Genevieve Bell to examine the impact of artificial intelligence, data and technology on humanity.

Plus 2012 Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng joins local and international experts in AI, Robotics, Augmented Biology and Space

Experts in artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented biology, and space are set to converge at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 23 – 24 July for the Hybrid World Adelaide (HWA) Tech Conference.

Curated by returning Hybrid World Adelaide Creative Director, the award-winning author and digital pioneer Robert Tercek; the conference is set to explore, discuss and showcase the future of industries featuring an array of local and international thought leaders including international business leader, award winning speaker and author of ‘The Finnish Miracle’ André Noël Chaker.

André Noël Chaker will present a keynote examining what Australia can learn from innovative Finland, as well as how Santa, saunas and sisu make up the formula for success in life and business. His invaluable expertise will also be shared with applicants for the HWA LAB, where he will be a guest Mentor.

Joining André on the conference program and examining how humanity can prosper in a data-driven world is Australia’s Professor Genevieve Bell. Prof. Bell is one of the world’s leading technologists and a former South Australian Thinker in Residence. She has pioneered futurist research looking at how different cultures use technology and helped guide Intel’s product development by fine-tuning the company’s social science and design research capabilities. Prof. Bell is currently a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University, as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel. She was also appointed Director of the 3A Institute in 2017, launched by the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO's Data61. The Institute aims to build a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.

Also speaking at the conference is 2012 Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng, founder of Robogals Global and Aubot; Chief Scientist and Founder of Neumann Space Dr. Patrick ‘Paddy’ Neumann, who is developing the solar-electric plasma thruster which can run on nearly any metal found in asteroids; and Flinders University space archaeologist Dr. Alice Gorman, also known as ‘Dr. Space Junk’.

After a highly engaging 2017 keynote speech, Phillip Alvelda returns to chart the trajectory of machines that think, from the earliest prototypes of prosthetic limbs attached to the human nervous system to machines that can be controlled by human thought, and soon, machines that are conscious and aware. Phillip will also feature as a HWA LAB Mentor.

For the full list of conference speakers and session descriptions, visit

The Tech Conference is set to take place on 23 – 24 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre and will feature leading researchers, resident thinkers, local and international scientists, and showcase the finalists in the HWA LAB pitching for a share in $85,000 of development grants.

The South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon David Ridgway, said Hybrid World Adelaide was an opportunity to extend South Australia’s reputation as a key tech destination for international guests and businesses alike.

“The new State Government has an ambition to make South Australia the start-up capital of Australia and a strong plan to foster entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Mr Ridgway.

“We want to bolster the state’s reputation as the forward-thinking centre of tech excellence in Australia.”

“The international programs offered at Hybrid World Adelaide showcase South Australia’s ability to continue to drive the future of investments in technological advancements which in turn, encourages our next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders to grow and develop their ideas and businesses in South Australia.”

Hybrid World Adelaide CEO Amanda Duthie said she hopes the 2018 conference program will provide a platform to discuss and explore future industry on both a local and global level.

“Our international and local guest speakers will inspire entrepreneurs and business people to think more broadly about how to achieve global scale, providing an opportunity to explore cutting-edge technology that is happening right here, right now and the possibilities that will shape our future industries.”

Hybrid World Adelaide is a five-day tech event separated into three core programming areas. The start-up development fund incubation HWA LAB runs from 20 – 21 July at University of South Australia’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre; the FREE HWA Public Program runs from 21 – 22 July and the HWA Tech Conference runs from 23 – 24 July, both at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Applications are still open for the HWA LAB, an interactive boot-camp style event bringing together applicants and mentors to collaborate and develop new projects, products and plans that use digital technology to further advance industry. Applications close 30 May for start-ups and companies wanting to pitch for their chance at $85,000 in development grants from the South Australian Government. Applicants may include biotech, genomics, robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, block-chain, social media or similar concepts. Applicants will be evaluated against Hybrid World Adelaide values such as originality, viability, diversity, providing solutions, creating future insights, the strength of management and stage of funding. For more information, and how to apply; visit

Adding to the excitement of the FREE HWA Public Program is a plethora of interactive events for tech curious adults, teenagers and children. The public program will be announced soon – keep an eye on Hybrid World Adelaide’s social channels for more details.


20 – 24 July, Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia

Launched in 2017, Hybrid World Adelaide is an event that explores what’s coming next in the technological world. It showcases innovations across business and everyday life, and offers the exciting opportunity to try, discuss, explore, create, enjoy and be surprised by digital technology. In July 2018, Adelaide, South Australia will welcome leading digital and tech industries, tech lovers and curious members of the public into an interactive playground of digital experiences, showcasing current technologies and exploring how technology and reality cohabits now and into the future. Adelaide Film Festival and Hybrid World Adelaide CEO Amanda Duthie is leading the event team, with Creative Directors Robert Tercek and Janet Gaeta. HWA is supported by founding and principal partner Events South Australia. HWA will utilise the ultra-fast internet provided through Adelaide’s participation in the Gig City initiative, and its connection to the US Ignite Network.


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