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!
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:
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.
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.
Be inspired by stories of other regional founders and meet other leading entrepreneurs from across Australia and beyond.
Learn how to activate startup communities in your region and get to know the startups that already exist in your local area.
Anna FletcherFederation University, Lecturer
Anthony MayerOnline is Easy, Founder
Bec MartinChief Strategy Officer for Hire
Chris NewmanArcBlue Asia Pacific, Director
David SpriggsInfoxchange, CEO
Dr. Sarah PrestonFederation University, Lecturer
Eleanor ToulminMimicTec, CEO
James BairdLocalised, CEO/Cofounder
Jess PerrinInfoxchange. Social Innovation & Digital Inclusion Manager
Jessie BallantyneThe Grants Hub
Jo BarraketSwinburne University of Technology, Professor/Director
Julia WaiteSproutX, Community Operations Manager
Loretta WillatonArea General Manager, Melb & East Vic, Telstra
Marco RyanMarc-o-Matic, Founder
Nicola F. JohnsonFederation University Australia, Associate Professor
PollyannaRThe BIG Picture Space Inc, Founder
Rebel BlackThe Rural Woman, CEO/Founder
Sarah MoranGirl Geek Academy, Founder/CEO
Susan OliverScale Investors, Founder and Chair
Phillip MathesonDXC Technology, Associate Chief Technologist
Dr. Sarah Preston
Dr Sarah Preston
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.”
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.
Loretta has 25 years in the Telecommunications industry working across finance, business development , commercial & sales management at Telstra.
Having been in the role as Area General Manager for 7 years, initially managing the Riverina Murry region in Albury NSW and in 2012 relocating back to Gippsland to take up the role as Area General Manager Gippsland. This role has since expanded and Loretta is now responsible for Eastern Victoria including Melbourne and the Geelong Surf Coast.
Graduate of the 2004 Gippsland Community Leadership Program, Deputy Chair of AGA Plus Board, Board Director Into Work Australia.
Loretta is passionate about technology and the infrastructure required to support the evolution of new digital economies.
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.
Nicola F. Johnson
Nicola F. Johnson
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Need to get in contact with the Binary Shift committee? Use our contact form, and we will respond to your question as soon as possible.
You can also contact us:
PO Box 1412
Warragul VIC 3820