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Future T.B.D: How is technology shaping a better future?


Wednesday 22 June from 8:30am to 10:30am

As humans we have a fascination with the future, yet it is difficult to determine how the future will take shape. The past few years have changed our relationship with cities, and technology has dramatically shifted many areas of our lives and the world it’s creating for us.

Join us as creative and future-shaping entrepreneurs discuss, debate, and reveal their dreams of a future to be determined. What future are they seeing ahead of us?

Hear from Mary Spio, founder of CeekVR, on what it means to go from dreaming of space, to becoming a space engineer, to currently creating industry-changing technologies within the movie industry, NFTs, metaverse and beyond.

Followed by a live discussion with our panel about maintaining balance in the convergence of creativity and technology, next generation AI creating vehicles that teach themselves to drive, the hope for a decarbonised future and more.

The launch event of the 2022 Visiting Entrepreneur Program is delivered in partnership with South Eveleigh and The Grounds and will be hosted at the brand new venue, The Eveleigh, in the historic Locomotive Workshop at the heart of the South Eveleigh precinct.

Moderator: Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent

Welcome to Country: Uncle Allen Madden

Welcome: Councillor HY William Chan

In Conversation With: Mary Spio (streamed live from Miami), Founder of CeekVR


  • Tim Kentley Klay, Co-Founder, HYPR and Zoox

  • Grace Sai, CEO and Co-Founder, Unravel Carbon

  • Zareh Nalbandian, Producer, CEO and Co-Founder, Animal Logic


  • 8:30am Doors open

  • 9am Event commences

  • 10am Official proceedings concludes and networking starts

  • 10:30am Event concludes

Accessibility: Auslan interpreter

The Visiting Entrepreneur Program is produced by the City of Sydney with partner organisations from the local startup ecosystem. The 2022 edition is kindly supported by Tech Central and the Greater Cities Commission.

We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any particular access and communication needs please contact Julie Macey, Tech Startups Program Manager on 9265 9850.

Covid-safe information

The health and safety of everyone at our City of Sydney venues is our top priority. If you plan to visit, you must be familiar with the processes and measures in place and follow Covid-safe rules during your visit. See our website for the most up-to-date entry requirements and what to expect when visiting.

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