Unreal Engine 4 and the Adobe Creative Cloud.

    He is passionate about stereoscopy, designing and creating his own rig for 2 GoPro 3 Black cameras and a Zoom H4n.

    Osvaldo is the technical director of both the Convergence Film Festival and the Byron Bay INternational Film Festival.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Craig Murphy

    Craig Murphy

    Craig Murphy

    Cloud & IoT Specialist

    IBM

    An experienced technology advisor/advocate for cloud computing, cloud based applications, virtualisation, backup and disaster recovery. Helping businesses with moving into the cloud, building a cloud strategy and implementing cloud based services and the "Internet of Things" for business applications projects.

    Specialist implementation services provided for IBM Power Systems. Long history working with IBM i (iSeries) systems, Audits, Implementation, Management, Migrations, Upgrades and system decommissioning.

    Specialties: Technology Evangelist for Cloud Computing, Solution Design for Private - Hybrid - Public cloud, Virtualisation (Xen, VMware, PowerVM) and IBMi (iSeries, AS/400).

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Vaughan Knight

    Vaughan Knight

    Vaughan Knight

    Technical Evangelism Lead

    Microsoft

    Vaughan is a Technical Evangelism Lead at Microsoft, he heads up the team focused on engaging with the developer and IT pro community, whether it be in tech start-ups, ISVs, enterprise, gaming studios or students beginning their careers.

    The era of holographic computing is here and Microsoft's HoloLens is next-generation technology enabled by Windows 10 that puts you at the centre of a world that blends holograms with reality. Holograms are the next evolution in computing. With this vision in mind, hardware, software, and design came together to create the first fully untethered holographic computer.

    The HoloLens headset is a bold piece of hardware and the most exciting evidence yet that Microsoft is taking wearable tech very seriously. We are very excited to be hosting Lawrence and hearing more about the exciting augmented unteathered holographic computer:  HoloLens.

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  • Sammy Pfeiffer

    Sammy Pfeiffer

    Sammy Pfeiffer

    PhD Robotics Engineer

    UTS Magic Lab

    Sammy is a passionate and versatile robotics engineer from the UPC: BarcelonaTech who has been working in robotics as a hobby, as part of his role in the UPC Robotics Club and as part of his previous job at PAL Robotics bringing to life their humanoid platforms. Sammy has worked developing drivers, low level control, navigation, manipulation, perception, robot behaviours, human robot interfaces and many other challenges found during his career.

    He is currently pursuing a PhD at UTS in The Magic Lab following his interests about humanoid robots and the latest technologies.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Kelly-Ann Denton

    Kelly-Ann Denton

    Kelly-Ann Denton

    Director

    imagineer.me

    Kelly-Ann Denton is the Director of Creative Learning at imagineer.me, an agency which works with The Visual Mind and Neuroscience in order to guide individuals toward more innovative and pre-determined realities.

    Commencing a visual language and visual culture practice in 1993 she holds a post graduate degree in Visual Art and is partnered with Professor David Alais, School of Psychology - University of Sydney to instruct learning and comprehension based on 93% of all we understand: vision, sight and perception.

    Kelly-Ann has designed visual education and imagination programs for two decades and written curricula for universities, government (state and federal), not for profit, and international corporations as well as individuals. The material has been consistently updated with new research related to the visual mind and neuroplasticity and she leads in the field of visual learning for adults. Her expertise is founded on a comprehensive understanding of how we see, how we imagine and how we remember in order to make sense of our environments and create new realities.

    Kelly-Ann has informed and lectured internationally at such institutions as Scuola superiore Sant’Anna Pisa where she was associated with the Virtual Reality (VR) team informing how our perception of reality is fluid based on how we process what we see.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Brian Bailey

    Brian Bailey

    Brian Bailey

    Technology Innovation Manager

    Sydney University

    Brian is a Strategic, Connector, Ideator, Disruptor and Achiever, where strategy, innovation and technology meet; finding better, faster, cheaper and more sustainable ways to get results.

    At Sydney University Brian facilitates the adoption and adaptation of interactive and collaborative learning designs, to transform the Higher Education experience. Coordinating the data, information and knowledge systems of the Faculty Arts and Social Sciences, in partnership with faculty and staff, and the University's Professional Service Units.

    Brian will be hosting our Internet of Things Workshop as part of the Convergence programme.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Samantha Ramlu

    Samantha Ramlu

    Samantha Ramlu

    Managing Director

    Method, NZ

    Managing Director and one of the founders of Method, Sam has over 15 years’ experience working with NZ and international brands. An excellent strategist, innovator, and leader with extensive knowledge in the digital space, she has successfully planned, implemented and produced a range of digital and integrated campaigns for leading brands across a range of industries.

    She's passionate about creating and producing experiences and stories that truly connect with audiences and sees technology as a driver and enabler in making these experiences engaging, fun and immersive.

