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ATSE ACTIVATE Conference 2022

ATSE Activate Conference

ACTIVATE: A tech-powered human-driven future

Dates: 25–27 October 2022 
Venue: SMC Conference Centre, Sydney and live streaming
Cost: See the registration form
Registration: Through EventsAir

A STEM symposium presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering at the Sydney Masonic Centre 25-27 October 2022


As Australia grapples with the profound economic impact of COVID-19, we have a unique opportunity to position Australia as a technological powerhouse driven by a clean and sustainable economy, skilled workforce, world-class research activity and commercialisation. ACTIVATE 2022 will bring together 500 high-level representatives from across government, business and academia, and feature keynote conversations between global and national future shapers, prominent technology entrepreneurs, industry leaders and researchers who will share their vision for a technology-powered, human-driven future for all Australians.

The coming decade will see the culmination of a unique set of challenges: decarbonisation of our economy, managing the transition of multiple industries and training the workforce needed for an increasingly digital future. But right now, Australia is in the midst of a STEM skills shortage which will only grow more acute as technology increasingly drives the way we work and live.

Diversity in STEM remains an issue. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people are inadequately recognised. Now more than ever, we need the strength of diverse perspectives to solve our urgent challenges. We need the skills and experiences of diverse change-makers to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, respond to international instability and confront the already devastating impacts of climate change. We are on the precipice of an immense challenge and opportunity. Australia’s future workforce needs to evolve, transform and tackle these complex problems to create a better tomorrow.

By 2023, digital technologies are estimated to contribute $65 billion to Australia’s economy:
> By 2024, we need 100,000 more digitally skilled workers
> By 2025, we need 40,000 more engineers
> By 2030, 25-46 per cent of existing jobs could be automated.

For further information, please consult the ACTIVATE website.


ACTIVATE 2022 will feature high-profile speakers such as Chief Defence Scientist Tanya Monro AC FTSE; NSW Minister for Science, Innovation & Technology The Hon Alister Henskens SC MP;  Cabrogal woman and Founder & CEO of award-winning edutech company Indigital Mikaela Jade; SMaRT@UNSW Centre Director Veena Sahajwalla FTSE FAA; 2018 Australian of the Year and quantum physicist Michelle Simmons AO FTSE; among many more to be announced.


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