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DIF Hub 2019 Call for Speakers


What inspires Victoria’s digital innovators to make a difference through technology?

Second round EOI close Friday 26 July
Want to host a session or present a talk at DIF Hub 2019? This is an invitation to share your story as part of this year’s Digital Innovation Festival.

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Our innovators and entrepreneurs are thinkers and problem solvers who view the world differently and they make a difference through digital technology – That's the 'Victorian Difference'


We ask everyone how they will make the DIF and invite you to take centre stage to give your answer - from future technologies and creative disruption, to design excellence pushing the boundaries of knowledge - nothing's off limits.

 Announcing the DIF Hub 2019 theme days


Mon 2 Sep

Tue 3 Sep

Wed 4 Sep

Thu 5 Sep

Fri 6 Sep

Digital Economy


Connected World

of Work

Inclusion & Impact


Thanks to LaunchVic, the DIF Hub Melbourne will be hosted at the iconic Goods Shed North in Docklands to hear from the pioneers that strive to make a lasting impact on the digital technology ecosystem across Victoria. This year as part of the Festival, the Victorian Government continues to encourage and promote our local talent.


The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), as the major organiser and sponsor of DIFvic, is calling for expressions of interest from the digital and tech community/sector to be part of the DIF Hub program in 2019.


Who can be a host?

Industry associations, professional bodies, meetup groups, networks, academic researchers and education institutions are all encouraged to get involved. The aim is to offer a range of opportunities for audiences to engage with different parts of the digital and technology sector from startups and entrepreneurs, to students and CEOs.


We also encourage you to and take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with others and submit a joint EOI. If you’re not sure just contact us to find out how best to be involved.


Program Format

+    The DIF Hub runs over 5 days of the festival from Monday 2 to Friday 6 September, 10.00am – 4.30pm.

+    Each day has 3 sessions on offer: kick off with a morning break with techs sharing their latest innovations; enjoy a lunch ‘n’ learn session with industry experts and join in a deep dive discussion with thought leaders in the afternoon.

+    Each session will be unique and provide opportunities to connect and explore how technology is making a difference in Melbourne.

+    Please consider which session meets your interests and that you can create a compelling event to attract an audience.

+     The DIF Hub Working Group is made up of representatives from DJPR, LaunchVic, the Blockchain Centre and the startup community. They will co-curate the program ensure that it is balanced across themes and demographics.


Morning Tech

Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Deep Dive

10.00 – 11.30 am

12.30 – 2.00 pm

3.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make business and society better. Start your day and hear the latest ideas from those driving digital innovation in Melbourne.

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

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


Session Information

+    Sessions run for 90minutes and include discussion and networking for audience and panelists to engage.

+    Each day creates a “mini-conference” that people can join for some part or all.

+    The sessions are free to make the DIF accessible to everyone who wants to attend.

+    The Department, as the principal organiser and sponsor of the Digital Innovation Festival, reserves the right for final approval of sessions to ensure that the event meets the festival core values and goals, particularly regarding gender equity. 



Diversity of ideas and people are a core value of the festival. Speakers are invited to share their varied experiences of our vibrant ecosystem – whether a startup entrepreneur, international student, digital evangelist, technology expert, academic leader, government change agent, seniorpreneur or skilled migrant who has made Melbourne your home – we want you to be part of the DIF.


In line with the Victorian Government's commitments to gender equity, all sessions must strive to have a balance of male and female speakers, MC or panelists. Participants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are also encouraged to participate. If you’re interested to present as a speaker, panelist or MC, please also register your details and we will share with potential event hosts who may just need your expertise to complete their lineup. Please note, presenters will not be paid an appearance or speakers’ fee nor will travel costs be covered.


Suggested topics

The DIF Hub Program will reflect the themes of the 2019 DIF. These are; emerging technologies, future jobs and digital inclusion. If you’re looking for some inspiration here are some suggested topics:

+    Digital careers and skills

+    Jobs of the future

+    Diversity opportunities

+    Investment for growth

+    Fintech/Regtech

+    Internet of Things

+    Cybersecurity

+    Data analytics

+    AI, machine learning

+    Smart cities

+    Tech for social impact 

+    Design thinking/agile


w  Each year the DIF Hub program is located within a coworking space for attendees to work and interact between sessions. The public can have a unique experience and connect with existing members building networks across the sector.

w  The aim is to promote Victoria as the coworking capital of Australia and showcase this expanding sector to both investors and potential members.

w  This year the Melbourne will be the at the Victorian Innovation Hub, Goods Shed North, Docklands alongside Stone and Chalk (2019), following on from Curate Space (2018) and Hub Melbourne (2017).

w  This year sees the first regional program DIF Hub Geelong coordinated by Technology for Geelong and hosted at Runway HQ, Pivot City. This one-day event will kick of DIF Geelong on Friday 23 August. 



Expression of Interest

+    Please submit responses online

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Key dates

+    Tuesday 4 June              EOI open @ DIF Mixer

+    Wednesday 12 June      Slack channel open for collaboration

+    Thursday 27 June          First round EOI

+    Tuesday 2 July                Draft program @ DIF Mixer

+    Friday 26 July                  Second round EOI

+    Tuesday 6 August          Final program launch @ DIF Mixer

+    Friday 23 August            Festival opens

+    Monday 2 September    DIF Hub opens

+    Friday 6 September       DIF Hub and Festival closes


Contact the DIF Hub Team


If you have any questions on how to get involved in the festival, please contact the DIF team to discuss. We promote the festival and event partners via a variety of social media and encourage the community to engage online via the channels below.

Ms Kelly Hutchinson

Digital Innovation Festival Manager

0403 803 543

Ms Harlan Wilkerson

DIF2019 Operations Manager

0438 702 111

Ms Kerryn Nelson

DIF Hub Event Manager

0417 035 536

#DIFvic is the Festival hashtag

DIF on LinkedIn

DIF on Instagram


DIF Hub Geelong inquiries

Stephanie Beitzel

 CEO, Technology for Geelong

(0)422 966 498




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