FutureTech front and centre at CeBIT Australia

FutureTech front and centre at CeBIT Australia

A 'FutureTech Stage' featuring world leading experts on technology trends including the Internet of Things (IoT), FinTech, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning will be a highlight of CeBIT Australia 2018.

CeBIT Australia is the largest and longest running business technology conference in the Asia Pacific, and will take place at International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour from 15-17 May.

Running alongside the Big Data and Analytics, Cloud, eGovernment and Cyber Security conferences at CeBIT will be three curated FutureTech agendas.

Each will share insights into cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the future of business and address opportunities and challenges Australian businesses currently face when adapting to technological advancements.

FutureTech Stage

From the machine-to-machine economy, disruptions to banks and investment systems, the automation of traditional jobs and the misplaced fear of AI technologies, the FutureTech Stage will offer fresh perspectives and expert discussions over two days (15–16 May) of the three-day CeBIT Australia event.

Presenters include:

  • Professor Toby Walsh, author of Machines That Think: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, UNSW
  • Mr Tommy Mermelshtayn, Chief Strategy Officer, zipMoney
  • Dr Fang Chen, Senior Principal Researcher, Data61 - CSIRO
  • Dr Siamak Tafavogh, Lead Data Scientist, Coca-Cola Amatil.

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said CeBIT Australia is now in its seventeenth year and continues to be at the forefront of innovation and technologies in Australia.

Niall Blair 'The FutureTech Stage is another way CeBIT Australia is addressing the topics Australian businesses want to tackle.

'The NSW Government is committed to supporting innovation so it’s great to see these innovative additions to this year's program,' Mr Blair said.

Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director of Hannover Fairs Australia which stages CeBIT, said the FutureTech Stage brings new perspectives to the program answering the most pressing questions about the changing landscapes, technologies and the future of jobs in Australia.

'CeBIT Australia is maximising the discussions and perspectives of industry experts throughout the program. The FutureTech Stage will play an integral role in examining what the future of our industry will look like, covering all aspects of technology that will have the most impact on organisations.

'These sessions are short snapshots yet deliver the most important information succinctly and in an understandable way. We have strived to get the best speakers from a multitude of companies, institutions and councils using advanced technology to demonstrate the way of the future,' said Mr Stockbridge.


Internet of Things

IoT will cover a range of topics, focusing on economic, data and blockchain implications including:

  • sharing value in the machine-to-machine economy
  • IoT+Blockchain: technologies, challenges, and applications
  • innovative development of Sunshine Coast (Smart Cities)
  • the promise and the challenge – consumer security and the IoT
  • IoT platforms and interoperability – getting it right the first time is hard, but not impossible
  • the Internet of Things goes past the tipping point.


FinTech will examine the impact to the Australian landscape of banking and investments including:

  • big bank and start-up collaboration
  • disruption in banking – how will neobanks, start-ups, digital and mobile change the future of banking
  • opportunities and challenges in FinTech lending
  • investments – how is FinTech changing the way we invest?

AI and machine learning

AI and machine learning topics will include:

  • Artificial Intelligence 101: how it works, what you need, what can it do and how can it fail
  • Automation and the future of workforce
  • Fixing Machine Learning to deliver ethical personalisation
  • Machine Learning with impact
  • Coca Cola's AI journey - from prototype to production
  • The impact of AI and Machine Learning technologies on businesses and society
  • Many fears about AI are wrong
  • IAG’s AI journey: when (not) to apply AI in marketing and customer experience
  • Lawyers of the future – how Machine Learning is changing the future of law
  • Creating new solutions using AI through human centred design
  • How AI will transform healthcare – personalising lifestyle and wellbeing, diagnosis, treatment and payment for healthcare
  • Beyond the age of digital computing: what lies ahead for the future of quantum computing?

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