Global experts across space, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), creative industries and agtech will converge on Adelaide for the 2019 SouthStart Conference, officially opening today.

The conference will showcase the career opportunities on offer for future generations across high-growth and high-tech industries.

SouthStart features a stellar line up, including Dr Christyl Johnson from NASA Goddard, Dr Megan Clark from the Australian Space Agency and Nick Giurietto from Blockchain Australia.

Delegates will hear from world-leading business and innovation leaders about their journeys and challenges, and the global trends required for businesses to survive and thrive in the digital age.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said hundreds of entrepreneurs, technologists, startups, scaleups and ecosystem leaders will attend the two-day festival.

“This conference shines a light on some of the incredible job opportunities on offer right here in South Australia,” said Minister Pisoni.

“More than 70 entrepreneurs and executives will be inspiring the audience to embrace the high-tech and high-growth industries gathering momentum in our state.

“South Australia has the opportunity to make a global impact through the development of our space, defence, cyber, biotech, agtech, health, digital and creative industries.

“They are driving our economic growth and creating jobs for future generations.

“Since 2013, SouthStart has brought new ideas and experiences to South Australia’s local innovation ecosystem and makes a welcome contribution to the state’s economy.

“The Marshall Government is committed to supporting the development of forward-looking and global-minded ideas in South Australia.

“This convergence of ideas and networking opportunities is a key action in our Future Industries eXchange for Entrepreneurship (FIXE) strategy, which aims to build a strong culture of entrepreneurship through active engagement in activities, conferences and events.”

Event Director Craig Swann said 2019 will provide a unique opportunity for Australian audiences to hear from leading international space agencies, start-ups and investors.

“The speakers will be shining lights on exciting recent developments and partnerships that not only highlight new job opportunities in the sector but also inspire a whole new generation about the possibilities of space.”

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