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Convergence 006: business intelligence

Learn, Collaborate, Innovate & Explore

Convergence returns to Sydney on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at the iconic Masonic Convention Centre, on the corner of Pitt and Goulburn Streets, Sydney 2000.

Convergence is a unique blend of conference learning, trade show research and cross-industry networking.

Convergence 006 will focus on the business revolution bring driven by the latest technologies such as:

  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Mixed Reality (MR)
  • Robotics & Drones
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Machine Learning (M2M)
  • Wearable Technology
  • 3D Printing
  • Blockchain / Crypto
  • FinTech / Finance Innovation

Convergence 006 will deliver a high impact conference and trade show, with an executive audience from all over Australia and across the SE Asian region.

Convergence brings together some of Australia's top technology producers and innovators to demonstrate their products to a very hard to reach audience of top executives from a broad range of industries interested in new technology, investors, government policy makers (State and Federal) and other top industry professionals.

Conference brings 400+ top executives who are interested in finding out and buying this technology together giving global brands and SME technology producers and makers access to corporate clients they would never have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.

Main Speakers

  • Tamara McCleary

    Tamara McCleary

    Tamara McCleary

    CEO, Thulium.co

    AI, Robotics, AR, Blockchain (USA)

    International branding expert, technology futurist, marketing/digital strategy consultant, and Thulium CEO Tamara McCleary is ranked by Klear in the Top 1% of global Social Media Influencers and listed as one of the Top 50 Social Influencers of 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Onalytica. Tamara ranks Top 5 in AI, Robotics & IoT, Top 50 Big Data as well as Top 15 Machine to Machine (M2M), Top 50 Blockchain & Top 50 Digital Transformation influencer 2016. Tamara was named #1 Most Influential Woman in MarTech by B2B Marketing and ranked by LeadTail as the 2nd most mentioned person on Twitter by Chief Marketing Officers. Tamara is an IBM Futurist & creator of the trademarked RelationShift® method.

    Keynote Topics: MarTech, Influencer Marketing in B2B & Enterprise, Marketing to Women in the B2C Retail Space, Marketing to Women in FinTech, Generational Marketing, Millennial Marketing, Personal Brand, Social Influence & Thought Leadership, Employee Advocacy & Engagement, The Future of Work, Women's Leadership.

    She counts as clients amazing brands such as: Dell, SAP, Verizon, IBM, SYNNEX, Huawei, Exponent, ANA:BMA, PTC, Kawasaki Motors USA, Appboy, Dynamic Signal, The CMO Club, VentureBeat, KPMG, US Department of Defense.

    As CEO of Thulium, an Influencer Marketing Agency, her focus is Social Media Account-based marketing. Thulium offers Influencer marketing campaigns and programs for B2B, Enterprise, and Government. Specialized B2B experience in IoT, CDN, SDN, Security, Machine Learning, AI, Blockchain, FinTech, Energy & Utilities. B2C influencer campaigns in Consumer Electronics, Wearables, Gaming, Automotive, Powersports, Healthcare, Financial Services, Sport and IoT apparel. Thulium has specialized expertise in Marketing to Women.

    Tamara was the #1 social influencer (documented by third party analytics) at numerous recent conferences in 2016 & 2017 including: IBM Amplify, DistribuTECH, Enterprise Connect, Channel Partners, RSA, NAB Show, Gartner Security, and IBM Interconnect.


    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Sanem Avcil

    Sanem Avcil

    Sanem Avcil

    ARkit, ARCore, Top 10 AR, VR Influencer

    Social Media, Games, Innovation

    Sanem Avcil is one of the worlds top AR, VR, social media and digital influencers. Ranked in the top 5 speakers in the UAS for emerging technology.

    She is ranked in the Top 10 AR / VR Influencers on Twitter (85,000+ followers). Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the AR, VR, games, entertainment and media. Skilled in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Influencer Marketing, Digital Strategy, Mobile Marketing, Mobile Optimization (ASO), Strong entrepreneurship professional studied at MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT Innovation, Harvard CS50, Stanford Computer Science.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Dr Leila Alem

    Dr Leila Alem

    Dr Leila Alem

    Entrepreneur, Principal Consultant & Scientist

    Co-founder of ArcSense, exCSIRO

    Dr Leila Alem is an Entrepreneur, a Principal Consultant and a Scientist in AI and HCI with a passion for helping clients create value and future proof their business. She is the co-founder of ArcSense, a tech start-up for maintaining and improving people’s quality of life as they age. She is also a freelance consultant and coach in corporate entrepreneurship & innovation using emerging technologies. Leila is an Adjunct professor in Human Computer Interaction at UTS and holds a PhD in AI. She was Principal consultant at Thoughtworks for 2 years and Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO for 23 years.

