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  • 1 Jul 2019 12:46 | Anonymous

    Industry is moving fast, and technology even faster, and yet our tertiary institutions, and the qualifications they offer can’t seem to keep pace.

    Education is Australia’s third largest export and Victoria’s second largest. To remain competitive, and continue to not only grow our sector, but meet the ever-growing need for tech talent, we need to reconsider how we develop our students into industry-ready professionals.

    The panel discussion was led by Kee Wong of e-Centric Innovations. He was joined by:

     Dr Andy Giddy - Executive Director, Business Innovation, LaTrobe University

    •  Dr Andy Giddy - Executive Director, Business Innovation, LaTrobe University
    • Cameron McIntyre - Managing Director and CEO, carsales.com Limited
    • Mary Lemonis – Executive GM People & Culture at REA Group
    • Paul Naphtali - Managing Partner, Rampersand Venture Capital
    • Tony Bates - Deputy Secretary, Financial Policy & Information Services, Department of Education & Training Victoria

    Together, the panel discussed:

    • The current state of the pool of tech talent
    • Solutions for building a pool of tech talent here in Australia
    • A new education model that would bring together universities and industry

    The Top Takeouts:

    1. The way that technology transforms economies, and education is key pillar of the Victorian economy. Recognition of the power of the Victorian economy however, isn’t high and one of our biggest exports is under threat, not by other universities, rather from online platform players
    2. Local graduates lack technical skills, professional and interpersonal skills and commercial skills.
    3. This talent shortage is undoing the work being done by the Victorian Government to attract international businesses.
    4. Global trend in businesses no longer requiring applicants to have university degree
    5. We have a cultural aversion to innovation.  It’s something that’s feared rather than welcomed and a narrative change is required “people that are using their brains are our greatest resource.”  
    6. Creating a talent pool means getting kids interested and involved in STEM from a young age. We currently aren’t starting early enough.  
    7. The opportunity exists to create a commercial, industry-based credential utilising Australia’s teaching IP.
    8. That credential for students needs to comprise three key components: Best online content, best on-site learning experience, best on-premise practical experience.
    9. The here and now problem is a dislocation between supply and demand.  We should be using this opportunity to create a better model that will address our local demand for tech talent, and alongside that, create an offering to future proof our education industry.
    10. The precinct of Cremorne provides a hotbed and confluence of these elements to create opportunity to prove this new education concept, develop a pilot and scale up.

  • 1 Jul 2019 12:26 | Anonymous

    Please find the following documents pertaining to the forthcoming Churchill Club Incorporated Annual General Meeting for 2019.

    The meeting is to be held on: Thursday 18th July 2019, 5:45pm arrival for a 6pm start - finish approx. 7pm

    The AGM will be held at The Cluster, Level 20, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne. Please be aware that the doors on Queen Street are not accessible after 6pm so we kindly request you arrive prior to 6pm to ensure access.

    Please RSVP to attend the AGM to bec @ churchillclub.org.au by Wednesday 17th July 2019.

    Agenda for the AGM:

    1. Receive the Committee’s Report, presented by CEO

    2. Receive and consider the financial statements for the 2018/19 financial year

    3. Vote on proposed amendments to Association Rules:

    1. Add a new clause 50(5):

    “Following the initial Committee, further Committees may appoint Co-opted Committee members from time to time prior to an annual general meeting to replace any resigning Committee member”.

    2. Amend Clause 53(1): to replace the word “must” with the word “may”

    3. Add a new clause 53(5):

    “Between annual general meetings the Committee may vote amongst themselves to appoint or replace a Chairperson, vice-Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer.”

    4. Hold Committee elections for appointment of new Committee

    Please find below the following information:

    1. Notice of Election of Committee Members, Extract from the Association Rules and Committee Nomination Form 
    2. Proxy Nomination Form
    3. Association Rules 

    The AGM includes Committee elections as outlined in the Notice of Election of Committee Members.

    Each member is eligible for one vote in the Committee election. Voting is in person at the AGM or you may wish to nominate a proxy to vote for you at the AGM by completing and submitting a Proxy Nomination Form.

    If you would like assistance in arranging a proxy or you would like to vote at the AGM but are unable to attend in person please contact the office.

    If you have any queries relating to the Annual General Meeting please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • 17 Jun 2019 15:28 | Anonymous

    After almost 4 years of taking responsibility for The Churchill Club, it’s with mixed emotion that I announce I’m moving on from the role. With a young family and new opportunities beckoning, I’ve decided it’s time to step aside and make way for a new leadership team to progress the Club further. This is not goodbye as I do intend to hold a different role within the association.

