Digital Innovation Festival Victoria

Digital Innovation Festival 2018


The Digital Innovation Festival - or DIF - showcases and celebrates excellence across the Victorian digital and tech ecosystem.

Join in and celebrate the ‘Victorian Difference’ that drives industry, entrepreneurs and community to not only be different but make a difference through digital technology. Run annually around the national iAwards, the 2018 festival runs over two weeks from 24 August to 7 September.

The Festival brings together and promotes a range of digital innovation and technology events across the State. We invite international and interstate visitors to discover digital Victoria and Melbourne, Australia’s top ‘tech city’ offering the infrastructure, business environment, talent pool and lifestyle.

Get involved

There are many ways to get involved in the DIF and we encourage activities far and wide from laneways, university campuses, community and co-working spaces – wherever digital innovators use technology to make a difference. You can subscribe to the DIF Update or register as a potential event host, speaker, sponsor or venue.

Subscribe for DIF updates

If you are planning your 2018 program we invite you to become a host. If you already have an event planned, for example like your monthly meetup or annual summit, then schedule it between 24 August and 7 September and be part of the Festival.

The DIF Host Guide outlines the process to register as an event host and submit your event to be included in the festival calendar. The event submission portal will open in April and the calendar advertised in May. Further details will follow but register your interest to be kept up to date. Any questions please contact the DIF team.

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The DIF Event Series

This year we will continue the DIF event series to engage and inspire all elements of the innovation ecosystem. The DIF champions diversity and inclusion and encourages everyone to share their experience, connect and celebrate innovation in all its forms.

Digital Change Makers
Digital change makers driving inclusion & growth

Socially minded entrepreneurs use digital tools to make society better. Victoria’s tech for good movement is active in driving digital social innovation.

Industry Experts
Industry experts advancing capabilities & digital skills

Learn top tips, latest trends, inside info or practical guidance. From technical advice to business skills there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Thought Leaders
Thought leaders sharing challenging perspectives

Participate in open innovation collaboration between industry, academia, government and community. Thrash out ideas and explore digital innovation

Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Inspiring entrepreneurs & celebrating connections

Meet Victoria’s home-grown tech companies, co-founders or lone rangers. Leadership and resilience are qualities these speakers share.

Festival CBD Feature Events

Digital Innovation Festival - CBD Event Highlights

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
Magnify World

Magnify World expo brings future technology & global speakers to the Melbourne Convention
and Exhibition Centre for 2 days. The Magnify World Expo showcases world class Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality experiences, and is one of the largest global roadshows in the world. How will you see the future? In 3D, high definition, augmented and virtual reality of course the future is now!

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.

Global Tech Leaders Dialogue
29 August 2018
2018 Global Tech Leaders Dialogue

The 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.

29-30 August 2018

CYBERCON is Australia's premier event for business leaders to learn about digital risk and cyber security. Built around the key pillars of people, policies, process and technology, CYBERCON covers corporate strategy, risk management, brand protection, legislation, corporate governance, and data security.

2018 Pearcey Oration and Victorian Entrepreneur Award
28 August 2018
Pearcey Foundation

The 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.

Yeah Nah LaunchVic Annual Summit
Yeah Nah

Yeah 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. The Churchill Club


If you'd like to be kept informed about the 2018 program as it evolves you can register for updates.

If you have any questions on how to get involved in the Festival please contact the DIF team to discuss.


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