Australian Federal Police and Senator Ludlam to open Tech Leaders Forum

​MediaConnect’s upcoming Tech Leaders Forum will tackle Australia’s proposed data retention legislation from two very different angles at the 2015 event which will be held at the Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains on February 22 and 23.

Techleaders speakersOur opening keynote will be delivered by Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris, who is the national manager for the Australian Federal Police’s High Tech Crime Operations.

Assistant Commissioner Morris will be discussing both the law enforcement community’s need for data retention as well as the broader role of the AFP’s High Tech Crime Operations.

On Sunday afternoon, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam will close the day’s proceedings. Senator Ludlam will also be discussing the data retention legislation, and why he believes the proposed legislations should be opposed.

The Tech Leaders Forum 2015 will be attended by approximately 40 of Australia and New Zealand’s most influential technology journalists, with the goal of discussing the emerging issues facing the technology sector in the upcoming year. Technology vendors and service providers have the opportunity to brief and network with this select gathering of influential media in a hugely time-effective and productive setting. 

There are still openings available for companies to present and more information can be found at or by calling Mike Woodcock on (02) 9894 6277.

Tech Leaders 2015 Launched

​MediaConnect’s Tech Leaders conference (formerly Kickstart Forum) will be held over two days at the Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains on February 22 and 23, 2015. 

Next year’s event has been streamlined to make it even more time-effective for both the 40+ media and influencers, as well as the presenting executives and newsmakers, said MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim.

“Each year it seems that everyone in our business becomes increasingly time-poor, so this year we’ve focused on making the event as accessible and practical as possible,” Sim said. 

Re-branded last year as Tech Leaders, in recognition of the conference’s increasing visibility as a news-generating event, the event retains all of its core, successful elements including the influential keynotes, presentations and round-tables, one-on-one interviews and the popular networking dinner.

New to this year’s program will be a Start-up lunch, which will give five start-ups the opportunity to present to the assembled media, executives as well as a panel of investors and start-up experts. 

“The media has a voracious appetite for start-up stories right now, and if we can help connect them with emerging Australian tech businesses that’s a great outcome for everyone,” said Sim.

Technology businesses can secure their spot at Tech Leaders 2015, or find out more about the event by contacting Mike Woodcock on (02) 9894 6277 or 

Media interested in attending the event can register their interest by emailing Craig Daveson at

Paul Fletcher MP to open Tech Leaders Forum

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher MP will open this year’s Kickstart/Tech Leaders Forum next month.

More than 40 of Australia’s most influential technology journalists and approximately 30 of the country’s leading IT vendors will hear Fletcher present the opening address on Sunday, February 16.

Previously called Kickstart, this year’s event is being re-branded as the Tech Leaders Forum, bringing Australia’s influencers and innovators together to explore the IT industry’s most high pressure issues and trends.

The event, which will be held at Sanctuary Cove Resort from the 16th to the 18th, will be book-ended by keynotes from both sides of government with Mr Fletcher opening the conference, and Shadow Minister for ICT Jason Clare closing the event.

Sandwiched between those two keynotes will be sessions exploring the big issues across areas like security, communications, Saas & Apps, Cloud and the Internet of Things.

For more information please visit There are still some presentation opportunities available. Interested technology vendors can call Mike Woodcock on (02) 9894 6277.

Shadow Minister to close Tech Leaders Forum

​Federal Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare will deliver the closing keynote at the 2014 Tech Leaders Forum to held at Sanctuary Cove Resort in Queensland next month.

As well as Clare’s keynote, MediaConnect has confirmed it will host a lunchtime panel session on cyber-surveillance and online security on Monday.

Phil Sim, CEO of Forum host MediaConnect, said that this year’s event will have a greater focus on presenting interesting and fresh viewpoints and news.

“The Forum has always been recognised as the number one opportunity for media relationships, networking and education, but this year we’re focusing our energies just as much on delivering newsworthy content,” Sim said.

