TECHSHIFTx 2018 was presented by BBP as part of the Vivid Sydney Ideas Festival 2018 and featured a stellar line-up of inspirational speakers presenting their ideas for a better future.

Our world is changing faster than it ever has before, as we face a difficult future if we continue to inhabit the planet in the way we are accustomed to.

Change is inevitable and brings with it new opportunities to create innovative and sustainable solutions for a better future.

Those who dare to think differently will ride the wave of transformation.

ABC Radio presenter and journalist Bernie Hobbs was the MC as we heard from some of Australia's leading pioneers of this positive change. The revolution has already begun!

As technology advances we are improving the lives of millions in ways beyond comprehension of the past.

Sara Rickards is an energetic sustainability ninja who really cares about our planet and has a multitude of ingenious solutions including co-founding Re:Purpose for Good a social initiative finding ways to transform waste plastic into robotic prosthetic limbs.

Katerina Kimmorley, Co-founder of Pollinate Energy had an a-ha moment while flying over Delhi during the world's biggest blackout and it inspired her to make a difference. Pollinate Energy is an Australian charity which provides solar lighting to hundreds of thousands of the world's poorest in India, helping to change their lives in the process.

Our future is renewable! It is time to start thinking seriously about cities, communities and businesses getting Off the Grid.

The City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Miller shares the inside story on how the City is tracking to its Renewable Energy Master Plan to have 100% of the City’s electricity, heating and cooling from renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and energy from waste, by 2030.

Ross Harding Founder of Finding Infinity views a world powered by renewable energy as inevitable and despite being an engineer believes that it is people, not technology that will bring about the rate of change required. In his spare time he puts on sustainable solar powered music and talk-festivals Off the Grid in Melbourne and London and wants to bring it to Sydney.


With China closing its doors to the world's scrap plastic waste, our local landfills overflowing and our oceans drowning in plastic pollution, Australia must lift its game on managing its own waste. How can we flip this problem on its head and turn rubbish into resource?

Tim Silverwood the CEO and co-founder of Take 3 for the Sea shared what each of us can do individually as well as key government and industry collaborations to start to turn the tide.

Louise Hardman is a scientist and founder of Plastic Collective, which has developed a plastic neutral solution for coastal communities to clean up the ocean of plastic waste, as well as creating employment, income and hope for these remote outreaches.

David Sivyer founded grass roots closed loop system with his Feedback Organic Recovery, collecting food waste from cafes turning it into compost which then fertilises fresh produce for sale back to the cafes and at markets.

Dr Kate Ringvall Country Manager Sustainability, IKEA Australia gives an insight into how IKEA is bringing the Circular Economy to life and doing it profitably.

Gayle Sloan, CEO of the Waste Management Association of Australia wrapped it up with an industry perspective on the enormity of the waste issue we are facing and the urgent need to establish a true Circular Economy in Australia.