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We facilitate events and discussions with the industry thought leaders – and we invite you to join us the conversation.

Past speakers include founders and executives of major companies such as Sausage Software founder Steve Outrim, Hitwise Founder Adrian Giles, Founder of Atlassian Mike Cannon-Brooks, Chief Inventor of REA Group Nigel Dalton, GM of Big Data Analytics at Telstra Mark Moloney, Executive Director of Research for Melbourne Health Professor Ingrid Winship, Chief Executive of The Clean Energy Council Kane Thornton, CEO of ITS Australia Susan Harris, and more.

Upcoming Events

    • 4 Mar 2020
    • 17:00 - 19:30
    • State Government of Victoria Investment Centre, Level 46, 55 Collins Street Melbourne
    • 57

    With all the focus on the impact of digital channels on traditional retail stores, it's very easy to think that this is all that fashion is about.

    While the retail debate and future of bricks-and-mortar shopping continues, the fashion industry is looking ahead and transforming itself into a force that is technology enabled, performance driven and customer centred. While traditional perspectives on fashion have focused on personalisation and creativity in design of the product, the manufacturing processes have been all about averages and standardisation. With the advent of digital technologies, standardisation is taking second place to personalisation, and design is all about product for performance. Could fashion be all about looking good and having a competitive advantage that works specifically for you at the same time? And how much of a part do questions around sustainability really influence us when it's time to buy?

    In this event, our panel will be sharing their insights on how technology is challenging our paradigm on what constitutes fashion including:

    • What does hyper-personalisation look like
    • Delivering an omni-channel experience - is it really all digital now
    • The potential of big data and analytics
    • Challenges in innovation - consumer, regulatory, technology
    • Platforms and trends shaping the future

    Presented as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Ideas Program.

    Event Partner - State Government of Victoria


    Rob Fisher - Founder & Director, Tec.fit

    Rob is an experienced start-up founder and company Director with a demonstrated history of working in the technology and retail industry. Rob has an extensive background in Sales, Digital Strategy, Account Management and Capital Raising.

    Rob has co-founded various businesses, including his current business Tec.Fit where he oversees the execution of business wide strategies and operations. Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) majoring in Finance & Management from Monash University, Melbourne.

    Dr James Waldie - Cape Bionics 

    James has studied Aerospace Engineering and Bioastronautics in Australia and the US, with research focusing on new spacesuit designs.

    He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, where he worked principally on his gravity loading skinsuit for astronauts to reduce bone loss in space. Later he served as a Principal Investigator with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deploy his suit to the International Space Station for a 2 week mission in October 2015, and for 6 months in 2017. He was also a consultant at NASA for investigations into reducing the mobility resistance and injury mechanisms of spacesuit gloves.

    James is an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at RMIT, and in 2016 was voted as one of Australia's most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia. He co-founded Cape Bionics to bring the proven benefits of custom-fit compression from the Aerospace industry into the Sports and Medical fields using 3D scans. Previously James worked in Formula 1 and for BAE Systems on drones and the F-35 programme.

    Saskia Fairfull - Founder, IFAB

    A rebel in fashion, Saskia is the founder of the global fashion tech community and new-retail consultancy - IFAB. On a mission to bring the fashion and tech industries together, she works with technology startups and challenger brands to clearly define their position and unique offering in the market.

    An experienced marketing professional with a masterful angle on brand. The Midas touch with communications, social media, events, and community management. Saskia empowers people to harness new and emerging technologies in fashion.

    Final panelist to be advised 

    Ticket price includes drinks, light refreshments and a copy of the event report.

See our past events

13 Feb 2020 Transitioning to Net Zero Emissions
13 Nov 2019 Attention as a Service
20 Jun 2019 Proteins of the Future
7 Mar 2019 The Journey to Digital Transformation in Fashion
14 Feb 2019 Solving the Last Mile in Transport
14 Nov 2018 Navigating the Ethics of Emerging Technologies
11 Oct 2018 Connected Vehicles and Smart Roads
11 Oct 2018 Connected Vehicles and Smart Roads
24 Aug 2018 Implementing an AI Solution - What you need to know
19 Jul 2018 Applying AdTech To Achieve Customer Centricity
14 Jun 2018 The Digital World: Robots in the Office
10 May 2018 The Best of Both Worlds: How Mixed Reality Applications can help Industry
19 Apr 2018 Utilising Voice Technologies: Why Type When You Can Talk?
15 Mar 2018 Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain For Business
15 Feb 2018 Energy Programs and technologies for Victorian Businesses
13 Dec 2017 Failure Is the Way Forward
15 Nov 2017 The Business Case for loT
20 Jul 2017 Should I get my Genome Sequenced?
22 Jun 2017 The Great Australian Battery Race
24 May 2017 The Discipline of Creativity
5 Apr 2017 The Role of AgTech in Food Security
16 Mar 2017 Scaling vs Growing
16 Feb 2017 Intelligent Transport Systems - The opportunity for Victoria
8 Dec 2016 Customer Experience Workshop with Lego® Serious Play®
13 Oct 2016 Doing Purpose Driven Business
8 Sep 2016 FinTech for Business
4 Aug 2016 Raising Capital Without Giving Up Equity
14 Jul 2016 The Devil's in the Data
12 May 2016 Great Questions
14 Apr 2016 How to get PR for your Tech Business
17 Mar 2016 The Role of HR in Innovation
3 Mar 2016 The Art of Negotiation

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