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//QODE CENTRAL Program

Great Hall, Mezzanine Level, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

QODE Central: A two-day program of inspirational and educational interactive presentations from more than 20 Australian and international experts – some appearing for the first time in Australia – on the technology and trends sweeping through the world.

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Who should attend QODE

You belong to an established industry and want to stay ahead of the curve

You want to understand the true meaning of the 4th industrial revolution, and its consequences

You want the opportunity to interact directly with great minds and international futurists

You are an investor, CEO, policy maker or want to know, before others, what the future holds

You are planning to build a startup, and are unsure which industry to target, which killer challenge to address or which killer idea to pursue

You want to understand how to contribute, tap into and further develop Queensland’s innovation ecosystem

You are considering setting up a startup in Queensland, and want to understand the funding, accelerators programs and opportunities for new companies are in Queensland

//Tuesday 2 April - Day One

QODE Central Day One focuses on the one technology that is set to have the biggest impact in our working and private lives:  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Smart Robotics.

We will examine the impact and issues raises by the technology, including the future of work and Ethics, with global experts never seen before in Australia.

We shine a spotlight on the Queensland AI/Smart Robotics startup ecosystem and look at an industry that is most set to be revolutionised by a convergence of new technologies, including AI: Transport.

We conclude the day with the rare opportunity to hear from globally-recognised researchers and futurists on what humanity, society and global economy may look like, covering AI, quantum computing, biology and digital media.

//Wednesday 3 April - Day Two

QODE Central Day Two studies a number of industries – both emerging and established – and the opportunities, challenges and threats that new digital technologies are presenting.

We shine a spotlight on Queensland’s vibrant startup sectors: MedTech, Augmented/Virtual Reality, AgTech and Digital Travel/Tourism.

We also hear from senior executives from established industries in Telecommunications, Energy, Mining and Financial services on how their companies and industries are introducing innovation to embrace opportunities and meet challenges.

//Tuesday 2 April - Day One

7:30am | Registration

Registration in the main foyer

8.15am - 8.20am | Welcome

Welcome by Jackie Taranto, Chief QODE Officer

8.52am - 9.50am | Dr. Yuval Dror, Reseacher & Author (Israel)

International Keynote Address

The Fourth Revolution: Here comes the robots

Artificial Intelligence – from Science Fiction to reality.  Some forecasts suggest that over the next twenty years 50% of all jobs could be replaced by Artificial Intelligence, robots and other forms of machine learning algorithms. Dr. Dror will introduce the basic building blocks of this recent revolution such as “deep learning algorithms”, “big data”, “exponential growth”, “narrow artificial intelligence” and others. He will explain in simple terms complex technical ideas and new social practices that will force us to face one of our biggest challenges: a world in which humans are no longer necessary in the labour market.  He will pose the questions:  What is work? What is intelligence? What does it mean to be human?

 

9.50am - 11:15am | Session Topic: Next Generation Transportation

In the near future, disruptive technologies are set to change the way we commute, forever.  This session is about a prominent shift expected within 5-10 years – a shift to new mobility paradigms driven by electrical/battery power, autonomous technologies, new forms of vehicles and new operational concepts.

9.50am - 10.15am | Egan Greenstein, Senior Director, Analysis and Experimentation, Boeing NeXt (USA)

Global presentation

Urban transportation redifined: booking your air taxi

Boeing NeXT, Google’s Kitty Hawk, Uber, and some startups are planning a future of new urban commuting and logistics by autonomous electrical vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs). The technology is still experimental but reality is around the corner. This presentation will explain the developments, time-lines for rollout, the necessary building blocks – from urban infrastructure to new liability schemes, and the pilot programs being undertaken in selected locations before a global rollout.

10.15am - 10.45am | Constantin Schwaab, CEO, Wirelane (Germany)

International Keynote Address

Robotic, electrified Infrastructure for next-generation transportation

While electrical vehicles of all types – from micro-cars to utilities and buses – are already available, they are set to remain non-mainstream even with much-anticipated price reductions until sufficient charging and payment infrastructure makes EV a sufficient alternative to current internal combustion vehicles, including inter-city commute. Dr. Schwaab will explain his vision of such infrastructure.

 

10.45am - 11.15am | Interactive Session

Next-Generation Transportation – an emerging industry

The smart commute market is expected to quadruple in size within five years, with opportunities for innovation and economic rewards for early adopting cities and states. The interactive session will elaborate on the previous presentations and cover Hyperloop and more aspects of this exponential growth segment.

Constantin Schwaab, CEO, Wirelane (Germany)
Dr. Roey Tzezana, Futurist and Foresight Expert (Israel, USA)
Egan Greenstein, Senior Director, Boeing NeXt (USA)
Dr. Brett Dale, CEO, Motor Trades Association of Queensland

11.15am - 11.45am | Dr. Roey Tzezana, Futurist and Foresight Expert (Israel, USA)

International Keynote Address

The Artificial Intelligence Ethics Challenge

Every new technology rewards with benefits, yet it comes with a toll. Artificial Intelligence is set to take over and be implemented across many industries. Along with benefits, comes a set of ethical challenges at many levels that might hinder the successful rollout of such technologies.  This presentation will showcase examples of current and future challenges, and how to overcome them with technological, conceptual and philosophical approaches.