    Since taking over from Brendan Lewis in 2015, I’ve proudly achieved:

    • Formally incorporating the Club as an association and appointing the first Committee
    • Hosting 35 events on topics ranging from AR to fintech through to genome sequencing and robotics
    • Unearthing over 300 tech trends from panellists including 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 so many more
    • Hosting our first annual Top Tech Trends Debate attended by 180 guests
    • Quadrupling the membership base and creating strong partnerships with fantastic organisations who support us, including PwC, Holding Redlich, Luminary, Burninghouse, Avion Communications, and Grant Thornton
    • Receiving grant funding from the City of Melbourne business grants program to assist us in implementing a new website and membership CRM that will enable us to better serve our members.

    Currently taking expressions of interest to get involved

    The Churchill Club has come a long way, and we intend to keep the momentum going – we have our Top Tech Trends Debate (the highlight of the year) already scheduled to take place in 3 September.

    So, we are now seeking expressions of interest from members and the wider community to take a more active role in the Club.

    As I can attest, being involved in this organisation affords opportunities that are rarely offered inside a traditional career structure. Benefits include:

    • Access to influencers in the business and technology community, both here in Victoria and in Silicon Valley
    • An inside running on the latest tech trends as they emerge from an array of perspectives and personalities
    • Develop connections within government at both state and local levels
    • Forum to regularly hone your presentation and moderation skills
    • An opportunity to catapult your personal brand and profile through network connections.

    Our AGM has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday 18 July at 6pm. If you would like to put your name forward to be elected as part of the new Committee, then please contact me directly. More details on the AGM to follow shortly.

    For more information about the changes outlined, we welcome you to please reach out to either myself or one of our Committee members: Susan Keyes-Pearce, Natalie Khoo, Toby Norgate, Pete Bauld or Peter Nolle.

    My departure from the role will be staged to ensure a smooth transition as the Club moves forward. I can share with you that our event next Thursday 20 June, Proteins of the Future, will be the last event I moderate so I encourage you to come along. It will be a fascinating discussion led by the likes of psychologist Dr Matthew Ruby, Lord of the Fries co-founder Amanda Walker and insect guru, Olympia Yarger.

    We hope to see you there.


    Bec Kempster

  • 20 May 2019 14:24 | Anonymous

    Easter is almost upon us, and with that there is a small glimpse of freedom for us all to enjoy. Here we have collated a list of the best tech podcasts and books for those long drives and lazy days.



    Surveillance Valley explores the roots of the internet when it was used as a tool for surveillance and control, and delves deeper into the muddled reality behind the modern privacy movement.

    This book will be a page turner for any individual with an interest in the history of the web, and for those who want to know more about its origins as a weapon.



    A different sort of tech novel, exploring the homogeneous society of Silicon Valley’s tech bro communities. A world where discrimination and harassment are rife within the workplace, this book critiques the entrenched sexism found within what is supposed to be society’s most progressive minds.

    The novel features interviews with the most successful women in tech, and insider scoops on the uncomfortable reality of this inequality. This book shows you how to turn this ‘brotopia’ on its head.



    Although Nadella comes across as technocrat in his part autobiographical book ‘hit refresh’, it is a must read for anyone interested in the life and times of a Microsoft CEO. Born in Hyderabad in India,  Nadella speaks of his childhood, moving to America, his family life and career. Coupled with multiple philosophical and political musings, the book carries across his personality and a particular candid warmth.




    This book will be a page turner for any tech fanatic, documenting the history of emerging tech, and the worries that are often associated with them. The novel explores how we can shift the public’s perception of new tech, whilst touching on themes such as inequality within the industry along the way.





    A more lighthearted take on a seemingly doom and gloom subject, Zach and Dr Kelly Weinersmith explore all of the new and emerging tech that will either make or break the world. It covers real and imagined technologies that could potentially change the world, and what steps would have to be taken to create and release them.




    This podcast is a fan favourite, and one of the most successful and well respected tech podcasts out there. The three hosts are some of the best developers in the industry, and listening in on their discussions almost feels like a privilege at times.  The show ranges from in depth explanations of the latest products, to light-hearted banter between tech friends with a bit of everything packed into the 2 hour time-slot.


    A podcast focused on the more human side of tech, this one is for all the people struggling to integrate tech such as their Apple Watch or Google Home into their daily routine. The show gives tips on how to make time for your weekend coding project, as well as how to tackle your greatest tech woes.


