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Top Tech Trends Debate

Thursday 6 September, 5:30pm

2017 Top Tech Trends Debate hosted by the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley

2017 Top Tech Trends Debate hosted by the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley

The Top Tech Trends Debate is unlike anything that currently exists in Australia. The event is run in debate format; showcasing the visions of five leading industry professionals pitching their ideas on the next big thing, and the audience votes.

The event is a replica of the Top Tech Trends event that has been successfully run by the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley for 20 consecutive years. Bringing it to Australia will be a first.

The Debate will be headlining the Emerging technologies powering investment stream of the State Government of Victoria's Digital Innovation Festival


WHY YOU WANT TO BE AT this event...


Be a part of the audience which will help shape the top tech trends whilst learning how these emerging technologies are set to impact our lives. It’s an opportunity to peer inside the minds that are investing in our future, to understand how they see our world.

Each speaker will deliver one trend that must meet the following criteria:

  1. Are not obvious today, but may well be in the future; and
  2. There'll be an explosive impact in these areas in 3-5 years time.



Kee Wong is an entrepreneur with a background and qualifications in Engineering, IT and Business.

Kee is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Deputy Chairman of Asialink and a member of the Board of Directors for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Committee for Melbourne and the Foundation Board of Monash University’s Faculty of Engineering & IT. He is also a member of the Council of Victoria University.

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Bec Martin

Bec is an emerging technology enthusiast, a tinkerer and lifelong learner working at the intersection of government, startups, and technology. 

Most recently she was an adviser for the Victorian Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, advising on the innovation/startup sector, telecommunications infrastructure investment, and economic development in the ICT sector. She is now drawing on her broad range of experiences and insight as a “Chief Strategy Office for Hire”.

Paul Higgins

Paul is a Futurist with Emergent Futures and a venture philanthropy partner at Social Ventures Partners Melbourne. He is also Chair of the Policy and Research Board for the Future Business Council. 

Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about and plan for the future.

He is currently co-authoring a book on the future of driverless vehicles entitled: Is Driverless Always More? – How driverless vehicles will transform our economies and our societies.


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Bienna Chow

Bienna is an international strategist specialising in innovation and investments, combining experience from multinational corporations, high-tech startups and venture capital across a broad range of industries.

Bienna led Bosch’s corporate strategy division for Asia Pacific, was a founding team member of Robert Bosch Venture Capital and has extensive financial market investment experience.

Bienna is also a co-founder of a social network, graduate member of the Board of Directors for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and CFA Charterholder.

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Ryan Ebert

Named twice in Australia’s top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30, Ryan is a Melbourne based Company Director, Physiotherapist and Multi-Industry Entrepreneur.

Ryan is a Director & co-founder of PHW Group. A national Occupational Physiotherapy, Workplace Training and Office design company creating healthier and more productive workplaces. 

Ryan is also a lecturer at Swinburne University, non-executive director and advisor to several other companies. He is keynote speaker in the areas of millennial leadership and entrepreneurship and has special interests in the property and renewable energy industries.

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MODERATOR: Nina Muhleisen

With a background across a variety of industries, corporate and startups Nina is passionate about leading, developing and inspiring diverse teams to experiment and deliver valued solutions to drive optimised processes, products and digital outcomes.

Starting her career as a Mechanical engineer for AUDI AG in Germany and Toyota Australia, she has always been focused on designing simple solutions that are valued by customers. With specialised skills in innovation design, including design sprints being trained by the leading experts in Berlin and a strong background in design thinking, product and process design, Nina has worked to embed emerging technologies such as AI into businesses both large and small, making her an industry expert in simplifying the way we work.

I really love the idea of this event. We’re all in the business of soothsaying, in one form or another, but what fascinates me about this debate is that it focuses on the unobvious. What’s happening while we’re all busy making other plans?
— Zoe Dattner, Smart Company & Startup Smart

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