2018 Speaker Line-Up

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements coming soon!


2018 Emergence Creative MC


Ben Akers

Ben is the Founder and Creative Director of the behaviour change agency Made With+. In over 20 years in the advertising industry Ben has worked at some of the world’s most creative agencies including Mother, HHCL, BBH in London and Droga5 in Sydney. But in 2011 Ben decided being creative wasn’t enough and he joined the sustainability revolution at Republic of Everyone, and began to use his evil powers for good.

After 6 years in Sydney he returned to the UK to Write and Direct (the now multi award winning) documentary “Slowing Down Fast Fashion” presented by Alex James which is now on Amazon prime. Since then he’s continued working in ethical and sustainability led projects, concentrating on behaviour change , and creating campaigns and documentaries that are good for world.

His work includes getting Vanilla Ice to say “Sorry” for Virgin mobile, setting an (unofficial) tweeting World Record for V Australia, taking a Hot Potato van around Australia to change Aussie opinions of Asylum Seekers for the ASRC as well as creating the social media campaign #SmearForSmear. Read more..


Keynote Speakers


Kim Allom

Kim Allom is an award winning video game developer and self proclaimed ‘Jill of All Trades, Mistress of Fun’. She works as a producer for Brisbane based video game studio Defiant Development and is the co-founder of Blushbox Collective – an initiative that promotes, hosts events and rapidly prototypes games that aim to meaningfully explore the themes of love, sex and romance.

Earlier this year Kim won the Queensland Young Achiever 2017 Award for Online Achievement which is a product of her commitment to the games industry and proudly waving the women in technology flag. Read more..


Ian Strange

Ian Strange is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores architecture, space and the home, alongside broader themes of disenfranchisement within the urban environment. His practice includes large-scale multifaceted projects resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions, film works, documentary works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting, drawing and as well as on-going research and archiving projects.

Most recently he created ‘SHADOW’ [2015-16], a large scale project incorporating suburban homes, documented in film and photography. Read More


Justin Gignac

Justin Gignac is the co-founder of Working Not Working, a curated network of the best creative talent around the globe. After spending the first 12 years of his career as an Art Director and Creative Director at various ad agencies around the United States, he set out to close the gap between creatives and opportunity.

Prior to Working Not Working, Justin gained notoriety for his many eccentric art and business ventures – including NYC Garbage, Wants for Sale, Needs for Sale and QRapping Paper. He’s also known for helping create the original Elf Yourself! Read more..


Gene Brutty & Tim Seddon

Tim and Gene are award-winning Creative Directors at Google Japan. Both born and raised in Perth, they were paired together by chance as juniors and are now celebrating 8 weird and wonderful years of partnership spanning Perth, Sydney and Tokyo.

Now in their third year at Google Japan, they have worked with some of the countries biggest brands and agencies, and picked up over 40 international creative awards.
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Chloe Rickard

Chloe Rickard is one of Australia’s most dynamic and innovative comedy producers. A Partner and Chief Operating Office at Jungle Entertainment, Mumbrella’s Production Company of the Year in 2017, she has produced Squinters and Sando, both for the ABC and with international market airing in early 2018, two seasons of Here Come the Habibs (Nine Network), No Activity (Stan’s first original commission, US remake by CBS All Access) and Soul Mates (ABC/NBC Universal), along with The Moodys, A Moody Christmas, Elegant Gentlemen’s Guide to Knife Fighting, and over 200 television commercials. Read more..


Colab & Workshop Speakers


Details Coming Soon !