August 12th, 2019

Amplify your intelligence, build new networks and be inspired by the future of Data + Science + Tech at D61+ LIVE.

Our program hosts two days of talks, panel sessions and masterclasses covering a wide variety of topics and themes.

Day 1



Bridging the deep tech gap – the Singapore experience

12.00pm – 12.45pm

Speakers: Steve Leonard, SG Innovate

Through the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 masterplan, Singapore is committed to support and translate research, leverage science and technology to address national challenges, as well as to build up the technology-adaptation capacity of our companies to drive economic growth. Aligned with this mission, SGInnovate was established to help ambitious and capable people build “technology-intensive” products from scientific research. What can Australia learn from Singapore’s experience in its development of a deep tech ecosystem and how can the Government, corporates, startups, research institutes and more collaborate to grow and scale tech-intensive businesses globally?




Technoethics — shaping our future through ethical tech design

3.15pm – 4.15pm

Moderator: Shelley Hepworth The Guardian Australia
Speakers: Angie Abdilla, Old Ways, New, Bill Simpson-Young, Gradient Institute,  Dr Dana Kai Bradford, CSIRO

Technology is often portrayed as a disruptive force, reshaping society and economies in its wake. But how can we use ethically designed technology to mould a positive and inclusive future of our choosing? Leaders in the field discuss how we need to reframe our thinking on technologies and talk us through the growing field of Technoethics.




Cyber resilience: adopting an opportunity vs risk culture

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Moderator: Ben Sorensen, CSIRO’s Data61
Speakers: Michelle Price, AustCyber, Rachael Falk, Cyber Security Research Centre, Dr Phil Stimson, DST,  Matthew Wilson, Penten

Nearly one-third of large organisations globally report that they have experienced cybersecurity attacks on their infrastructure. In a landscape of ever-increasing threats, how can we turn the risk of cybersecurity into an opportunity? Top experts in the field discuss our readiness to deal with cyber threats, the cultural and human factor, and the impact on business.



Networking function

5.30pm – 7.30pm

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Join us for an evening of canapés and drinks while you meet and mingle with top researchers in Australia. This is an opportunity to speak to industry leaders, world-leading researchers, as well as global and local technology commentators, about the trends that are shaping Australia’s future.

Expand your network and make new connections. Tickets are limited for this exclusive event.


Day 2



The overview effect: what astronauts can teach us about perspective

9.00am – 9.15am

Speakers: Pamela Melroy, Melroy & Hollett Technology Partners & Nova Systems

Former NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander Pamela Melroy delivers a special message for D61+ LIVE.



Technological advances are driving down the cost of getting into space, democratising the new frontier and creating a space sector made up of startups and private companies. What does the future of space exploration look like? What skills do we need to get us to the moon and beyond? And how does space exploration benefit us Earth-dwellers? Join this stellar panel on a journey to the stars.




The pathway from research to commercialisation can be a long one with many steps. Somewhere along that path Australia seems to drop off. As a nation, we have high research output yet low commercial success. Our panel of experts explore the factors that contribute to this truth and where we go from here.




In the coming decades the world will be reshaped by artificial intelligence, climate change, the rise of Asian economies, demographic ageing, energy storage, changing human experiences and other driving forces. Megatrends are an increasingly popular framework used within the field of strategic foresight to explore future risks and opportunities. Introduced in the early 1980s by US academic professor John Naisbitt, Megatrends are powerful trajectories of change occurring at the intersection of numerous trends and drivers. They can help you mitigate risks, harness opportunities and make wiser choices. In this panel discussion, which directly follows a keynote speech on “Global Megatrends” by Dr Stefan Hajkowicz of Data61, we will hear from leading thinkers within four diverse organisations about how and why they are using the concept. The representatives will be from a large iconic Australian company, a government agency, a small construction firm and a rural community organisation. Each panellist will give a brief summary about how they have used megatrends to inform strategic decisions. The panel will also have tips and suggestions to help members of the audience who may be interested in conducting their own megatrends activity.



*Program subject to change.