“We’ll have major keynotes to open and close the three-day event, with the cyber-surveillance panel sandwiched between the two - so we’re taking responsibility for providing a major point of interest and news on every day of the event.”

As well as delivering the keynote, Clare will spend close to a full-day at the event, as a guest of honour during the Monday night dinner, and meeting and talking with journalists and vendor executives on Tuesday.

The Kickstart/Tech Leaders Forum will have up to 30 vendors talking on topics across the breadth of the IT industry, with sessions covering SaaS and applications, cloud & infrastructure, security, communications and ‘internet of things’.

Vendors participating include iiNet, Macquarie Telecom, VMWare, MYOB, Dimension Data, Symantec, Fireeye, AVG, Motorola, Reckon, NEC and many more.

There are still a limited number of presentation positions and dinner sponsorships availables and enquiries can be made to Mike Woodcock at or on (02) 9894 6277.

Journalists who wish to attend should contact Gursi Kaur at or click the registration link in their emailed invite.

The Kickstart Forum has been running for more than a decade but this year will be re-branded as Tech Leaders, which is in keeping with the direction of delivering influential thought-leadership views and IT news.

MediaConnect introduces Tech Leaders brand to Kickstart

MediaConnect will introduce the Tech Leaders brand to its annual Kickstart conference as it seeks to extend its platform for helping Australia’s leading technology spokespeople to connect with media and influencers.

Kickstart Forum 2014 will be held at Sanctuary Cove resort from February 16 to 18 next year. The event brings approximately 50 of Australia’s most influential journalists together to hear about the trends that will shape the industry over the coming months.

MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim said that the decision to refresh Kickstart with the Tech Leader brand came following feedback from journalists and a review of the outcomes generated from most recent events.

“Kickstart has always generated media coverage, but it’s fair to say that it was an outcome we didn’t emphasise, instead promoting its networking and educational benefits,” Sim explained. “However, in recent years, the amount of exposure that Kickstart has received via both media articles and social media has exploded because the reality is online journalists are always looking to file.

“We felt that Kickstart Forum, while a strong brand within the tech media and PR community, didn’t really communicate to the public what the event was about, whereas Tech Leaders does that much better.”

Last year, for instance, Kickstart interviews formed the basis for two Sky Business News technology episodes and Malcolm Turnbull’s keynote generated more than 30 stories. Kickstart was also consistently a trending topic on Twitter during the event.

“We saw on Twitter a lot of people asking ‘what is this Kickstart Forum all about?’, and we believe Tech Leaders is much better positioning for the event, for those presenting and for those reporting on it.”

Sim said that all presentations would be professionally filmed and hosted on a soon-to-launch video-based website at

“We’ve taken inspiration from the TED talks,” Sim remarked. “We want to get a whole bunch of really smart Australian technology professionals to talk about what’s changing our industry, because that’s the type of content journalists want to hear.”

Indeed, journalists will vote on what is the best presentation and will award a Tech Leader of 2014.

Tech Leaders will now make up the first two days of Kickstart Forum, with the third-day shifting to a product focus. 

“Kickstart Forum has become very business technology and thought-leadership focused over the last couple of years, and we felt the third-day needed something a little different. We’re also trying to provide a platform for those companies who are predominantly product-focused, and for more consumer technology journalists.”

Kickstart is now in its 12th year, and Sim said the secret to its success was a continual refinement of the format to fit the market requirements.

“It’s fair to say that the raison d'être for the event — that journalists had little time for face-to-face and background briefings — is as compelling as ever, as newsrooms and editorial resources continue to shrink.

“However, what we’ve found is that the publicity benefit of the event has ramped up dramatically and so we’re tweaking the brand and format to reflect that.”

Technology vendors and PRs interested in attending the event can contact Mike Woodcock on (02) 9894 6277 or Technology journalists and influencers who are interested in attending can express their interest by contacting Gursi Kaur at

More information about Kickstart Forum 2014 can be found at

Some of the companies that have presented at Tech Leaders Forum