    Leila has an established international profile in Human Computer Interaction, with a special interest in creating novel ways of working, learning and engaging with digital content using mobile, wearable sensing, and AR/VR/MR technologies. She is a sought after keynote at international conferences on emerging technologies. Leila has 100+ publications, and is the editor of the

    following books & international journals :

    Human Factors in Augmented Reality environments

    Recent trends of mobile collaborative augmented reality

    Collaboration in Augmented Reality

    Leila has 25+ years of experience in designing award winning digital products and services to create and deliver value to industries including health, aviation, mining and manufacturing. Her clients include Boeing, Rio Tinto, Thomson, 3M as well as Government Departments at both state and federal level. She won the 2013 NSW State innovation Award in R&D for her work

    with Boeing and was finalist of Women Outstanding Career Achievements Award in 2015.


    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Lawrence Crumpton

    Lawrence Crumpton

    Lawrence Crumpton

    HoloLens & Mixed Reality, Asia

    Microsoft (USA / Australia)

     Mixed Reality is predicted to be most important new tech of 2017.

    A hybrid of both AR and VR, Mixed Reality (MR) is far more advanced than VR because it combines the use of several types of technologies including sensors, advanced optics and next gen computing power. All of this technology bundled into a single device provides the user with the capability to overlay augmented holographic digital content into your real-time space, creating scenarios that are unbelievably realistic.

    How does it work? MR works by scanning your physical environment and creating a 3D map of your surroundings so the device will know exactly where and how to place digital content into that space – realistically – while allowing you to interact with it using gestures. Much different than VR where the user is immersed in a totally different world, MR experiences invite digital content into your real-time surroundings, allowing you to interact with them.

    Microsoft's regional Hololens and MR solution specialist, Lawrence Crumpton, says this technology is promising a powerful hybrid between virtual reality (VR) - a full 360-degree simulation of reality - and augmented reality (AR), which superimposes content on to the existing physical world.

    "Mixed reality is emerging as the next giant leap in the [VR/AR] industry" he said.

    With great new designs in Windows Mixed Reality Headsets from partners like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. These headsets use Microsoft’s platform to enable a single and consistent user interface, standardized inputs, and a universal app platform for developers.

    Previously Lawrence led an Australian team of students to a World Wide victory in the 2014 Imagine Cup – a competition where each year over 100,000 students from 121 countries compete to address some of the world’s most difficult challenges using technology.  As a result, team “Eyenaemia” took home a $50,000 cash prize and a meeting with Bill Gates and are continuing to bring their non-invasive, machine learning based anemia diagnostic solution “Eyenaemia” to market. Born in the American Deep South, today Lawrence is proud to be an Australian citizen.
    We are very excited to host Lawrence at Convergence 005 | SWITCH on 18 September at Marina Bay Sands.


    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Petra Andrén

    Petra Andrén

    Petra Andrén

    CEO, Cicada Innovations

    Australia’s only deep technology “super incubator”

    Petra Andrén is CEO of Cicada Innovations (www.cicadainnovations.com), Australia’s only deep technology “super incubator” home to Australia’s largest collection of 70+ advanced technology entrepreneurs across the medical, engineering, and IT web sciences.

    Prior to leading Cicada Innovations, Petra was Managing Director of Octapharma Australian/New Zealand. She is an ambassador for global non-profit, InBIA, working with sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe. She lectures on entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, and the Australian National University.

    Petra holds a MA (University of Uppsala, Sweden/exchange for thesis work University of Salzburg and University of Vienna, Austria) and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW, and USYD), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Dr Tim Boyle

    Dr Tim Boyle

    Dr Tim Boyle

    Leader, Business Development, ANSTO

    (Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation)

    Dr Tim Boyle was appointed Leader of Business Development at ANSTO in December 2014 and is a well-regarded authority on innovation, knowledge exchange and commercialisation. Prior to joining ANSTO, Tim was a Business Development Manager and Head of Easy Access IP at UNSW Innovations, where he played a pivotal role in the development of the UNSW knowledge transfer model.

    Tim has a strong track record in developing the interface between research and business, with 20 years’ experience across the range of industry engagement, licensing, spin-out, company support and economic development. He also has a detailed understanding of the “impact’ agenda and how to optimise the contribution of academic research to delivering benefits to the economy and society.

    Tim is an emerging thought leader in the field of academic technology transfer and has served as the global administrator for the Easy Access IP consortium of universities, a radical model to accelerate the transfer of IP into commercial use.

    Prior to joining the knowledge exchange and commercialisation sector, Tim worked for Thomson Reuters in the UK, in the fields of project management, business requirements analysis and product development, covering the global pharmaceutical and chemical markets. He has also had an academic research career as a BBSRC Fellow at University College London (UCL) and held postgraduate and graduate industrial research positions with Johnson & Johnson Research and Avexa respectively. Tim served on the Uniseed Investment Committee from 2012 – 2014. Uniseed is a pre-seed and seed stage venture capital firm currently supported by the Universities of Sydney,

    Queensland, Melbourne, CSIRO and UNSW Australia. Tim has acted as an external expert and advisor for several Australian universities, research agencies and medical research institutes, particularly focused on progressive knowledge transfer and innovation strategy.