11.45am - 1.15pm | Lunch

Visit the Exhibition Floor

1.15pm - 1.45pm | Bryan Lee, Threat Intelligence Analyst, Palo Alto Networks (USA)

Global presentation

Cybersecurity – a bigger opportunity than threat

Data is becoming the most precious resource and also the one that will fuel the fourth industrial revolution. Cyber threats are integral to the data economy and expected to rise to a level that will leave a mark within any economy, business operations and personal lives. This presentation expands on Cyber threats in our digital and real lives, and explains the opportunities of learning to endorse and face the risks.

 

1.45pm - 2.05pm | Leanne Kemp (Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, CEO, Everledger)

Presentation

How to disrupt an annual US$290B traditional industry with Blockchain.

Blockchain is known as the technology behind one infamous application – Cryptocurrency. Yet blockchain is considered one of the most disruptive technologies of the Internet-as-an-infrastructure era, and forecast to be present in multiple industries in need for transparency and ease of transaction. This presentation explains the potential of Blockchain to change traditional processes of data and create new value. It showcases an Australian innovation set to change the global diamond industry, in pursuit of an ethical and transparent supply chain of one of the world most precious minerals. 

 

2.05pm - 2.40pm | Session Topic: AI & Smart Robotics

When a robot is connected to a data source, it becomes a “smart robot”.  A new wave of connected robots is coming and will provoke our preconceptions about manufacturing (perhaps it is not lost to cheap labour economies after all), healthcare, mining, logistics and more.  AI adds layers of automation not only to mechanical robots, but to computers, allowing the replacement of repetitive human tasks, and presents the fastest growing economic sector ever seen in the world. This session highlights the Australian and Queensland-based efforts to plug-in to this global trend and its extremely positive prospects.

2.20pm - 2.40pm | Interactive session

Queensland’s AI / Robotics national hub

Booming AI and Robotics technologies are creating the vital infrastructure that will be key enablers for a range of new and existing industries, and will be a critical factor in taking the Australian economy to the next level. 

Moderator:
TBA

Queensland AI/Robotics entrepreneurs:
Nick Therkelsen-Terry, CEO & Co‑Founder, Max Kelsen

3.05pm - 3.35pm | Speaker TBA

Space continues to fascinate and capture people’s imagination. The privatisation of the space industry is a global trend fuelled by the ever-growing demand for space-based services – communication, photography, weather monitoring, location, medical and other research, and even space tourism.  Newly developed rockets have driven down the total cost of space launch, making space more accessible than ever and the appetite for newly created niches even larger. The race to a healthy, prosperous space industry has begun.

3.35pm - 4.05pm | Interactive discussion – A futurism special: What’s Next

In this session, a group of experts elaborate on selected topics of AI, digital media, quantum computing, technological advancements in biology, manufacturing and other aspects, providing a unique point of view on things to come.

Dr. Yuval Dror – researcher of technology and society
Dr. Roey Tzezana – An internationally recognised futurist
Gilad Greenbaum, CEO Ventus Data AG (Switzerland) – AI market analyst

//Wednesday 3 April - Day Two

7:30am | Registration

Registration in the main foyer

8.15am - 8.25am | Welcome

Presented by MC

8.35am - 8.55am | The state of Australian and QLD Innovation ecosystem.

This presentation will communicate statistics of the Global, Australian and Queensland-based innovation economies, and key statistics on the current Queensland entrepreneurship ecosystem.

8.55am - 9.25am | Dr Roey Tzezana, Futurist and Foresight Expert (Israel, USA)

International Keynote Addresss

The future of MedTech (and Medical Research)

Will wearable devices be viable medical tools? Are hospital connected devices safe from hackers? Futurist Roey Tzezana and author of ‘Guide to the Futurepresents the trends in MedTech and medical research, and suggests a surprising paradigm shift.

 

9.25am - 10.00am | Session Topic: MedTech in Queensland - tapping into a US$430B global market

The fourth industrial revolution is coming fast, and its impact is especially clear in the field of pharma and healthcare. In the lecture we’ll discuss how three technological trends – A.I., the internet of things, and the blockchain – are about to overhaul the pharma industry and healthcare in general. The end-result of this process would be a shift in power from the industry to the public, which is already beginning to occur.

9.35am - 10.00am | Interactive session

Queensland MedTech entrepreneurs:
Blake Wills, CEO, Microba

International contributor:
Dr. Roey Tzezana, Futurist and Foresight Expert (Israel, USA)

10:20am - 10:45am | Q&A with Andrew Penn, CEO, Telstra

Interactive Session

Q&A with Andrew Penn, CEO, Telstra with questions from a moderator and the audience

 

10:45am - 11:20am | Session Topic: XR / Digital Travel & Tourism / Entertainment in Queensland

We are all happy to pay for those special entertainment and travel experiences.  In this session, entrepreneurs from AR/VR – the link between the real and digital world – and key industry players from Tourism and Entertainment, examine the market potential of new digital technologies.

