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Binary Shift Conference 2018

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Lardner Park

155 Burnt Store Road

Lardner, VIC 3820


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Binary Shift is one of Australia’s top conferences focused specifically on regional innovation, technology and startups. Founded in Gippsland in 2017, it’s 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!

9:00 Welcome - MC Anthony Mayer

  • Conference opening - Harriet Shing, MP

9:30: Keynote: The Covocate Story: Inclusive HR and Creating Social Impact

  • Speaker: Leslie Delaforce, CEO, Covocate.

10:00: Panel: Art Meets Technology

  • Speakers: Marco Ryan, Founder, Marc-o-Matic; PollyannaR, Founder, The BIG Picture Space Inc; Dixon Patten, Creative Director, Bayila Creative. Marco’s augmented reality art will be on display during the conference.

10:30: Morning tea

11:15: Panel: Creating Regional Jobs Through Local Procurement

  • Speakers: Karen Cain, CEO, Latrobe Valley Authority; James Baird, CEO & Cofounder, Localised; Chris Newman, Director, ArcBlue Asia Pacific.

11:45: Panel: Drones - what they can do and how you can get involved

  • Speakers: Phillip Matheson, Associate Chief Technologist - Digital Strategy & Innovation, DXC Technology. Second speaker from Centre of Drone Excellence to be announced. Drone flight demonstrations to follow, weather permitting.

12:15: lunch

1:15: Keynote: Empowering 700 Rural Women to Create Microbusinesses

  • Speaker: Rebel Black, CEO & founder, THE Rural Woman

1:45: Panel: Digital Inclusion and the Impact of Technology on Society

  • Speakers: David Spriggs, CEO of Infoxchange and Chair of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance; Prof. Jo Barraket, Director, Centre for Social Impact, University of Swinburne; A. Prof Nicola Johnson, Deputy Head - School of Education, Federation University.

2:15: Panel: AgTech - How Technology is Transforming Agriculture

  • Speakers: Eleanor Toulmin, CEO of MimicTec; Julia Waite, Community Operations Manager, SproutX; Dr Sarah Preston, Lecturer - Veterinary Science, Federation University. Demonstrations of FarmVR by the Meat & Livestock Association will follow during the break.

2:45: Afternoon tea

3:15: Panel: Getting Funding for Your Business

  • Speakers: Jessie Ballantyne, Founder, The Grants Hub; Rob Hutchinson, Bank Manager, Drouin & District Community Bank; Susan Oliver, Founder & Chair, Scale Investors.

3:45: Panel: Technology Education and the Future of Work in Gippsland

  • Speakers: Jessica Perrin, Social Innovation & Digital Inclusion Manager, Infoxchange; Dr Suryani Lim, Lecturer - Information Technology, Federation University; Dr Monica Green, Senior Lecturer - School of Education, Federation University; Jacqueline Wilson, Gippsland Tech School.

4:15: Keynote: Government Relations 101 for Startups and SMEs.

  • Speaker: Bec Martin, Technologist, Tinkerer, Jill-of-all-trades and Chief Strategy Officer for Hire

4:45: Closing - MC Anthony Mayer

5:30pm-9pm: Gala Dinner: keynote speaker: Sarah Moran, Founder & CEO, Girl Geek Academy

DAY 2: WORKSHOPS by Infoxchange and Google

On day two of Binary Shift, we will be hosting a morning of workshops delivered by Infoxchange and Google at no extra cost. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from a Google expert about search engine optimisation, analytics, and more, and Infoxchange will deliver the Digital Springboard courses ‘Get started with code’ and ‘Answering questions with data’. Digital Springboard is a program by Infoxchange and Google to help people learn the digital skills they need to thrive in work and life. Available across the country, courses are delivered face-to-face and are designed to build digital confidence and open up new employment and career opportunities.

9am-10:15am - Get started with code

You’re probably familiar with the concept of coding, but have you given it a try yourself? This fun, interactive workshop will teach you the basics of coding using a guided, hands-on coding activity. Learn about a few different programming languages including CSS, JavaScript and HTML, and build your confidence in simple coding.

10:30am-11:45am - Answering questions with data

Learn how to effectively collect and make sense of online data about your business to help you drive business growth. Find out how to develop a framework for your business’ data collection and establish goals and objectives to measure the success of your business. Learn how to make the most of key digital marketing channels, what data from these channels can reveal about your customer’s behaviour, and how it can help you to attract and connect with customers online.

12pm-1pm - Google’s Digital Garage program - Boosting your business online with Google

This free training is designed for those who own or manage a small to medium sized business and particularly relevant to people who wish to learn free ways to help get your business found online. We will cover the practical steps you can take to help put your business on Google Maps & Search and be found online by new customers. We'll also share insights about how the growth of mobile devices is shaping consumer behaviour and what businesses need to do to respond to these changes.

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