    His qualifications include a B.MedChem (Hons) and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong. Tim is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and currently serves on the Committee of ShireBiz, an economic development group focussed on business & job creation and growth in the Sutherland Shire region and as Director and Vice-Chair on the board of Knowledge

    Commercialisation Australasia (KCA), the peak professional body leading best practice in industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for publically funded research organisations.


    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Shaun Ray

    Shaun Ray

    Shaun Ray

    Head of Architecture ASEAN

    Amazon Web Services (Singapore)

    Shaun Ray has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology, and is fascinated by what happens next. In his role at AWS, Ray is focused on the needs of cloud native customers, and is actively involved in the South East Asia fintech and blockchain communities. He leads the conversation with some of the largest and most complex organisations on innovation, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, as they deploy critical workloads onto the cloud. As the Head of Architecture, Shaun presents on how AWS has been used by businesses of all industries and sizes to innovate and disrupt their markets.


    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Chris Murphy

    Chris Murphy

    Chris Murphy

    Evangelist Unreal Engine

    Epic Games, Melbourne

    Chris Murphy is an Evangelist for Epic Games and director of Pub Games.With over 10 years of experience using Unreal Engine, a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Multimedia, Chris has a broad skillset across a range of game development disciplines. Chris’ game development credits extend across PC, PS4, iOS and Android.

    Most recently Chris worked with Pub Games to release Primal Carnage: Extinction, for PC and PS4, which has the distinctive title of being the first Australian project implementing the Steam Economy for inter-player sales and trading.

    Chris’ role as Evangelist for Epic Games is to help independent VR developers build successful games with Unreal Engine 4 through support, training and education.

    Chris will be sharing some of the latest developments from Unreal Engine tools in the VR space.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Roger Lawrence

    Roger Lawrence

    Roger Lawrence

    Co-Founder & Director


    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.


    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Annie Harper

    Annie Harper

    Annie Harper


    Equal Reality

    Annie Harper is a Programmer, Artist, High Technology - Human interaction Designer focused on social educational experiences and also the CEO of Equal Reality, which uses Virtual Reality to share the perspective of others.  By practicing habits in virtual reality, one can effect the behavior of individuals, and organizations. Their focus in areas which can have the largest social impact, like diversity and inclusion.

    Founder Annie Harper, originally from the USA, an artist all her life from Discovery Channel, Intel, Ballena Technologies, aids.gov & Burning Man’s famous “Embrace”, Annie taught herself to program and become a software developer at Intel Perceptual Lab where she made CES demos for Intel’s Real-Sense Depth Cameras.

    She has taught game dev with kids at the Sydney Power House Museum as an Educator, building Castle Rush and other Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Games at Silicon Vagabond & teaching 3D software tools at Devika Learning.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Dr Chris Stephenson

    Dr Chris Stephenson

    Dr Chris Stephenson

    Convergence VIP Guest

    Senior Vice President, BearingPoint

    Dr Chris Stephenson has broad experience working with and on boards as a CXO, chair & director in private, public and government sectors. Executive career involving advanced technologies and services from leading global companies. Specific expertise in digital enablement - strategies to allow traditional business to compete with the digital natives and win.

    First hand appreciation of challenges facing international businesses based in Australia - established & managed businesses in most Asian territories including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia while concurrently managing teams in ANZ, Asia, USA and Middle East.

    Holds a Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and received the Worldwide Branding Award for Excellence in Business.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Jack Condon

    Jack Condon

    Jack Condon



    Jack Condon is currently leading the real time rendering team at S1T2. With a background in photomedia and fine arts Condon aims to push the boundaries of technology by experimenting with the application of game design in arts discourse, business and research. In doing so, Condon hopes to expand the definition of gaming whilst bringing its value to other industries. Across this work Condon merges the worlds of technology and art to enhance our understanding of the potential of interactive media.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • 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.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Kelly-Ann Denton

    Kelly-Ann Denton

    Kelly-Ann Denton



    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.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018
  • Suzy Jacobs

    Suzy Jacobs

    Suzy Jacobs

    Convergence MC

    Co-Founder/Director, Finesque

    Suzy Jacobs is the Chief Inspiration Officer for your team or community, known as an inspiring, motivating and thought provoking keynote speaker who captivates audiences as soon as she walks in the room.

    Suzy started out in the sales & training world of big tech companies such as IBM and Compaq before she switched to small business. Having spent time in such diverse sectors as manufacturing, health & wellbeing and business development, Suzy brings years of experience and background knowledge to her role of a lifetime as CEO of She Business Australia.

    She’s a successful business leader and entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries.

    Sydney Speakers April 2018


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