Conference examines nexus of technology and culture

Speakers from Facebook, Google

Sydney will next month play host to a conference that will draw together Australia's cultural and technology sectors. REMIX Sydney is part of a global series of conferences that launched in London two years ago.

"In both the UK and Australia more people are attending arts and cultural events than sporting events," said REMIX Sydney's organiser, Deanna Coleman. "The art and culture sector grew by 12 per cent last year in the UK and most other sectors didn't actually grow and it's where all the new jobs are coming from in terms of young startups."

That trend is "quite reflective of what's going on in Australia as well," she added. "That's why we've got three layers of government funding [the conference] —we've got local government (City of Sydney), state government through Destination NSW, and federal government, through the Australia Council."

There's a "startup revolution" happening, Coleman says. At the same time, "technology is disrupting not just new business models but actually the way in which audiences consume culture," she adds.

Speakers at REMIX Sydney include director of Google's Creative Lab Tom Uglow; Commonwealth Bank CIO Michael Harte; Telstra CTO Hugh Bradlow; and Facebook's Australia MD, William Easton.

The first REMIX conference was held in London in 2012 and hosted by Bloomberg. In 2013, the second London conference was hosted by Google.

REMIX Sydney is taking place 8-9 May.

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