DiG Festival Speaker Line-up Announced

July 10, 2013

The DiG Festival encourages community participation. A few months ago we called for nominations for presenters, panelists and workshops for our inaugural event and we were overwhelmed with the response.

It has taken us quite a while to sift through all the submissions and compile a program that is both diverse and exciting. The program aims to reflect our Design + Interactive + Green-tech components as well as our 2013 theme of Adapt or Die.

We also want to have a blend of speakers from high profile organisations and lesser known start-ups. Its quite a balancing act.

The program is still taking shape and more names will be added soon, but we are excited to announce the initial line-up for DiG Festival 2013:


Jane Huxley of Pandora.com – Video killed the radio star….or did it?

Catherine Caruana-McManus – Smarter Cities Executive for IBM


Laurence Wolf (USA) of Brand Honee  – Birth of the Super Creative

Rebecca Caroe (NZ) – Native advertising: will the newspaper industry adapt or die?

Zac Zavos of Conversant Media – Online publishing

Melissa Hoyer – The future of journalism

Ian Lyons – Drones and the maker movement

Heather Snodgrass-Brine of Hello Darling – Nailing a startup

Nancy Georges the “Retail Miss Fixit”

Simon Suter of ReachLocal – Rethinking the consumer buying process

Gavin Heaton  – Stop Talking at Me, Nobody is Listening: The New Physics of the Consumerverse

Roger Pryor – Designing Education Futures

Suzanne Chadwick of Digital & Sourcing Innovation, Hudson – Finders Keeper, Creative Sourcing & Employer Branding

Panel Discussions in development

The Solar Solution – solar technology

The Future of Journalism

Marketing Medical Charity

Sport in the Digital Age

The Future of Education

But wait, there’s more….

There are also workshops on The Innovation Process and Modern Retail Strategies, a 3D printing competition, a developers Hack Competition, Slingshot Accelerator pitches and much, much more in the works.

More speakers will be announced soon.

Please note: Program is subject to change up until day of the event.












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