Date/Deadline: 25 Oct, 2022

As Australia grapples with the profound economic impact of COVID-19, we have a unique opportunity to position Australia as a technological powerhouse driven by a clean and sustainable economy, skilled workforce, world-class research activity and commercialisation. ACTIVATE 2022 will bring together 500 high-level representatives from across government, business and academia, and will feature keynote conversations between global and national future shapers, prominent technology entrepreneurs, industry leaders and researchers who will share their vision for a technology-powered, human-driven future for all Australians.

Theme: A tech-powered human-driven future
The coming decade will see the culmination of a unique set of challenges; decarbonisation of our economy, managing the transition of multiple industries, and training the workforce needed for an increasingly digital future. But right now, Australia is in the midst of a STEM skills shortage which will only grow more acute as technology increasingly drives the way we work and live. The clock is ticking.

– By 2023, digital technologies are estimated to contribute $65 billion to Australia’s economy
– By 2024, we need 100,000 more digitally skilled workers
– By 2025, we need 40,000 more engineers
– By 2030, 25-46 per cent of existing jobs could be automated.

Diversity in STEM remains an issue. Women, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are inadequately recognised. Now more than ever, we need the strength of diverse perspectives to solve our urgent challenges. We need these skills and diverse change-makers to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, respond to international instability and confront the already devastating impacts of climate change. We are on the precipice of an immense challenge and opportunity. Australia’s future workforce needs to evolve, transform and tackle these complex problems to create a better tomorrow.

ATSE Award winners announced at ACTIVATE — 26 October
The event will also celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australians across five prestigious award categories. These are Australians who are working in applied science, technology and engineering. The annual ATSE Awards will showcase the winners in an exclusive gala dinner event during the conference on the evening of 26 October. Nominations for the ATSE Awards are now open – and close on 20 June 2022.

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