Future Assembly festival calls for latest in Artificial Intelligence, partners with StartupSeed to provide investment opportunities for early stage startups

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One of the fastest growing tech conferences in Australia, Future Assembly, will focus on the future of Artificial Intelligence when the two day festival kicks off this December.


Future Assembly co-founder Ben Richardson said that Artificial Intelligence is taking off in Australia and across the world with a recent study estimating the market will grow by 53% to beworth $5.05 billion by 2020 . Aussie startups are looking to capitalise on the market so all this excitement and buzz around the industry was a key factor in making AI the focus for this years festival.


“A key principle of Future Assembly is to make high-technology accessible to everyone. We want to increase the rate of adoption of high-technology into industries that are typically behind. Attendees at this year’s festival will be able to touch, play and create for themselves so they can really understand the technology on show.”


“Inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to get closer to high-technology is the reason we exist. We want to keep lowering the barrier to entry which will result in the Australian startup scene driving a new wave of technological innovation. People attending this year will be able to play with robots and build a drone”


For the first time the technology festival will give local startups the opportunity to get

mentorship from high caliber entrepreneurs who mentor at the Thiel Foundation, an investment program created by Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies.


“Future Assembly’s mission is to accelerate the growth of the Australian startup ecosystem. Last year we ran an investor matchmaking program and even though we had some success, we found that most startups weren’t prepared enough to kick start the deal making process,” Ben said.


“This year we have partnered with StartupSeed, a company that matches founders with

experienced mentors from organisations like the Thiel Foundation, 500 Startups and

BoomStartup. Working with StartupSeed we will be able to connect up to 30 Aussie startups with the right mentors for them from the Thiel Foundation and US-based seed accelerators, to help get them ready for capital raising discussions that will hopefully result in a bigger outcome”


“Last year was our first event and we focussed on the the Internet of Things (IoT). We had more than 1400 attendees to the Melbourne Showgrounds over the 2 days, this year we think we will triple the attendance numbers. Our focus on technology being accessible and engaging for everyone meant we had a wide range of attendees – from 12 year olds to senior executives,” Ben added.














Future Assembly already has 40 speakers and exhibitors so far including Andrew Hyde, the founder of Startup Weekend, Hugh Bradlow , the Chief Scientist of Telstra, and Solange Cunin, founder and CEO of Cuberider and holder of the first satellite launch certificate in Australia.


Future Assembly takes place on 2-3 December and limited early bird tickets are available for $88. Kids under 16 attend for free. We encourage anyone in the technology community whofeels they are under-represented to attend Future Assembly at a more accessible price pointwith our Diversity Ticket option. And pre-revenue startups that meet the criteria can exhibit forfree.


How can startups apply:

Applications to work with StartupSeed and pitch at future assembly close on November 11 and you can apply online at https://futureassembly.io/matchmaking


About Future Assembly 2016:

This year’s conference will encompass a number of themes including space & sea exploration, energy & green tech, and virtual reality while Artificial Intelligence will be this year’s core focus.




Other speakers include:

Adrian Stone – https://futureassembly.io/speakers/adrian-stone

Joanna Szczepanska – https://futureassembly.io/speakers/jo-szczepanska

Layla Ford – https://futureassembly.io/speakers/layla-foord

Sally Kellaway – https://futureassembly.io/speakers/sally-kellaway

John Dummett – https://futureassembly.io/speakers/john-dummett


Exhibitors Include:

VicHyper – http://www.vichyper.com/

MiVote – http://www.mivote.org.au/

Tesla Owners Club – https://www.teslaowners.org.au/

Make Create – http://make-create.org/

Opaque Media – http://www.opaque.media/

Embark – http://getembark.io/

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