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The Sunrise Conference 2017

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They’re contrarian. They think differently. They’re often outcasts and they have the ability to just magic things into existence. At The Sunrise Conference we’re bringing together founders from some of the most successful Australian startups to tell their stories. Join Australia’s startup community, be inspired and learn what it takes to make it in it in the startup game.

The Sunrise will feature a keynote presentations and Q&A with each speaker. Learn first-hand what it takes to build a successful startup here in Australia, and get to hang out with a bunch of founders at all stages of their own journeys.

This conference is for anyone who has a great idea they’re looking to turn into a business. Founders can learn valuable lessons from people who have been there before, and come out the other side. If you think you’d like to work for a startup, The Sunrise is also a great place to start. Or if you’re already in the industry and you’re looking to expand your network, The Sunrise is Sydney’s unofficial startup annual.

First speakers to be announced are:

Jodie Fox, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Shoes of Prey (AUS/USA)

Jodie the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at ShoesOfPrey.com - the world's first website where women can design their own shoes. Started in 2009, Shoes of Prey broke even at 2 months, hit multimillion dollar revenue in under 2 years and today is a global multimillion dollar enterprise, with more than 6 million pairs of shoes designed and $24.6 Million USD in funding to date.

Jodie’s creativity and passion is directed into Shoes of Prey product, culture, branding and communications. Shoes of Prey has won the World Retail Award 2013 for the Store Design of the Year <1200 for its first store, against Karl Lagerfeld, Puma and others. She is Telstra's 2011 business woman of the year for private and corporate, one of the top 30 most influential women in Australian retail 2014, one of the top 10 Australian female entrepreneurs for 2014, Elle Style Awards Fashion Innovator for 2015 and Griffith University's Outstanding Business Alumni for 2015.

Didier Elzinga - CEO and Co-founder of Culture Amp

Didier Elzinga is the CEO and Founder of Culture Amp - the world's leading all-in-one employee feedback and analytics platform and one of Australia's fastest growing technology startups with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco, New York & London. He is passionate about making the world a better place to work, and is committed to keeping Culture Amp a culture-first company. He presents widely on culture and creativity, speaking at a number of high-profile conferences. He was previously the CEO of Rising Sun Pictures (a prominent Hollywood visual effects company), founder of Rising Sun Research (winner of a Technical Academy Award) and Non-Executive Director at Tourism Australia. He is currently a non-executive director at The Atlassian Foundation and The Alfred Research Foundation.

Shan-Lyn Ma - CEO and Co-founder of Zola

Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zola. Launched in October 2013, Zola (www.zola.com) is an online wedding registry for millennials. In just three years, Zola has become the fastest growing wedding registry in the country, seeing 10x revenue growth year-over-year, and 3x growth this year. Over 7 million guests have attended a Zola wedding and $350 million in gifts have been added by Zola couples.

Before starting her own company, Shan-Lyn was the Chief Product Officer of Chloe + Isabel. Prior to that, in 2008, Shan-Lyn joined Gilt Groupe as the Creator and General Manager of Gilt Taste, Gilt’s entrance into the food and wine arena. At Gilt, she was also the first Product Lead tasked with defining and evolving the core Gilt.com experience. During her time as Product Manager she led key new business launches and led Gilt’s successful foray into mobile – managing apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android and mobile web. Prior to Gilt, Shan-Lyn held Product and Marketing roles at Yahoo!

Shan-Lyn holds a BCommerce with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and an MBA from Stanford University.

Adam Gilmour - CEO of Gilour Space Corporation

Adam Gilmour was an employee for Citibank for 20 years, working a foreign exchange trader and later as a derivatives trader and structurer for FX and Interest rates, and later as the Asia Pacific head of corporate sales for financial markets. He started looking at the space industry in 2004 after the scaled composites team won the X prize for their 'Spaceship 1' design.

After a lot of research on propulsion systems and rocket designs Adam started Gilmour Space Technologies in 2012, initially to make space related simulators; in 2014 Gilmour started working on their launch vehicle technology. The Vision for the company is: low cost human space travel with Space Exploration across the solar system and beyond.

Andrea Boyd - ISS Flight Operations Engineer at Space Aplication Services

Andrea Boyd is the International Space Station Flight Operations Engineer at the European Space Agency. She is the only one allowed to speak to astronauts while they are on mission.

Growing up in Adelaide, Boyd used to watch the television program Star Trek: Voyager religiously, and adored the character of B'elanna Torres, who was the Chief Engineer on the show. For the past four years, Boyd has worked as an International Space Station Flight Operations Engineer at the European Space Agency – Europe’s gateway to space.

If you’ve ever seen the film Apollo 13, you probably remember the line “Houston, we have a problem.” Boyd is that person the ‘Houston’. In fact, she is EuroCom.
“They only ever say ‘Houston’ in the movies,” Boyd says.
“In reality, there are five mission control centres: two in the United States, one in Europe, one in Russia and one in Japan.”

