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25 - 27 November 2016
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Next BuzzConf Night

BuzzConf Technology Festival Showcase – talks from the festival’s presenters

When: 20th October 2016

Where: The Savoy Tavern, Melbourne

The 20th October is going to be a very special BuzzConf Night: we’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of some of the amazing sessions to expect over the festival weekend.

Meetup Details

Tech, innovation and futurism festival

BuzzConf looks like a cutting edge tech conference... and it is! A cutting edge, technology, futurism, and innovation conference, where all participants and presenters spend the whole weekend together in a scenic campground rather than in a stuffy conference centre.


Amazing technology talks

This year brings more than a dozen experts in the fields of Virtual Reality, Internet of Things (IoT), Robots, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, Space Exploration and more!

Social robotics: the next frontier

Robots today are seriously deficient in their ability to become a disruptive technology. They are dangerous and stupid. Mary-Anne Williams will discuss the kinds of problems social robots face in the workplace and the capabilities a social robot would require to work with people.

Adventures in Non-euclidian Virtual Reality and other Delights

Explore the 4D tesseract, Escher-like illusions of geometric spaces, and some fractured visions of reality

The Future of Space Exploration: The next 400 years

Despite numerous technological advances, space exploration is often viewed as an academic endeavour. Not any more! Paul Fenwick will lead a discussion on the future of not just space exploration, but also industry and habitation.

Innovating with Wearable Sensors, AR, and Natural UI

Leila Alem will provide an overview of her work in the area of designing novel business solutions using wearable, augmented/mix reality and natural user interaction technologies.

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ARgh: not so real monsters

This talk will introduce Augmented Reality and also discuss some of the ways AR can be implemented in a meaningful way

The Internet of Toys: ESP8266 and MicroPython

Each generation of embedded processors is even smaller, faster, cheaper and more capable - and that means it's easier than ever to build some amazing toys!

Preparing to be makers in a consumer-focussed world

In a world where everything is happening online, how do we facilitate our youth to take control of their technology and become hackers

No More Free – a future of paid content enabled by blockchain

Could blockchain technology enable a new model of media that shifts revenue from platforms to creators?

Biomedicine highlights of 2016

This talk will give you a walk through of some of the fascinating things that have come out of medicine in 2016.

2121 – How do we get there?

2121 is 105 years away. That's the future. How many people are working and thinking beyond their own lifetimes?

Rage Against the Ghost in the Machine

Learn how you could create a digital ghost of your self from the digital presence we leave online and what this might mean


Get hands-on with awesome workshops

Workshops run throughout the weekend on IoT, 3D-Printing and rendering, VR, Gaming and Hacking... with an entire track for the kids!

3D modelling, sculpting, and printing

3D modelling using Blender, then you'll have the opportunity to print your model!

The Internet Of Tents (IoT)

Connect BuzzConf with your creativity set to 11. Deploy wirelessly connected sensors (input), actuators (output), robots and even your tent to the network.

No Moving Parts: The hackathon for everyone

This is an ideas-only hackathon in which every person is both valuable and capable. It's even kid-friendly.

Building games for Google Cardboard VR

This hands-on session will show you how to use Unity 3D to build VR games for iOS and Android, targeting the Google Cardboard headset.

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Miniprenuers: You’re never too young to bring an idea to life

Kids will be supported in a fun and interactive way to identify a problem worth solving, generate ideas and bring their ideas to life. They'll be encouraged to think big, think hard and most of all, have fun.

Minecraft treasure hunt

Legend has it that the old pirate Steve stashed his treasures in a secret cave but the only trace of where it might be can be found in some obscure text in an old book. Will you be able to solve the puzzles and find the treasure?


Live entertainment every night

More than just a conference, when the sun goes down the party really starts at BuzzConf! Live music starts over dinner and will keep you dancing into the night!

Some of the Music from 2015

View 2015 bands

Whilst we are still finalising this year's lineup, take a look at these bands from last year

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Expert presenters from across Australia

Our presentation and workshops are all run by experts in their field, from professors of robotics to internationally acclaimed futurists... and they'll be around the campfires the whole weekend!

First round of amazing presenters

Professor Mary-Anne Williams FTSE

Mary-Anne has a passion for design led innovation. She works with her research team in the Magic Lab to bring science fiction to reality

Paul Fenwick

Public Speaker: Space · KSP-CKAN · Ethics · Emerging Tech · Psychology · Automation · Feminism · Social/Global Justice. Adventuretarian; World famous in NZ.

