Hybrid World Announces Japanese Robot Maverick to Headline Conference

ADELAIDE, 31 AUGUST 2017: Famed roboticist and “maverick of android science” Japan’s Hiroshi Ishiguro will talk about a robotic society and the future at Hybrid World Adelaide this October.

Headlining the inaugural Hybrid World Adelaide conference – the industry component of the ground-breaking digital technology festival – Professor Ishiguro will join speakers from around the world, the country and South Australia to discuss the impact of technology today, tomorrow and beyond.

The opening night program will feature a keynote presentation from roboticist Professor Ishiguro (Japan), Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, who is famed for creating astonishing humanoid robots that can interact with people and respond to stimuli. His work includes a life-like robot of himself.

Professor Ishiguro will discuss what a robotic society will look like, introducing various androids that are already at work in our daily lives.

Los Angeles-based digital pioneer and HWA Creative Director, Robert Tercek said: “We are now only a matter of weeks away from the launch of Hybrid World Adelaide and we are thrilled to have such a maverick of android science headline this event.

“Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence are the building blocks of a complete transformation that will affect dozens of industries including manufacturing, agriculture, health care, transportation and even services businesses like law and consulting. Ultimately, they will transform society. That’s why it is vitally important to have Professor Ishiguro here in South Australia, sharing his forecast of robotic society.”

Taking place at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide on Wednesday 4 October, Hybrid World Adelaide will open with a showcase of innovation from digital technology focused organisations and individuals.

Ten key industry leaders will enlighten hundreds of delegates in a rapid-fire Hybrid World Adelaide Spotlight session about preparing for the future, discussing everything from e-sports and cyborgs, to wine-making and medical devices.

The ticketed opening event will also have speakers from businesses including Adelaide Football Club and Treasury Wine Estates, as well as BioFoundry – Australia’s first community lab for citizen scientists. Each of the ten selected speakers will give a snapshot of the challenges they predict and the solutions they’re planning, with insights into how the businesses are saying, “Hello Future” – the mantra underpinning Hybrid World Adelaide.

Opening night will run from 3pm to 8.30pm, and will be officially opened by the South Australia Premier, Jay Weatherill. Following the presentations, delegates are welcome to stay and enjoy the HWA Opening Night party with food, drinks and music.

Single tickets to opening night only are on sale now for $75.

Hybrid World Adelaide has received grant funding from the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Professor Ishiguro’s visit.

For more information on this, the global thought-leader conference and the rest of the five-day event, visit www.hybridworldadelaide.org

Hybrid World Adelaide will take place from October 4-8 at the Tonsley Innovation District and is predominantly free.


HWA confirmed Spotlight Speakers:

Nigel Smart – Chief Operating Officer, Adelaide Football Club
Nick Falkner – Director, Australian Smart Cities Consortium
Kristin Alford – Director, MOD.
Matt Salier – Director, New Ventures Institute at Flinders University
Chris McGowan – CEO, Silver Chain Group
Meow-Ludo – Founder, BioFoundry
Rita Excell – Executive Director, Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative Centre of Excellence
Dave Gerner – Innovation and Technology Manager for Supply, Treasury Wine Estates
Peter Rowland – Managing Director, MicroX Ltd
Gabrielle Kelly – Director, SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre
About Hybrid World Adelaide:
Hybrid World Adelaide is an original, exciting and interactive tech-based event for industry and the public showcasing innovations across business and everyday life. From October 4-8 the historic former car factory at Tonsley Innovation District will host leading digital and tech industries providing an interactive playground of experiences and a glimpse of the way digital technology and reality will intersect in the future. The event is set to offer an unprecedented opportunity to try, discuss, explore, create and enjoy digital technology.

Adelaide Film Festival and Hybrid World Adelaide CEO Amanda Duthie is leading the event with founding and principal partner Events South Australia. The creative directors are leading Los Angeles-based digital pioneer Robert Tercek and Janet Gaeta, who created and ran the popular ABC gaming program Good Game.