Schedule

08:15

Breakfast & Networking

09:05

Introduction

09:15

PAINTING THE FUTURE: REMIXING (MAIN STAGE)

Over the next two days, Remix Sydney will take you on a journey to explore trends shaping the cultural and creative sectors. They range from new technologies, to new business models and income opportunities, to new expectations around user experiences, to new ways of working. This introductory session from Remix founders Simon and Peter offers an overview of the innovators inside and outside the sector ahead of the curve and worth watching.

CRAFTING MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES (TREASURY ROOM)

We live in a world of overload and excess but authentic and unique experiences still have the power to make deep connections with people. Some are so good that they become a story that has to be shared. In a world of social media this is critical to growing audiences. This session looks at innovation in physical spaces. This means real-life immersive experiences are now much more relevant for brands and organisations as people desire offline engagement and a break from their screens (albeit augmented by technology to extend the experience in new ways)

Creative Conversations: Engineering creative cities (MARCONI ROOM)

09:35
10:00

INCUBATING & SCALING IDEAS: DEVELOPING NEW INNOVATION NETWORKS & SPACES FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES (TREASURY ROOM)

Research by REMIX for the City of London in 2014 concluded that the cultural sector can learn a great deal from the technology sector in terms of support mechanisms to nurture innovation and disrutive new ideas with recommendations including adapting Accelerator models for the arts, access to alternative forms of investment and the creation of more formal and informal networks between these industries to encourage collaboration.

How do we join the dots between diffent parts of the creative industries including technology to facilitate new types of partnerships? With the announcement of initiatives such as ACMI X, New INC at the New Museum, New York or Fish Island Labs by The Barbican, could 'Accelerators for the Arts' and 'Co-working spaces for the Creative Industries' be part of the answer?

This session explores the opportunities and challenges with input from a range of experts from inside and outside the cultural industries.
10:45

Break

11:15

PANEL: COMMERCIAL & CREATIVE - MONETISING CONTENT (MAIN STAGE)

All creative organisations have a vast source of content at their disposal, including artistic performances, collections, staff expertise and contextual insights. Many different digital business models have now emerged for content producers, including subscriptions, metered paywalls, freemium, microtransactions, native and banner advertising, derivative products and more.

This panel explores whether it really possible to turn digital content assets into a sustainable new source of revenue. It asks which models have worked so far, and what future models are beginning to emerge.

Follow the Speaker (MARCONI ROOM)

  • Eftihia Stefanidi, Senior Creative, Secret Cinema
12:00

TREND SCOUTING - INDUSTRY LEADERS (MAIN STAGE)

These quickfire presentations aim to provide you with the latest trends across related industries and income generation areas.

ART OF HOSPITALITY: GETTING CREATIVE WITH PARTNERSHIPS (TREASURY ROOM)

Sponsorship based relationships can sometimes limit the true potential of partnerships. How can individuals and organisations leverage in-kind support from brands in new ways or engage with them on a commercial footing to mutual benefit creating long-term sustainable revenue sources. Projects such as Bold Tendenancies which took over an abandoned multi-story carpark in Peckham were able to create a partnership with Campari to develop an experience on the roof of the building called Franks Campari Bar which. In the same way Grayson Perry and the MCA collaborated with Archie Rose to create the Gin Gardens as part of the artists My Little Art Show exhibition attempting to extend the cultural experience in new ways. If we can think beyond the cash are there ways we can transform what we do through intelligent partnerships that leverage the skills, audiences and networks of a brand partner. 
13:00

Lunch

14:00

PIONEER STORIES (MAIN STAGE)

A chance to hear a series of lively tales from pioneers and leaders that are disrupting a variety of different industries. This is an opportunity to hear about ideas and trends that might just revolutionise your industry.

PANEL: Case Study - Dubai: a journey towards creating a regional creative hub (TREASURY ROOM)

Dubai has earned credentials as the creative hub of the Middle East and as a global leader in innovation. Over the last 15 years, the emirate has built 10 world-class clusters for the creative and cultural industries. The session will bring together a panel of cultural leaders shaping homegrown cultural innovation with strong global ambitions.
14:45

PANEL: MULTI-PLATFORM IP (MAIN ROOM)

In developing characters, performances, knowhow, exhibitions, formats, narrations, works of art and many more, organisations create intellectual property assets that can be used across a wide range of  platforms and channels: from products to podcasts, branded experiences to educational tools.

