Introducing Ignite: the TED-style talks at this year’s ACFID Conference

03 Oct, 2019 | ACFID Conference

Are you needing inspiration?

Is your organisation looking for ways to embrace new and innovative thinking?

Are you wanting to explore new funding opportunities?

The newly designed Ignite session at the upcoming ACFID Conference will be just what you need. Ignite is a session of exciting, fast paced TED style talks that have been carefully curated to engage, ignite, inspire and enlighten.

Leading the charge and hosting the session is Matt Anderson, CEO of Birthing Kit Foundation Australia and co-founder of Social Impact and Wheelhouse Incubator. In his ignite Impact Entrepreneurship: what is it, who does it, and how will it impact your organisation?, Matt will transform your thinking as he presents the latest in the world of purpose-driven start-ups, social innovation and the social impact and entrepreneur space. In a world that is both increasingly interconnected and values-conscious, new forms of opportunity can be found for those who are tuning in. This new reality is one where ‘social’, ‘environmental’ and ‘commercial’ imperatives are closely intertwined.  Matt's session will outline the opportunity, illustrate through real-world examples, and explore practical steps that leaders can take in response.

Following Matt are four stories of organisations on their journey to change the world through innovative partnerships, models and funding sources.

Jack Manning Bancroft, CEO of AIME Mentoring, will present Scaling Change – sharing how his organisation that started with mentors for 25 Indigenous kids now reaches over 25,000. Having proven an ability to shift the imbalance of power locally, Jack will explore the next challenge being undertaken - tackling global inequality (and doing this within the next ten years).

Dermot O’Gorman, CEO of WWF Australia, will present Innovation for People and Nature – exploring how his organisation developed Panda Labs: an innovation program that creates innovative approaches to modern problems, all of which can be scaled globally. This award-winning program uses new technology, such as blockchain, data science, and digital communication channels to help countries extract greater value from precious natural resources. What new technology can you be using? 

Makkiya Jawed will discuss Tele-Medicine: The Frontier for Women’s Careers and Health. In a country where 81 in every 1000 children under the age of five die every year, healthcare provision in Pakistan is at a critical juncture. Yet while the healthcare gap continues to grow with an expanding population, the taboo of female employment at many households remains strong – leaving a huge number of female doctors unable to assist. Cue Sehat Kahani: a telemedicine platform that can change the entire system.

And finally Ant Moorhouse, co-founder of EarthTech, will present Exponential Technology and Social Enterprise: The Future of Doing Good, At Scale. From Gates to Jobs to Zuckerberg, young tech entrepreneurs - fuelled by aggressive capital investment - have re-shaped every aspect of our lives at unprecedented speed. But they didn’t grow up in the era of Greta Thurnberg’s Army. The next wave of tech unicorns will no-doubt be social entrepreneurs, fuelled by a new purpose of impact investment. The result will be wide-spread disruption to our sector – so which side of that disruption will you be on?

Don’t miss your chance to experience this game-changing session – secure your registration before they sell out.