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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

    • 13 Feb 2020
    • 17:30 - 19:30
    • TBA
    • 65
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    To meet our collective objective of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius we need to make significant changes. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero around 2050.

    Global warming is in large part, an energy issue. In Australia, the electricity and stationary energy (fuels like gas consumed directly rather than used for

    electricity) sectors account for more than half our emissions. Yet energy is a hallmark of modern living. We are continually consuming it as we work, play, create, eat and live.

    As more businesses, organisations and groups pledge their commitment to net zero emissions, we need to understand the pathway to get us there, particularly in how we will meet our energy requirements.

    Join us for this event as our panel discuss:

    • Improving transparency and renewable energy use
    • Using energy more efficiently
    • Smarter procurement of energy
    • Moving beyond carbon neutral to carbon negative

    Event partner - Schneider Electric

    Panelists

    Vanessa Petrie - CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions

    Vanessa is the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions. She has extensive experience leading policy, strategy and infrastructure planning, specialising in sustainability. Well known for being a collaborator, Vanessa brings people, knowledge and ideas together to spark the change we need in a zero carbon world.

    Vanessa joined Beyond Zero Emissions in early 2017, and in that time has partnered with her team to successfully launch Rethinking Cement, Electrifying Industry, The 10 Gigawatt Vision, Collie at the Crossroads, Zero Carbon Communities Guide and the 2018 Australian Local Government Climate Review.

    Prior to joining BZE, Vanessa worked in diverse roles across State and local Government.

    Vanessa is a Board Director of the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group, and a committee member of Climate Emergency Darebin and The Ross House Association. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from RMIT and a Master of Environment from Melbourne University.

    Other panelists TBA

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


    • 4 Mar 2020
    • 17:00 - 19:30
    • Level 46, 55 Collins Street Melbourne
    • 67
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    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.

    Panelists

    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.

    Other panelists to be advised 

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


See our past events

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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