This panel considers how organisations can extend the intellectual property assets they possess across a wide range of channels, considering organisations that have mastered the art of brand extensions, and exploring the business and operational models underpinning such opportunities.

"Networked" entrepreneurship and how to combine people's creativity, technology and insights to tackle the big ideas of the future (TREASURY ROOM)

The myth of the "hero" entrepreneur is making way for the future of "networked" entrepreneurship to tackle society's challenges. Entrepreneurs, innovators & creatives are engaging together to address challenges in communities, cities and society collectively. The solutions developed by people working together combine their creativity, technology and insights to tackle the big ideas shaping the future.

This panel is curated by the FYA (Foundation for Young Australians) which has the biggest community of young social innovators and changemakers under 30 from all backgrounds around Australia who are using creativity, technology and new sustainable business models to address challenges in society and reimagine the institutions/policy and practices for the future.   The session will bring together a panel of young innovators redefining social and economic prosperity in society today.  
15:00

Workshop: Reinventing your brand, business or yourself (MARCONI ROOM)

15:30

Break

16:00

PANEL: SO MANY STORIES, BUT HOW TO TELL THEM? (MAIN STAGE)

In creative and cultural environments, storytelling has been critical for effective communications for a long time. Most objects and performances contain a wealth of stories waiting to be told.

This panel aims to explore new forms of storytelling enabled by technology. Which formats are best suited to different technical platforms, from photo essays to long-form? What are the latest examples of web-native storytelling and documentaries, utilising the multimedia nature of the internet? How do you craft a compelling narrative, selecting the elements that people are going to be interested in?

Workshop: Hacking the Bureaucracy: How to Innovate in Government (TREASURY ROOM)

The public is said to see modern government as the last place that innovators head to when it comes to transforming industries and breaking new ground with products and consumer concepts. Yet government provides the greatest opportunities for innovation, transformation and changing the way we live our lives for the better. Today, the Australian public service is innovating new products, new ways of doing things and transforming entire industries. Led by Andrew Apostola, co-founder of design innovation company Portable and joined by three entrepreneurs across different levels of government, this panel takes apart the role and proponents of innovation in government and how transformation is made possible. 

WORKSHOP: Design for the Circular Economy - UTS Business School (MARCONI ROOM)

A Circular Economy is restorative by design. Transforming to a circular economy means enabling creative and innovative approaches to enable new peer to peer sharing models, redesigning sustainable products and business models, utilising new technologies to enable us to keep materials circulating in the system for longer and more effectively, and incorporating renewable energy to generate activity. 

In this workshop you will:

- Discover the basic design principles of a circular economy
- Hear best practice case examples 
- Experiment with 'tear-down' concepts to redesign for a circular economy
16:40

PANEL: ALWAYS ON - HOW TO DISCOVER, ENGAGE AND CONVERSE WITH THE RIGHT AUDIENCES AT THE RIGHT TIME (MAIN STAGE)

User interactions with creative organisations are becoming increasingly complex. They incorporate digital and physical touchpoints, pre-, during- and post-visit engagement, cultural and commercial objectives, and many other considerations. The best strategy is often to plan a cohesive approach across all channels and touchpoints, allowing users to engage with your content and services when, how and where they prefer.

This panel considers what this means in reality, exploring new ways of understanding and redesigning the user journey, through a mix of theory and best practice case studies.

PANEL: Cultural value + social value. Can it add up? (TREASURY ROOM)

Winning investment for cultural institution programs is tougher that it’s ever been. Meanwhile funders, both public and private, appear to have a growing interest in social value alongside cultural value.

With the future of greater Sydney being considered in a more wholistic way are opportunities and success being redefined for cultural institutions? More than just digital engagement, visitation and ticket sales, is a there a growing expectation that institutions deliver localised, public benefits such as enhanced inclusion and community wellbeing, and contribute to educational attainment. 

Should we look to our cultural institutions as a place to create social value? Is this another burden for an already stretched sector, or a way to win influence and investment, and drive meaningful social change?

Presented in partnership with Out The Front.

