Nathanael Miller – Nathanael Miller is a mechatronics engineer, disciplined in systems engineering and cognitive sciences. For 14 years he has developed robots with wheels, wings and orbits to support scientific studies, which include nano-materials, atmospheric science, aviation safety, planetary entry and in-space assembly. His work in small satellites at NASA has been recognised by the US President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, featured by WIRED Magazine, and sought after by top US schools and international communities. Presently, he is the Chief Technology Officer at Titomic Limited, where he applies his interests to develop digital manufacturing solutions and the largest metal 3D-printers.
Davyd Norris – Davyd has been playing with computers for over 40 years – about as long as he has been playing music. Initially a research physicist and a gigging musician, he found that neither paid the bills, so he moved into IT. As a senior architect with Rational Software (later acquired by IBM) he spent the next 20 years helping hundreds of organisations improve their ability to develop and deliver their IT systems. Three years ago he started his own consultancy, Olive Grove IT. He plays bass in four bands and also has a small recording studio (and no, it still doesn’t pay the bills).
Van Picken – Vanessa Picken is the Founder and Director of the highly respected digital agency Comes With Fries and is the newly appointed Head Of Digital for [PIAS] as Head Of Digital for America, Asia-Pacific, Australia & New Zealand. Based in LA and with just under two decades worth of digital and marketing experience in an array of sectors, Vanessa well equipped to champion and support the independent music sector globally.
Peta Ellis – River City Labs – Peta Ellis is a change maker and community leader in the entrepreneurial landscape and brings over 20 years experience in business, entrepreneurship, marketing and communications, and media relations. Peta is a passionate advocate for women in entrepreneurship and actively promotes positive lifestyle balance for founders, which led to co-founding Peak Persona and 3AM Founders in 2017.
Philip Vafiadis – I built my first guitar at 15, and at 17 started my first company, VAF, of which Rolling Stone declared our flagship speaker product “the ultimate in high fidelity performance with the best bass in the world”. Went on to found or co-found ZEN Energy, Innovyz Institute, Titomic, Coginilitics, Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association and a bunch of other things touching on technology and society. I mainly do my own stuff and sometimes invest in other tech companies. I get asked to mentor a lot as well as advise founders, leaders and boards from startups to some of the world’s largest companies.
Tamara Mills – MBA, MHEcon, BSc, GAICD is an Investment Fund Manager with 15 years’ experience in the commercialization of innovative technologies across the US, Australasia, Brazil and Europe. Tamara has built and led companies at the intersection of the creative industries and has extensive alternative asset portfolio management experience with a proven track record in driving asset growth. Tamara plays an active leadership role in early stage venture capital and through her roles with MIT and Creative Enterprise Australia supports founders across diverse sectors, including fashion, music, consumer technology and life-sciences, to validate, build and scale their businesses globally.
Philippe Ceulen – Philippe is a startup ecosystem community leader who has worked closely with communities across Belgium, Southeast Asia and Australia. He is passionate about building ecosystems and exploring emerging technologies with early-stage founders. He co-founded The 1961 Coworking and Art Space, supported Airbnb in its growth and acquisition in Cambodia and has been active within the Techstars Startup Programs team for several years. In his current role as Head of Programs at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia in Brisbane, Australia, Philippe runs the Collider Accelerator program as well as many other creative tech entrepreneurship initiatives.
David Grice – David’s technology and creative industry career spans more than 3 decades. David has broad experience in building successful global business from the ground up, with a strong focus on emerging technologies and their application to current business practice and supply chains. He is the Co-Founder of Cognilitics, an IoT company that has created a world first multi sensor system, providing real-time environmental data for cities across the world. David has a significant global network across multiple industry sectors. He is also currently the consulting BIGTECH programmer to BIGSOUND and assists several startups in commercialising their new technologies.