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DiG Festival 2015

The DiG Festival, to be held in Newcastle on 12 & 13 October, is intended to inform existing businesses and act as a catalyst for attracting a new generation of business and investment to the Hunter focused on clean, green and innovative business.
This year’s theme is Digital Disruption and Transformation – How your Business can Survive & Thrive.
A series of local and international presenters will detail their “war-stories”, inspirational successes and cautionary failures, while structured workshops will introduce attendees to the tools, systems and knowledge their organisation needs to survive and thrive.
There will be a wide array of events, including:
● Disruption and why it affects youJesper Lowgren (Sweden): Transform from ordinary to extraordinary; Panel: Is Australia being left behind in the tech era?
● How to manage change
Gavin Heaton (Aus): Go disrupt yourself. The seven unbelievable rules for survival; Paul Wallbank (Aus):
Future proofing your business – how to grab opportunities in a rapidly changing marketplace & workforce;
Craig Wilson (Aus): Narrow & Deep – finding your business niche; Brian Daly (Aus): Weapons of mass disruption – How the tools of branding are now in everybody’s hands
● The new rules for managing people in your business
Alison Michalk (Aus): Is work a place? Creating a company & culture without an office; Rebecca Caroe (NZ):
Working with Millennials – should we adapt business practices for them?
● 21st century marketing
Kit Seeborg (USA): The Disruption Resilience Toolbox – which tools are best for your marketing goals?;
Tracy McKelligott (AUS): Crisis Communications – How to manage the new 24/7 cycle; Panel: Blogging for Business; Eve Mayer (USA): When social media erupts; Workshop: Eve Mayer (USA) – The Social Media Business Equation
● Building community for business
Scott Yates (USA): How crowdsourcing can transform your business; Workshop: Brian Hill (Aus):
Collaboration Practices
● Systems and software to help transform your business
Levi Saubrei (USA): Throw Away Your Servers – Finding an affordable IT infrastructure in the cloud; Panel:
Tech Agnosticism: The machine no longer matters; Special Workshop: As selected by the audience – we solve your biggest business issues and challenges.
The DiG Festival will also include an exhibition of select organisations.
Early bird tickets are available up to 31 August.
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