News - Making sense of chaos: QUT conference tackles disruptive influences

11th September 2017

The impact of digital disruption – from the personal to the global – will be in focus at a full-day conference at QUT on October 17.

The conference, Disruptive Influences - And What To Do With Them, will tackle issues ranging from money and health through to global politics as it explores the future of working, thinking and living.

It is part of QUT’s Real World Futures series which has been running since 2015.

The speakers will include:

  • Dr Mary Foley, CEO of Telstra Health
  • Ms Pip Marlow, CEO of Innovation at Suncorp Group Ltd
  • Mr Stephen Scheeler, special adviser to PWC and former managing director of Facebook Australia and NZ
  • Professor Ron Arkin (roboticist, ethicist and adviser to the US Defence Department), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mr Nick Vanzetti, managing director of E-sports company ESL
  • Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large of The Australian
  • Distinguished Professor Peter Corke (director of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision), QUT
  • Professor Suzi Derbyshire, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), QUT

Conference organizer David Fagan, who is QUT’s Director of Corporate Transition, said the conference was designed to give a broad view of how technology was reshaping every aspect of life – and to also illustrate what opportunities it created.

“By bringing together corporate and academic speakers, it will help participants design their own call to action from the forces of disruption,” he said.

The Real World Futures series has run almost 20 public events since it was launched in 2015, with heavy focus on the future of work but also actively looking at the impact of a range of technologies in the health, social media, robotics and food technology areas.

Earlybird bookings are open until September 15 at a price of $295 a seat or with a discount for a table of 9.

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