ACTIVATE & ATSE Awards Gala Dinner 2022

A tech powered, human driven future

Event details

Tuesday 25 October 2022
End date
Thursday October 27 2022
ACTIVATE symposium location

Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

ATSE Awards Gala Dinner location

Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Piers 19-21, 26/32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

ATSE ACTIVATE 2022: A tech powered human driven future. 25-27 October 2022, SMC Conference Centre, Sydney Australia + live-streamed

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.

Diversity in STEM remains an issue. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people are inadequately recognised. Now more than ever, we need the strength of diverse perspectives to solve our urgent challenges. We need the skills and experiences of 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.

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.

ATSE ACTIVATE 2022 Speakers

ATSE ACTIVATE 2022 Speakers

ACTIVATE 2022 will feature high-profile speakers such as Chief Defence Scientist Tanya Monro AC, NSW Minister for Science, Innovation & Technology The Hon Alister Henskens SC MP,  Cabrogal woman and Founder & CEO of award-winning edutech company Indigital Mikaela Jade, SMaRT@UNSW Centre Director Veena Sahajwalla, 2018 Australian of the Year and quantum physicist Michelle Simmons AO, ABC New Inventors presenter Bernie Hobbs, ABC News Breakfast weather presenter Nate Byrne, among many more to be announced.

Other happenings at ACTIVATE 2022


ATSE Award winners announced at ATSE Awards Gala Dinner — 26 October

We will also celebrate the outstanding achievement of Australians across five prestigious award categories, working in applied science, technology and engineering. The annual ATSE Awards will showcase the winners in an exclusive gala dinner event on October 26 at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney. Nominations for the ATSE Awards close on 20 June 2022.

ATSE New Fellows 2022

New ATSE Fellows officially welcomed to the Academy at ACTIVATE — 26 October

Our newly-elected Fellows will help the Academy in our 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. Our 2022 Fellows will be officially welcomed to the Academy on Wednesday 26 October.


Join us a sponsor, partner or exhibitor at ACTIVATE. All partnership options include:

> Branding in the event and Human centered Activation Space
> Acknowledgement in event-related materials on our website and social media channels
> General ACTIVATE symposium passes (ticket numbers vary according to package)
> Verbal acknowledgement of your organisation’s support throughout the event period
> Logo displayed on the symposium web pages, event platform app, program and EDMs.

For further information please contact our Director of Partnerships, Gita Karwal

Platinum Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships Sponsor