Join us for registration in Cargo Hall at 9:00am

Presented by
Susan Brown, MD for Girls in Tech Australia
Adriana Gascoigne, Founder & CEO of Girls in Tech Inc. (International)

Biography of Susan Brown

Susan is the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Australia a global NFP organisation that supports women in Technology, Innovation and Startups. Susan has worked in consulting organisations for the last 15 years. She has been using various Agile ways of working throughout her career. Her role is to enable organisations to develop their digital strategy while taking advantage of their business assets through digital initiatives. Her experience includes innovation, process optimisation, customer intelligence, use of insights, customer experience, new products & services, team culture and collaboration. Susan is also a Director at PWC in the Experience Centre.

Biography of Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana is the Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization devoted to empowering, educating and mentoring women in the tech industry across over 60 chapters internationally. She is also a partner at Founders Den in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district where Girls in Tech’s offices are located.

No stranger to growing brands and building amazing companies, Adriana has also served in executive roles at RxMatch and QwikCart, Ogilvy & Mather and SecondMarket, the largest secondary trading platform, where she was responsible for branding strategy, event production and digital media efforts.

In addition to working with technology start-ups like Indiegogo, SGN, Algentis,, Swyft, ImpulseFlyer and GUBA, Adriana has served as a strategic advisor for companies like NexTravel, StartupStockExchange, Numiyo Technologies, Palindrome Advisors, CharityBlossom, DooChoo, and She is also on the advisory boards for Nailbot, Cocoon Cam and Roost.

Adriana holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of California at Davis, received a certification from El Tecnologico de Monterrey in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and participated in Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Adriana is also fluent in Spanish.

Presented by
The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis MP

Biography of The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis MP

Philip Dalidakis is the Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy, Small Business in the Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, Australia. Mr Dalidakis was elected as a member of the Victorian Parliament in November 2014 and was appointed to Cabinet in July 2015.

Since Philip’s Ministerial appointment in 2015, he has worked hard to strengthen Victoria’s reputation as a regional tech hub by engaging the local startup community and attracting leading global companies to establish a regional presence in Victoria.

The Minister believes Victoria is well placed to be a leader in cyber security education, research, policy and entrepreneurship. As such, he has announced the development of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), which will bring together eight Victorian universities, the Melbourne-based Defence Science Institute, major private sector partners and Oxford University’s world leading Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) to create a cyber security powerhouse in Victoria. An additional partnership, brokered between the Labor Government and the digital research arm of the CSIRO, Data61, will see them co-locate their lead national cyber security centre with the OCSC.

Another important part of Mr Dalidakis’ portfolio is the delivery of the Labor Government’s $60 million startup initiative, LaunchVic, which was created to accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria. This body will invest in core infrastructure, improve access to capital for local startups, advocate on legislation and regulation, as well as engage in local sector events.

In his capacity as Trade Minister, Mr Dalidakis will also be responsible for strengthening and expanding Victoria’s network of international business offices across the world, growing our presence from 18 to 22 countries. This will provide the best possible opportunities for Victorian businesses to tap into overseas markets, grow and create more jobs for the future.

Prior to entering Parliament Mr Dalidakis operated his own small business, was CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries and was Deputy Chief of Staff to Federal Senator Stephen Conroy, (frm) Leader of the Government (in the Senate) and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and started his commercial/finance career at Deloitte.

Mr Dalidakis has a Master of Commerce from UNSW as well as a double degree in Arts (Politics and Thai Language) and Business (Management) from Monash University. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Presented by
Zoe Hobson, Managing Director of Runawayplay

Biography of Zoe Hobson

Zoe has a strong background in the media industry. She has worked in game production (PC and mobile), film production (recently released I Survived a Zombie Holocaust), digital media, print media and television over the last fifteen years. She returned to Dunedin from Auckland, drawn by the start-up and tech scene here.

