Digital Innovation Festival

23 August 2017
Digital Innovation Festival

Victoria’s tech and startup sectors kicked off the state’s second Digital Innovation Festival that will connect our problem solvers and innovators with some of the world’s brightest minds at over 100 events from Wednesday 23 August to Wednesday 6 September across the state.

Victoria’s vibrant digital tech sector generates approximately $35 billion in revenue each year and employs approximately 87,000 people with about a further 80,000 digital tech professionals employed across other sectors of the economy.

This digital tech workforce and the technology they create and use is transforming our economy and opening new opportunities for jobs and business growth.

Victoria’s reputation as a leading global innovation ecosystem is growing, with a long list of leading tech companies from across Australia and internationally recently investing in Victoria including Dialog, Alibaba, Hired, Cybergym, Square and Slack.

Known as DIF, the Festival brings together crowd-sourced, curated and sponsored events that show how digital tech is shaping society and growing our economy, and diversity is the heart of our thriving ecosystem.

The DIF calendar of events kicked off this morning in Melbourne with the Future of Work breakfast panel, held in partnership with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

It will be followed by other key events including the:

  • National iAwards
  • YeahNah (LaunchVic’s inaugural summit)
  • Pearcey Oration
  • GUCU Coworking Conference
  • Google’s first Digital Garage in Melbourne
  • Metro Trains student challenge
  • Ballarat’s ConnectHack for blockchain and real estate and an Ag Innovation IoT Hackathon in Bendigo

And as part of the DIF over 20 coworking events will be held in regional centres including Swan Hill, Echuca, Bendigo, Ballarat and Castlemaine - innovationcoworking.com.au

Deep dive discussions will be led by industry experts on how digital tech is disrupting industries including disability and media as well as exploring industry issues such as diversity in the DIF Showcase at the iconic coworking space Hub Melbourne from Monday 28 August to Wednesday 6 September – thedif.melbourne

To join the state’s digital change makers, industry experts, thought leaders and inspiring entrepreneurs at #DIFvic visit: vic.gov.au/digitalinnovation

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