Follow the Speaker (MARCONI ROOM)

Gillian Ferrabee, Director, Creative Lab at Cirque du Soleil Media, Cirque du Soleil
17:20
17:45

Delegate Party at QT Sydney

08:15

Breakfast & Networking

09:00

PANEL: NEXT GEN TECH - BEYOND THE SCREEN (MAIN STAGE)


A new era of technologies are changing the way we physically interact with the world around us, blurring the line between the physical and the digital. These post-web technologies such as iBeacons, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality open up new possibilities for more tailored and personalised experiences and content, in turn enhancing interaction, understanding and engagement. So what are the implications and opportunities for the cultural and creative industries and the communities they serve?

CREATING THINGS THAT PEOPLE LOVE: HOW TO CREATE A MEANINGFUL BRAND OR PRODUCT (TREASURY ROOM)

Brands are responsible for the most exciting and inspirational content and experiences being produced today. How do you develop products, brand identities and marketing campaigns that audiences get passionate about? So called 'passion brands' are able to create powerful emotional connections with consumers that people will often pay a premium for. How do you they create a holistic experience and one that is consistent across every aspect of the product or brand you encounter? How do you find and tap into super fans? This session looks at the emerging trends in this space?

Creative Conversations (MARCONI ROOM)

Chris Michaels, Head of Digital, British Museum
09:40

PANEL: PUBLIC SPACES EVOLVED (TREASURY ROOM)

What is the future of our public spaces? This session explores the trends in this area such as how the the 'real' and 'digital' are overlapping in new ways. Indoors and outdoors our world that is becoming evermore defined by virtual reality and digital technology. What are the new possibilities from adding new layers of interaction? What new experiences are emerging from the introduction of current and emergent digital technologies.  

In this panel a range of experts will explore the trends that are reshaping our public spaces.

PANEL: What is Creative Intelligence and why is it important? (MARCONI ROOM)

In today’s complex, dynamic and highly networked society, creativity has been identified as the most important attribute for future leaders in the 21st. century.   This interactive panel session will focus on the nature of creative intelligence and explore the imaginative processes used by a range of disciplines to innovate, create and inspire. The session will challenge the audience to think big and will include: 

- What makes for a great creative team
- Mining knowledge and experience to form fresh perspectives
- Finding inspiration from unlikely places

09:50

PANEL: CREATIVE COMMUNITIES - INFRASTRUCTURE FOR DYNAMIC CITIES (MAIN STAGE)

As creative zones increasingly dominate the thinking of planners what is the role of art and culture in the development of creative cities and communities?

This session looks at what is needed in terms of developing appropriate environments, networks and infrastructure. It examines how the cultural sector can better interface with other creative clusters such as the growing tech scene. How can the arts influence and shape urban development projects? How do we think about holistic place-making when thinking about the infrastructure of cities? Is the growth of a creative city largely organic or can we engineer it through tools such as policy and investment? How do we balance top down with community empowerment and grass roots cultural activity?
10:20

Panel: How Long Does It Take to Become An Overnight Success? (TREASURY ROOM)

Launching something new takes a lot of gumption — not to mention legwork. Concrete Playground digs into Australian success stories​, brave folks​ who started something new. What's it like to open a soda factory in Sydney? How do ​get a ​niche ​Aussie web series picked up by ABC? How much work goes into launching a brand new Sydney​ music​ festival?​ Take notes.

WORKSHOP: Ignorance mapping for discovery (MARCONI ROOM)

Presented in collaboration with UTS
As we head towards unknown futures, into environments that actively seek disruption, we need a new way of discovering what we don’t know. This interactive session will take you through an Ignorance Mapping Framework used in the Bachelor of Creative intelligence and Innovation at UTS – a tool used to explore areas ripe for discovery. Students of the program will help facilitate the session

- Navigate a taxonomy of unknowns to guide discovery
- Share creative methods to track different types of unknowns
- Ask better questions that unlock great ideas
10:40

PANEL: NEW WAYS TO BELONG - THE FUTURE OF COMMUNITIES, MEMBERSHIP & NETWORKS (MAIN STAGE)

How do you build a successful community. Membership drives loyalty and a shared sense of belonging to the mission of an organisation or brand. This panel explores the new approaches emerging in this space, considering patron schemes, added value services for members, co-creation with members and more, and considers the ingredients of an engaging and inspiring membership offer.