    This podcast stands out from the rest with its round-table discussions. The two hosts have two new industry guests each week, and with each episode under 30 minutes it is a perfect podcast for those short on time. Each episode covers a range of topics, from Windows 10 to online advertising. Although the episodes are short, they always cover the latest events as well as a couple of extra surprises for a show that packs a punch.


    An all female podcast that explores everything tech and geek culture. Featuring Mashable’s Senior Tech Correspondent and Media Specialist Christina Warren, Game Development and Tech Feminist, Brianna Wu; and Family Gaming and Diversity Writer, Simone De Rochefort. Their knowledge and love of tech, video games and everything in-between is the perfect formula for a podcast like no other.

  • 20 May 2019 14:23 | Anonymous

    We’ve all received a Facebook message request about an unclaimed lottery, or felt quietly smug after confidently deleting a dodgy text from the “bank”. But the reality of cybercrime in 2019 is that it’s never been more insidious, prevalent, or successful than it is right now and it’s only set to get worse.  

    As it does, our April panel discussed how the cyber security market is evolving alongside cybercrime, and found we really are in a race to secure our data, and the way we operate as individuals, and businesses, in almost every facet of our hyper-connected lives.


    • The state of the current cyber security market

    • The most common threats

    • Attitudes of businesses to cyber security and the current safeguards and solutions

    • Role of government and regulators

    • Where the market is heading



    1. Phishing attacks have risen by 76%, surpassing malware.

    2. You should have two-factor authentication on everything.

    3. You should also have a password manager for everything but your email and banking.

    4. Use the biometrics available on your devices. There are new measures on the way like voice recognition alongside of blood flow, which can be detected by cameras.

    5. Patch your software, otherwise you increase the risk of attack each day you don’t.

    6. Security should be incorporated during development, rather than reverse engineered into the final product.

    7. SME’s need to make cybersecurity a priority. Don’t stick your head in the sand, take action before it’s too late.

    8. Seek out resources to help you secure your networks. We recommend beginning with the eSafety Commissioner.

    9. The perception is that Australia either doesn’t understand cyber security, or it doesn’t take it seriously thanks to the poorly written Telecommunications Assistance and Access Act introduced in December of 2018.

    10. Quantum computing may soon become a reality, and when it does everything we know about cybersecurity will be turned on its head.

  • 20 May 2019 14:21 | Anonymous

    Between 2002 and 2015, clothing sales almost doubled to $1.8 trillion. Fast fashion alone is expected to reach $2.1 trillion by 2025. On average, we’re buying 60% more and keeping it for half as long as we did 15 years ago. Australians in particular, are the second-largest consumers of new textiles, yet our local retailers are struggling and there is a seemingly endless procession of stalwart brands announcing they’re going into administration every other week. 

    Our March panel showed us that the future might not be so grim though, with an emerging convergence between the survival Australian retail and the survival of the planet, driven by digital.  

    We explored:

    • What is digital transformation in fashion

    • How values are driving a new retail landscape

    • The re-emergence of bricks-and-mortar

    • Digital as an enabler for ethics (supply chain transparency and sustainability)

    • Advances in manufacturing

    • The role of data



    1. Successful digital transformations are accountable to a need and the customer, rather than driven by trend or hype.

    2. Consumers are seeking to bond with brands that mirror their values, and are open and transparent about their purpose and supply chain.

    3. Whilst transparency and artistry generally mean a higher price point, consumers are willing to pay provided you engage them in the experience.

    4. Find ways to engage through shared values at every touchpoint by telling your brand story and combining the tangible with the intellectual and emotional.

    5. In the new age of values-driven, personalised, experiential retail, data remains Queen.  No transformation can occur without it.

    6. Identify your touch points and paths to conversion. All of them.

    7. Pick your platforms, set them up well, and stick with them.

    8. Playing it safe is playing to fail.

    9. Make innovation business-as-usual. Find a way to make R&D a regular event.

    10. The most powerful thing you can do is understand and articulate your value proposition, build a business model that reflects it, and tools that help you execute it.

    Photo by bruce mars from Pexels

  • 20 May 2019 14:18 | Anonymous

    The Churchill Club is excited to announce that the second Top Tech Trends Debate will be held on Wednesday September 4, 2019.

    Like last year, the Debate will feature as part of the State Government’s Digital Innovation Festival.

