Binary Shift Gippsland's Digital Innovation Conference

Regional Innovation & Startups Conference

27-28 August 2018

Lardner Park VIC 3821

Binary Shift is one of Australia’s top conferences focused specifically on regional innovation, technology and startups.

Founded in Gippsland in 2017, our conference is run by the regions, for the regions. Binary Shift is returning in 2018 with a full day of keynote presentations and panels to be held at Lardner Park on Monday 27th of August, followed by a gala dinner at award-winning paddock-to-plate winery restaurant Hogget Kitchen, and a morning of hands-on workshops run by Infoxchange and Google in Warragul the following day.

  • Be inspired by stories of how regional entrepreneurs are founding startups, going global, and using technology and innovation to grow their business.
  • Learn from industry experts about virtual reality, drones and getting funding for your business.
  • Network with tech and startup professionals from around Victoria and beyond!

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Why innovation, technology and startups?

A startup is a business that sells globally, is technology-enabled, and uses innovation to compete at a global scale. Startups were responsible for almost all the net job growth in Australia over 2003-2014 according to the Australian Financial Review 2016. Deloitte also found that businesses with high levels of technology engagement were 14 times more likely to be innovating, 7 times more likely to be exporting, and 8 times more likely to be creating jobs.

Growing regional tech, innovation and startup communities is vital to creating regional jobs. Binary Shift was created to showcase regional entrepreneurs, help build community around innovation and technology in regional areas, and connect regional business owners to national and global thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. If you’re a regional business owner, tech professional, or community leader, Binary Shift is for you.

Binary Shift is for:

Small business

Learn how to grow your business with startup thinking, innovation and technology. Network with other local business owners and tech experts, and find ways to maximise your business potential using technology.

 

Tech professionals

Connect with industry experts on topics such as virtual reality, drones and AI, and learn how businesses are using technology and innovation to solve real world problems.

 

 

Entrepreneurs

Be inspired by stories of other regional founders and meet other leading entrepreneurs from across Australia and beyond.

 

Government

Learn how to activate startup communities in your region and get to know the startups that already exist in your local area.

Program

Day 1: Keynotes and Panels

Be inspired by stories of how regional entrepreneurs are founding startups, going global, and using technology and innovation to grow their business. Learn from industry experts about virtual reality, drones and getting funding for your business. Network with tech and startup professionals from around Victoria and beyond! Before attending the conference please read and review the Code of Conduct.

 

9:00 Welcome - MC Anthony Mayer

Conference opening: Harriet Shing, MP

9:30: Keynote: The Covocate Story: Inclusive HR and Creating Social Impact

Speaker: Leslie Delaforce, CEO, Covocate.

10:00: Panel: Art Meets Technology

Speakers: Marco Ryan, Founder, Marc-o-Matic; PollyannaR, Founder, The BIG Picture Space Inc; Dixon Patten, Creative Director, Bayila Creative. Marco’s augmented reality art will be on display during the conference.

10:30: Morning Tea
11:15: Panel: Creating Regional Jobs Through Local Procurement

Speakers: Karen Cain, CEO, Latrobe Valley Authority; James Baird, CEO & Cofounder, Localised; Chris Newman, Director, ArcBlue Asia Pacific.

11:45: Panel: Drones - what they can do and how you can get involved

Speakers: Phillip Matheson, Associate Chief Technologist - Digital Strategy & Innovation, DXC Technology. Second speaker from Centre of Drone Excellence to be announced. Drone flight demonstrations to follow, weather permitting.

12:15: Lunch
1:15: Keynote: Empowering 700 Rural Women to Create Microbusinesses

Speaker: Rebel Black, CEO & founder, THE Rural Woman

1:45: Panel: Digital Inclusion and the Impact of Technology on Society

Speakers: David Spriggs, CEO of Infoxchange and Chair of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance; Prof. Jo Barraket, Director, Centre for Social Impact, University of Swinburne; A. Prof Nicola Johnson, Deputy Head - School of Education, Federation University.

