Latest business tech at DiG Festival in Newcastle this week

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Latest business tech at DiG Festival in Newcastle this week

Running a startup or just looking for clever ideas for your business? The DiG Festival starting in Newcastle on Wednesday looks like it's worth a visit.

If you're in the Newcastle area, the DiG Festival kicks off this Wednesday - the "innovation and technology" conference caught our eye for a couple of reasons.

First, it's in Newcastle, which is interesting in itself. Organisers point out that there are various "innovative projects" going on in the area, including Smart Grid technology trials and e-health projects.

Second, the event's not free, but there's really quite an interesting variety of speakers and things to do at this event - there's quite a mixed bag of topics, from online payments to electric car and solar technology.

Here 's a few that grabbed our eye:

  • 10:00am Wednesday - Oliver Furniss, Xero – Seamless online payments for small businesses
  • 12:40pm  Friday - Heather Snodgrass-Brine – Nailing a Startup
  • 2:00pm Friday - Trent McClenahan & Adam Hatfield, nib Health Funds – Converting established organisations into lean startups
  • 2:30pm – 330pm Friday - Data is king! How data-driven businesses are taking over the world – Jordan King, Vend & Vito Belgiorno-Zegna, Swarm

It's also a chance to find out about some clever tools we've discussed here at BIT before, like GeoOP, Vend, Shoeboxed, Xero and others.

Lastly, one of the event organisers is Steph Hinds, who is the founder of Growthwise Accountants and will be a guest speaker at our own BIT Roadshow in Sydney on October 15 and Melbourne on October 22.

Interestingly, the conference is apparently "loosely based" on the SXSW festivals in Austin, Texas. The DiG web site states there is a "serious lack of quality innovation and technology events in Australasia, certainly nothing to remotely rival SXSW and other leading events in USA or Europe."

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