Our blind love for technology has often been overshadowed by debate about its potential dangers.
We are pushing the boundaries of what's possible in real – and virtual – worlds. We are pushing to leave our own world and explore new ones. Now is the time to talk about technology versus humanity.
What's helpful? What's harmful? How do we find the balance – now and for the future?
Technology to advance humanity
Bravery, entrepreneurship + mindset
Leaving planet Earth + exploring new worlds
Tech + human expression: gaming, music, film
In 2019 – Pivot’s fourth year – we present you with the best and brightest people in their fields, to discuss key aspects of how we relate to technology – and how sometimes we’re at odds with it.
As humanity advances and technology evolves, we don’t fully understand the impacts of the technologies we are creating. Increasingly we are handing control to machines and sometimes it leaves us outside our comfort zone.
Pivot Summit® will host open discussions about the implications of allowing AI to
make decisions for us. We need to think carefully about the impact of accepting news chosen for us by algorithms and it is time we looked closer at the dangers of device addiction.
Discussion around these issues has never been more critical.
Technology is more exciting and engaging than ever. We are finding new and more cost-effective ways to explore outer space, while the exploration of inner space through fully immersive gaming and eSport has become our preferred entertainment.
Pivot Summit® 2019 – a two-day journey into the future.
Resolving the tension between tech + humanity
Looking to our intergalactic future
Digital technology for play
Technology, mental health and wellbeing
Presenting this year’s Co-Masters of Ceremonies
Stephanie 'Hex' Bendixsen
TV presenter, author and video game critic
Waiting for Ready Player One-style fully-immersive VR to become a reality.
Wonders if the next great moral debate will be over whether machines have consciousness as his toaster seems to have a mind of its own.
And how about this for a mind-blowing line-up of interstellar genius
Dr Elizabeth Jens
Propulsion Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A Torquay-raised NASA rocket scientist who enjoys whitewater rafting on her days off.
Director of Space Technology and Policy, Nova Systems
Pam is a retired US Air Force Colonel, test pilot, NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander.
Futurist, author, tech commentator on ABC and 3AW
A man who boldly goes . . .
Professor Michael Berk
Alfred Deakin Professor in Psychiatry (IMPACT SRC, School of Medicine Deakin University, University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health)
One of the world’s most influential scientific minds in the field of neuroscience and psychology.
Dr Megan Clark AC
Head of Australian Space Agency
Space technologies are not just about taking people to the moon, they open up opportunities for many industries.
developersteve, Developer Evangelist
42% geek and 100% developer, A seasoned Dev/Ops/CTO/Maker/Geek/Gamer who has represented companies like PayPal, Braintree and Xero.
Dr Kate Cornick
As CEO of Victoria’s startup agency, Kate’s role is to lead the development of a globally-connected startup ecosystem to deliver economic and cultural benefits for Victoria and Australia.
Artist / Music Producer
Musician. Self-taught electronic music producer in high demand around the world as a producer and musician. Recognises the need to switch off and live in the real world from time to time.
Director of Developer Relations, Mycroft.AI
Mycroft.AI is an open source artificial intelligence platform. Kathy believes we are all living in a William Gibson novel.
Hackathon Queen / A.I. Entrepreneur
Michelle helps drive Melbourne’s entrepreneurial culture and its esports industry.
Co-founder, Project Rockit
Empowering school students to stand up to hate and bullying.