2:15: Panel: AgTech - How Technology is Transforming Agriculture

Speakers: Eleanor Toulmin, CEO of MimicTec; Julia Waite, Community Operations Manager, SproutX; Dr Sarah Preston, Lecturer - Veterinary Science, Federation University. Demonstrations of FarmVR by the Meat & Livestock Association will follow during the break.

2:45: Afternoon Tea
3:15: Panel: Getting Funding for Your Business

Speakers: Jessie Ballantyne, Founder, The Grants Hub; Rob Hutchinson, Bank Manager, Drouin & District Community Bank; Susan Oliver, Founder & Chair, Scale Investors.

3:45: Panel: Technology Education and the Future of Work in Gippsland

Speakers: Jessica Perrin, Social Innovation & Digital Inclusion Manager, Infoxchange; Dr Suryani Lim, Lecturer - Information Technology, Federation University; Dr Monica Green, Senior Lecturer - School of Education, Federation University; Jay Wilson, Gippsland Tech School.

4:15: Keynote: Government Relations 101 for Startups and SMEs.

Speaker: Bec Martin, Technologist, Tinkerer, Jill-of-all-trades and Chief Strategy Officer for Hire

4:45: Closing - MC Anthony Mayer
5:30-9:00: Gala Dinner with keynote speaker: Sarah Moran, Founder & CEO, Girl Geek Academy

Gala dinner will be held at local paddock-to-plate restaurant Hogget Kitchen.

Day 2: Workshops by Infoxchange & Google

On day two of Binary Shift, we will be hosting a morning of workshops delivered by Infoxchange and Google at no extra cost. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from a Google expert about search engine optimisation, analytics, and more, and Infoxchange will deliver the Digital Springboard courses ‘Get started with code’ and ‘Answering questions with data’. Digital Springboard is a program by Infoxchange and Google to help people learn the digital skills they need to thrive in work and life. Available across the country, courses are delivered face-to-face and are designed to build digital confidence and open up new employment and career opportunities.

 

9:00-10:15 - Get started with code

You’re probably familiar with the concept of coding, but have you given it a try yourself? This fun, interactive workshop will teach you the basics of coding using a guided, hands-on coding activity. Learn about a few different programming languages including CSS, JavaScript and HTML, and build your confidence in simple coding.

 

10:30am-11:45am - Answering questions with data

Learn how to effectively collect and make sense of online data about your business to help you drive business growth. Find out how to develop a framework for your business’ data collection and establish goals and objectives to measure the success of your business. Learn how to make the most of key digital marketing channels, what data from these channels can reveal about your customer’s behaviour, and how it can help you to attract and connect with customers online.

 

12pm-1pm - Google’s Digital Garage program - Boosting your business online with Google

This free training is designed for those who own or manage a small to medium sized business and particularly relevant to people who wish to learn free ways to help get your business found online. We will cover the practical steps you can take to help put your business on Google Maps & Search and be found online by new customers. We'll also share insights about how the growth of mobile devices is shaping consumer behaviour and what businesses need to do to respond to these changes.

Speakers

Leslie Delaforce

Leslie Delaforce

Covocate.com
Leslie Delaforce
Covocate.com
Les Delaforce is a Gumbaynggirr man and co-founder of Covocate, a digital HR platform and Dreamblocks which focusses on purpose over profit.

Having worked in a variety of senior roles in Government, in 2014 Les was awarded the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30 that recognises Australia’s top 30 managers.

Les has a passion for using tech as a mechanism to drive change and improve outcomes for a better work environment and community. In 2017 in recognition of this work Les was awarded Inside Small Business – Top 50 Business Leaders and recognised in the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow.

PollyannaR

PollyannaR

The BIG Picture Space Inc, Founder
PollyannaR
Founder, The BIG Picture Space Inc.
“Creative Beast + Mother of the worlds longest photographs + Soul Goal TechEd Startup..er + UX Designer = Artist.

PollyannaR is passionate about empowering people and regenerating places through art and activism she has found strength is in linking ideas, connecting people and facilitating community arts to grow in regional areas. She works as a facilitator, collaborator, mentor and leader to empower minorities, young entrepreneurs, and artists to achieve their wildest dreams.”

