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

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Above All Human

August 29, 2018

 
 

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   Irene Au is Design Partner at  Khosla Ventures  in San Francisco, where she works with early, mid, and late-stage startup CEOs.  She is dedicated to raising the strategic value of design and user research within software companies through better methods and practices, processes, leadership, and quality.  Irene has unprecedented experience elevating the strategic importance of design within internet companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google, Yahoo!, and Udacity.  

Irene Au

Irene Au is Design Partner at Khosla Ventures in San Francisco, where she works with early, mid, and late-stage startup CEOs.  She is dedicated to raising the strategic value of design and user research within software companies through better methods and practices, processes, leadership, and quality.  Irene has unprecedented experience elevating the strategic importance of design within internet companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google, Yahoo!, and Udacity.  

  Gary Swart   Gary Swart is a partner at Polaris Ventures, veteran Silicon Valley executive and venture capital investor. During his 8-year tenure as CEO of oDesk, the company grew to more than eight million freelancers and one million clients, before a successful merger with Elance in 2014. Gary currently leads the Silicon Valley technology practice at  Polaris Ventures , and mentors business leaders at innovative companies working to change the way we live and work.   

Gary Swart

Gary Swart is a partner at Polaris Ventures, veteran Silicon Valley executive and venture capital investor. During his 8-year tenure as CEO of oDesk, the company grew to more than eight million freelancers and one million clients, before a successful merger with Elance in 2014. Gary currently leads the Silicon Valley technology practice at Polaris Ventures, and mentors business leaders at innovative companies working to change the way we live and work.

 

 
     I  van Lim   Ivan is the co-founder and CEO of Brosa, a next generation designer furniture retailer launched in 2014. Brosa has raised over $7 million and is part of the AirTree Ventures, Bailador and Melbourne Accelerator Program portfolios. Listed in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 list, Ivan is a serial entrepreneur with a career leading high performance marketing and growth teams. He was previously the Head of Marketing and Growth at Elto - acquired by GoDaddy.

 

Ivan Lim

Ivan is the co-founder and CEO of Brosa, a next generation designer furniture retailer launched in 2014. Brosa has raised over $7 million and is part of the AirTree Ventures, Bailador and Melbourne Accelerator Program portfolios. Listed in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 list, Ivan is a serial entrepreneur with a career leading high performance marketing and growth teams. He was previously the Head of Marketing and Growth at Elto - acquired by GoDaddy.

 
  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 organisations, developing new business models, and founding three major tech investment companies. He is currently the co-founder of AirTree Ventures, an early and growth stage venture firm that partners with world-class Australian and Kiwi entrepreneurs. Prior to AirTree, he founded two of Australia's most successful VC companies (netus and ecorp), and spent 10 years with Microsoft, where he was MD of Australia for 3 years before moving to the US as the first non-US VP of a Microsoft division. 

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 organisations, developing new business models, and founding three major tech investment companies. He is currently the co-founder of AirTree Ventures, an early and growth stage venture firm that partners with world-class Australian and Kiwi entrepreneurs. Prior to AirTree, he founded two of Australia's most successful VC companies (netus and ecorp), and spent 10 years with Microsoft, where he was MD of Australia for 3 years before moving to the US as the first non-US VP of a Microsoft division. 

    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  PDIS.tw , working to prototype future democracy. She leverages her passion and skills in interaction design and HCI (Human Computer Interaction) and her background in computer science to rethink the interaction between the government and civil society, assisting in the digital transformation of Taiwan’s open government scene. 

 
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 PDIS.tw, working to prototype future democracy. She leverages her passion and skills in interaction design and HCI (Human Computer Interaction) and her background in computer science to rethink the interaction between the government and civil society, assisting in the digital transformation of Taiwan’s open government scene. 

 
  Anil Sabharwal   As VP of Product Management at Google, Anil leads the company’s global efforts in the space of personal communications and photos. Responsible for the overall strategy as well as product, engineering, and design, Anil directed the team that conceived, built, and launched Google Photos in 2015. A Google veteran of over 9 years, Anil is also responsible for Google’s connectivity and communications portfolio, including Duo, Messages, and Project Fi, and leading Google’s 700 engineers in Australia.   

Anil Sabharwal

As VP of Product Management at Google, Anil leads the company’s global efforts in the space of personal communications and photos. Responsible for the overall strategy as well as product, engineering, and design, Anil directed the team that conceived, built, and launched Google Photos in 2015. A Google veteran of over 9 years, Anil is also responsible for Google’s connectivity and communications portfolio, including Duo, Messages, and Project Fi, and leading Google’s 700 engineers in Australia.

 

 
 

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

Philosophy

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. The spirit of Above All Human is, at its core, about technology and science in the service of humanity: we are curious about opportunities, mindful of values and driven by a desire to effect change in our lifetimes. 

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, big and small. We carefully curate the experience of above all human to be as impactful as possible; we want you to be energised, inspired, dig in and get nerdy (we come from tech roots, after all) 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.

We’re proud to be run and supported by Startup Victoria. 

 

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 aboveallhuman@startupvictoria.com.au

 

Major Partner

 

Sponsors

 
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Our Venue

    We are delighted to host Above All Human 2018 at the World Heritage Site-listed Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. 
    This historic venue is accessible to wheelchairs and other assistive devices. It's best reached by public transit, on the 96 and 86 tram lines and the 250, 251 and 402 bus lines. More information on the Museums Victoria website

     

     

    Previous Events

     
     

    Here are some of the speakers from our first two events:

     
     
     Waleed Aly  Presenter, Writer, Academic, Laywer

    Waleed Aly

    Presenter, Writer, Academic, Laywer

     Tracy Chou  Software Engineer, Pinterest

    Tracy Chou

    Software Engineer, Pinterest

     Steve Huffman  CEO & Co-Founder Reddit

    Steve Huffman

    CEO & Co-Founder Reddit

     Dr. Katie Mack  Astrophysicist, Melbourne University

    Dr. Katie Mack

    Astrophysicist, Melbourne University

     Mike Monteiro  Head of Design, Mule Design

    Mike Monteiro

    Head of Design, Mule Design

     Ali Rayl  Director of Customer Experience, Slack

    Ali Rayl

    Director of Customer Experience, Slack

     Martin Hosking  CEO & Co-Founder, Redbubble

    Martin Hosking

    CEO & Co-Founder, Redbubble

     Window Snyder  Chief Security Officer, Fastly

    Window Snyder

    Chief Security Officer, Fastly

     Anil Dash  Entrepreneur & Writer,  Makerbase

    Anil Dash

    Entrepreneur & Writer,  Makerbase