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Top Tech Trends Debate 2023

  • 30 Aug 2023
  • 17:15 - 20:30
  • Melbourne Connect , 700 Swanston St, Carlton, Vic

The Top Tech Trends Debate 2023 is not be missed. 

Unlike anything else that exists in Australia, the Top Tech Trends Debate showcases the visions of five leading industry professionals. They pitch their ideas on the next big thing, and the audience votes.

Wednesday 30th August 2023 5:15pm - 8:30pm

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Meet our  Panellists: 

Rupert Walsh, Chief Technology Officer- InnovateGPT

As a seasoned professional and former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, Rupert Walsh's rich background in technology and leadership has been instrumental in driving innovation. His responsibilities have spanned customer executive sponsorship, product development, and fostering relationships with Microsoft product groups. A dedicated board member for a global innovation program, Rupert emphasises design thinking, Test-Driven Development (TDD), DevOps, and automation. His strong commitment to doing things right and innovative problem-solving approaches drives impactful technological advancements at InnovateGPT.

Jane Bunn, Meteorologist 7NEWS, CEO & Founder- Jane's Weather

Jane Bunn is a qualified meteorologist from Melbourne with an infectious enthusiasm for talking about the weather. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Monash University (majoring in Atmospheric Science and Mathematics), Jane was one of nine students from around Australia selected in 2006 to undertake a Graduate Diploma of Meteorology provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Jane is Founder and CEO of Jane's Weather (, a platform that applies machine learning and artificial intelligence to the best performing global weather models along with hyper local observations, to produce specific weather forecasts for use in the decision making process of commercial operations, in agriculture, energy, construction and other industries. Helping Aussie farmers boost their output with precise and actionable weather forecasting.

Jane has over fifteen years experience forecasting the weather in Australia and the US. As a weather consultant, Jane also provides advice to farming communities throughout Victoria, as well as the Country Fire Authority, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and a large number of organisations in the agricultural sector. 

Nigel Dalton- Technology Leader

Nigel Dalton is a passionate lean and agile technology leader with over 30 years of IT-related experience across government, multi-nationals, and start-ups. He has been involved in several ventures, including co-founding a consultancy, Luna Tractor, to help organisations apply systems thinking, lean and agile software development techniques to all aspects of business.

Nigel previously held the role of CIO at REA Group, before heading up the REALABS research and development team. That team was responsible for ensuring REA was ahead of the curve with future technology and social trends, both in the real estate space and beyond.

Dr David Collins- Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering

David is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. His research interests are in developing systems for advanced bioprinting, using novel micromanipulation methods to span the length scales from the single-cell environment to the macro-scale structure.

David has expertise in integrated actuation methods in microfluidic systems, with applications for pattering and sorting of micro specimens. He is engaged in collaborations worldwide.

Dr Nataliya Ilyushina

Nataliya is a forward thinking economist situated at the nexus of technology and the world of work, specifically in areas such as the labour market and human resource management.   She is a  Research Fellow at RMIT University's Blockchain Innovation Hub and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S). Nataliya investigates how AI, automation, and decentralisation are revolutionising our work landscape. She argues that traditional labour markets have become obsolete, necessitating a new conceptual approach to managing the workforce.





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