    Unlike anything else 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 allowing the audience to vote on a winner. The criteria for each trend is that it must not be obvious today but may well be in the future, and will make an explosive impact in 3-5 years’ time.

    Last year’s inaugural debate was a huge success and sold out with over 180 guests in attendance at PwC. Melbourne entrepreneur, Kee Wong, who also sits on the boards of CarSales, Committee for Melbourne and Victoria University (amongst other roles) won the debate. Knowledgeable in all things engineering, IT and business, Kee argued the biggest trend coming our way is “the future of education”.

    He believes that Australia's Higher Education Industry – which is the third largest export revenue for Australia and the highest export revenue for the state of Victoria – is under threat to being disrupted. What’s interesting is his prediction is that the disruption won’t be by other groups of universities, but by online platform players like Amazon et al.

    The Debate is an adaptation of the Top Tech Trends event that has been successfully run by the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley for 20 consecutive years.

    Bec Kempster, CEO of the Churchill Club, also says: “We’re excited to be hosting the Top Tech Trends Debate again in 2019. The format was a huge success and the event gives both the business community and general public the opportunity to peer inside the minds of the pioneers that are investing in our future, to understand how they see our world and to leverage these insights in their own industry or organisation.”

    We encourage the technology community of Victoria to save the date so that you may join us for an evening of insightful, thought-provoking discussion over canapés and drinks.

    Please contact us if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of the Debate.

  • 2 Feb 2019 14:11 | Anonymous

    The Churchill Club is pleased to announce changes to the Committee following last week’s Committee Meeting.

    The Committee moved to co-opt in Peter Bauld as a new member to ensure the Committee size was maintained with Brendan Lewis stepping down.

    Peter is a Director at Deloitte Australia. He’s responsible for delivering the new Deloitte Digital offering across APAC, UK and US managing senior teams, formulating strategy and growth plans to provide clients end-to-end integrated and scalable solutions.

    His previous experience includes founding Our Boys & Girls, Slide Productions and Dominion Cooperative all of which he grew from humble beginnings and personal investment to multimillion dollar operations employing over 1,500 staff and contractors here in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

    Of his appointment, Peter said, “It’s a true honour to be asked to join the Churchill Club committee where I can have the opportunity to help industry understand and implement emerging technology. An already extremely talented team, I hope I can bring my expertise to further strengthen the group through my background and current role as a Director at Deloitte Digital focusing on Emerging Technology across the APAC region.” 

    “We are excited to welcome Peter into the Committee,” said CEO, Bec Kempster. “Peter has extensive experience in running multiple, multimillion dollar businesses, both here and overseas, including in events. His work at Deloitte places him at the cutting edge of emerging technologies, and the opportunities and challenges these technologies present to industry. This is very much aligned with our purpose at the Churchill Club. I look forward to the value Peter will bring as we work this year on increasing our offer to help Victorian businesses reduce friction when implementing emerging technologies.”

    Co-founder and Treasurer, Brendan Lewis, also tended his resignation at the meeting. 

    Brendan, a Melbourne based technologist and entrepreneur, co-founded the Churchill Club in Australia in 2005 and chaired the club for its first ten years. He departs his role with the committee to focus his energies on growing AI company, Real Thing Entertainment into North America & Europe (requiring a relocation to the USA). 

    "It has been great to see Bec and the team take the Churchill Club in new directions whilst remaining true to our founding principles of emerging technology, practical entrepreneurship and innovative thinking”, said Brendan Lewis. “I can leave Australia knowing the Club is in safe hands and Peter Bauld will be a real asset."

    During the meeting, Peter Nolle was appointed as the new Treasurer. As Director of a specialised consulting firm, Treadstone, Peter has extensive business and financial management experience. This has been gained from a career spanning over 17 years in engineering, finance and information technology industries, working both in the UK and, more recently, Australia.

    Chair, Susan Keyes-Pearce said the following of the changes to the Committee, “I’m delighted that Peter Bauld is coming onto the Committee and I know he’ll bring so much to our key reasons for being The Churchill Club. In saying that, we will miss Brendan’s insightful, experienced and always lively input as a Founder, a Committee Member and Treasurer and wish him much success and enjoyment ahead in his new work and life overseas.  I also appreciate very much that current Committee Member, Peter Nolle is stepping into the Treasurer role.” 

  • 18 Dec 2018 14:17 | Anonymous

    ‘Tis the season for catching up on all the interesting books, videos, podcasts and articles you didn’t have time to get through during the year.