A regular day for Boyd involves working an eight-hour shift and making sure everything goes smoothly for the team in space. Each day and each task the astronauts carry out is highly planned and scheduled.

Dr Jason Held - Director at Saver Astronautics

Dr. Held is the CEO of Saber Astronautics, who are building cutting edge technology for both space and Earth-based applications. He has been involved with just about every space startup to come out of Australia in the past 15 years.

Prior to Saber, Dr. Held was a US Army Major and Army Space Support Team leader for USSTRATCOM (formerly Space Command) and deployed internationally in support of military space missions.

Dr. Held was a lead instructor at the Interservice Space Fundamentals Course and a guest engineer at Army Space and Missile Command Battle Lab. He conducted flight software engineering for the Wide Field Camera 3 of the Hubble Space Telescope and testing for the International Space Station. He also conducted verification and validation testing for an invasive class II medical device currently in market.

Dr. Held was twice a guest instructor for the University of Stuttguart’s IRS Space Station Design Workshop and led a research expedition in the high Canadian Arctic. He also co-founded the Delta-V Spacehub Startup Acellerator.

At the University of Sydney, he founded the space engineering laboratory, providing leadership for the university CubeSat project and Australia’s first premix rocket engine.

Flavia Tata - Co-Founder and CEO of Fleet Space

Flavia Tata Nardini began her career at the European Space Agency as Propulsion Test Engineer, before she joined TNO to apply her technical knowledge to advanced space propulsion engineering projects.

She rapidly became involved in project management and business development within the space and defence domain and after that she was assigned to developed international relations and identified business opportunities in the Middle East.

After establishing the business in Qatar, she return to her love of space propulsion systems, and has successfully completed full lifecycle development of satellites and several micro thrusters currently flying on actual space missions (Delfi Program’s CubeSats). During her time at TNO, she has filed two patents in both rocket and satellite propulsion and has written several papers on Micro Propulsion Systems and Space Debris Removal Technologies.

Flavia is co-founder and CEO of Fleet Space, an agile space company that designs, builds and operates high-quality nano-satellite solutions.

Matt Bullock - CEO and Founder of Spinify

Matt Bullock is one of Australia’s most successful serial entrepreneurs.

Matt Bullock founded eWAY (payments made easy) in 1998 and formally launched the company in 2000. Matt calls Canberra home even though he has had offices across the globe. Bullock graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Computer Science.

Matt briefly worked for the Australian Public Service in Canberra and like many entrepreneurs used his spare time to set up eWAY; He started out with servers in his home and a single bank… and few staff.

Matt moved from his garage into offices in Phillip and started the process of developing business relationships with the big four banks, building interfaces to hundreds of shopping carts and cultivating the developer community who would be key in recommending a payment gateway to the growing list of online retailers.

Prior to its sale in April 2016 eWAY had over 25,000 customers. In 2015, eWAY processed 5.8 billion online purchases, about a quarter of all internet transactions in Australia. In April 2016, eWay was purchased by Global Payments for over $US50m.

Founder Matt Bullock instantly established Spinify, a new venture focused on workplace engagement and staff motivation.

Spinify Leaderboards reflect Bullock’s learnings and experience in running global Sales and Service teams and the continuous requirement to engage and motivate them to do more of the metrics that matter and that drive business outcomes.
Spinify is growing daily and a return exhibit at Dreamforce 2017 is in the planning.

Mike Cannon-Brookes - Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian

Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, one of Australia's largest and most successful software businesses.

More than 48,000 large and small organizations – including some of the biggest names in media, manufacturing and technology such as Citigroup, eBay, Coca-Cola, BMW and NASA – use Atlassian’s tracking, collaboration, communication, service management and development products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time.

Mike has received international recognition for his work, including the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ award in 2004, and ‘Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year’ in 2006. He's also been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Outside Atlassian, Mike is an active angel investor and a non-executive director of Tyro, a technology-focused Australian bank. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Computer Science and Engineering.

Paul Field - Managing Director of The Wiggles

Paul is currently the Managing Director of the Wiggles - In recent years he has successfully managed the re-structure of the company, the launch of a new era and placement of The Wiggles latest TV series in over 190 countries.

Paul has had a colourful background, he recorded four albums and was awarded Gold and Platinum album status as the singer for The Cockroaches during the 1980’s and in 2011 he released an album The Field Brothers, 1964 with his brother John which charted in the top ten of the Australian Country Music Charts, and last year The Field Brothers released their 2nd album Every Day is Like an Elvis Movie!

In 2008, Paul was elected as a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was a judge in the International Emmy Awards and a judge for the ARIA awards for the last 15 years.

He wrote the documentary “Everybody Clap, Everybody Sing”, helped produce “The Wiggles Exhibition” at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, which has been seen by over 400,000 people. It was revamped and relaunched in March 2017.

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