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Tech Leaders Forum 2016 to dive into innovation

​The 2016 Tech Leaders Forum will return to the Blue Mountains on March 13 & 14 with a special focus on innovation and IT transformation.

MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim said that Tech Leaders was now accepting RSVPs from interested IT and business media, analysts and influencers, as well as technology companies wanting to present at the event.

Journalists who cover IT or business can click here to express their interest in attending.

“We had great feedback from last year’s event both so we’re returning to the Fairmont Resort with a program similar to last year’s successful format,” Sim said.

“With the heightened interest in how Australia can modernise its economy, we expect this year’s Tech Leaders to have a strong focus on innovation and IT transformation,” Sim said. Other likely topics include ICT policy, security, cloud computing, telecommunications and the Internet of Things.

Tech Leaders is a two-day conference, in its 14th year, that brings together Australia and New Zealand’s most influential IT and business media to meet and hear from IT vendors about the trends that are likely to face the year ahead.

“Innovation is very much a story that has transcended technology media, so we are looking to have an increased focus on business and societal transformation and our invite list will broaden appropriately.”

“We’re also looking to involve analysts, influential IT pros and other key tech and business identities because we want to encourage really robust and interesting topics with a diverse guest list,” Sim said.

Tech Leaders has always attracted high profile keynote speakers, and in recent years Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, ICT Shadow Minister Jason Clare, Senator Scott Ludlam, MP Paul Fletcher and Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris have all presented at the event.

Sim said that Tech Leaders’ 14 year history proves that participating companies derived enormous value from the event with many companies returning year-on-year.

“Tech Leaders is the one event where media and vendors take those couple of days out of their schedule to all get together in the one place, build or nurture relationships, improve their understanding of the industry and really get an amazing amount done in a really short space of time,” Sim said.

Interested companies can find out more by calling (02) 9894 6277 or emailing to request the information brochure.

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.

Some of the companies that have presented at Tech Leaders Forum