2020 promises to be a huge year of startup events, with plenty of great conferences, pitch-nights and meet-ups to choose from.
There is little rest for the startup industry, so these are our handpicked events we wouldn't want to miss in 2020, with some cheeky discounts in there for you too!
PAUSEFEST - 5-7 FEB - MELBOURNE
Join 2,000 thinkers and doers at the world’s leading festival for business and creativity. 3 Days. 3 Stages. 200 Speakers. 30 International Speakers. 24 Workshops. 16 Panels. 30 Startups. 30 Tracks of Content.
Pause Fest 2020 is set to invigorate your senses, serve you the future trends, deliver stories from beyond the generation and, most importantly, prepare you with actionable insights.
BugHerd is excited to be Community Partners again, with our Marketing Manager Chanie Hyde and Founder Alan Downie available as part of the “Speed date the expert” mentor series.
RUN THE WORLD TECH-FORMATION - 28 FEB - MELBOURNE
TECHFORMATION is a conference for women, shining the spotlight on female industry leaders across the STEM industries in Melbourne, Australia.
Promising you that this 4th iteration of the conference will be the most impactful yet. Prepare to be inspired, learn, and grow as you connect with extraordinary women at the forefront of the digital revolution.
We are also looking forward to the next Run The World conference series when the event series dates drop.
NO/BS - 11-12 MAR - MELBOURNE
NO/BS is a “Digital Reality Check” created out of frustration (by agency owner Jason Soultan) from attending too many conferences with weak content. NO/BS is a place where like-minded people can get together to be inspired, motivated and most importantly feel validated by knowing that their journey is similar to that of their counterparts and industry heroes.
With speakers from Adobe, Pinterest, Nike, Instagram, Dropbox, Red Bull, The Futur and Behance just to name a few. Hear from industry leaders about their journey, experiences and learnings.
We can get you mates rates too! Enter the code SPLITROCK through the checkout to get 10% off all tickets.
STARTUP WEEKEND NEXT GEN - 13-15 MAR - BRISBANE
In just 54 hours, you can experience the exhilaration of building a startup that could change the world in this weekend hackathon.
Delivered by QUT Entrepreneurship and QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Startup Weekend NextGen will empower you to create the future you want to live in. It’s about embracing technology and innovation and tackling global challenges with creativity, agility, resilience and empathy.
GIRLS IN TECH CATALYST - 13-14 MAY - MELBOURNE
Catalyst is a can’t miss opportunity for women in business and tech to get amped about their career and meet an amazing community of like-minded people.
Featuring high-energy keynotes, inclusive panel discussions, and breakout sessions led by leaders at the forefront of the technology and business sectors, attendees walk away with tactical skills, the know-how to navigate the twists and turns of their careers, and a genuine community full of role models, mentors, and new friends.
There is a 30% off early-bird discount available till 31 Jan 2020 so now is the time to get the best deal on tickets.
SPARK FESTIVAL - 7-25 OCT - SYDNEY
Touted as Australia’s festival of innovation, Spark is an independent, grassroots festival. Their mission is to drive prosperity for all Australians via the growth of thriving new economy businesses.
The community is large and strong: startups, investors, SMEs, big corporates and innovators at every stage are all invited. Whether you are getting started or going global, you'll find your spark at Spark.
WEB DIRECTIONS SUMMIT - 4-5 NOV - SYDNEY
Summit is for the whole digital team–Front End and Full Stack Developers, Product Managers, Product Designers and PeopleTalent/Culture professionals.
With 4 tracks, covering product design, product management, front end development and people/talent/culture, there's content for the whole modern produce team.
EVENTS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON
(dates not yet released)
TECH23 - SYDNEY
We’ve been supporters of Tech23 for quite a few years. It’s a great conference (held in October) for bringing homegrown startup talent, innovators and investors together and we hope to see it back in 2020.
SOUTHSTART - ADELAIDE
A tech centric innovation event in the heart of Adelaide. Look out for Southstart in November. This conference celebrates and explores emerging technologies with a human focus at it’s heart. One not to miss for sure.
LAUNCH FESTIVAL - SYDNEY
This HUGE Festival hosted its 10th year in San Francisco in 2017, before heading to Sydney in October for 2018 and 2019.
They are currently making plans for the next two years of Festival and are open to all locations with a passion for startups and have a unique strategy of never charging founders for tickets, to attend and potentially pitch on-stage.
STARTUP GRIND APAC - MELBOURNE
Looking like a late November, early December date, Startup Grind APAC is an ever-evolving large scale startup event that brings in some very big names (like Microsoft, Canva and Rotten Tomatoes in 2019). We’re looking forward to seeing who is on the bill for 2020.
SILICON BLOCK PARTY - MELBOURNE
Another Nov/Dec baby, SBP is part intelligent networking, part speaker fest and part party. Always held in a fabulous venue with great snacks, drinks and stellar speaker lineup if you can score an invite it’s well worth going!