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Speaker Lineup:


Co-Founder of Apple

Steve Wozniak

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.

The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers. In 2014, he received the prestigious Hoover Medal, which is an American engineering prize for "outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity." The prize is given jointly by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.

Trent Clews-de Castella

Co-Founder & CEO

Trent Clews-de Castella

Trent had previously owned and run a 3D tech consultancy which connected businesses with new and emerging immersive technologies. His position and understanding helped uncover a unique insight into the emerging fields of 3D scanning, Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR).

In 2014, Trent co-founded PHORIA, a creative 3D company that enabled anyone to virtually experience any interior space as if you were physically there. As the price of VR/AR tools came down and the technology continued to improve, PHORIA began pioneering immersive technology into new sectors. It’s latest social impact offering DREAM3D leverages VR as a therapeutic intervention to reduce pain, anxiety and drug use for children in hospital. Today, as immersive tech now starts to becomes mainstream, Trent is planning the augmentation of connected cities. Whether it be in your home, a hospital or throughout the city, Immersive Technology is already transforming the human experience.


Director & CEO
Center for the
Digital Future

Trent Clews-de Castella

Jeffrey Cole has been at the forefront of media and communication technology issues both in the United States and internationally for the past 25 years. An expert in the field of technology and emerging media, Cole serves as an adviser to governments and leading companies around the world as they

craft digital strategies. Dr. Cole is Director and CEO of the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School as well as Founder and Organizer of the World Internet Project.


Chief Digital Officer &
Vice President
Deakin University

Alisa Bowen

William Confalonieri is Chief Digital Officer and Vice-President with Deakin University Australia, originally being appointed Deakin’s first CIO in January 2012. William was the recipient of the 2017 ComputerWorld/IDG Premier 100 Global Technology Leader Award, was finalist for the 2017 ‘Australian CIO of the Year’

ITNews Benchmark Award, was awarded 2016 ‘CIO of the Year’ by the Australian Executive Awards/CEO Magazine, was named and worldwide showcased ‘Global Digital Leader’ by Gartner Symposium 2016, was Finalist for the 2015 ‘Australian CIO of the Year’ ITNews Benchmark Awards and was named 2014 ‘Australian CIO of the Year’ - ITNews Benchmark Awards. William is representative of the new breed of Digital Leaders who are focused on digitally driven enterprise strategy, with special emphasis on creating competitive advantage through the orchestration of digital ecosystems and organisational change to deliver premium experiences to stakeholders. William is elected President of McKinnon Secondary College after serving many years as a Council member, and advisor to the Victorian Government – Victorian Public Sector Commission. William has postgraduate qualifications in Computer Science, Business Administration, Negotiation and Economics, he is a certified Enterprise Architect and a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Co-Founder & CEO,

Elliot Costello

Elliot Costello is a social entrepreneur who, in 2008, co-founded YGAP.

YGAP believes a world without poverty is possible. A world where everyone receives a quality education can earn a fair wage and live in a good home, free from violence and preventable disease.

They find and support impact entrepreneurs changing lives in some of the world’s toughest communities because they believe local leaders have the solutions to local problems.

To date, YGAP has significantly and measurably impacted the lives of 406,359 people living in poverty and aim to impact one million lives by 2018.

YGAP raises funds through an entrepreneurial approach, owning and running profitable social ventures and fundraising campaigns to fund their work in the field.

Elliot has been invited to speak at the United Nations (UN) in New York and at several UN and leading social enterprise conferences across the Middle East and Asia. He is a leading voice on youth issues, social entrepreneurship and innovative fundraising in Australia.


Head of Innovation,
PwC Australia

Alisa Bowen

Kate Eriksson is passionate about Australian's solving problems, designing and building experiences that the rest of the world will want to use. She began as a developer, specialising in mobile technology, extending to working with the major technology players such as Twitter, Skype and Google.

Kate has been advising global telecoms companies worldwide from a base in Stockholm, Sweden, and established and co-directing a Silicon Valley Innovation centre, the AT&T Foundry. Kate has worked closely with venture capital and startups across UK, Israel and US.

Kate is a Partner in PwC's Digital Experience Centre, leading innovation and a global design thinking approach for large organisations. She is on the Board for Code for Australia and an advocate for diversity and STEM.

