Attend the DIF

The DIF event program seeks to engage and inspire all elements of the innovation ecosystem. The DIF events program covers the following themes to allow you to navigate the program and create your own DIF experience.

2018 DIF event themes


Emerging technologies powering investment

Emerging technology abounds with AI, blockchain, data analytics, cybersecurity, biotech, IoT and robotics. Digital innovation disrupts old industries and powers new investment opportunities for business and government. There are many big questions to consider. What is on the horizon for VCs? What ethical frameworks and government structures do we need? Where will your business be in 2030? The DIF encourages collaboration to forge the future we want.


Tomorrows workforce building digital skills

To meet tomorrows digital technology workforce Victoria’s must diversify and grow. Jobs of the futures will need people with ‘T-shaped’ skills - a combination of strong technical expertise and generalist business skills. Business productivity relies on accelerated technology adoption which demands a skilled workforce. As new jobs emerge everyone will need to build their digital skills to ride the wave of change and maximise opportunity.


Digital  changemakers driving inclusion

Socially minded entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Creating unique solutions to address wicked problems like homelessness or domestic violence. They build community through open networks, run hackathons for humanity, develop games for change and platforms for social impact using big data for social insights. Victoria’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation and championing digital inclusion.


Festival CBD feature events

Get your diary out and plan which events you’ll attend. Events will be added on a rolling basis so check in regularly. Below are just some, with many other events under wraps being developed. More major events will be added in May when the next iteration of the program is launched.


25th National iAwards

28-30 August 2018

The pinnacle event in the iAwards calendar each year is the National iAwards. A series of events are planned to showcase the inspiring achievements of our home-grown innovators. The National iAwards Presentation and Gala Dinner are held annually in Melbourne and provides plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded peers and potential investors.
Website: iAwards

Global Tech Leaders Dialogue

27 August 2018

2018 Global Tech Leaders DialogueThe Global Tech Leaders Dialogue is a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Australian Information Industry Association. International VIPs are invited to attend a tailored program as part of the Digital Innovation Festival. This annual dialogue builds a trusted network of global technology leaders including, technology industry experts, thought leaders and senior government officials from across the technology spectrum.


2018 Pearcey Oration and Victorian Entrepreneur Award

28 August 2018

Pearcey FoundationThe Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent leader, reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation that are driven by the introduction of advanced technologies into our society. This year's orator will continue the tradition and present the 2018 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award.
Website: Pearcey Foundation

Yeah Nah LaunchVic Annual Summit

Yeah NahYeah Nah is LaunchVic’s annual summit, showcasing the best of Victoria’s startup community. Meet local founders and investors for inspiration, learnings and connections. Is this an everyday event? Yeah Nah! You’ll hear from the best the state has to offer on a wide range of topics – the yeahs and the nahs of startup life. Don’t miss the opportunity to gather as a community in the heart of Melbourne, for this unique one-day event.

The Churchill Club Top Tech Trends Debate

6 September 2018

The Churchill Club

Hear from a panel of world class Venture Capitalists about the trends they believe will emerge in the next 3-5 years with the potential for explosive growth. Debating these trends over dinner, the crowd will weigh in via live audience polling to determine the winner.
Website: The Churchill Club