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7th September 2022, Wednesday, 5:15pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Melbourne Connect, 700 Swanston St, Carlton

The Top Tech Trends Debate returns in 2022 with a great line up and the opportunity to meet in-real-life.

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! Would love to join the next one in person. Thank you.”
“The networking event went really well considering how hard it is to pull off online. Can't wait to go again next year, this year was really good considering the circumstances.”


The event is a replica of the Top Tech Trends event that has been 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.

The event features as a closing event for the emerging technologies powering investment stream of the State Government of Victoria's Digital Innovation Festival.


  • General Tickets: $125.00 (no GST) till Monday 5th Sep 2022
  • Corporate General Ticket Group of 10 tickets $1,125.00  till Monday 5th Sep 2022.
  • Annual Membership and Ticket deal  $250  

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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 Panel

Con Frantzeskos


Con is one of the world's leading digital marketing strategists, with over 30 years of experience building magical digital products, growing digital businesses, and advising startups, scaleups, enterprises and governments on how they might innovate, invest and grow in the digital era.

He is the Founder and Managing Director of PENSO, a visionary digital strategy consultancy.

He is a founding Director of LaunchVic, Victoria's startup agency, he is on the advisory board of the Swinburne University of Technology Innovation Precinct and he is a Presenting Partner of The Future Laboratory, one of the world’s most renowned futures consultancies.

He is also an investor and advisor to early-stage B2B SaaS startups whose customers are small-medium businesses.

Penelope Barr


Penelope is a globally-recognised, award-winning innovator, intrapreneur & technologist. Her work has been recognised with Innovation & Technology awards in 5 countries.

Penelope has an exciting track record in helping organisations solve complex problems to meet 21st century challenges. She has 20+ years in global digital and technology roles, building products, leading teams and managing large transformational change programs which means Penelope brings a wealth of experience to the conversation.

Penelope’s career began in marketing which has supported her digital, strategy, communications & product development career, largely in technology domains.

Bienna Chow


Bienna is the Executive Director of Investment Management at Breakthrough Victoria, which manages the Victorian Government’s $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund. Breakthrough Victoria invests in emerging technologies to uplift Victoria's innovation ecosystem and deliver impact returns.

As an international strategist, technologist and investment professional, with a passion for commercialisation of Australian science and technology, Bienna combines experience from multinational corporations and deep tech start-up investments. Bienna has led Bosch’s corporate strategy for Asia Pacific, established Robert Bosch Venture Capital and mentored start-up founders.

Bienna holds a Master of Applied Cybernetics, is a CFA Charterholder and co-founder of Ada's Tribe, an inclusive community to support women in Analytics, Data Science & AI (ADA).

Professor David Grayden


David is Clifford Chair of Neural Engineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology and the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering.

Prof. Grayden's main research interests are in understanding how the brain processes information, how best to present information to the brain using medical bionics, such as the bionic ear and bionic eye, and how to record information from the brain, such as for brain-machine interfaces.

He is also conducting research in epileptic seizure prediction and electrical stimulation to prevent or stop epileptic seizures. He teaches BioDesign Innovation in collaboration with the Melbourne Business School.

Dr Shaanan Cohney


Shaanan is a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His research area is at the intersection of Computer Security and Law where he focuses on technology to product consumers and businesses.

Shaanan’s past experience includes placements as a Cybersecurity Fellow in the office of U.S Senator Ron Wyden, and in the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission.

His work has received multiple awards from both research and industry. Shaanan holds a PhD and Masters in Law from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University.


Presented as a feature event of the DIF2022 Festival which runs from 24th August to 7th September. This event is sponsored by the State Government of Victoria's Digital Innovation Festival as part of the Digital Innovation Futures initiative. #DIFvic #DIF2022 #MaketheDIF

Our beverage sponsor for this year is Starward, award winning whisky distillery in Port Melbourne.

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.

Our prize sponsor is RSM Australia, a world leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to entrepreneurial growth-focused organisations globally.





Returning for its fourth year, over 100 participants attended the Top Tech Trends Debate 2021 held online on Thursday 26 August, 2021 to hear about the emerging trends of the future.

The Churchill Club’s headline event showcased six powerhouse visions for the future of tech, with Dr Andrew Webb’s trend of Proteomics taking the crown for this year's debate.

Proteomics is the analysis of the entire protein complement of a cell, tissue, or organism under a specific and defined set of conditions.

Dr Webb believes that the science of proteomics will transform our understanding of disease and drive personalised healthcare.

Dr Webb and his team of researchers believes that proteomics will change the way in which various diseases are diagnosed and treated. With $1.4 billion already invested in proteomics in the US, excluding academic initiatives, Dr Webb believes we will start to see a bigger impact in the public domain from the significant research underway.

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