Technology, Disruptors and Innovation


CEDA explores this topic with influential speakers and companies who have successfully integrated digital disruption and innovation into their business strategy.

Business and government are embracing disruption and innovation in a bid to improve and expand efficiently. Rapid changes have opened up local and global markets and are transforming how business operate.

Agility and responsiveness are essential characteristics to embody, but with an ever-changing environment, what’s next and how can we be prepared? How do we put people at the centre of policy to harness the full benefits of emerging technologies and data? 

Furthermore, what impact will Artificial Intelligence have on our economy, institutions, workforce and society? How do we design ethical AI built on trust, fairness, transparency and accountability?

CEDA explores this with influential speakers as well as companies who have successfully integrated disruption and innovation into their business strategy.

Upcoming events

Unlocking human value in the future of work | Melbourne | 10 October 2019
Join CEDA in a discussion on the human opportunity that is at the centre of automation and how skills and social intelligence will remain essential to economic development, productivity and living standards. Joined by Deloitte Access Economics Partner, David Rumbens; Swinburne University of Technology Director, Centre for the New Workforce, Dr Sean Gallagher and Deloitte Partner, Natalie James. 

Value generation through innovation | Perth | 25 October 2019
Bold leaders will share their vision on how Western Australia is at the forefront of innovation and development for the global resource sector. Joined by South32 Chief Technology Officer, Vanessa Torres; Microsoft Director Industry - Resource, Kerryl Bradshaw; Velrada Chief Innovation Officer – Level19, Dan Hookham; and ABB Australia Mining Sector Lead, Richard Marsh.

What drives our transport future? | Sydney | 28 October 2019
CEDA welcomes NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, the Hon. Andrew Constance along with an industry panel to discuss the impacts of technology and data, urbanisation, and customer-centricity in transport. 

The future of Australian trade and global relationships | Melbourne | 1 November 2019
International trade and investment powers Australia’s economic growth. CEDA welcomes Austrade CEO, Dr Stephanie Fahey to share her vision for Australian trade and the technologies and markets that will unlock new opportunities.

Epic flights centenary and Andy Thomas AO | Adelaide | 1 November 2019
To reflect on the first flight across the world 100 years ago, and to look ahead at what might drive future epic innovations, CEDA welcomes Epic Flight Centenary Patron and former NASA astronaut, Andy Thomas to the CEDA stage for the first time.

2019 State of SA | Adelaide | 19 November 2019
CEDA’s annual State of SA brings together key leaders to shine a light on the current growth opportunities and disruptions South Australia faces. With keynote presentations by OZ Minerals Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Cole and Australia Post Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Christine Holgate.

Australia's race for space | Adelaide | 22 November 2019
CEDA welcomes inaugural Australian Space Agency (ASA) Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark AC, to deliver a keynote address as part of CEDA’s future of work series. Joined by KPMG Partner in Charge, Operations Advisory, Mike Kalms and Attorney-General of South Australia, The Hon. Vickie Chapman MP. 

Related content

Top 10 Speeches: Disruption and innovation 2011-2016

 In 2016, CEDA celebrates five years of engaging and forward-thinking speeches on the CEDA stage – discussing the technologies, skills and attitudes Australia will need to embrace the fourth industrial revolution – with the release of CEDA's Top 10 Speeches: Disruption and innovation 2011-2016.

Read and download CEDA's Top 10 Speeches: Disruption and innovation 2011-2016.





Workforce transformation cause for optimism 
| Microsoft Australia Managing Director, Steven Worrall
Competition and consumer watchdog to target consumer guarantees, unfair contracts | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims Innovation is important to economy and social fabric | Australian Council of the Arts Chair Rupert Myer AO

Attracting women into STEM | Microsoft Australia Managing Director, Pip Marlow

Government has an ethical obligation to provide the best services to users | Digital Transformation Office CEO, Paul Shetler  

Start-ups cannot wait for government | UBER Australia and New Zealand General Manager, David Rohrsheim

Don't wait for digital disruption, dive into the digital economy, companies warned | Reserve Bank of Australia Chief Information Officer, Sarv Girn    


Technology, Disruption and Innovation series supported by CEDA members:

New South Wales



Victoria New Economy Breakfast Series


Victoria Artificial Intelligence Series