Hybrid World Adelaide (HWA) returns for a five-day future-thinking event this year, with a change in season and venue, and speakers including André Noël Chaker, Genevieve Bell, Marita Cheng and Phillip Alvelda.
Shifting from the Tonsley Innovation District to the Adelaide Convention Centre, HWA will also take place in July rather than October in its second year, lining up with the return of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
The 2018 program contains a mix of speakers and sessions covering topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, economics, space industries, robotics and augmented biology. As in 2017, this year’s event is curated by author and digital wonk Robert Tercek.
Author of The Finnish Miracle André Noël Chaker will deliver a keynote address on what Australia can learn from the Nordic nation. Former SA Thinker in Residence and technologist Genevieve Bell will explore the potential of a data-driven world. Dr. Phillip Alvelda will return to HWA to examine the growth of machines, and the not-too-distant potential of conscious robots. Robogals Global and Aubot founder Marita Cheng will also speak at the conference, while Dr. Patrick Neuman and Dr. Alice Gorman will expound on their research into space and the technologies helping us explore it.
Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment David Ridgeway said in a release that HWA will demonstrate South Australia’s capacity to build new global businesses without shifting abroad.
“The international programs offered at Hybrid World Adelaide showcase South Australia’s ability to continue to drive the future of investments in technological advancements which in turn, encourages our next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders to grow and develop their ideas and businesses in South Australia,” said Ridgeway.
The HWA Lab will also return in 2018, with $85,000 in development grants on offer for enterprising individuals with compelling ideas in technological fields. The likes of Alvelda, and Chaker will serve as mentors on the HWA Lab among others.
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