Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:53

VIDEO: DISRUPT.SYDNEY focuses on ‘disruption for good’

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With plenty of debate over the disruptive forces of Uber, Airbnb, Apple Music and others, a Sydney-based tech innovation conference will look at ‘disruption for good’.

Forget about a festival of dangerous ideas, how about a festival of disruptive ideas? Perhaps that’s one and the same thing, but it’s what came to mind when I read about the ‘DISRUPT.SYDNEY’ conference, now in its third year.

Amongst other things, DISRUPT.SYDNEY tells us it ‘will look at digital innovation in rural Australia and China; the workplace of the future; the empowerment of women in the high-tech world and the role of virtual reality in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of post-traumatic stress.’

The conference is being held tomorrow, Friday 25 September, from 8.30am to 6.30pm at the University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus.

Additional detail from the DISRUPT.SYDNEY website is as follows: 

DISRUPT.SYDNEY.15 will feature a keynote, five TED-style short talks, a number of hands-on workshops, an interactive “Futuring” session and ample opportunity for networking over coffee and drinks. Take a look at our program, which features the following highlights:

  • Keynote address by Antony Funnell (ABC Radio National) on Digital Disruption
  • Short talk by Anthony Henry (Macquarie Bank) on Activity-based Working
  • Two short talks on the implications of Digital Disruption for rural regions in both Australia and China
  • Short talk by Skip Rizzo (USC) on Virtual Reality (VR) in working with war veterans in trauma therapy
  • Workshops on Activity-based working, Digital Design for social inclusion, Enterprise Social, and Collaboration
  • A tutorial on VR technologies
  • The famous DISRUPT.SYDNEY Anti-Panel (in its 2.0 version)

Associate Professor Kai Riemer leads the Digital Disruption Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School, which is hosting DISRUPT SYDNEY in association with the School’s Balanced Enterprise Research Network.

Assoc Prof Riemer said: “Digital Disruption is typically associated with the various challenges new technologies and business ideas bring to incumbent organisations and jobs in established industries. While digital technologies certainly bring challenges, there are equally many opportunities to shape our lives for good.

“Tomorrow’s conference will be tackling a number of issues including the future of work, flexible and activity-based working; enterprise social networking, engagement and collaboration through networking.”

University of Southern California researcher Albert “Skip” Rizzo will join the conference to present his work utilising immersive VR technologies in trauma therapy with war veterans.

ABC Radio National presenter Antony Funnell will give the keynote address, taking a critical look at our often uncritical engagement with new technologies in business and our daily lives.

More detail available here

Here’s the conference invitation video:


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