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The future of Work, and The last 200 years of the Internet

BuzzConf Nights

Update: Videos of the sessions now available on YouTube:

Join us on 15th September for an evening of presentations, discussions and demonstrations on The future of Work and The last 200 years of the Internet [yes, you read that correctly]

The full program for the BuzzConf Technology Festival in November has also been released and it’s an absolute stunner – so check that out at

Our BuzzConf Nights are proving to be very popular with people wanting to experience the energy and variety of the BuzzConf festival, and this month we’re bringing you another night packed with amazing topics and toys to play with. If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can see what happened at previous events.

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

We’ll be holding similar events all over Australia, so if you’re not in Melbourne but would like to be involved in one of the other events just let us know!



6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party


The Last 200 Years of the Internet – Lilly Ryan

We’ve been able to Skype our dogs and send our friends reaction gifs from anywhere in the world for several years. But in the centuries before the advent of butterfly Snapchat filters, humanity was still marrying each other, organising crime, and debating privacy over the wires.

Many of the flame wars we have today about the social impact of the Internet were had about telegraph technology in the 1800s, and are buried in newspaper archives.

Lilly Ryan will dust a few of these off to see what our great-great-great grandparents can teach us about the Internet.

The future of work: Will your job even exist in 20 years time? – Rick Measham

At the beginning of the century, Google futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that the next 20,000 years of progress would be compressed into the next 100. Nowhere will this have more impact on humanity than in the area of employment.

In the past 10,000 years we’ve gone from hunter-gatherers to agriculture all the way to technology workers with location independence. And all of that at an ever increasing pace.

If anything, Kurzweil has understated the speed at which our lives will change.
It was only 200 years ago that the Luddites destroyed machinery that threatened the jobs of weavers. Today many jobs are being replaced with technology.

100 years ago the assembly line replaced the craftsman. And today the assembly line is largely run by robots.

Just 10 years ago Melbourne’s tram conductors were replaced with Myki machines.
Want to know who’s really taking your job? It’s the robots.

So what will happen in the next 100 years? Which jobs will still exist in 20 years time? What can we do about it? What should we do about it?

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What BuzzConf Nights means to you

Great set of talks with creative and passionate people. Another great Buzzconf nights with very different talks, opened my eyes! Looking forward to the next one.

Adam Purdie, 3D-printing enthusiast

Thanks to everyone who came down, and a big big thank you to Rick and Ben for making this happen. I think BuzzConf is probably one of, if not the best tech communities in Melbourne and it was a real honour to be a part of what you’re trying to achieve here.

Angus Hervey, Co-founder of Future Crunch

That was a fantastic meet-up everyone! The speakers and topics were interesting, enlightening and actually blew my wee mind. Loved it. Nice work BuzzConfers

Priya Bhana, 10collective

Mind blown approx 2.8 times/min. Brb, going to study genetics, program a drone and buy a 3D printer