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?

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

Upcoming events

AI and ethics | Melbourne | 22 February 2019
In the first of a national series of events, CEDA brings together leading thinkers to discuss the principles and policy frameworks for artificial intelligence (AI), with UNSW Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Professor Toby Walsh; Accenture Artificial Intelligence Senior Principal, Katherine Bailey and Telstra General Manager Big Data Analytics, Julian Butler.

Technology shaping cities | Sydney | 12 March 2019
Join CEDA to examine emerging and disruptive technology shaping modern cities and how governments, industry, and operators can leverage them to enhance the customer transport experience with Infrastructure Australia Acting Chief Executive, Anna Chau and Transport for NSW Secretary, Rodd Staples.

Unlocking innovation and jobs for Melbourne | Melbourne | 14 March
CEDA brings together leaders in the development of Melbourne’s employment and innovation clusters to share insights on these unique opportunities for economic development and urban renewal, with La Trobe University Vice-President (Development), Natalie MacDonald; Fishermens Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee Chair, Meredith Sussex and AECOM Director of Cities, Melbourne, im O'Loan.

Artificial intelligence and ethics | Brisbane | 20 March 2019
Economics is pushing the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI). At this event we explore how future AI will impact individuals, businesses, our society and ask how ethical will the application of new technology be, with CSIRO Chairman, David Thodey AO.

Space economy: the future for WA | Perth | 26 March 2019
CEDA is pleased to welcome Australian Space Agency Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark AC and key space industry leaders including Curtin University ARC DECRA Fellow, Katarina Miljkovic as we review the space sector opportunities available for WA.

Security and privacy in an artificially intelligent world | Canberra | 27 March 2019
CEDA welcomes global thought leader, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith to address security and privacy in an artificially intelligent world.

Future of work series - innovation and entrepreneurship | Adelaide | 27 March 2019
At the first event in the CEDA SA Future of Work series, we welcome Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia, Jim Whalley, and other thought leaders as they discuss the future of our economy in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Leadership in a post commission era | Perth | 5 April 2019
In the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, hear from industry leaders on how the Australian finance sector is focusing on rebuilding trust and reputations, as well as withstanding digital disruption for customer engagement, with Bankwest Managing Director, Rowan Munchenberg and AustralianSuper Group Executive, Paul Schroder.

Chasing moonshots - culture, ambition and innovation | Sydney | 9 April 2019
CEDA welcomes Telstra Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy, Robyn Denholm, to discuss culture, ambition and the importance of innovation to Australia’s economic future.

Artificial intelligence and ethics: the effects of bias | Perth | 11 April 2019
What impact will artificial intelligence (AI) have on our economy, institutions, workforce and society? Hear from multidisciplinary leaders as they discuss how to design ethical AI built on trust, fairness, transparency and accountability.

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