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Top minds discuss the future of digital

Richmond is once again alight with some of the brightest minds in digital, with the 8th official Silicon Block Party.

The event is officially hitting the streets of the ‘Silicon Block’ in Richmond, Melbourne’s hub of innovation, with attendees from startups, consultancies, co-working spaces and the local tech giants like MYOB, Red Energy and REA Group. The connection between this community and the ‘Collins Street’ corporates is what makes this event unique – with the potential for a Senior Research Scientist from NASA to meet the CEO of Red Energy on a tennis court.

Guests can get hands on with the technology shaping the future, including Teslas, VR and a projection mapping experience like never before seen in Melbourne on the iconic Bryant & May building.

Sharing their stories to the 600+ audience is Carolyn Breeze (Head of Braintree for Australia), Jac Phillips (Head of Marketing for VISA Australia), Adam Jacobs (Co-Founder and MD of The Iconic), and, Marissa Rosenberg (Senior Research Scientist for NASA).

Hosted by IE Digital Founder Rhys Hayes, the panel discussion will kick off at 7:30pm, followed by a block party with Triple J Unearthed artists taking the stage! This event has become known for showcasing experiences from leaders in the digital community and next week’s event is no different including: IE Digital, Red Energy, MYOB, Start Up Victoria, REA Group, Inspire 9, Pause Fest, Braintree and Oliver and York.

Details of panelists:

Senior Research Scientist, NASA

Rosenberg is a neurophysiologist at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She studies astronauts’ balance and coordination immediately after they return from the International Space Station and tracks their recovery. She also uses virtual reality to simulate the negative effects of spaceflight with the intention of using it as an astronaut training tool to increase safety on future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Head of Marketing, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Visa

Jac Phillips joined Visa in March 2017 as Head of Marketing for the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region. She leads a team responsible for championing the Visa brand and driving deeper partnerships with clients, consumers and stakeholders across the region. She joined Visa from the Bank of Melbourne (part of the Westpac Group), where she led the brand and marketing team. Prior to that, Jac also spent many years with ANZ and started her career with IBM.

Head of Australia, Braintree

Carolyn has been actively involved in digital commerce with a focus on user experience and conversion for over 5 years. Carolyn has refined her craft whilst working within eBay, Vodafone, and Telstra. Carolyn has a strong sales and marketing background and is passionate about creating opportunities for Braintree partners. Her current focus is on building lasting partnerships to help drive and improve customer experiences in a fast paced and ever changing industry.

Managing Director & Co-Founder, The Iconic

Adam Jacobs is the co-founder & MD of THE ICONIC – Australia’s largest online fashion retailer, as well as the co-founder & co-CEO of Hatch – a new venture aimed at leading people to meaningful careers. Adam is interested in how technology is changing our societies, and aims to build global tech companies that positive influence the progress of humanity. That’s a big goal! It took him a while to get there. Adam started his career in management consulting with PwC and BCG (in Sydney and Copenhagen) before founding THE ICONIC in 2011.


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