A celebration of Australian startups

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October 22 - 30, 2016

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Spark Festival is a series of events connecting people, ideas & resources across the entire innovation and startup ecosystem.

Inclusion and diversity is in our DNA. We've reached out to startups, small business, corporates, government, universities, students and investors to build a weeklong program of activities and events that has something for everyone.

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What to See

This year’s Spark Festival program features over 60 events across 15 tracks or themes, reflecting the breadth and depth of startups and innovation in Australia.

Meetups, mixers and socials. Hackathons, create-a-thons and workshops. Presentations, panels and pitching competitions. Events for children and families.

Whether you're an entrepreneur or a wantrepreneur, a student or an educator, already working in a startup, or curious to find out more, you'll find something on the Spark Festival program.

So clear your calendar now and start locking in some Spark Festival events!

Check out the full program here, or dive straight into one of the tracks below to see what's on offer.

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Going Global

Understand the opportunities and challenges of going global, get insights to better understand how you should. If you’re starting out, considering going global-first. Chances are you won’t regret it.
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Education

Coding, pitching, designing, making, building: find your strengths and learn the skills you need to have a career in entrepreneurship.
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Design

Design is the secret sauce that turns ideas and technologies into transformative products. Designers who are curious about startups, startups who are curious about design: enter here!
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Social Enterprise

Do you want to make money and do good in the world? Then join us and other change-makers at one of our social enterprise track events.
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Media Tech

Showcasing innovation and media-tech and creative-tech startups in VR/AR, games, music, video and digital content creation.
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Health+Sport

From medicine to sport, experience the technology enabled advancement of health care and management through a series of experiential, collaborative and informative sessions and activities.
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Fintech

The intersection of Financial Services and Technology - FinTech - is changing how we bank, save, spend and invest. We explore Sydney’s emerging FinTech industry, opportunity areas and challenges.
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Machine Intelligence

Australia is fast becoming a global leader in Quantum Computing capability. Coupled with ongoing advancements in machine learning, cognitive computing is providing exciting opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity innovation is taking off in Australia and fast attracting the attention of political and corporate leaders. Find out what's hot and see where your cyber skills might fit in.
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Diversity

Embracing the unique values that all individuals can bring makes awesome commercial sense. Find out how you can supercharge your venture by embracing opportunity for all.
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Startup Journey

Startups provide something no employer can, a journey. Startup Journey looks at the entire life of an entrepreneur, the inspiration, the adventures, the war-stories and how they’ve made an impact.
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Cleantech

CleanTech is all about renewable energy, battery storage, electric vehicles and lots of other innovations that make our world cleaner, productive and more equitable.
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IoT

Explore how Internet of Things transforms our lives.
Participate in sessions on Smart Cities, IoT venture capital and IoT makers.
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Government

Government is trying to understand the role it can play in boosting the startup sector, innovation and entrepreneurship. Find out what you can do for Government, and what Government can do for you.
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Who Are We?

Spark Festival is a project of Spark Festival Ltd, a not for profit whose objectives are to

  • provide opportunities for individuals of diverse background, age and gender to pursue and succeed in a career of entrepreneurship through events and other activities
  • connect entrepreneurs, industry groups, government and service providers, leading to the growth of vibrant startup communities across Australia
  • position Australia as a leading startup nation, fostering, attracting and retaining globally- recognised, talented individuals
  • support with industry development to help transition Australia’s industries towards a digital and technology future
  • help to provide training and awareness and skills for individuals of all ages, primary & secondary children and workers from any industry to help retrain and transition to new industries

Spark Festival Board

 

Alex Scandurra
Alex Scandurra
Alex is the CEO of Stone & Chalk, the country’s largest Fintech Hub. Prior to establishing Stone & Chalk in August 2015, Alex was the co-founder of the Techstars Accelerator Program with Barclays...more
Chris Clark
Chris Clark
Chris is the founder and CEO of SportsTech startup, Fusesport. In addition he is an Advisory Board Member at Startup Colorado and muru-D, where he is also a mentor....more
Eitan Bienstock
Eitan Bienstock
Eitan is the founder of Everything IoT, as well as managing partner at Propellor Venture Capital. He is actively involved in the startup ecosystem in Australia and Israel...more
Kristy Dixon
Kristy Dixon
Kristy is a partner at Marque Lawyers, "Law, Done Differently", where she heads up their corporate/mergers & acquisitions practice....more
Maria MacNamara
Maria MacNamara
Maria is Head of Strategy and Engagement at the Digital Transformation Office, as well as a member of the leadership team for the Women in Fintech Project out of Stone & Chalk....more

Program Manager

Maxine Sherrin
Maxine Sherrin
Maxine co-founded Web Directions, Australia's first and biggest event for people who work on the web....more

Track Leads

Stephen Rutter

Education

Stephen Rutter
Manager,
UTS Business Practice
Liz Jakubowski

Education

Liz Jakubowski
Director, Government Relations,
Data61
Peter Horsley

Social Enterprise

Peter Horsley
Founder,
Remarkable
Daniella Traino

Cybersecurity

Daniella Traino
Business Leader - Cyber Security,
Data61
Mathew Benjamin

Going Global

Mathew Benjamin
Co-founder,
AsiaRecon
Amanda Caunt

Social Enterprise

Amanda Caunt
Events and Communications Specialist,
Remarkable
John Allsopp

Design

John Allsopp
Co-Founder,
Web Directions
Alex Harrington

Machine Intelligence

Alex Harrington
Chief Operating Officer,
Warren Centre
Ben Reid

Media Tech

Ben Reid
Founder,
TEMPL
Monica Wulff

Health+Sport

Monica Wulff
Founder,
Startup Muster
Danielle Szetho

Fintech

Danielle Szetho
CEO,
FinTech Australia
James Alexander

Startup Journey

James Alexander
Founder,
INCUBATE
Piers Grove

Cleantech

Piers Grove
Founder,
EnergyLab
Chantal Aboucher

Media Tech

Chantal Aboucher
Founder and CEO,
The STUDIO
Jan Tijink

IoT

Jan Tijink
Co-Organiser,
Internet of Everything (IoE) Community
Maria MacNamara

Government

Maria MacNamara
Head of Strategy and Engagement,
Digital Transformation Office
Anne-Marie Elias

Diversity

Anne-Marie Elias
Chief Disrupter,
Ashley Brinson

Machine Intelligence

Ashley Brinson
Executive Director,
Warren Centre

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