Dr Krystal

BioMelbourne Network

Dr Krystal Evans
Krystal is a leading advocate for science and technology in the transformation of healthcare. As CEO of the BioMelbourne Network, her role is to connect, support and enable innovation in health, bringing together researchers, public and private companies, clinicians and technology specialists to grow the commercial cluster of capabilities in Melbourne.

Krystal is committed to advancing Victoria’s position as a global destination for biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceuticals, creating opportunities for growth and investment. Her vision is to see innovative companies transform discoveries and knowledge into products and services that benefit our economy and our society.

Dr Krystal Evans was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the BioMelbourne Network in July 2014, bringing 15 years experience in the biomedical research sector. An advocate for emerging science leaders, Krystal was a founding member and Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early and Mid Career Researcher Forum. A champion of the 2011 "Discoveries Need Dollars" campaign, she led the Melbourne "Rally for Research" to protect funding for medical research in Australia. Committed to science communication and outreach, Krystal is a regular presenter on Melbourne community radio station 3RRRFM’s science show "Einstein A-Go-Go". Krystal is an advocate for advancing gender equity and promoting women in leadership, as a media commentator and invited speaker.


Partner – Digital
Transformation, PwC Australia

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Monty Hamilton is a partner in PwC’s Digital Services business and has over 18 years' experience in designing, building, transforming and operating digital businesses at some of Australia’s most iconic organisations.
Monty’s career highlights include co-founding National Australia Bank's

direct bank UBank, consulting with Australia Post, co-founding Telstra's direct broadband business Belong, and the large-scale digital transformation of Telstra. Monty operates on the belief that digital transformation is industry agnostic and driven by people and culture first – then enabled by technology and connectivity. He is passionate and actively involved in indigenous reconciliation through the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

Monty is a regular contributor at leading conferences on topics including digital business strategy, e-commerce, customer experience and corporate use of social media. He co-founded the Australian Digital Summit in 2012.

Pivot welcome’s Monty, a Geelong native, as the Master of Ceremonies for the third year in 2017.



Trent Clews-de Castella

Described by Sir Richard Branson as “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”, Caitlin Iles is an experienced venture capitalist, angel investor, advisor (to enterprise and startups), serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, dyslexic and passionate change maker driving for diversity and equality within the new economy.

In recognition of this, Caitlin was awarded the title of one of Australia’s top 25 Fintech Influencers (alongside Atlassian’s CEO, Mike Cannon-Brookes), given her efforts and commitment to smashing the glass ceiling. As a venture capitalist, Caitlin has helped to raise ~ $100m and establish Australia’s largest portfolio of early stage startups.

Caitlin started her career in psychology (focussed on the rehabilitation of drug dependent persons) and has since gone on to work across a wide variety of industry sectors (advertising, advisory and enterprise), working with and establishing businesses in the Middle East (UAE), Europe, USA, and domestically in Australia. Caitlin has been fortunate to work with some of the world’s most respected companies (i.e. GE), delivering disruptive projects that have revolutionised how complete industries operate.

Today, Caitlin describes herself simply as a disruptor, who is passionate about unlocking human potential, through educating and investing in underutilised, high potential and high value talent, predominantly women, in order to create a better world for all.


Head of Talent Acquisition,

Marissa Senzaki
Marissa Senzaki has 10+ years of experience in recruiting for some of the world's most well known tech companies, such as facebook, Skype, and Slack. As Slack’s first HR hire, she led the recruitment across North America, growing the company from under 50 to over 100 in her first several months. She then

continued to grow the company globally with the launch of their Dublin and Melbourne offices. Since relocating to Australia, she has spoken at various conferences such as Sourcing Summit Australia, Future Assembly, and Myriad, and was recognised by Business Insider in their first ever “Top 100 Coolest People in Tech” list. As an advisor for Girls in Tech, she helped to open Australia’s first chapter and led the mentorship program.

Marissa’s passion for educating leadership on the importance of a culture and people first workplace, led to her creation of ElevateEQ, a consulting service that works with startup founders and thought leaders to design and implement the human side of their business. Marissa recently joined as the Head of Talent Acquisition at Weploy, an on-demand app for hiring temporary support staff.