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Leading tech startup and innovation conference above all human returns to Melbourne

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Leading tech startup and innovation conference above all human returns to Melbourne

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 Leading tech startup and innovation conference above all human returns to Melbourne

      First confirmed line up of speakers announced, including Rod Drury, Window Snyder, Katie Mack and Martin Hosking

      More world-class speakers to be revealed over the coming months

      Conference committed to shaping Australia’s tech innovation landscape 

Australia, 3 December 2015: Australia’s leading tech innovation conference above all human has announced its return to Melbourne on January 29, 2016, with a line up of some of the world‘s most innovative minds, including CEO and co-founder of Xero, Rod Drury, Chief Security Officer at Fastly, Window Snyder, theoretical astrophysicist, Katie Mack and CEO and co-founder of Redbubble, Martin Hosking.

An initiative by Startup Victoria and co-founded by Susan Wu and Bronwen Clune, above all human first launched in December 2014 and was sold out with a highly regarded panel of speakers, including co-founder and CEO of Reddit Steve Huffman, influential philosopher and media presenter Waleed Aly, and MIT Media Lab Fellow and cryptocurrency expert Joyce Kim.

“Startup Victoria is thrilled to announce above all human’s return to Melbourne for a second year running,” Board Member of Startup Victoria, Scott Handsaker, said. “The success of the inaugural event has cemented its position as the leading innovation conference in Australia.

“It’s an exciting time for Australia’s technology ecosystem, with Melbourne proving itself time and time again as a central hub of startup excellence. A number of the world’s leading tech companies have set up their regional headquarters here, including Stripe, Etsy, Eventbrite, Zendesk, Xero, and Square. Furthermore, some of the most exciting emerging startups like CareMonkey and CultureAmp were founded in Melbourne.”

Conference co-director, Susan Wu, commented: “Our goal with this conference is to establish Australia’s prominence in the global startup community and to build scale around the startup momentum that’s already underway here.

“With the conference’s consistent quality of globally prominent A-list speakers and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, above all human has already established itself as a world-class conference around tech innovation.”

“Essentially, what above all human is interested in is exploring how technology can be used to benefit, influence, and change the course of humanity. We’re excited by the Turnbull government’s newly invigorated focus on technology and innovation, and this conference – alongside its global community of speakers and attendees – unquestionably has a pivotal role to play in shaping what’s to come in Australia over the next decade.”

above all human will take place in Southbank on Friday January 29, 2016 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. For more information on the above all human conference visit the website


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Sarah Bond sarah@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1041 / 0449 543 181 

Laura Blue laurab@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0416 699 925

About above all human

above all human is a conference for startup founders, makers, designers and innovators who want to do great things, build innovative products, and be the most effective entrepreneurs they can be. The first conference took place in Melbourne in December 2014 featuring world-class speakers and was a sold out success. The next conference is scheduled for January 2016.

above all human is a Startup Victoria initiative and believes that now, more than ever, we can build a strong and sustainable tech culture in Australia and compete on a global scale.

About Startup Victoria

Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building and supporting Victoria’s startup ecosystem. Startup Victoria organises some of the largest tech startup events in Melbourne, and with a 4,500+ membership base, is one of the largest entrepreneurship groups in Australia.