How voice assistants will change search, content and your brand in 2018

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28th Feb 2018

6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Riverside Centre
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Brisbane City QLD 4000

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In 2017 we saw a wave of new tech bringing voice to the core of our digital experiences - Alexa, Google Home and our in car navigation systems have us hooked on "speaking" out loud to find out information. 

Typically the realm of hand-busy, eyes-busy domains (ie. the car), voice is now moving beyond the fringe, into the mainstay of our digital experiences, and in 2018 it is set to boom...

Come and hear our industry experts share with us some of the "must-know" information about how voice interactivity will change consumer behaviour, radicalise search and how your brand can start to prepare for the new tidal wave of voice requirements. We'll hear from industry leading software developers who are designing the voice interfaces you are interacting with and a "conversation designer" (yes, that's a real job!).

Join us for networking and a panel discussion on how voice assistants are going to change search, content and your brand in 2018.

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    During this panel, you'll discover

    • How speech will be the new way to engage with your customers.

    • Conversational commerce through AI will be a powerful differentiator for brands.

    • How will voice impact your digital and CX strategies?

    • Is voice the new opportunity to get closer to actual rather than claimed customer behaviour?

    • Is voice the nail in the coffin for traditional advertising?

    Who would benefit from attending

    • Marketing, digital and communication professionals
    • Business owners and directors

    Panel of speakers

    • Robert Schwarz, Enterprise Managing Director Aust & NZ, Nuance Communications LinkedIn (travelling from Melbourne)
    • Clarissa Keil, CEO & Founder, Two Griffins LinkedIn
    • Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry, CEO & Co-founder, Max Kelsen LinkedIn | Twitter: @maxkelsen

    Panel Facilitator: Laura Campbell, Director, Deloitte Digital LinkedIn | Twitter: @lauraslenslife

    MC: Lisa Ma, Event Manager, Networx Brisbane LinkedIn | Twitter: @networxevents @lisama_

    Event hashtag is #nxbris

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    Your ticket includes networking with drinks & finger food prior to the presentation, facilitated networking, panel discussion, event giveaways, attendee list prior to the event. 


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    Wilson's Parking Riverside Centre Car Park (closest carpark to Blackbird)
    123 Eagle Street, Brisbane
    Enter after 5pm and Blackbird can validate your parking ticket so that you only pay $7. No prior online booking is necessary, just remember to bring your ticket with you to validate at the event.

    Secure Parking Emirates Car Park
    175 Eagle Street, Brisbane
    Enter after 5pm, $13 if booking online

  • Giveaways

    [VENUE PRIZE] 1 x $250 Voucher to Blackbird Restaurant, courtesy of Blackbird Private Dining & Events

    [NETWORX PRIZE] 1 x Google Home Smart Speaker valued at $200, courtesy of Interpro Digital.  

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Robert Schwarz

Robert Schwarz

Managing Director, Enterprise Australia and New Zealand, Nuance

Robert Schwarz leads the Nuance Enterprise team in Australia and New Zealand.  He is responsible for helping large organisations and government departments deliver intelligent customer self-service solutions that drive enhanced  customer experiences and provide cost effective outcomes. 

Prior to joining Nuance, Robert was most recently the Director of the OEM and Managed Cloud as a Service businesses for SAP ANZ, where he was responsible for developing new routes to market for SAP software solutions.  He has had various senior management positions whilst at SAP, including General Manager of the Southern region, where he was responsible for all sales and operations within that market.

Prior to SAP, Robert was the CEO at The Distillery Software and before then he was the Managing Director of Damovo Australia and Hong Kong, where he was responsible for all sales and operations of the company.

Robert has more than 25 years’ experience in IT and Telecommunications, which includes senior roles in companies such as IBM, Business Objects and Oracle where he has held numerous strategic and senior management positions.



Clarissa Keil

Clarissa Keil

Founder and CEO

Clarissa Keil is a leader in global digital transformation, innovation and customer experience with 18 years’ experience across strategic business and technology-enabled change. She has worked for a number of leading organisations in Europe and Australia, including AXA Investment Managers, Westpac Banking Corporation, BT Financial Group, Sunsuper and QSuper, where she led the digital and customer experience streams of large scale transformational programs, both from a strategy and delivery perspective.
Last year Clarissa left the corporate world to found a strategic consultancy practice that delivers human-centred innovation to drive exceptional customer and business outcomes for its clients. Past clients include Government departments, tertiary education providers, large financial services organisations and Fintech start-ups.
She’s also a Director of Fintech QLD, an organization that is focussed on building and fostering the Queensland FinTech community to create new opportunities and further the boundaries of finance. FinTech QLD runs regular high quality events and networking sessions for its 1000+ strong community of members.



Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

CEO & Co-founder, Max Kelsen

CEO Nicholas Therkelsen co-founded Max Kelsen in 2015 to provide big data and machine learning services to clients large and small. In his position as CEO, Nicholas is responsible for designing and executing strategic vision, project design and management, fiscal and legal governance, and team building. Prior to this, Nick was consulting for companies across a range of industries to assist with their technology requirements. Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

Nick has a broad range of expertise spanning business, economics, sales, management and law. Nick has a deep theoretical and applied understanding of cutting-edge machine learning techniques, and has been widely recognised as a domain expert in this field. He is a regular speaker at artificial intelligence meetups around the country, and also at conferences such as Gartner ITXPO, NSW Gov DC, Urbanity and IBM Think 2018.

Nick also co-founded Cityshape in 2016, an application focussed on aggregating property development planning data and serves as its CTO. Likewise, in 2017, Nick co-founded cognitiveCX, a platform for enterprises to analyse and process unstructured data from any source.

LinkedIn | Twitter: @maxkelsen


Laura Campbell

Laura Campbell

Partner, Deloitte Digital

Laura is a Partner at Deloitte, leading the Marketing, Commerce and Digital Experiences team. She has been living corporate life for over 20 years across various industries. She has shared her desk space with snakes (alive), rare birds (dead), and every spectrum of personality you can imagine.  She is passionate about delivering high quality results for her clients, but doing it in a way that stays true to her personality and passions (which involves a lot of crystals, memes and coloured kaftans).

During COVID, Laura switched her fancy pants, river view desk, for a 15-year-old IKEA desk in the spare room and this sparked her journey of discovery (read: trial and error) into understanding what were the critical factors for creating a successful workspace.


LinkedIn | Twitter: @lauraslenslife   | Insta


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