11:00am - 11:20am | Interactive session

Queensland XR entrepreneurs:
Sam Hussey, CEO, Lightweave

International contributor:
Atle Skalleberg – Chief Digital Officer, Flight Centre, Founder Student Universe

11.20am - 11.40am | Circular Economy for a sustainable, sensible, environmentally friendly future economy

Australia’s first circular economy lab in Brisbane is putting new, 4th Industrial revolution economical models to the test

11.40 am- 12.10pm | David Smales, CEO, Energy Queensland

Presentation

The energy sector is undergoing rapid transformation. Energy Queensland is investigating innovative, data-enabled solutions to lead the way towards a highly decentralised and digitalised future and ignite the electric life for our customers.

12.10pm - 1.30pm | Lunch

Visit the Exhibition Floor

1.30pm - 2.00pm | Rag Udd, Vice President Technology - Global Transformation, BHP

Keynote

Robotics and Automation Innovation

McKinsey predicts that by 2035, data analytics and robotics could produce US$290-US$390 billion in annual productivity savings for oil, natural gas, thermal coal, iron ore and copper producers worldwide. Hear first-hand how one of the world’s most proud and established Australian firms remains competitive with the deployment of cutting-edge innovation.

 

2.00pm - 2.20pm | Interactive session: AgTech & Bio Commodities

Agricultural Tech has been a global hotspot for many years, supporting a multibillion essential industry.  Bio Commodities are used not only for food, but for plastic substitutes and many other uses.  Both represent opportunities with local and global markets in essential goods and services. 

2.20pm - 2.50pm | Sarah Harland, CIO, Suncorp

Presentation

Digital Financial Services

Banking and Insurance are prominent industries in the Australian economy, and it has been going through an innovation storm – driven by digital and AI.

Q&A led by Prof. Leigh Angus, Transformation and Innovation Lead at King, Wood and Mallesons

2:50pm - 3:10pm | Interactive session: Investment Funding

This interactive session will include an investment fund director explaining its strategy for investing, alongside entrepreneurs who have received funding and are now running successful startups.

3:10pm - 3:30pm | Interactive session: Entrepreneurship in Queensland

Presented by selected Queensland-based and Queensland-funded startups:  VC, Funding, Key accelerators and programs for Queensland Entrepreneurs in 2019.

4:10pm | End of QODE Central Day Two

Thank you for attending

Program is subject to change.

//Other Events

//Monday 1 April

6.00pm - 8.00pm | QODE Government Welcome

QLD Parliament House

Invite Only

QODE Afterhours

//Tuesday 2 April - Day One

8.00am - 5.00pm | QODEX Exhibition

Great Hall, Ground level, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Talk to the experts and experience the technology from 50+ startup and established tech companies on the QODEX show floor.

Attend any of the free QODE seminars on the QODEX show floor.

Any of QODE Red, QODE Black, or Student tickets provides entry.

9.30am – 4.30pm | QODE WORKSHOPS

In the QODEX Hall we are establishing two smaller stage areas to deliver sessions on topics of entrepreneurship covering concept development, becoming investable, being export ready and scaling up.  These sessions will provide raw and unedited insights from people who have been there and done it – they will talk openly and frankly about what it takes to be successful and the different forms success can take.  Complementing the highly inspirational speakers of the QODE Central stage, these sessions will offer a ‘back stage’ style experience enabling delegates to get up close and personal to people and issues that directly impact their capacity for success.  In our list of speakers you will see some familiar and recognisable faces of highly successful entrepreneurs and investors as well as some of our new talent and experienced hands who don’t frequent the speaking circuit very often.  Delegates will also get access to a series of interactive sessions such as mentor speed dating, pitching bootcamps and Q&A sessions to really challenge, motivate and empower delegates in their innovation journey and drive their success further.

//Wednesday 3 April - Day Two

8.00am - 5.00pm | QODEX Exhibition

Great Hall, Ground level, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Talk to the experts and experience the technology from 50+ startup and established tech companies on the QODEX show floor.

Attend any of the free QODE seminars on the QODEX show floor.

Any of QODE Red, QODE Black, or Student tickets provides entry.

9.30am – 4.30pm | QODE WORKSHOPS

In the QODEX Hall we are establishing two smaller stage areas to deliver sessions on topics of entrepreneurship covering concept development, becoming investable, being export ready and scaling up.  These sessions will provide raw and unedited insights from people who have been there and done it – they will talk openly and frankly about what it takes to be successful and the different forms success can take.  Complementing the highly inspirational speakers of the QODE Central stage, these sessions will offer a ‘back stage’ style experience enabling delegates to get up close and personal to people and issues that directly impact their capacity for success.  In our list of speakers you will see some familiar and recognisable faces of highly successful entrepreneurs and investors as well as some of our new talent and experienced hands who don’t frequent the speaking circuit very often.  Delegates will also get access to a series of interactive sessions such as mentor speed dating, pitching bootcamps and Q&A sessions to really challenge, motivate and empower delegates in their innovation journey and drive their success further.