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Call for speakers open for 2018 DIF Hub program

3rd September, 2018

What inspires Melbourne's digital innovators to make the difference through technology?

 runs over 10 days from Monday 27 August to Friday 7 September 10.00am – 7.30pm in the heart of the Melbourne CBD @ Curate Space.

Open invitation for Melbourne-based speakers to be part of The DIF Hub line up. 

Register interest here!


The DIF Hub program 2018

Each day is a coworking day with up to 4 sessions on offer: kick off with a morning break with techs sharing their latest innovations; enjoy a lunch ‘n’ learn session with industry experts; join in a deep dive discussion with thought leaders and at the end wind down and meet inspiring entrepreneurs. Each session will be unique and provide opportunities to connect and explore how technology is making a difference in Melbourne.


Day Themes



Mon 27 Aug

Coworking Collabnoration Day

Tue 28 Aug

Digital Careers Day

Wed 29 Aug

Business Transformation Day

Thu 30 Aug

Blockchain Day

Fri 31 Aug

Creative Industries Day

Mon 3 Sep

Smart Cities Day

Tue 4 Sep

Women Changing Tech Day

Wed 5 Sep

International Business Day

Thu 6 Sep

Safe'n'sound Day

Fri 7 Sep

Digital Health Day


Morning T(ech) 10.00 – 11.30 am

Tech entrepreneurs use digital tools to make business and society better. Start your day with those driving digital innovation in Melbourne. Hear the latest ideas or solutions to market from the experts. 

Lunch ‘n’ Learn 12.30 – 2.00 pm

Learn top tips, hear latest trends, get inside info or learn practical guidance. Hear from industry experts from tech to business – there’s something for everyone.

Deep Dive 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Challenge your mind and explore digital innovation. Join an open session and thrash out ideas with others from industry, government and research.

Lessons Learned 6pm – 7.30 pm

Meet Melbourne entrepreneurs and tech startups and hear what they’ve learned along the way. Leadership and resilience are qualities these speakers share.


Session Information

  • Sessions are scheduled Monday 27 August to Friday 7 September.
  • Each day runs from 10.00am to 7.30pm and has four sessions as part of a series,
  • Sessions run for 90minutes and include discussion and networking for audience and panelists to engage.
  • Select sessions will be broadcast via Curate Space online, Facebook Live and available on YouTube post the event.
  • Each day will have a theme that brings together the sessions into a “mini-conference”.


Venue Curate Space

Hosted at Curate Space in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. 306 Little Collins Street, enter via Causeway Lane - between the Bourke St Mall and Little Collins St. This is an accessible venue via lift to Level 6.



Diversity of ideas and people is a core value of the Festival. Speakers will share their varied experiences.

  • Speakers could be a startup entrepreneur, international student, digital evangelist, technology expert, academic leader, government change agent, career changer or skilled migrant who has made Melbourne their home – they are all part of The DIF.
  • Over the past few months people have registered their interest to share their experience and knowledge as part of the festival this year either as an event host or speaker.
  • Speakers will be listed in the full program and information updated on the DIF calendar.


Program Curation

  • Co-creation workshop on 30 July to help create the program with ongoing discussions.
  • This is an open innovation for you to host a session or a whole day. Those who registered as a potential speaker, panelist or MC, will be contacted by the Session Hosts to provide further information to see how they may be a part of their session.
  • Curation of the program will be co-created via the festival management platform, so all hosts are aware of topics and speakers to avoid doubling up and ensure that the series is as representative of the vibrant local ecosystem as possible.

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, in particular in regard to gender equity.




What's the deal?


We know that putting on events can be time consuming and expensive. So, we want to help make it as easy as possible and have worked to craft a deal that works for all stakeholders – we hope you agree.


Victorian Government responsibilities:

  • Management of the venue booking including costs of site and audio-visual hire;
  • Event registration via Eventbrite, managing attendee and waitlists in collaboration with event hosts;
  • Listing on the DIF event calendar website as a Featured Event
  • Promotion of the event via social media @DIFvic, email marketing to industry contacts;
  • Catering costs subsidized apart from income covered by ticket sales budget via Curate Space.
Event Hosts responsibilities:
  • Organizing their allocated session;
  • Recruiting and coordinating speakers ensuring a gender balance across mc, speakers and panelists;
  • Promotion of their sessions and the overall event to their networks via email and social media via #DIFvic;
  • Display digital innovation festival branding on promotional material electronic and print as appropriate;
  • Whilst the department will be calling for open registrations to attend these free sessions, some limited seating will also be set aside for the VIPs via a specific code.
Ticketing Policy:
  • One of the biggest challenges for events is the issue of “no shows”. To guard against this and encourage audiences to value attendance a multi-ticket option will be offered in 2018:
    • $5 per session
    • $20 per day 4 sessions
  • The DIF Hub event series is subsidized by the Department with the following payment terms:
    • Eventbrite registration fees will be added to the total ticket costs;
    • Ticket sales income will defray catering costs.

Key dates

Please note the following key dates, we appreciate the tight timeframes and will work with all partners to deliver a successful event.

  • Register interest open                                          Monday 7 May
  • Co-creation workshop                                          Monday 30 July
  • The DIF Hub Opening                                          Monday 27 August
  • The DIF Hub Closing                                             Friday 7 September

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