Events program

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.

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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.


Magnify World

24-25 August 2018

The Magnify World Expo showcases world-class Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences, and is one of the largest global roadshows. Held over 2 days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), day one business summit with international and local speakers covering film and television, advertising and branding, gaming, technology, artificial intelligence and investment. Day two is open to the public offering opportunities to experience never seen before AR/VR technologies from an array of local and global fortune 500 companies. How will you see the future?

Yeah Nah LaunchVic Annual Summit

24 August

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. Website:

Innovation Coworking Leadership Program

24-25 August

Innovation CommunityExplore the Richmond / Cremorne Tech Precinct Summit create new opportunities and platforms for growth in the digital economy. This program is suited for ecosystem leaders, scale-ups, investors, stakeholders with live business problems. Sunday will be a general innovation showcase suited to the general public. Friday join the Innovation Melbourne Tour, Saturday immerse yourself in the Innovation Coworking Summit and Sunday attend the Innovation Eynesbury Showcase for drone racing, Agtech, IoT and more. Website:

Digital AI Summit

28 August 2018

Digital AI SummitThe Digital AI Summit is Australia’s premier artificial intelligence event, bringing together industry leaders to discuss the current state of AI and its potential business applications. The Digital AI Summit is a one-day conference, providing a collection of exclusive keynotes and expert panels explaining AI and how it is rapidly transforming Australian workplaces. Website:

Global Tech Leaders Dialogue

28-29 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 Foundation once again presents their annual thought leadership program as part of the Digital Innovation Festival. Eminent leaders will debate major issues for the Australian technology sector, that impact our nation. The 2018 Pearcey Oration will be presented by Mr Paul Shetler, adviser to governments and organisations around the world on digital transformation. The evening will conclude with announcement of the 2018 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. Website: 

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

Blockchain APAC 2018

29 August 2018

Blockchain APAC 2018 will bring together government and businesses of various sizes to learn from subject matter experts from the region - gaining a better understanding of the applications of Blockchain and what possibilities exist by using the technology. This one-day event held at the MCEC will have presentations from local and overseas experts in the field, incorporate adequate networking and discussion time and help set the future for ongoing discussion and collaborative application of blockchain technology.

2018 PitchFest Innovation Showcase

30 August 2018

PitchFestThere will also be the opportunity to spend some time getting up close and personal with our iAwards finalists at this year’s Innovation Showcase. Guests can spend time viewing the showcase to find out more about this year’s iAwards innovations, with plenty of opportunity for mingling and networking. We had a hugely successful showcase last year and awesome feedback from guests and entrants alike. We encourage you to join us to hear more about this year’s incredible innovations and gain first hand insight into Australia's outstanding digital solutions!


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


Festival Regional Feature Events

The Digital Innovation Festival is expanding across Victoria to all nine Victorian Regional Partnership areas from 2018-2020. The regional DIF program is funded under the Connecting Regional Communities Program (CRCP), specifically to improve and accelerate technology adoption and innovation in regional businesses and communities.  The Regional Development Victoria officers engage with local entrepreneurs and representatives ensuring relevance to regional issues and showcasing local innovations. 

Binary Shift

27 August

Binary ShiftBinary 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 region, for the region. Binary Shift is returning in 2018 as a full-day event to be held at Lardner Park on Monday 27th of August, with a gala dinner to follow. Website:

Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival (BIIF)

3 - 9 September

The Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival (BIIF) is a week-long event that promotes Bendigo as Australia’s regional innovation hotspot. The festival celebrates and promotes local invention and innovation, helps create the environment for great ideas to flourish and brings world-class innovation thought leaders to Bendigo. Website: 

Other events to follow...