Unique venue and first list of speakers announced

What are you up to Nov. 30 and Dec. 1? Do your business a favour and save the dates for the very first innovative commerce-meets-creativity conference C2 Melbourne.

Thanks to a collaboration with world leader in events MCI and the Victorian State Government, C2 will be bringing its cutting-edge conference concept to Melbourne. Founded by Cirque du Soleil and the Sid Lee global creative agency in 2011, C2’s unique event platform has been referred to as…

“Challenging conventions” – The Economist
“A conference unlike any other” – Harvard Business Review
“The Davos of creativity” – Lobs

What to expect: Inspiring talks, hands-on workshops, meaningful meetings and unique brainstorming experiences, in an environment designed to challenge perspectives, inspire collisions and spark new ideas.

Where it all goes down: The heritage-listed No.5 Goods Shed, North Wharf, situated on the Yarra River opposite Melbourne’s popular South Wharf precinct, transformed into a creative playground for the two-day event.

Who shows up: Global trailblazers, business innovators, groundbreaking creatives, industry pioneers, entrepreneurial icons, your mum (if she’s cool) and social game changers from 20+ industries.

Why you need to be there: Typically, 1 in 4 attendees create business deals as a direct result of participating in a C2 event. Also expect to emerge feeling re-energised and retooled, ready to not just take on the world, but to change it.

We are all interconnected creatures, and so are these speakers

This year’s theme is Ecosystems, with programming touching on technology, art and design, marketing and media, impact and leadership. We are excited to announce this first list of speakers:

Uschi Schreiber, Global Vice Chair Markets and Chair of Global Accounts Committee at EY. Recognised as a transformational leader with extensive experience in driving change in large and complex organizations.

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, and one of the founding partners of the first C2 conference in Montreal in 2012.

David Rose, award winning entrepreneur and author, whose new book Enchanted Objects focuses on the future of the Internet of Things and how these technologies will impact the way we live and work.

Leilani Münter, a vegan hippy chick American racecar driver who has been involved in lobbying members of the US Congress in support of the Climate Security Act, as well as protests against acts of environmental vandalism around the world.

Lakshmi Partury, Founder and CEO of INK, India’s foremost platform for cutting edge ideas and inspiring stories.

Daisuke Sakai & Takashi Kudo, ultratechnologists who represent a 400-strong teamLab interdisciplinary group that unites professionals from various fields of digital practice. The collective’s art installations have been described as “a coming of age for digital art”.

Niki Scevak, Managing Director, Blackbird Ventures & Founder, Startmate, the irrepressible entrepreneur who is fuelling Australia’s ecosystem of startups by helping the next generation of founders on their mission to be the best in the world.

Paul Bennetts, Co-Founder and CEO, Spaceship who is turning the superannuation (pension) industry on its head with the founding of a tech-focused retirement fund geared towards millennials.

Learn more about the speakers