This panel considers the viewpoints from a series of expert community builders both online and offline as well as organisations blurring the digital and physical.
11:10

Break

12:00

Creative Conversations: Exploring the intersection of museums, media and technology (MARCONI ROOM)

PANEL: MONEY, MONEY MONEY! HOW DO WE FUND AND RESOURCE THE CULTURAL SECTOR IN NEW WAYS? (MAIN STAGE)

Our expert panel will put forward their ideas on how to unlock new resources that will both sustain the cultural and creative industries, and more positively, provide the means to fuel expansion and further grow the expanding creative economy. They will reference relevant models and examples from inside and outside the cultural sector in not-for-profit and commercial contexts. This session will explore areas such as micro-finance, the future of philanthropy and new trends such as venture philanthropy and loans. Are there opportunities to grow commercial income and can cultural enterprises and creative companies attract seed and venture capital finance that is funding growth in other sectors including the social enterprise sector. What will be the balance of public and private sources of funding in a 21st century arts organisation?

PANEL: creative writing in the digital age (TREASURY ROOM)

12:45

KEYNOTE - ENTREPRENEURSHIP (MAIN STAGE)

James will share the learning points from his journey as an entrepreneur taking in the ups as well as the downs. A must see for both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs seeking to develop and scale new ideas.
13:00

Lunch

14:00

Panel: Your Future Consumer: How Millennials Are Changing Everything, Again, And Can't Be Ignored (TREASURY ROOM)

The panel would discuss how brands and publishers can better understand millennials and younger generations, and explain this segment should be important to marketers and publishers. We will bring together the people behind the brands who are achieving growth by creating compelling content and telling meaningful stories to this category

Co-curated with Junkee
14:25

KEYNOTE (MAIN STAGE)

A chance to hear a series of lively tales from pioneers and leaders that are disrupting a variety of different industries. This is an opportunity to hear about ideas and trends that might just revolutionise your industry.
14:50

PANEL: WORKING WITH BRANDS FROM SPONSORSHIP TO CO-CREATION (main stage)

Traditional sponsorship is morphing into a much more sophisticated form of cultural branding, which often involves creative agencies acting as middlemen between brands and arts organisations.

But not all partnerships are born equal: some are mutually beneficial, others a severe drain on resource and focus. As partnership working within and beyond the arts sector becomes more strategically critical, we explore how to identify, resource and leverage partnerships with and between organisations so that 1+1 equals more.

This panel explores the changing sponsorship landscape through the eyes of a range of sponsors and arts organisations.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: DOING GOOD IN NEW WAYS (TREASURY ROOM)

The growth of social entrepreneurship has fuelled the development of new business models that are able to better balance income with social and artistic benefits. Social enterprise has also revolutionised the relationship with users, placing loyalty, trust and purpose at the centre of branding and communications. Arts and cultural organisations are uniquely placed to deploy the latest thinking from social entrepreneurs to match financial sustainability with clear purpose.

This session explores the latest developments in social entrepreneurship, from communications to business models, considering how best to blend purpose with profit.
15:30

Break

16:00

Blurring the digital and physical: How can we add new layers to history? (TREASURY ROOM)

New technologies and platforms continue to open up new ways to understand and share history. Whether the starting point is archaeology, an object in a collection or a personal historical record such as a birth certificate these advances offer new opportunities to layer new narratives in order to bring history alive for the end user.

In this session our panel of experts will explore what new models are shaping this exciting space and what others will emerge in the future. Who are the new story-tellers in this space and what platforms and mechanisms are they using? We will examine the role of different players such as the tech start-ups, institutions and increasingly the audience themselves. How are we telling these stories and creating new layers of experience and understanding? What are the opportunities for new types of partnerships and collaborations as well as revenue generations?

Workshop: Optimal outcomes through responding rather than reacting to stimulus (MARCONI ROOM)

In this fast paced competitive world of technology are you feeling the pressure to make more decisions in less time?

This practical workshop has been designed for those who want to train themselves to be more agile minded. The session will suit people who want to reach a higher performance in metrics such as finding hidden options and making decisions in the heat of the moment without fearing regretful of the consequences.
The session will be facilitated by three affectors, each one a professional in the fields of entrepreneurship, elite sport and the performing arts. The affectors will be encouraging participants to play games that highlight how factors such as interest at stake, stress, pressure and emotion affect the way the brain thinks and subsequently the effect this has on the quality of the outcome.
17:30

CLOSING REMARKS

17:45

Closing Drinks Reception at the Australian Museum