Zoe joined the team at Runaway Play in 2015 as a Senior Producer. Overseeing finances and production across the business, Zoe has had a particular focus on leading the Publishing and Live Operations teams, and developing Runaway’s knowledge of marketing and paid User Acquisition. Zoe recently moved to the role of Managing Director, where she oversees Runaway’s company vision and business strategies.

Zoe was awarded the ‘Future Business Leader’ award at the 2014 Obiz Awards.

Presented by
Monique Morrow, President and Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet (Switzerland)

Biography of Monique Morrow

Monique is the Co-Founder and President of The Humanized Internet, a Swiss based non-profit focused on digital identity for 1.1 billion people.

Monique was previously Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer of Services, where she was responsible for aligning the Cisco Services Technology vision and architectures with the business strategy.

The 2017 recipient of the DECA International Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, Monique has a track record of co-innovating with customers, developing solutions that have transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia. Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, as an individual contributor and manager, Monique built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific. Her specific geo-area targets were China and India, where she drove Cisco’s globalization and country strategies and met all of her targeted goals.

Monique has been recognized as Business Worldwide Magazine’s 2016 Visionary of the Year for Technology, Social Change and Ethics. She’s also been named a Top Ten Influential IT Women in Europe. She was one of 6 Global Achievers recognized for the ITU and UN Women GEM-TECH Award in 2014. Monique has been selected to be part of the elite group of women for Connected World magazine’s 2015 Women of M2M/Internet of Things feature—or “WoM2M.”

Monique is published in IEEE and other journals, she speaks frequently at conferences, and co-authored three books with 2 new books in the pipeline.

Presented by
Helen Souness – CEO of RMIT Online

Biography of Helen Souness

Helen was appointed to the role of CEO at RMIT Online in August 2017.  Helen is leading this Strategic Investment Vehicle of the University to support a growing community of learners to successfully navigate the world of work by offering directly relevant, accessible and flexible educational opportunities online.

Helen Souness is a senior leader with a career that spans more than 20 years of commercial experience working in digital strategy, marketing and product across market-leading enterprises including Seek, Lonely Planet, Envato and Etsy. Helen has operated in General Manager, Managing Director and Board Director capacities for Envato, Canteen, Etsy and Sendle. Most recently as MD of Asia for Etsy, Helen’s team tripled the size of Etsy’s Australian seller community and entered new Asian markets.

12:30 PM – LUNCH

Presented by
Shahirah Gardiner, Co-Founder – Finch

Biography of Shahirah Gardner

Shahirah Gardner, is co-founder of Finch, ‘a financial app for your social life’ that lets you pay friends instantly and securely, split bills, run group tabs and track your social spending in one place. Finch is designed to help Australian millennials build financial confidence by meeting them at their current financial activities, with the goal to provide personalised, data driven recommendations as their priorities change over time. Earlier this year, Finch was the first international startup selected to the #1 fintech incubator in the US, Envestnet |Yodlee, where the team won best product demo in the program. The app launched in July and is currently available on iOS and Android in Australia.

Presented by
Christine Rodrigues, Head of Partnerships for Braintree

Biography of Christine Rodrigues

Christine has been involved in the online payments industry for the past five years, focusing on driving business adoption of online and mobile payments technology through her time at both Braintree and PayPal.

With a background in mobile, stemming from her years at Vodafone, Christine is passionate about businesses advancing, growing and enhancing mobile experiences for their customers through the adoption of new technologies.

Currently focusing on partnerships and driving relationships across the ecommerce industry, Christine is leading the charge on building education and engagement programs across the Australian ecommerce network for vendors and merchants alike.

Keynote presentation

Presented by
Dr Kate Cornick, CEO of LaunchVic

Biography of Dr Kate Cornick

Dr Cornick is currently the Chief Executive Officer at LaunchVic, which is the Victorian Government’s $60M initiative to accelerate start-ups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria. LaunchVic works in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, business, the community and educational institutions to strengthen Victoria’s entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem.

