Digital innovation strategies that are designed to drive growth within our organisations.


Featuring two stages, 100 speakers, a series of masterclasses, endless networking opportunities, and an unparalleled tribe of digital legends – Something Digital aims to inspire, build capabilities, and celebrate the incredible stories that emerge from our backyard.

2024 Headliners.

Our headliners include national and international talent, who will appear in person on the SD stage. Their goal is to share their thought provoking work, concepts and technologies which will enable us to think differently about the digital futures we are creating.

Institute for Advanced Study

Alondra Nelson

NASA

Brittany Brown

Doctors Without Borders

Kathryn Hymes

QUT

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Centre for Information Resilience

Nina Jankowicz

Take This

Rachel Kowert

Meta

Yao Ding

Institute for Advanced Study

Alondra Nelson

Harold F. Linder Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

New York


 

Widely known for scholarship at the intersection of science, technology, and society, Alondra Nelson is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. A former deputy assistant to President Joe Biden, she served as acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

 

In recognition of Nelson’s impactful OSTP tenure, Nature named her to its list of the 10 People Who Shaped Science in 2022. Last year, she was nominated by the White House and appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to serve on the UN High-Level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence, and was named to the inaugural TIME100 list of the most influential people in the field of AI.

NASA

Brittany Brown

Director of Digital & Technology Division, NASA

Washington


 

Reaching audiences where they are is what Brittany does.

 

As the lead of NASA’s Digital & Technology Division, it’s her job to translate what’s new in space exploration into engaging, easy-to-understand content for the general public.

 

Brittany executed communications plans for the launch of the first spacecraft on a mission to “touch” the Sun, the first all-woman spacewalk, the launch and landing of the Perseverance Mars rover, the first powered and controlled flight on another planet, the premiere of a documentary about Black NASA astronauts, the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid, and countless other events that brought awe and wonder to audiences worldwide.

 

With nearly two decades of communication expertise, she has led marketing, social media, and public affairs strategies for both the U.S. Army and National Public Radio. Driven by her passion for educating others on social media, Brittany developed a social media management certificate program at Georgetown University, where she serves as an adjunct instructor.

Doctors Without Borders

Kathryn Hymes

Director of Product and Innovation, Doctors Without Borders

Washington


 

Kathryn Hymes is a technologist, computational linguist and game designer. Currently she serves as Director of Product and Innovation at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) where she leads a team of engineers and data scientists to prototype, build and deploy new products to support medical aid in emergencies.

 

Previously, she worked in leadership positions at companies focused on communication, community, and the future of work, most recently as the head of international product expansion at Slack and an advisor at Airtable. She is a game designer and co-founder at Thorny Games (www.thornygames.com), a design studio focused on language and storytelling. Her writing on language and technology has appeared in the Atlantic, Wired, and the New York Times.

 

Hymes has extensive experience in international research and product development, including past work at Baidu in Beijing, as a Fulbright fellow in math in Budapest, and at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin, Switzerland. She has helped lead technology-focused field research in Japan, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Hungary, and the Netherlands.

QUT

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Professor and Chair in Digital Economy, QUT

Brisbane


 

Marek Kowalkiewicz is a Professor and Chair in Digital Economy at QUT Business School. Listed among the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders in AI by thinkers360, Marek has led global innovation teams in Silicon Valley, was a Founding Research Manager of SAP’s Machine Learning lab in Singapore, a Global Research Program Lead at SAP Research, and a Research Fellow at Microsoft Research Asia. His latest book is called “The Economy of Algorithms: AI and the Rise of the Digital Minions”.

Centre for Information Resilience

Nina Jankowicz

Vice President, Centre for Information Resilience

Washington


 

Nina Jankowicz is an internationally-recognized expert on disinformation and democratization and the author of two books: How to Lose the Information War (Bloomsbury 2020), which The New Yorker called “a persuasive new book on disinformation as a geopolitical strategy, ” and How to Be A Woman Online (Bloomsbury 2022), an examination of online abuse and disinformation and tips for fighting back, which Publisher’s Weekly named “essential.” Currently the Vice President at the UK-based Centre for Information Resilience, a non-profit focused on countering disinformation, Jankowicz has advised governments, international organizations, and tech companies, and testified before the US Congress, UK Parliament, and European Parliament.

 

In 2022, Jankowicz was appointed to lead the Disinformation Governance Board, an intra-agency best practices and coordination entity at the Department of Homeland Security; she resigned the position after a sustained disinformation campaign caused the Biden Administration to abandon the project. From 2017-2022, Jankowicz has held fellowships at the Wilson Center, where she led accessible, actionable research about the effects of disinformation on women and freedom of expression around the world. She advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship in 2016-17. Early in her career, she managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute.

Take This

Rachel Kowert

Research Director, Take This

Ottawa


 

Rachel Kowert, Ph.D is a research psychologist, the Research Director of Take This, and visiting professor at the University of York (UK).  She is a world-renowned researcher on the uses and effects of digital games, including their impact on physical, social, and psychological well-being. In her current work, she serves as one of the primary investigators on the first grant-funded project from the Department of Homeland Security about games and extremism.

 

She has spoken about her work to thousands of people across the globe, including the United States Congress, United Nations, and Department of Homeland Security. An award-winning author, she has published a variety of books and scientific articles relating to the psychology of games and, more recently, the relationship between games and mental health specifically. She also serves as the editor of the Debates in Media Studies (Routledge) and Psychgeist of Pop Culture (ETC Press) series’.

 

In 2020, she founded Psychgeist, a multimedia content production studio for the science of games and pop culture. In 2021, Dr. Kowert was chosen as a member of The Game Awards Future Class, representing the best and brightest of the future of video games. Dr. Kowert has been featured in various media outlets, including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, New York Times, and Wired Magazine. To learn more about Rachel and her work, visit www.rkowert.com.

Meta

Yao Ding

Accessibility Research Lead, Meta

Palo Alto


 

Yao Ding currently leads Accessibility user research at Meta, bringing with him over 15 years of experience working with people with disabilities in academia, the clinic, and the tech industry. His contributions include foundational work in integrating accessibility into Facebook for billions of users, as well as in emerging technologies like AR/VR and artificial intelligence. Yao conducts user research to build deep understandings of users with disabilities, and incorporates their perspectives to create accessible and equitable experiences. He is dedicated to upleveling accessibility research at Meta through training, mentoring, setting up research panels, creating rolling accessibility research programs, running accessibility design workshops, and collaborating with academics. He also actively contributes to industry-wide accessibility organizations, helping to shape the next-generation accessibility technology.

Event Details.

Date: Tuesday August 27 – Wednesday August 28
Location: The Tivoli + Surrounding Venues
Time: 8am to 4pm + Optional Drinks
Cost:
  • Early Bird (Until July 12) $449 
  • Full Fee (July 13 – August 18): $549
  • Last Minute (August 19 – August 28): $599
  • Group Discounts: 4-7 Save 10% | 8+ Save 15%
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