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PLEASE NOTE: Registrations for Ed:Spark 2014 are required via eventbrite and not on Please click here to go to the eventbrite page. (

Optus & SydEduTech are pleased to announce our upcoming Australian Ed:Tech startup event, Ed:Spark 2014 on Wednesday January 29 at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney.

Ed:Spark is a half day event, highlighting the opportunities, challenges and emerging technology startup solutions in the Australian education industry.

We have the great pleasure of having Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor at University of Melbourne, present the keynote address on Disruptive Change in the Education Industry.

Professor Davis' keynote address will be followed by an overview of Ed:Tech investment trends in the United States, presentation of the Australian Ed:Tech startup report and startup panel discussions culminating in a pitching competition where the winning startup will be sponsored by Optus-Innov8 Seed to attend Echelon 2014 in Singapore.

Hope to see you there.

EVENT AGENDA with Master of Ceremonies, John Haining (, Deputy Director, Research Engagement, University of Technology Sydney

1:30pm Registration

2:00pm WelcomeAustin Bryan, Vice President Strategic Transformation, Optus

2:15pm Keynote Address Prof Glyn Davis AC (, Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne

2:35pm US Ed:Tech Investment Trends Dr Bobbi Kurshan (, Executive Director of Academic Innovation at Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (via video link)

3:05pm Tea Break

3:20pm Australian Ed:Tech Startup ReportTerry Hilsberg (, Sydney Educational Technology Meetup Group

3:35pm Australian Ed:Tech Founder Story and Startup Panel

Founder Story: TBAPanellist: Wes Sonnenreich, IntersectivePanellist: Ahmed Haider, ZookalPanellist: TBA

4:15pm Tea Break

4:30pm Startup Pitches

5:30pm Networking Drinks & Canapés

Startups Pitching:

ClassCover (

Literatu (

MomentumCloud (

MyEdOnline (

OpenLearning (

ReadableEnglish (

Startup Judging Panel:

Jeremy Colless (, Managing Partner, Artesian Capital Management
Katrina Reynen (, Education Industry Manager, Optus Business
Terry Hilsberg (, Convener of Sydney Educational Technology Meetup Group
Peter Huynh (, Director, Seed Innovation & Investments, SingTel Group Digital Life

Ed:Spark 2014

Time: 1:30pm-5:30pm
Date: Wednesday 29 January
Venue: Amora Hotel, 11 Jamison, Sydney
Please RSVP by Friday 24 January
Register for Ticket on eventbrite (

About Optus-Innov8 Seed

Optus-Innov8 Seed is a collaboration between Optus and SingTel Innov8, bringing together funding and resources for Australian tech startups. We provide funding, resources and access to Optus and SingTel Group, Southeast Asia’s largest telco group.

Optus-Innov8 Seed is looking for outstanding Australian tech startups to invest in. We are always open to assess potential investments so if you are interested in getting in contact please visit our (