Prior to this appointment, Dr Cornick was CEO of ASX listed startup Rision Ltd. Her previous positions include Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at the University of Melbourne, and the General Manager, Health and Education at NBN Co. Dr Cornick has also held the position of Senior Telecommunications Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, this role entailed advising on the National Broadband Network policy, consumer issues and regional telecommunications.

Dr Cornick serves as a Non-Executive Director on a number of boards, including the Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Melbourne Networked Society Institute and Charles Sturt University.

Dr Cornick undertook her PhD in optical telecommunications at the University of Melbourne and, as part of her studies, spent time at AT&T Research Laboratories, USA. She also has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) and Bachelor of Science (Physics and Philosophy). Dr Cornick is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society and has considerable experience in technology innovation and change management across start-ups, academia, corporate and government.


The emerging entrepreneurship of women in the gig economy

Presented by
Fran Maier – co-founder of (International)

Biography of Fran Maier

Fran Maier is CEO and Founder of Babierge, the leading baby gear rental service and marketplace. She is a serial entrepreneur and brand builder with nearly 25 years experience in B2C and B2B internet businesses. She is best known for her 10+ years leading TRUSTe, the leading privacy trustmark and solutions provider, and as Co-Founder and first General Manager of

Fran speaks widely on several topics relating to women in business, including opportunities for women in the collaborative economy, addressing the lucrative family travel segment, women in entrepreneurship and on boards. She serves as an advisor to many start-ups including Ruby Ribbon, Portfolia, Women’s Start-up Lab,, Kango, and Dabbl.

Fran is featured as an expert in the new documentary film about entrepreneurship entitled “She Started It.” With Emmy Award winning journalist Kym McNicholas, she hosted a radio show/podcast called “Female Seeking Start-up” which featured interviews with female entrepreneurs. In 2016, Fran was honored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business with the Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Award. In 2015, she was named one of “100 Most Influential Women in Technology” by Hot Topics. In 2011, San Francisco Business Times named Fran among the 150 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and in 2010, AlwaysOn named her among the Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch in Silicon Valley.

She served on the board GE Capital Bank until it was sold in 2016. In addition, she is a Member of Women Corporate Directors and is Chair Steering Committee for Stanford Women on Boards. In 2012, Fran completed the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance Director’s College.

Fran holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University. She lives in San Francisco and is the mother of two grown sons.

How has your company approached diversity and inclusion?

Amy Glancey, Atlassian

Temple and Webster – Susie Sugden, Chief Commercial Officer
Australia Post – Claire Bourke, GM of Technology
REA Group – Louise Alphonso, Program Manager – Technology Community

Presented by
Sophie Tobin – Strategic Design Director for BCG Digital Ventures

Biography of Sophie Tobin

Sophie Tobin’s strategic design talent is fuelled by her creative problem solving and experimental mindset. Sophie believes in the success of solutions sits within the employment of multidisciplinary teams and perspectives, driving outcomes which consider a holistic approach to a product service system. She is motivated by understanding human behaviour and how this shift across contexts; driving the identification of latent needs and insights to spearhead innovation.

Sophie currently leads the fast growing Strategic Design team at the Digital Ventures Innovation Centre in Sydney. Her team delivers best in class methodologies in qualitative research, future visioning, concept development and validation, and behaviour design. She describes the Strategic Design team as a magical patchwork of backgrounds from industrial design, entrepreneurship to psychology; stitched together by passion, perspective and persistence.

Before joining Sydney’s BCG Digital Ventures founding team in 2014 as a Strategic Designer, Sophie worked between UX and Service Design roles, shaping and enhancing the customer experience for some of Australia’s largest retailers, banks and telcos; making customer experience something that is considered yet implementable, scalable and measurable.

Teresa Truda – CEO and Co-founder of Chozun
Zia Word – CEO & Co-Founder of Chozun

Paul Naphtali – Co-Founder of Rampersand
Rachel Yang – Investment Manager, Giant Leap Fund at the Impact Investment Group