Headline Events

All the "do not miss" events of Spark Festival 2018.

From Success to Significance with Mark Brand and Holly Ransom

22 October
Sydney Startup Hub
Mark Brand is one of North America's foremost social entrepreneurs. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step. Book now.

Tech23 2018

23 October
The Auditorium Surry Hills
As one of the few truly national forums where homegrown innovation can be recognised and celebrated, Tech23 showcases world-class startups from Perth to Brisbane, Wollongong to Hobart. Moving beyond state and territory boundaries, Tech23 is a gathering brimming with goodwill – promoting connections and collaborations where they are needed most. Book now.

Around the Blockchain - Startup Showcase

23 October
Sydney Startup Hub
Learn about blockchain technology from community leaders and connect with local startups to find out how they are building the decentralised future. Book now.

UTS Startup Awards

24 October
The UTS Startups Awards aims to identifiy and recognise the best startups from within the UTS entreprenurial ecosystem, we'll be showcasing some of the greatest hustlers and most inspiring founders, along with the most original and investible pitches. Book now.

Ask Me Anything: Atlassian's Scott Farquhar

24 October
Darling Harbour
At this event you will learn about building a business startup from one of the most successful Australian startup co-founder Scott Farquhar, cofounder and CEO of software company Atlassian, during a fireside chat session. Come join us and be prepared with your questions in this nonstop Q&A with Scott as he shares his start-up journey through failures and successes. Book now.

Urban IOT Hackathon

25 October — 27 October
New Space, The University of Newcastle
The Urban IoT Hackathon recognises future urban challenges and invites cross-disciplinary teams from IT, Business, Design, Sociology, Engineering and Environment Science backgrounds to imagine IoT insertions, activations, integrations and solutions which benefit citizens, business, community and government. Book now.

Spark Southwest: Startup Weekend

26 October — 28 October
Western Sydney University Liverpool City Campus
Have you got a great idea and don't know where to start? Are you looking for a platform to test your idea? We need your help to develop social solutions for Liverpool. Liverpool City Council is partnering with Vibewire to host Spark South West: Startup Weekend – Hack 4 Liveability. Hear local stakeholders pitch their wicked challenges and help make Liverpool a better place to live. Book now.

Create innovative apps to help regional NSW flourish

27 October — 28 October
University of Technology Sydney
We are looking to empower Application developers from startups and innovation groups, SMEs, students to work with leading technology firms to create market ready apps and be ready especially when the new ‘Consumer Data Right’ comes into law.
Our aim is to empower you to enhance the capabilities of personal data and private sharing to communities in regional Australia that do not have the technical resources of the big end of town. Book now.

Design Thinking Masterclass with Mark Brand

29 October
Sydney Startup Hub
Serial social entrepreneur Mark Brand leads an interactive masterclass modelled on his current course on design thinking at the University of Southern California and his past work as a THNK and Stanford fellow. Book now.

National Future Work Summit

30 October
ICC, Darling Harbour
Skills for Today. Work for Tomorrow.
Technology and innovation are rapidly changing the roles we perform and the way we work. Digital platforms, AI and automation are disrupting and changing every industry and profession. The National Future Work Summit will analyse the challenges ahead and provide attendees with the insights to prepare their organisation or institution for the 4th industrial revolution. Book now.

Web Directions Summit

1 November — 2 November
ICC - Darling Harbour
Web Directions Summit brings together the finest mids at the intersection of technology and design. Our field is constantly changing, where last year's cutting edge is this year's commonplace, and today's best practice is tomorrow's old hat. For well over a decade, Web Directions has tracked practices, patterns and technologies to keep our audience up to date. Book now.

IndigiPitch - Indigenous Pitch Weekend

2 November — 4 November
Australia’s first ever Indigenous business pitch weekend run by and for Indigenous businesses. The weekend will see entrepreneurs learn how to pitch and best tell their story to a variety of audiences, develop and validate their business model ensuring it is desirable, feasible and viable. Book now.