Dr Leila Alem

Leila Alem is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, specialist in AR & VR, Wearable computing and Natural User Interfaces for innovation in business.

Nic Hodges

Nic Hodges is a technologist with a focus on media, brands and culture.

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Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison

Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison builds games and apps for mobile devices, including the award-winning ABC Play School iPad games, and the Qantas Joey Playbox.

Rick Measham

Coder. Tinker. Maker. Thinker. Activist. Interested in work, innovation, technology, privacy, and security.

Jacinta Richardson

Jacinta is a software engineer, trainer and technical writer, with a passion for learning everything and then distilling it into interesting Cliff-notes editions for other people.

Donna Benjamin

Donna Benjamin is the daughter of a futurist. In 1996 she participated in a futures forum called 2121. 20 years later, it is time to revisit that work.

Lilly Ryan

Lilly is a software developer, digital rights activist, and recovering historian from Melbourne. She is definitely not a hologram.

Stephanie Andrews

Stephanie works at the intersection of art and technology, in 3D graphics including virtual reality, modelling, rendering, motion capture, programming, and interactivity design.

Andrew Fisher

Designer of things that combine web, mobile, physical computing & lots of data.

Andy Kitchen

Andy is a researcher and consultant in machine learning specialising in neural networks. He is currently puzzling over how to teach computers to think about thinking and other meta-physical machinations.

Andy Gelme

Hacker At Large

Matthew Cengia

Linux systems administrator and developer, scout leader, and Open Knowledge Australia ambassador

Eloise Ducky

Ducky is a university student in the final stages of her degree, with a passion for accessibility, mental health, and the future of augmented reality

Nick Moore

Nick is a science fiction enthusiast who is trying to get to the future before he is too old to enjoy it.

Adam Purdie

Adam is creator who loves to learn and share – whether that be in electronics, robotics, software development, music or painting.

Bec Spink

Leading Teacher. Code the Future Co-Founder, Evernote Ambassador. 2013 DET Vic Primary Teacher of the Year. Apple Distinguished Educator.

Will Egan

CMO at successful Australian health education company, Ausmed and co-founder of Code the Future, a not for profit organisation that’s putting coding education in schools.

Valberg Lárusson & Soley Valbergsdottir

Valberg & Soley are a father daughter team of Mincrafters and game makers. Their company Tinarastic Game Studio is only an extension of their passion of gaming.


More BuzzConf meetups throughout the year

Over the course of the year we hold plenty of social events and technology meetups to make sure we all keep learning and having fun in this exciting and ever-changing space!

Next BuzzConf Night

BuzzConf Technology Festival Showcase – talks from the festival’s presenters

When: 20th October 2016

Where: The Savoy Tavern, Melbourne

The 20th October is going to be a very special BuzzConf Night: we’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of some of the amazing sessions to expect over the festival weekend.

Meetup Details

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What BuzzConf means to you

I loved so much of BuzzConf. It’s hard to convey how much I loved it. Thanks so much for getting this conference up and running. I had the best time.

Amazing to get great internet at a festival!

My boss is talking about sending my whole team next year. And Jack (my 7yo) is going nuts that he has to wait a whole year to be able to come. He’s put his BuzzConf sticker on his laptop already.

Rick Measham, Director of Software Development at

I thought it was an incredible experience to all. I learned from others, connected and am very much looking forward to making it an yearly event on my personal calendar.

The most interesting conference I’ve ever been to. A great mix of technology thinkers set at a relaxed environment, where everyone chills together.

Adrianna Belotti, Online Marketing & Web Dev

BuzzConf Was Awesome. As a unique blend of conference and festival, BuzzConf was good. Really good.

BuzzConf was an intentionally kids-friendly event, with lots of maker-focused activities for both kids and adults alike. It’s a big step up for inclusiveness and diversity, and all the kids I saw seemed to be having the best time ever.

So I hope you get the idea that BuzzConf was incredible.

Paul Fenwick, Benevolent Troublemaker and Freedom Loving Scientist

BuzzConf was such a blast. It was like a cross between a weekend barbeque – chilled, relaxed and friendly – and a grassroots technical conference.

As a woman, I found it a really inviting, safe and welcoming event, and it was wonderful to see a lot of diversity in the presenters and attendees.

It was great to spend time with people actively making and exploring technology, and to chat with other like-minded souls, and generally nerd out. A++ would buy again

Kathy Reid, Vice President of Linux Australia

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