Keynote Speakers

Steve Sammartino

Morning Keynote Speaker – Steve Sammartino

Steve wrote his first lines of computer code at age 10. He is one Australia’s most respected futurists and business technologists. He has an incredible ability to make sense of how emerging technology applies to your industry.

After completing studies in Economics and Finance at university he worked in multiple Fortune 500 companies including Proctor & Gamble, SAB Miller, Kimberly Clark, Mondelez (Kraft / Cadbury), WPP (the world’s biggest media company). He held many senior positions culminating in Directorships before decided to revert to his true passion for technology. His experience means he intimately understands the disruptive forces many established companies are facing today.

Steve has had multiple technology startups and he launched one of the first ‘Sharing Economy’ startups Rentoid.com, before Uber or Airbnb. He now invests in emerging technologies and has multiple advisory board positions in startups involved in a variety of disruptive technologies across the airline industry, automotive, real estate & co-working, internet of things, quantified Self, mobile applications, and 3D printing technologies.

Extreme projects are something Steve loves doing, in order to demonstrate what is possible today. He recently built a full size driveable Lego car from 500,000 pieces. It has an engine made completely from Lego, and it runs on air. He also crowd funded the project on Twitter. It has over 8 million views on Youtube and was a global news story. He also put a toy space ship into earth orbit for under $2000 to prove how cheap powerful technology has become.

His debut book, The Great Fragmentation, is a technology strategy manifesto for the modern age. It has been translated into multiple languages and has received rave reviews from some of the world’s leading business thinkers. In 2017 Steve published his highly anticipated second book, The Lessons School Forgot, How to hack your way through the technology revolution.

A media commentator on technology and the future, Steve is a regular on the ABC and provides expert assessment on the rapidly evolving technology sector. He has also been featured on the BBC, The Smithsonian Institute, The Discovery Channel, Mashable, Wired, The LA times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and even had documentaries made about his projects.

Dr Anita Heiss

Afternoon Keynote - Dr Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, children’s novels and non-fiction. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Aboriginal literature. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.

Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards for her memoir Am I Black Enough for You? and she was a finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. Anita Board Member of the State Library of Queensland, and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a 'creative disruptor'. Anita's novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award, and latest book (as editor) is Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.



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