    To help you make the most of your precious holiday time, we’ve put together our shortlist for the best books, podcasts and videos on emerging tech that you may have missed in 2018.




    In 2062, Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, politics, economics, everyday human life and, indeed, human death. Will robots become conscious? Will automation take away jobs? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud?

    What lies in store for homo digitalis – the people of the not-so-distant future who will be living amongst fully functioning artificial intelligence? In the tradition of Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that future remains bright.

    Order here.



    Artificial intelligence can be all too human: quick to judge, capable of error, vulnerable to bias. It’s made by humans, after all. Humans make decisions about the laws and standards, the tools, the ethics in this new world. Who benefits. Who gets hurt.

    Made by Humans explores our role and responsibilities in automation. Roaming from Australia to the UK and the US, elite data expert Ellen Broad talks to world leaders in AI about what we need to do next. It is a personal, thought-provoking examination of humans as data and humans as the designers of systems that are meant to help us. 

    Order now.



    Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius's life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

    Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition?

    Order now.



    One of Bill Gates' "5 Books I Loved in 2018".

    In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup 'unicorn' promised to revolutionise the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

    Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn't work. 

    For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos, and encourages us to consider the possible repercussions of our blind faith in a small group of brilliant individuals. 

    Order now.



    From the authors of the best-selling The Second Machine Age, a leader’s guide to success in a rapidly changing economy. 

    Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. The balance now favours the second element of the pair, with massive implications for how we run our companies and live our lives. McAfee and Brynjolfsson deliver a penetrating analysis of a new world and a toolkit for thriving in it.

    Order now.




    Some of the world's leading inventors and researchers share demos, breakthroughs and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world.

    Listen here.



    Candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn't and why. Hosted by Alex Blumberg.

    Listen here.



    Hosted by Churchill Club panelists, James Wilson and Nigel Dalton. In-depth conversations with technology leaders, academics, and AI professionals about all things artificial intelligence. They explore a broad range of topics including AI strategy, technology and ethics providing valuable insights for Australian businesses at all stages of AI adoption.

    Listen here.


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    AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity.

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    Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out -- so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back.

  • 10 Dec 2018 14:19 | Anonymous

    ‘The Good Place’ is a half hour sitcom about four people that have died and think they’ve made it to ‘the good place’ only to discover that (*spoiler alert*) they have not.  In one scene, one of the four - Chidi, a professor of moral philosophy and ethics - is explaining the trolleyproblem.  This century-plus-old thought experiment requires individuals to choose between two terrible outcomes - kill one, or kill five.

    Beneath the light-touch sitcom antics is a very relevant, modern but arguably timeless question - when choosing between the lesser of two evils, how do we choose? And, what should be the consequences of those choices?

    Answering such a question requires a framework of principals, morals and ethics. In our last event for 2018, we looked at what frameworks were being applied to emerging technologies and what the implications are for failing to integrate critical and ethical thinking.  


    • What ethics are

    • The ethical implications of emerging technologies

    • The influence of data

    • The role of government

    • The role of industry



    1. Think of ethics as the ‘should’ questions rather than the credential reasoning of ‘can’.  They allow you to critically assess options, or actions, before you determine the way forward according to your (individual or collective) morals and values.

    2. Emerging technologies are moving out of low-stakes daily scenarios, like predicting what we should watch or buy, and into high-stakes situations like welfare and criminal justice, where they shape society and communities.

    3. Some level of bias is required otherwise algorithms can’t select or decide. Take the machine learning models that power Netflix predictions.

    4. To assess whether bias is ethical we ask if it is FAT – Fair. Accountable. Transparent.

    5. To empower accountability, there needs to be explainability - end users need to understand how algorithms have been build.

    6. Think about the problem you’re solving. Starting with the problem, rather than the technical application, can ensure the solution is accountable.

    7. Emerging technology consultants and developers have a responsibility to inform and guide their clients, ensuring the client understands how the program is developed, what data is used, etc - empowering them in the process.  

    8. Our education system needs to change from its current silo model. Creating more inroads between the two dominant areas of study - Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and STEM - may be the key to equipping future generations with the critical skills required to navigate, create and invent ethical technology.   

    9. Start thinking of technology as core business to get the buy-in you need. Reframing tech according to the problem that you’re trying to solve can help you position it as core business e.g. it’s not a ‘tech problem’, it’s a ‘service issue’.

    10. It’s a common myth that machine learning programs continue to learn, but many don’t. Models need to be retrained, and data updated. Regular maintenance should be considered part of the implementation of any technological solution.

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