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Inside the DIF 4 Sep 2018

07 September 2018

2018 Digital Innovation Festival kicked off with the AISA Cyber Debate,  Yeah Nah, Magnify World, Blockchain APAC, Digital AI Summit, Above all Human and the national iAwards. Congratulations to the winners, speakers and organisers who made the first week such a blast.  

The second and final week of DIF continues at a slower pace with the #DIFhub18 program in the heart of Melbourne. Each day you can explore something new - from smart cities, to women in tech, international business, to cybersecurity and digital health. Regional Victoria is also bustling with events with Wodonga NEDIF, Bendigo BIIF, MAVhack in Geelong and Gippsland as well as GovHack Ballarat. 

Be sure to check out our final flagship events, the Churchill Club Tech Trends Debate (6/9) and Social Innovation Tech Summit (7/9) exemplars of our emerging tech and digital inclusion program for 2018.

See you at the #DIFHub18

Each day is a coworking day with up to 4 sessions on offer: 10 - 11.30am kick off with a morning break with techs sharing their latest innovations; 12.30 - 2pm enjoy a lunch ‘n’ learn session with industry experts; 3 - 4.30pm join in a deep dive discussion with thought leaders and 6 - 7.30pm at the end wind down and meet inspiring entrepreneurs. Each 90-minute session will be unique and provide opportunities to connect and learn. 

Mon 3 Sep Smart Cities Day

Morning T(ech) Digital citizens co-creating smart cities

Lunch ‘n’ Learn What makes a city smart?

Deep Dive Intellistreets re-creating the city

Lessons Learned Smart City, Blockchain City


Tue 4 Sep Women Changing Tech Day

Morning T(ech) Female coders pushing boundaries  

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Women in Digital Business

Deep Dive Feminist Digital Activism

Lessons Learned Digital Divas Making a Difference


Wed 5 Sep International Business Day

Morning T(ech) Export tales 
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Trade + Investment Insights
Deep Dive Setting up for success as a skilled migrant
Lessons Learned Techxpats return downunder


Thu 6 Sep Safe 'N' Sound Day

Morning T(ech)Digital Audio Clinic “Podcasting” 

Lunch ‘n’ LearnMusic platform revolution

Deep Dive Enterprise Cybersecurity

Lessons Learned Cyber tech 


Fri 7 Sep Digital Health Day

Morning T(ech)Digital Health: Improving the lives of patients

Lunch ‘n’ LearnWellness for Entrepreneurs in a Digital World

Lessons Learned Practical Deep Learning for Healthcare

Coworking Pass

Make the most of the amazing #DIFHub18 line up with an all-day coworking pass at Curate Spacein Melbourne CBD. The pass gives you access to every session and access to co-working spaces during the breaks. You'll also be able to help yourself to snacks throughout the day. All for just $20. All sessions will be recorded and available on our DIF Youtube channel.

The 2018 DIF Hub is at Curate Space in the heart of Melbourne CBD.  306 Little Collins Street, enter via Causeway Lane - between Bourke Street Mall. This is an accessible venue via lift to Level 6. 


DIF Featured Events 

The Top Tech Trends Debate

6 September

The Top Tech Trends Debate is unlike anything that currently exists in Australia. The event is run in debate format; showcasing the visions of five leading industry professionals pitching their ideas on the next big thing, and the audience votes. The event is a replica of the successful Churchill Club in Silicon Valley for 20 consecutive years. Bringing it to Australia will be a first.


Social Innovation Tech Summit

7 Sept

Exploring the intersection between technology and social impact, uniting experts in both fields with the emergent leaders of the future. This full day, fully catered event provides every industry sector with practical guidance and compelling case studies of how technologies can drive competitive advantage and positive social outcomes. How are you contributing to the future of our world?

Discover Digital Victoria

The Victorian Government Connecting Regional Communities Program (CRCP) will enable the annual festival to expand to all nine Victorian regions from 2018-2020. We invite you to discover digital Victoria  from Warragul to Wangaratta, Bendigo to Bairnsdale and everywhere in between. With over 50 events check out what's on near you, or why not take a trip and stay for the weekend. 


BIIF Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival

3 - 9 September

The Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival (BIIF) focuses on growing regional tech, innovation and startup communities as it's vital to creating regional jobs. BIIF was created to showcase regional entrepreneurs, help build a community around innovation and technology in regional areas, and connect regional business owners to national and global thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. If you’re a regional business owner, tech professional, or community leader, BIIF is for you. 

The Festival will include a one-day symposium, networking opportunities, a datathon, the Festival of Failure, Bendigo Inventor Awards showcase and announcement of winners and more.  These events will be held on various days throughout the week. 

NEDIF Wodonga

7 September

The North East Digital Innovation Festival (or NEDIF) is an exciting one-day festival being hosted in Wodonga on Friday 7th September 2018

The 2nd annual NEDIF, includes Google Digital Garage, Digital Innovation EXPO and Conference It is an opportunity for local government, industry, and businesses in the region to engage and network with industry experts and identify opportunities for innovation in the workplace.

Join us to learn and discover opportunities to enhance your organisation through digital technology and innovation. See you @TheHub, Wodonga TAFE Space. Register to attend this free event. 

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