Future Thinkers Forum

What’s next awaits at this forum featuring industry leaders, career experts and likeminded peers.

Leaders at the forefront of industry advancement agree it’s time to think beyond what we’ve known as the ‘future of work’. Change is happening so rapidly that we need to harness it – today. 

Presented by RMIT University, the Future Thinkers Forum is your opportunity to be a part of this career-shaping conversation. 

Join us at The Capitol where thought leaders will discuss rapid-fire topics, from revolutionary technologies – including wearable devices that detect loneliness – to inspirational stories of change that illuminate opportunities in every challenge we face. 

In addition to hearing from our guest speakers, the Future Thinkers Forum is your chance to: 

  • Network with likeminded peers over canapés and drinks 
  • Win one of three free micro-credentials on offer from RMIT Online through lucky draws on the night* 
  • Speak to career counsellors about advancing your career 
  • Visit our course stalls and discover your study options

 

Our influential thought leaders will be unpacking hot topics in career development and technological advancement, including:

Shaping ideas into successful ventures

Back in 2009, KeepCup was a humble idea for an alternative to disposable coffee cups. Today, over three million KeepCups have been sold in 32 countries around the world. This keynote presentation will show you how fun ideas can be shaped into groundbreaking ones, and how to apply this to your own entrepreneurial venture.

Presented by Abigail Forsyth, Co-Founder of KeepCup

Abigail Forsyth is the Co-Founder and spokesperson of KeepCup, a business that began as a side project while she raised her children. Her ever-present entrepreneurial spirit and vision for sustainability has seen KeepCup become Australia’s leading reusable barista standard coffee cup.


The tech-driven shift towards digital economies

Globally, industrial economies are transforming into digital economies. This talk will explain how technologies like AI and blockchain have contributed to that revolutionary shift, why the change is happening, and what you need to know to thrive in this new environment.

Presented by Jason Potts, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University

Professor Jason Potts' work focuses on the theoretical development of evolutionary economics using complex systems theory. He is a leading researcher on the economics of blockchains and his current research is on the role of creative industries in innovation-driven economic growth and development.  


Using change to create opportunities

Career paths aren't always straightforward, but Rosanna Baini OAM has proven that change can sometimes be your biggest motivator. In this inspiring talk, hear how Rosanna navigated an impactful career in several industries and raising five children – and how it all led to her receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Presented by RMIT alumni, Rosanna Baini OAM

Rosanna Baini OAM was the first Lebanese woman to be appointed a Justice of the Peace in Victoria, and her decade of work with refugees led to her appointment as the Commissioner for Multicultural Affairs. She is the 2020 recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), a Victorian Honour Roll Inductee, an Ambassador for Women on Equality and a lecturer in health and biomedicine.


Stories from the future of work

Almost everything is changing in the world of work. There are new kinds of jobs, new ways of working, new places to work, and new ways to think about what work is, that will change the ways you will think about your future.

Presented by Dr Peter Thomas, Director of RMIT FORWARD in RMIT’s College of Vocational Education

Dr Peter Thomas is the Director of RMIT FORWARD, a centre focused on inventing skills solutions that will catalyse workforce development in the industries crucial to Victoria's economic renewal.


Connecting to transformative technologies

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital transformation: you’ve heard of the technology that’s redefining our world, but what does it mean for you? This topic explores what the future holds as the demand soars for these game-changing technologies and systems.

Presented by Navdip Kalsi, Director of Customer Success Architecture at GitHub

Navdip Kalsi is a thought leader, technologist, strategist, and expert in digital transformation. In 2020, she was a Technical Leader Finalist in the Digital National Awards. Today, she is leading the way in agile engineering, cutting-edge technologies and enterprise transformation programs.


Innovations revolutionising health and social justice

More than ever before, health and social justice are converging with technology, enterprise and design. Together, they are forming new frontiers in inclusivity and community. This topic spotlights the social innovations being developed by RMIT and industry, from loneliness-detecting wearables to virtual healthcare simulators.

Presented by Nithya Solomon, Director, Innovation Catalyst & Director Health Transformation Lab, Policy, Strategy & Impact, RMIT University

Nithya Solomon is an innovation executive, strategist and versatile business leader renowned for her creativity in shaping unique ventures in philanthropy, social innovation and public health. She has held senior leadership roles in private and public sectors in Australia, USA and Latin America, with top tier global and national brands. Nithya is sought after for her ability to convert insights and abstract ideas into action and results.


What’s next awaits in your industry.

Register today for the Future Thinkers Forum and learn how change could inspire your next career move.

 

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