Marco Ryan

Marco Ryan

Marc-o-Matic, Founder
Marco Ryan
Marc-o-Matic, Founder
A local Gippslandian, Marc-O-Matic (a.k.a Marco Ryan) is an independent creative powerhouse and an all-in-one Multidisciplinary Artist, Animator, Storyteller and AR/VR Creative Technologist. His work pushes the boundaries of education and storytelling through harnessing immersive technologies.

Collaborating on one of the world’s first Augmented Reality Art books, Prosthetic Reality, Marco has since been pioneering and demonstrating his own unique and creative approaches to augmented and virtual reality and has consulted, directed, and created immersive storytelling experiences for organisations such as Telstra Labs, Melbourne City Council, Geelong City Council and many more.

James Baird

James Baird

Localised, CEO/Cofounder
James Baird
CEO & Cofounder, Localised
James is the CEO and cofounder of Localised – a platform designed specifically to help local businesses connect and do business. Localised has recently partnered with the Latrobe Valley Authority and Gippsland’s 6 Local Councils to deliver Gippsland Business Connect. Through this initiative Localised is playing an important role in creating visibility of local suppliers, building supplier readiness and helping ensure more B2B spending stays in the local economy.
Chris Newman

Chris Newman

ArcBlue Asia Pacific, Director
Chris Newman
Director, ArcBlue Asia Pacific
Chris Newman is a Director of ArcBlue, one of the Asia-Pacific Region’s fastest growing procurement consultancy, analytics, and training organisations. One of ArcBlue’s key areas of expertise and experience is in social procurement, where Chris has been a leader over the last decade. As a consultant and trainer, Chris has presented at State, National and International Conferences and worked with a range of public and private sector clients across Australia and New Zealand on social procurement development and training programs. In 2012, Chris co-developed the NSW Public Sector Social Procurement Guidelines, including Workshops across the State. In 2013, Chris co-founded Social Procurement Australasia, a not-for-profit membership organisation and community of practice that produce guidance and thought and practice leadership, and has developed and facilitated conferences and events across the region.
Phillip Matheson

Phillip Matheson

DXC Technology, Associate Chief Technologist
Phillip Matheson
Associate Chief Technologist, DXC Technology
What emerging technology is inspiring you today? That is a question that Phillip and his team work on every day at DXC Technology. The team explore, develop and pilot emerging technologies for practical (and sometimes not so practical) business use cases.

Phillip is an Associate Chief Technologist at DXC Technology with a focus on digital strategy and innovation. Phillip’s role at DXC Technology is to help ensure the company is fully equipped with the knowledge to harness emerging digital technologies to lead its clients through a shift towards the digital future.

Phillip will discuss his role at DXC exploring, developing and piloting emerging technologies, and why this is important with the fast shifting of technology. He will also discuss some of the project DXC have been working on, specifically a voice controlled drone.

Rebel Black

Rebel Black

The Rural Woman, CEO/Founder
Rebel Black
The Rural Woman, CEO & Founder
Rebel describes herself as a human agronomist and is a passionate advocate for rural women and their communities. From her office on the opalfields at Lightning Ridge, NSW Australia, Rebel has spent the past 17 years creating award-winning businesses and leading development in women’s empowerment, community, tourism, education, business and social, emotional and physical wellbeing in rural Australia.

Technology, micro-enterprise and intention are a powerful trio THE Rural Woman embraces to enable rural women to #livelocalgrowglobal and #bloomwheretheyareplanted. Rebel will speak about a new initiative called THE SEED Scheme that will see the development of 700 women-led online micro-enterprises in rural Australia in 2018.

David Spriggs

David Spriggs

Infoxchange, CEO
David Spriggs
Infoxchange, CEO
David is the CEO of Infoxchange, a not-for-profit social enterprise with the vision of ‘technology for social justice’. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and the role technology can play in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. In addition to his role at Infoxchange, David is Chair of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) and a Board member of Specialisterne Australia working to create careers for people on the autism spectrum. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Queensland, a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.
Jo Barraket

Jo Barraket

Swinburne University of Technology, Professor/Director
Jo Barraket
Swinburne University of Technology, Professor/Director
Jo Barraket is a leading researcher of social innovation in Australia. Her main areas of research are social enterprise and the social and political effects of online technologies. Jo leads the largest concentration of social innovation researchers in Australia and has authored more than 55 publications in her areas of expertise. With Prof Julian Thomas from RMIT, Jo co-leads the Australian Digital Inclusion Index in partnership with Telstra.
Nicola F. Johnson

