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Regional Australia’s biggest business, entrepreneurship and tech conference, held over two massive days; work hard on the Friday, play hard on the Saturday – Geelong, Australia.

Friday May 3rd
business, startups, health and tech

Saturday May 4th
space, gaming, music

Two Days


#PivotSummit2019 #techvshumanity #regionalaustralia


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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.


Francis Greenslade


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.

Steve Sammartino

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.

Steve Cooper

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

CEO, LaunchVic

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.

Alice Ivy

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.

Rosie Thomas

Co-founder, Project Rockit

Empowering school students to stand up to hate and bullying.

Michelle Mannering

Hackathon Queen / A.I. Entrepreneur

Michelle helps drive Melbourne’s entrepreneurial culture and its esports industry.

And just announced...

Georgie Harman, CEO, Beyond Blue

Andrew Harvey, CTO in Residence, Microsoft for startups

Mac Wang, Head of Australia and New Zealand, Stripe

Sarah Moran, Founder and CEO, Girl Geek Academy

Bec Martin, Lead API Evangelist, MessageMedia

Dr. Michelle Blanchard, CEO, SANE Australia

Glenn Schmidt, Software Engineer and Founder, Promptside

Prof. Svetha Venkatesh, Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University

With even more to come...

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