    She’s now exploring opportunities to collaborate with other creatives and storytellers in the film and documentary industry, and to use virtual and augmented reality to add more depth and immersion to their stories and experiences. As well as this Method are creating their own interactive stories, experiences and games in augmented and virtual reality.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • David Soutar

    David Soutar

    David Soutar

    CEO and Co-founder

    Wattcost

    With over 2 decades of global technical and commercial experience in smart energy, building automation, mobile technologies and consumer products, David is Wattcost’s steady handed leader positioning its game-changing technology for growth. He has a proven track record in product innovation and delivering rapid scale profitably. This expertise is underpinned by a driving desire to create simple, seamless and adaptable products which consumers love to use.

    Wattcost® is a revolutionary new technology that turns your home and its existing appliances into the smart and safe home of the future today!Wattcost Beacon® meter-to-mobile technology leapfrogs the complexity of inter-connecting incompatible devices or the need to replace expensive appliances to manage your home more effectively. Intelligent contextual messages by major appliance and user location. Personalized messages tell you how, where and when to save money. Get inspired competing for the best energy smart home in your area. Compare and switch to the best supplier* based on your actual use.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Kiah Hickson

    Kiah Hickson

    Kiah Hickson

    IoT, Wearbles, Educator

    StartFizz.com

    The spark started at 14, hacking MySpace to out-glitter her friends. Something about the granularity of code would resurface in her 20ʼs.

    After realising her dreams werenʼt being fulfilled and her inability to make animpact, and drawn by the endless possibilities of tech, Kiah quit the corporate world and sold everything she owned to learn code. This knowledge propelled her into a world where making a difference was possible.

    Kiahʼs high impact project is her “Girl on Fire” LED wearables dress, which she uses to inspire young women to learn to code. The dress is also a gateway to Kiahʼs vision of IoT wearables merging with the human body, breaking down disability barriers and access to technology.

    She also teaches code and mentors female high school students, as well as founding Australian startup resource StartFizz.com, leveraging knowledge acquired (sometimes the hard way) through past entrepreneurial projects.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Jed Fisher

    Jed Fisher

    Jed Fisher

    Cofounder & Managing Partner

    4D Pipeline

    Jed is a cofounder and Managing Partner of 4D Pipeline, a digital product design and strategy firm which helps startups and global 100's make great products people love. Specializing in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, web, mobile, and 3D visualization. Clients include AMD, AUDI, Intel, BMW Mini, Unity Technologies, VANS, Dassault Systèmes, Simplygon, SolidWorks, Adidas, Xerox PARC, NVIDIA, Honeywell, Nemetschek, VizRT, Toon Boom, Panasonic, Onuma, and many other leading brands.

    Jed will be discussing digital marketing and retail options that are now possible with 3D, Virtual-Reality, Hololens, and Augmented-Reality experiences (and how these can reach and sell more product). He will share examples from personal experiences and past work and how these technologies have helped his customers.

    ​Jed has led product strategy, product development, and companies before, and has significant hands on experience working with high growth companies. ​He has worked extensively with product and app building, 3D computer graphics, manufacturing, AEC, consumer apps, and entertainment/gaming industries.

    ​Based out of Sydney, Australia.  4D Pipeline has offices in Silicon Valley, Europe, and now Australia. Jed also comments and blogs on 3D, AR, VR, and related topics on his blog.4Dpipeline.com or follow him on twitter @4Dpipeline

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Mark Edwards

    Mark Edwards

    Mark Edwards

    CEO

    Verge:VT

    Mark is a ground-breaking, dynamic and energetic architect and engineer who has earned two patents and numerous awards over his 25-year career; as CEO of Verge:VT, he brings ideas to life in a compelling photorealistic virtual world and enables us to design, comment on and explore spaces and environments in an engaging, compelling and collaborative way.

    Early in Mark's career he created the first ever golf, cricket and tennis simulations for the BBC and Sky TV in the UK and ABC and CBS in the US. His innovation and technology has been purchased by the biggest brands in the world including Unilever, Walmart and Woolworths, and he sold Red Dot Square Solutions, his previous company, to advertising giant WPP in 2009.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • James Dellow

    James Dellow

    James Dellow

    Human-centred designer & technology strategist

    Chief Technology Solutions

    James is a human-centred designer, applying user-centred design, visual thinking and corporate ethnographic techniques, as a technology strategist. James works end-to-end on projects; from user research to solution architecture and helping businesses get the most from technology.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Michela Ledwidge

    Michela Ledwidge

    Michela Ledwidge

    Director

    Mod Productions

    Michela Ledwidge is an artist and director redefining the space between cinema and interactivity. She has over 20 years pioneering experience including building the first website in NSW, establishing the National Library of Australia’s first web service and creating some of the first VR prototypes with VRML in the mid 90s. In Europe she worked on some of the largest digital productions of the dotcom boom and won Britain’s NESTA Invention award for 'remixable film' in 2004. Returning to Australia she won the inaugural Sydney Film Festival Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award in 2009 and, influenced by modding culture, co-founded Studio Mod in 2010 to focus on her vision for playful storytelling. Michela is a regular contributor to production-based research, development and education, and presents regularly at international conferences including SIGGRAPH.