Nicola F. Johnson

Federation University Australia, Associate Professor
Nicola F. Johnson
Associate Professor, School of Education, Federation University Australia
Dr Nicola F. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Federation University Australia. Located in Gippsland, Victoria, Nicola researches peoples’ use (of all ages) of digital media for formal and informal learning and leisure, specifically those located in regional areas. Author of 2 books, 3 edited books and 27 journal articles, her third book is entitled, ‘Everyday Schooling in the Digital Age: High School, High Tech?’ (Routledge, 2018).
Julia Waite

Julia Waite

SproutX, Community Operations Manager
Julia Waite
Community Operations Manager, SproutX
Julia is a jack of all trades events and operations at the hub for agtech startups, SproutX. Originally from Perth, her work in agriculture has spanned from geospatial mapping in the USA to policy improvement with the Victorian Farmers Federation. At SproutX, Julia is focused on fostering a community that energises entrepreneurs to solve agriculture’s biggest problems.
Eleanor Toulmin

Eleanor Toulmin

MimicTec, CEO
Eleanor Toulmin
CEO, MimicTec
Eleanor Toulmin is CEO and co-founder of MimicTec, an AgTech startup looking at improving the productivity and animal welfare of poultry farming. Eleanor worked as a strategy and technology consultant at IBM and KPMG, as well as Director of Finance for The Oaktree Foundation. She returned to study in 2016 at the Wade Institute to pursue a Masters of Entrepreneurship, where she met co-founder and CTO Sarah Last, enabling her to pursue her passion about making a disproportionate difference to Australian farmers and livestock through entrepreneurship and innovation. Eleanor also serves on the board for the Foster Care Association of Victoria.
Dr. Sarah Preston

Dr. Sarah Preston

Federation University, Lecturer
Dr Sarah Preston
Lecturer, Federation University
I have a passion for research and education in the control of infectious diseases in agricultural animals and this is largely driven by my background growing up in a rural setting on a sheep/cattle farm. Following on from a science degree at Monash University I completed a PhD investigating the control of parasitic worm infections in sheep. From 2014-2016 I worked at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Melbourne as a postdoctoral researcher in the area of drug discovery for parasitic diseases. As of 2017, I joined Federation University as a lecturer in Veterinary Biosciences and an active researcher in the area of worm control for agricultural/companion animals.
Jessie Ballantyne

Jessie Ballantyne

The Grants Hub
Jessie Ballantyne
The Grants Hub
“With over 15 years experience in funding and grants, Jessie has worked with government, not-for-profits and businesses in a range of grant related capacities. As Founder & Managing Director of The Grants Hub, Jessie’s responsibilities include leadership and strategic direction, innovation, content management and partnership development.

When others see blockers, Jessie sees opportunities. She is a problem solver and solution seeker, who has merged grants with tech to tackle grant accessibility issues across Australia. From the way members find grants, to the way our team works remotely and receive a week’s volunteer leave and a social connection allowance (to connect with others through a club/shared office space etc.), Jessie leads the way in innovation.”

Jess Perrin

Jess Perrin

Infoxchange. Social Innovation & Digital Inclusion Manager
Jess Perrin
Social Innovation and Digital Inclusion Manager, Infoxchange
Jess leads Infoxchange’s social impact programs to ensure no-one is left behind in today’s digital world. With a formidable bunch of partners, Infoxchange are tackling the biggest social challenges through the smart and creative use of technology. Jess’ career has focused on building partnerships to support and scale innovative social justice projects with organisations such as CARE Australia, Amnesty International and UNICEF. She brings over 10 years of international experience, most recently from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London where she was the Head of Global Programs.
Monica Green

Monica Green

Federation University Australia
Monica Green
Federation University Australia
Monica Green is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Federation University Australia (Gippsland). Her teaching and research focuses on community- and place-based sustainability pedagogies in primary schools, and university-school partnerships as pedagogical frameworks. She has conducted extensive research in Victorian schools investigating sustainability curriculum and practice, including the impact of teaching and learning in diverse environments such as school grounds, food gardens and local settings.
Sarah Moran

