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Inside the DIF: Future Focused

Focused on the Future

In a challenging year, DIF encouraged Victorians to think positively about our capabilities, our strengths and our future across all areas of technology. The 2020 Digital Innovation Festival bought a new spirit of optimism with hundreds of speakers and partners sharing their stories. We encourage everyone to keep the conversations going and explore the future together. DIF On Demand has 52 session focused on the future available now so tune in and be inspired.


Read more about this year's DIF2020 Festival



DIF On Demand

Did you miss part of DIF2020 this year? Well you are in luck! There are over 80 On Demand events online and available for you to watch anytime until 31 Oct! 

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Featured DIF Event Partner 

Annually the Pearcey Foundation hosts a series of events for the DIF Festival, bringing together industry, research, government and community sectors to address the big questions about the role of technology in the future of Australia. They also announce the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Year and we congratulate the 2020 Awardee, Grant Petty, founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design. Now with DIF On Demand you can catch up on past Pearcey events not just from this year but right from the start of DIF in 2016!

2020 Pearcey Oration

John Blackburn AO on Resilience & Preparedness in an Age of Mistrust


Imagine the future! We must if we want it to be better than today. Are you an innovator, founder, investor, business operator, professional, student, politician, academic, tradesperson? Whatever your role in society, a better future needs your voice to do a better job of making our nation an integrated community with technology as a vital plank for persistent, adaptive resilience and self-reliance in a post-pandemic century. Hear the 2020 Pearcey Orator, John Blackburn AO, Air Vice-Marshal (Retd) and Chair of The Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER), explore the pertinent topic of resilience and the future.


Enabling a Resilient Future

Pearcey Institute
DIF 2020 Roundtable

"Can Australia be a technology-led economy post the 2020 Pandemic?" ask thought leaders from health, gov, industry and academia.


School Hackathon

Scienceworks and Pearcey Foundation

"How might digital innovations support Victorians to adapt to change?" panel discussion to set the scene for 50 year 9 and 10 students!



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DSI Australia  and
Pearcey Foundation

"Want a positive, resilient and inclusive future?" Cards for the Future saw people pitch their idea of what the daily scenario 'thing' was...


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