Our 2018 Speaker Line-Up

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2018 Emergence Creative MC

Ben Akers

Ben is the Founder and Creative Director of the behaviour change agency Made

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 n 2011 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.

He’s won over 50 international awards including Cannes Lions and D&AD and One Show Pencils. His work includes getting Vanilla Ice to say “Sorry” for Virgin mobile. Setting an (unofficial) tweeting World Record for V Australia. As well as taking a Hot Potato van around Australia, to change Aussies opinion of Asylum Seekers for the ASRC as well as creating the social media campaign #SmearForSmear

He’s was named in Australian Creative's "2013 Power Top 20" – which coincidently was just before he went home. He’s also started a football charity and is on numerous charity advisory boards.

PORTFOLIO: http://cargocollective.com/BenAkers
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-akers- 39873729

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.

As a game producer, Kim has supported the Defiant team -in partnership with Cartoon Network- to release mobile title Ski Safari: Adventure Time (2013) before releasing the studio’s first PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 title, Hand of Fate (2015). Hand of Fate received national and international acclaim. The global success of this title informed the decision to make a sequel (Hand of Fate 2), which is currently in production and expected to release in Q4 2017. 

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. She has spruiked the power of games with exhibitions at music and arts festivals like Yonder Festival and represented the Queensland games industry at the first Myriad – a tech and innovation conference hosted in Brisbane. Last year, Kim took on her first mentor role in the Tech Girls are Superheroes competition where she guided a group of highschool girls to make apps for social change. Her group ‘Team ALT + CHANGE + SHIFT’ was featured on ABC for their app ‘Freedom Flower’. Also last year, Blushbox Collective successfully raised funds through sponsorship and a GoFundMe campaign to send four members to Norway for Lyst – a symposium of love, sex and romance in games.

A late bloomer, Kim’s love affair with video games began in 2009 where she had a powerfully evocative experience after playing Bioshock. Fiero. Loss. Empowerment. Anger. All of which derived from exploring an art-deco-dystopian world, with generous feedback loops and the perfect amount of challenge. Kim believes interactivity and balance are some of the defining features of what makes games different and exciting from other media and firmly believes that, although in their infancy and with a bit of love and elbow grease, games have and can make the world a better place.

Colab & Workshop Speakers

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