A tech powered, human driven future.

ACTIVATE & ATSE Awards 2022

25-27 October 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 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.

ACTIVATE 2022 program

ACTIVATE program


ATSE Award winners announced at ACTIVATE — 26 October

The event will also celebrate the outstanding achievement of Australians across five prestigious award categories, 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 October 26. Nominations for the ATSE Awards are now open – and close on 20 June 2022.

ATSE New Fellows 2022

New ATSE Fellows announced at ACTIVATE — 26 October

ATSE’s new Fellows will help the Academy in its mission to help Australians understand and use applied science, technology and engineering to solve the complex problems facing our nation in a fast-changing world. ATSE new Fellows 2022 announced on Wednesday 26 October.



ACTIVATE will feature interactive keynote conversations between national and global figures in STEM and feature concurrent sessions designed to create a plan across government, industry and academia for a technology powered, human driven future.