Sarah Moran

Girl Geek Academy, Founder/CEO
Sarah Moran
Girl Geek Academy, Founder/CEO
Sarah Moran is co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, with a mission to teach 1 million women to get into tech and launch their own startups by 2025.
Bec Martin

Bec Martin

Chief Strategy Officer for Hire
Bec Martin
Technologist, Tinkerer, Jill-of-all-trades and Chief Strategy Officer for Hire
Bec is a technology enthusiast, a tinkerer and lifelong learner working at the intersection of government, startups, and technology. After completing her undergraduate degree in commerce, she left life as an accountant to pursue further studies in technology and development. Since then she has worked on a variety of different projects for enterprise clients as a technology consultant, mobile apps developer and developer evangelist in the fintech space. Most recently she was an adviser for the Victorian Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, advising on the innovation/startup sector, telecommunications infrastructure investment, and economic development in the ICT sector. She left the Minister’s office to pursue further opportunities to work with the innovation/startup sector by drawing on her broad range of experiences and insight.
Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver

Scale Investors, Founder and Chair
Susan Oliver
Founder and Chair, Scale Investors
Susan is an entrepreneur, company director and deeply committed to Australia’s innovation and diversity agendas. Susan is founding chairman of Scale Investors, a female focused angel investing network, is an angel investor, the co-inventor of two software systems and co-founder of a technology start-up company.

Susan is an experienced listed company director of more than 20 years with strong commercial and technical skills. She is Chair of Campus Living Villages, is the independent member of the Investment Committee for Industry Funds Management, chairs The Wheeler Centre, sits on the board of Melbourne Theatre Company and is on the executive committee of the 30% club in Australia. Prior appointments include Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, CNPR, Coffey International Ltd, Fusion Retail Brands, Transurban Group, Centro Properties Group (where she was a member of the board that achieved the successful restructure), Programmed Group, Just Group and MBF.

Susan co-founded The Big Issue in Australia, headed the Australian Commission for the Future and has contributed significantly to the innovation, IT and arts policy agendas in Australia over a period of 30 years. She was a British Council Scholar, was awarded a Centenary medal for service to business and in 2013 was named as one of the 100 women of influence by Westpac and AFR.

Dianna Somerville

Dianna Somerville

Regional Pitchfest, Founder
Dianna Somerville
Founder, Regional Pitchfest
Dianna Somerville was born and bred in country NSW and is passionate about starting, accelerating and nurturing businesses in rural and regional Australia. Dianna began her career as a Naval Officer with the Australian Defence Force and has gone on to create grant-support business Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services (RGTC); agricultural hackathon agrihack; regional innovation and small business conference 8point8; and co-founded the pop-up shop and co-working space Hubb Hubb. Di is the founder of Regional Pitchfest, the national pitching competition giving regional Australians the opportunity to pitch their business or idea to a live audience and expert panel, shining a spotlight on the great opportunities in our regional areas along the way.

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Venue

Binary Shift 2018 will be held at Lardner Park, Gippsland - a beautiful 300-acre property with extensive outdoor parking and a large conference venue. Located just over an hour's drive from the Melbourne CBD via the Monash Freeway (6 minutes off the freeway), and a 12 minute drive from Warragul and Drouin train stations, Lardner Park is very accessible to local and regional traffic in Gippsland as well as being easy to get to from Melbourne.

If you are arriving by train, please let us know when you book your ticket and we will organise mini buses to and from Warragul train station.

The gala dinner on the evening of the 27th of August will be held at Hogget Kitchen, one of the top 100 restaurants in Victoria, located 6 minutes' drive from the centre of Warragul. If you need transportation to and from Warragul for the conference dinner, please let us know when you book your ticket.

If you are staying in Warragul the night before the conference, please join us for an informal welcome dinner on Sunday 26th of August at the Courthouse Restaurant, Warragul. Let us know when you book your ticket whether you plan to attend.

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Binary Shift is a not-for-profit conference that is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and partner organisations.

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Contact

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