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CONNECT EXPO attracts largest international speaker delegation on disruptive innovation

Melbourne, Australia, 20th April, 2015: The largest Australian owned technology expo, CONNECT opens in Melbourne tomorrow featuring 11 specialist business conferences and more than 150 speakers. The event, which explores the disruptive new technologies that are transforming our business environment, includes more than 140 companies on the exhibition floor.
Connect is opened tomorrow by the Hon. Adem Somyurek, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Expo will feature 11 conferences dedicated to explaining how technologies will connect in the future to change the way Australians do business.
International speakers include global thought leaders such as Google X founder Sebastian Thrun, MIT Media Labs’ David Rose and Silicon Valley analyst R “Ray” Wang, who will each provide expert analysis on disruptive technologies and their impact on small, medium and enterprise level businesses in Australia.
The showpiece conference of the Expo – The Next Big Thing Summit – will be chaired by Adam Spencer and will feature discussions, keynote addresses and panel discussions on a range of topics from the Internet of Things to Big Data and Advanced Analytics. The summit has been designed for business leaders who want to understand how emerging digital technologies are transforming the future of work and life, disrupting industries and creating massive new opportunities for business innovation, product development and customer engagement.
Craig Macfarlane, CEO Association and Communications Events (ACEvents), the Australian owned organiser of the conference, says the third instalment of the CONNECT EXPO is a huge step up from previous years’ events.
“It is the next generation of disruptive technologies that are driving the new business models on display at CONNECT EXPO. Since the first event three years ago, interest in cloud, mobility, data analytics and security has grown tremendously.”
“We’re expecting over 5,000 people to visit the Expo this year to hear from some of the best minds in technology from around the world. Feedback from our attendees was clear that this year they want to learn more about global best-practice in terms of how to adapt to change and really understand how these technologies are providing business opportunities. We’ve taken that on board and are very excited to host the some of the world’s most forward thinking speakers here in Melbourne.”
Exhibitors at the event are pre-screened on whether they can provide value to attendees by showcasing truly innovative and disruptive technologies. Microsoft, IBM and Oculus Rift technology will be on show to conference goers, along with Australian offerings from NICTA and the Victorian government.
Sebastian Thrun, Founder of Udacity, Fellow Researcher at Google, Founder of Google X Labs
Sebastian has a unique approach to innovation, collaboration and problem solving, highlighted by founding Google X lab, leading the Google Glass development and winning DARPA driverless car challenge.
Sebastian has been named the 5th Most Creative Person in Business (Fast Company) and been featured in the 50 smartest people in tech (Fortune) and 50 Best Inventions of 2010 (Time).
David Rose, Author, CEO, Ditto Labs; Researcher and Lecturer, MIT Media Labs
David Rose is the author of the preeminent book on the Internet of Things, in which David argues it has the potential to redefine everything and have as momentous an impact as the internet itself.
At the conference, David will share his clear and engaging vision for the future of 'Enchanted Objects', which are poised to change the way we live, work and interact with technology.
R "RAY" WANG, Principal Analyst, Founder & Chairman at Constellation Research, Inc.
Ray is author of the popular enterprise software blog "A Software Insider's Point of View" and works with clients on innovation, business model design, engagement strategies, customer experience, matrix commerce, and big data. Ray can provide insight into how disruptive technologies, new business models, and digitalisation impact the enterprise, and how they need to evolve to ensure they remain relevant.   
Register for the Free Exhibition here: www.con-nect.com.au

Register for any of the 11 conferences here:  http://www.con-nect.com.au/index.html
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