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In 2018, 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

Tech
vs

Humanity

In 2018 – 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 2018 – 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

Speakers

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.

with

Francis Greenslade

Actor

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.


Pamela Melroy

Director of Space Technology and Policy, Nova Systems

Pam is a retired US Air Force Colonel, test pilot, NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander.


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.


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.


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.


Kathy Reid

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.


Michelle Mannering

Hackathon Queen / A.I. Entrepreneur

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


Rosie Thomas

Co-founder, Project Rockit

Empowering school students to stand up to hate and bullying.

And more to be announced...

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Book your ticket for Pivot Summit 2018 – Dec 6th and 7th

Spectacular presentations, an exciting exhibition space and a unique technology and innovation experience at the amazing Federal Mills, North Geelong – part of the Pivot City Innovation District.

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General entry - $395
less than $200/day

Student - $185
less than $100/day

Corporate table - $4,000
8 seats at $500/seat


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