Sponsored by Optus and SydEduTech


We are pleased to announce, in association with The Optus-Innov8 Seed Team, the upcoming Australian Ed:Tech startup event, Ed:Spark 2014 on Wednesday January 29 at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney.

Ed:Spark is a half day event, highlighting the opportunities, challenges and emerging technology startup solutions in the Australian education industry.

Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor at University of Melbourne will present the keynote address on Disruptive Change in the Education Industry.

Professor Davis’ keynote address will be followed by an overview of Ed:Tech investment trends in the United States, presentation of the Australian Ed:Tech Startup Report and startup panel discussions culminating in a pitching competition where the winning startup will be sponsored by Optus-Innov8 Seed to attend Echelon 2014 in Singapore.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EST) Sydney, NSW
Register now to attend


With Master of Ceremonies, John HainingDeputy Director, Research Engagement, University of Technology Sydney


1:30pm Registration

2:00pm Welcome

  • Austin Bryan, Vice President Strategic Transformation, Optus


2:15pm Keynote Address


2:35pm US Ed:Tech Investment Trends

  • Dr Bobbi KurshanExecutive Director of Academic Innovation at Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (via video link)


3:05pm Tea Break

3:20pm Australian Ed:Tech Startup Report


3:35pm Australian Ed:Tech Founder Story and Startup Panel

  • Founder Story
  • Panellist: Wes Sonnenreich, Intersective
  • Panellist: Ahmed Haider, Zookal
  • Panellist: TBA


4:15pm Tea Break

4:30pm Startup Pitches

5:30pm Networking Drinks & Canapés



  1. ClassCover
  2. Literatu
  3. MomentumCloud
  4. MyEdOnline
  5. OpenLearning
  6. ReadableEnglish



Jeremy Colless, Managing Partner, Artesian Capital Management
Katrina Reynen, Education Industry Manager, Optus Business
Terry Hilsberg, Convener of Sydney Educational Technology Meetup Group
Peter Huynh, Director, Seed Innovation & Investments, SingTel Group Digital Life


Register now to attend