Melbourne East Region Business Breakfast

May 28 Tue 2019

7.30 am - 9.30 am

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Special Announcement – Rob Philpott – cofounder of Aconex joins line up.

Aconex is an Australian construction IT start-up ‘unicorn’, and was sold to global giant Oracle in 2018 for $1.6 billion. Currently, Rob is the Global Vice President of Product Strategy for Oracle Construction and Engineering. He has strategic oversight across the full suite of construction and engineering products at Oracle, including Primavera P6, Textura, Unifier, Prime, and Aconex. We acknowledge the support of LaunchVic in connecting us to Rob. Rob is kindly giving of his own personal time to attend the breakfast. His appearance is a real coup for ME businesses – particularly those in the construction, engineering, trades and IT start up sectors.

About the event

We know that change is inevitable, but how many of us can honestly say that we can adjust when it happens? Rather than simply reacting to the changes happening around us, what if we could anticipate and plan for change?

Smartphones, the internet and other digital technologies have given us access to a massive range of new services and entertainment options, and transformed how we do business. They have also led to the creation of entirely new business models and new internet-based competitors – the so-called digital disruptors of Google, Amazon, Uber and many more.

The ultimate impact is the digital transformation of all businesses – a transformation that is creating significant challenges while also presenting huge opportunities for those who are willing to embrace it.

Join with businesses from across Melbourne’s East at this regional business breakfast featuring two of Australia’s leading authorities on digital technologies, Amanda Gome, founder of Smart Company, and Brad Howarth, BRW.

You will:

  • find out what rapid technological change and digital disruption means for your industry and how your business can adapt to take advantage of the changes happening now
  • learn how to think and act like a disruptor
  • uncover the secrets of hot start-ups and emerging entrepreneurs which are seizing the opportunities and making millions right now
  • learn practical strategies for better understanding, envisioning and planning for digital change to help you design and shape your business’ future in this rapidly changing world

About Brad Howarth and Amanda Gome

Brad Howarth

Brad Howarth is fascinated by change. He has been examining the impact of technology-driven change on business and society for 25 years, writing for local and international publications including The Australian and BRW. His research focuses on the impact of technology on our professional and personal lives, and how we might choose to adapt to take advantages of the changes happening around us. Brad takes complicated topics and future scenarios and presents them in a straightforward and compelling manner, bringing global perspective and demonstrating the interconnectedness of new developments, whilst providing ‘hands-on’ takeways for business owners to apply in their business.

Amanda Gome

Change agent Amanda Gome has been at the forefront of Australian media and communications for more than 25 years; leading change through the constant stream of disruptive digital and social technologies that have transformed the industry. Amanda has been the force behind the growth of media brands including BRW, the Fast 100 and SmartInvestor. Amanda founded some of Australia’s first digital media brands, including her SmartCompany and StartUp Smart before heading up social and digital media at ANZ until 2015. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Business at RMIT University.

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This event is a collaborative regional event with six local councils in Melbourne’s East.

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