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Festival 2016

25 – 27 November 2016
Phoenix Park, Ballan, VIC

What is a BuzzConf 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.

Thanks to everyone for an awesome BuzzConf Festival 2016!

We’re already underway planning the next event, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook, and – and subscribe to our Newsletter to get all the news as it happens.

Take a look below to see what made this year so great!

See you in the future!

Rick & Ben

BuzzConf 2016 on Social Media

A huge thank you to the 275 supporters who tweeted about the BuzzConf Festival over the weekend, reaching 630,000 people and creating nearly 3,000,000 impressions – leading to #BuzzConf being the #1 trending topic in Australia.


Technology, innovation and futurism talks

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


Live music every night

Starting from Friday evening and running through until the last person is standing on Sunday night, BuzzConf always brings the best entertainers to keep you hanging out and dancing with the new friends you’ve made throughout the day.


Industry leaders, innovators & enthusiasts

This year’s presenters will be teaching and entertaining on topics including robotics, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, IoT, Futurism, and heaps more!

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

Mel Cashen

Mel is an Australian educator passionate about contemporary learning and students centred learning and uses technology to develop global connections, collaborate and create.

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.

Lachlan Sleight

For years Lachlan had the hobby of turning his wildest daydreams and fantasies into tangible experiences through the miracle of modern technology

Bec Spink

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

Michael Ensly

Michael Ensly has been working both professionally and recreationally with Kinect and mobile since graduating with a degree in astrophysics.

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.

Location and accommodation

BuzzConf is held on a beautiful campground in country Victoria rather than another stuffy conference centre. Delegates and presenters spend the whole weekend together learning and playing with the tech they bring.
The camping is great fun – but there’s also a little bit of luxury for anyone that likes their creature comforts with private rooms, dorms, and glamping available for those that want it!


You don’t have to wait for the next Festival

We have monthly BuzzConf Night meetups and other events planned throughout the year so we hope to see you soon!

Next BuzzConf Meetup

Coming soon

Previous BuzzConf Meetup

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.

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