What is Spark Festival?

Spark Festival is Australia’s largest event for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs. Our attendees are getting started, or going global. They are entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, innovators, students, executives or just plain curious. But with a two week program of more than 160 events, many of them free, they all find their spark at Spark.

Spark Festival 2019 will run from October 10 - 27.

Spark Festival Values and Objectives

Inclusiveness and diversity always shines throughout our program: alongside events for people already working in the startup sector, Spark Festival welcomes anyone who is curious to find out what it's all about to take a peek and see where their skills might find a new home.

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

As a not for profit, Spark Festival is guided and supported by its board.

The programming committee, known as the Spark Festival Track Leads, meets throughout the year to oversee the development of a festival programme that explores every corner of the ecosystem.

Keeping it all together is Program Director, Maxine Sherrin, the person to speak to if you'd like to get involved in Spark Festival.

Program Director

Maxine Sherrin
Maxine Sherrin
Program Director at Spark Festival, Co-founder of Web Directions....more

Spark Festival 2018 Track Leads

Liz Jakubowski

Education

Liz Jakubowski
Founder,
Ribit.net
Stephen Rutter

Education

Stephen Rutter
Founder,
The Scale Institute
Lauren Montino

Lauren Montino
Community & Operations Manager,
Haymarket HQ
Daniella Traino

Cybersecurity

Daniella Traino
General Manager, Cybersecurity,
aizoOn Australia
Tom Dawkins

Social Enterprise

Tom Dawkins
Co-Founder,
StartSomeGood
Chantal Aboucher

MediaTech

Chantal Aboucher
Founder,
The Studio
Deborah Young

RegTech

Deborah Young
General Manager,
The RegTech Association
Paul Conyngham

AI/Machine Intelligence

Paul Conyngham
Founder,
Sydney Machine Learning Group
Jono Hermann

North o' the Bridge

Jono Hermann
Chair,
North Sydney Innovation Network
Adriana Belotti

Blockchain

Adriana Belotti
Organiser,
Blockchain Professionals Meetup
Alex Young

Alex Young
Founder,
AWE.media
Jackie Randles

Research

Jackie Randles
Manager,
Inspiring Australia

Spark Festival Board

Alex Scandurra
Alex Scandurra
Chief Executive Officer at Stone & Chalk, an independent, not-for-profit Fintech hub...more
Chris Clark
Chris Clark
Founder and CEO at Fusesport, the online management solution for sporting event organizers...more
Maria MacNamara
Maria MacNamara
Non-Executive Director on the board of Spark Festival, the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the International Women's Forum (Australia)...more
Eitan Bienstock
Eitan Bienstock
Founder and CEO at Everything IoT, a global platform for IoT innovation connecting corporates with startups and providing thought leadership, corporate advisory and startups mentorship....more
Murray Hurps
Murray Hurps
Director of Entrepreneurship at University of Technology. Former CEO of Fishburners....more
Kristy Dixon
Kristy Dixon
Partner at Marque Lawyers, heading up their corporate/M&A practice...more
Anne-Marie Elias
Anne-Marie Elias
The Chief Disruptor...more