    Recent work includes porting Mod's award-winning immersive interactive cinematic experience, ACO Virtual to room-based VR on the HTC Vive platform, 360 videos for the Rocks Discovery Museum and Mardi Gras 2016, immersive experience, Action Stations for the Australian National Maritime Museum, onboard a submarine and a destroyer, and immersive experience, Power of 1 at Old Parliament House, Canberra.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers
  • Anet Redmer

    Anet Redmer

    Anet Redmer

    UX & Lean Startup Methodologist

    Redmera

    Skilled as digital media engineer, product designer and architect, Anet works across the disciplines of UX design, design thinking and the lean startup method. Originally from Berlin, Anet has worked in Holland, Brussels, New York and Silicon Valley where she worked for innovation platforms such as Living Tomorrow and TomorrowLab, featured by BBC and Discovery Channel.

    As one of Australia's most sought after UX specialists, Anet works for clients such as Telstra and Global Enterprise Services, innovating bio-plastics furniture and collaborating with an Internet of Things start-up. Anet is interested in emerging technologies and finding new ways how they can be leveraged to enhance people's lives with a great user experience.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Anthony Mansour

    Anthony Mansour

    Anthony Mansour

    Mobile & Games Guru

    Recognised as an expert, speaker and contributor to the mobile, game and technology industry, Anthony has built a 20 year career by successfully defining strategy and pioneering innovation for emerging digital industries focusing on mobile, ‘dotcom’ digital and games/play.

    Having worked for and consulted with major telco’s, content providers, agencies, publishers, media companies, production houses, retailers, universities and technology companies in both Australia and overseas, Anthony has built up an invaluable amount of experience and insight to the ever changing digital media landscape.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Anuraj Gambhir

    Anuraj Gambhir

    Anuraj Gambhir

    Strategic Business Advisor & Innovation Evangelist

    Avantage Global

    Anuraj Gambhir is an internationally recognised Strategic Business Advisor and Innovation Evangelist. As an Innovation catalyst Anuraj assists organisations (from mentoring startups to consulting with mature entities) to spearhead their innovation agenda. He has over 25 yrs experience working across the mobile ecosystem spanning 5 continents. A few prominent companies he has worked for include: NASA/JPL, Optus, Logica/Aethos, T-Mobile, Orange, GSM Association, Sharp, Siemens, Spice, Ericsson, MTS, Globacom.

    Anuraj has worked from hands-on technical roles to senior executive management positions and is regarded by many as an industry visionary. He is a valued advisory board member of several organizations globally and also involved with teaching as adjunct faculty. He has spearheaded several innovations in the advanced as well as grass-root level mobile domain in mature and emerging markets. He focuses his efforts on value creation via strategic business development and nurturing breakthrough concepts leading to game changing and disruptive/radical innovation.

    A term he coined over a decade ago - ‘Simplexity’ is the essence of his work in curating relevant ecosystems, embracing digital disruption, designing compelling solutions and delightful end user experiences.

    Some major areas of his focus have been in mobile content/media/entertainment (multimedia convergence), mEducation, mHealth, emerging smart devices (wearables in particular), Internet of Everything, HNI (Human-Nature Interface) and seamless access as a part of the connected world.

    Evening Conference Speakers
  • Patrick Catanzariti

    Patrick Catanzariti

    Patrick Catanzariti

    Founder

    Dev Diner

    Patrick "PatCat" Catanzariti is the founder of Dev Diner, a site helping developers navigate the world of emerging tech with a weekly newsletter, interviews with industry pioneers, opinion pieces and guides for various technologies. He is a contributing editor at SitePoint for emerging tech such as the Internet of Things, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, artificial intelligence and more. He is also an instructor at SitePoint Premium and O'Reilly, a Meta Pioneer and a freelance web developer who clearly loves every opportunity to tinker with something new in a tech demo.

    PatCat is always happy to help newcomers get started in the industry and believes that the key to entering this new era of emerging technologies successfully is to have as many developers entering the field and sharing their knowledge and experience together. If you have any questions around emerging tech, PatCat is your guy.

    Afternoon Conference Speakers

The one guaranteed constant in technology is change and it's adoption is accelerating

We are now seeing a Convergence bringing together separate industries like; IT, telecoms, electronics, manufacturing, media, healthcare, entertainment and education with a blurring of lines as they become one ecosystem.

To explore this we have created a series of events where a diverse group of top industry professionals come together to hear insights from world class speakers, technology brands and thought leaders. Convergence is equal parts conference trade show and networking.

Convergence positions both Sydney and Singapore as hubs for this world changing technical innovation and creativity.

Our next event focuses on:

  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality (VR / AR)
  • Wearable Technology & Smart Devices
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Robotics & Machine Learning (Ai / M2M)

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