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A day of insights and inspiration from the world's most innovative minds.


Above All Human

Wednesday August 29th, Royal Exhibition Building

Above All Human is a technology and innovation conference about driving change and solving big challenges. We bring together all kinds of people for a day of insights and innovation from the world’s most pioneering minds. 

We don’t talk about tech for tech’s sake. We don’t trade off current buzzwords or trends. We foster expansive thinking and new ideas. We carefully curate the experience; we want you to be energised, dig in and get nerdy and maybe come away with an idea to solve a problem that hasn’t been solved yet. 

As humans are at the core of our event, we ask that our attendees agree to our code of conduct.


A rare opportunity for Melbourne’s startup community to reconnect — with global trends and ideas, with each other, and with our own deeper why — on a far deeper, more challenging and ultimately more impactful level than is possible in day to day life.
— Peter Haasz, VP of Corporate Development, Culture Amp

The Humans On Stage


Inspiration and innovation come from all over the planet, from every industry and social group.

#aah18 will bring tomorrow’s innovation leaders to the Melbourne stage. 



Irene Au is Design Partner at Khosla Ventures in San Francisco, she's also built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google, Yahoo!, and Udacity. 


daniel PETRE

Daniel Petre has been at the forefront of the technology industry in Australia for more than 30 years, and has deep experience running large organisationsand founding three major tech investment companies.

shu yang lin

What does democracy look like in a future where humans and computers interact in radically different ways? 
Shu Yang Lin is co-founder and re:architect of, working to prototype future democracy.

gary swaRt

Gary Swart is a partner at Polaris Ventures, veteran Silicon Valley executive and venture capital investor. During his tenure as CEO of oDesk, the company grew to more than 8 million freelancers and 1 million clients.

genevieve bell

Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.


michael biercuk

Michael J. Biercuk is Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at the University of Sydney, and Founder of Q-CTRL, a quantum technology company. 


As VP of Product Management at Google, Anil leads the company’s global efforts in the space of personal communications and photos. 


mina radhakrishnan

Mina is the co-founder of :Different, rebuilding property management. Mina was also the global Head of Product at Uber, having started as employee #20.

sacha judd

Sacha runs the Hoku Group, a family office combining private investments, early-stage tech ventures and a non-profit foundation. She is the co-host of Refactor and Flounders’ Club (a network for early-stage company founders). 

Simon Raik-Allen

Simon is an all-round hands-on technology professional who bridges business strategy, product design and software engineering. He started his career in San Francisco working for dotcom startups, then served as CTO and accidental Futurist of MYOB for 7 years. 

Ivan Lim

Ivan is the co-founder and CEO of Brosa, a next-generation furniture retailer. Brosa raised over $7 million and is part of the AirTree Ventures, Bailador and Melbourne Accelerator Program portfolios.


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Seriously, #aah14 was the best tech conference I’ve been to in Australia.
— Steve Sammartino, Futurist, Author, Technologist

Our Partners


We don’t choose our partners lightly: each one shares our values of innovation and excellence.

If you or your company would like to work alongside us, please contact us at


Major Partner



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Community Partners

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Conference Code of Conduct

Adapted, with gratitude, from

Our purpose is to bring inspiration to all humans.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Need Help?

Our primary email address,, goes to all conference directors. This email address will be monitored frequently in the lead-up to the conference, and a phone number to reach us will be provided to attendees on the day of the conference.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, cultural origin, religion (or lack thereof), standing in the startup community, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, cultural origins, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior, by attendees or event organisers, are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.  

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.