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Save the date:  Wednesday 30th October 2024

Venue: Cremorne Digital Hub,  80 Balmain St, Cremorne, Vic

The Top Tech Trends Debate 2024 is underway with a great line up of amazing presenters in a stunning venue.

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.


Feedback from last year: 

“Was such a great debate! I really enjoyed it. Well done everyone.”

Cracker event tonight, well done. Thanks for the invite, I really enjoyed being a part of it.”

"That was really good fun, I enjoyed it!”

 “This was my first Churchill Club event and thought it was really interesting! Thank you.”


The event is a replica of the Top Tech Trends event that was successfully run by the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley for 20 consecutive years. It has now become a Melbourne feature event not to be missed.

Ticket Sales Open in July 2024.

What is the debate about?

The audience gets to vote.

You help shape the top tech trends with your vote whilst learning how these emerging technologies are set to impact our lives.

It’s an opportunity to peer inside the minds that are investing in our future, to understand how they see our world.

Each speaker will deliver one trend that must meet the following criteria:

Are not obvious today, but may well be in the future; and

There'll be an explosive impact in these areas in 3-5 years time.

The panel debates each trend before they vote.

Watch our promotional video from the 2019 event. 

Meet the 5 panellists from TTTD  2023

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 (majoring in Atmospheric Science and Mathematics), Jane was one of nine students 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.

Nigel Dalton - Lean Enterprise Australia

Nigel is a passionate lean and agile technology leader with over 30 years of IT-related experience across government, multi-nationals, and start-ups. Past roles include REA group , Thoughtworks, and is chairman of Lean Enterprise Australia.

Dr David Collins - Biomedical Engineering University of Melbourne

David has expertise in integrated actuation methods in microfluidic systems, with applications for pattering and sorting of microspecimens. He is engaged in collaborations across four continents.His research projects Include: 3D Bioprinting - Engineering the single cell microenvironment, Bioprocess Engineering - High throughput micro-scale separations science Disease on a Chip models - blood brain barrier on a chip systems for studies of neurodegenerative disorders.

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. 


The Churchill Club is a proud DIF Victoria partner and the Top Tech Trends Debate is a feature event of the DIF2023 Festival. This event is sponsored by the Victorian Governmentas part of the Digital Innovation Futures initiative.

DIF2023 runs from 23 August to 6 September. The DIF is delivered in collaboration with a network of partners, including The Churchill Club, and is open for everyone to get involved. 

#DIFvic #DIF2023 #MaketheDIF

Our venue sponsor this year is Melbourne Connect, the amazing event space and event management team in Carlton. Melbourne Connect is part of University of Melbourne.




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