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Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Breakfast Session

Headlines of the Future
Grab a (virtual) coffee and create the headlines of the future at the intersection of humanity and technology!


Rahul Soans, Co-founder, Disruptive Business Network

MC Welcome


Tony Garvey, Elder, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Welcome to Country

Penny Harrison, Director, Volunteering, Australian Red Cross

Jules Scarlett, Regional Affairs & Sustainability Executive, Telstra

Opening remarks


Angie Abdilla, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Old Ways, New

Opening Keynote

Welcome to the crossroads
It’s time to put people and society at the centre of our technological choices. We have much to learn from Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Country Centred Design in order to create a fair and hopeful future for everyone.

Lizzie O’Shea, Founder and Chair, Digital Rights Watch

Bill Simpson-Young, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Gradient Institute

Moderator: Jackie Coates, Head, Telstra Foundation

Fireside Chat

Putting humanity at the core and in control
Why and how do we need to put humanity at the core and in control? What is at stake if we don't do this?

Anthea Spinks, Program Director, Oxfam Australia

Mathan Ratinam, Lead Service Designer, Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)

Dr. Kobi Leins, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics, University of Melbourne

Tamara Somers, Senior Specialist, Telstra Sustainability Centre of Excellence (CoE), Telstra

Moderator: Prof. Ellie Rennie, Professor and Future Fellow, RMIT University

Panel Discussion

Is a picture worth a thousand words?
Join our panelists as they respond to a series of cartoons developed at a recent cartoon-athon capturing the issues at the intersection of technology and humanity.

Aarathi Krishnan, Tech and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard Kennedy Carr Centre and Fellow, Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society - Harvard University


Foresight and Decolonial Humanitarian Tech Ethics - a New Digital Humanism
How do we not lock people into future harm, future indebtedness and future inequity? Can humanitarian actors play a more intentional role in designing just and equitable digital futures? Could we in fact, design worlds that don't imagine some figures, particularly populations that we serve in the global south, to merely be passive beneficiaries and outside of the borders of expertise we seek?

Ally Watson, Code Like a Girl

Amelia Crook, Head of Product, Traverse

Ben Shaw, Product Manager, Ask Izzy at Infoxchange

Moderator: Nigel Dalton, Social Scientist, Thoughtworks


At the digital coalface
Hear the perspectives of those working on the frontline delivering for-purpose technologies.



Virtual Cartoon Gallery open for viewing and comments from 2pm


Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner


The agenda for change
As we use and learn more about frontier technologies, researchers, policymakers and advocacy groups have grown louder in their analyses of the issues and opportunities. AHRC’s Human Rights and Technology project is at the forefront of an agenda for change towards socially beneficial frontier technologies.

Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

Julian Thomas, Director, ADM+S Centre

Jacqui Jones, Executive Director, The Constellation Project, PwC

Louise Gray, COO CARE Australia and Trust Alliance Chair

Moderator: Peter Lewis, Director, Centre for Responsible Technology


Collaboration to solve wicked problems
New ways of working are emerging across sectors and disciplines. The panel will explore shifting norms, expanding methods and what ifs by drawing on the experience of leaders in multi-stakeholder, cross-sector, and trans-disciplinary approaches to wicked social problems.


An international perspective
British technology expert Rachel Coldicutt reflects on her experience working on ethics, regulation and the social impacts of technology in the UK.

Dr Kristin Alford, Director, Museum of Discovery

Closing Keynote

The time is NOW
Why a collaborative, accountable, humble approach to frontier technologies has transformative potential to put humanity first.


Amanda Robinson, Head of Social Innovation & Humanitech, Australian Red Cross

Wrap up

Summary of the day's discussions and key messages for Humanitech.