February 12, 2016

By Imogen Baker, 11 FEB 2016

Netflix, Google, Facebook, Uber — gang’s all here.

Semi Permanent, Australia’s three-day touring seminar that covers big ideas around design, tech, digital landscapes and the future of the internet, has announced a straight-up cray-cray 2016 lineup featuring speakers from Google, Uber, Netflix and Facebook.

If you’re in the market for some solid advice from the new generation of entrepreneurs, this is the event for you (you know you’re growing up when the idea of a three-day seminar is more exciting than the idea of a three-day music festival, hey). Carriageworks is hosting the epic annual event in May and while tickets are a little pricey ($340 for a general admission single day ticket), but they always roll out mind-boggling content and installations — plus, the networking opportunities are worth their weight in gold.

The theme of 2016 is the future of the internet/technology and the future of travel with two panels dedicated to the exploration of both themes. Speakers will include Hector Ouilhet (head of design research at Google), Dantley Davis (design director at Netflix), Jurgen Spangl (head of design at Atlassian), Ethan Eismann (director of product design at Uber), Jon Lax (director of product design at Facebook) alongside a whole slew of tech wizards an industry bigwigs. They’ll be ready and waiting to answer your important questions, like is Steven Avery innocent, is uber legal and does Facebook read my messages. Or, you know, better questions.

You’ll hear from people who turned their ideas into thriving businesses that challenge the status quo and may just inspire you to pursue that tight app idea you have. The National Institute of Dramatic Art will be there too, hosting workshops on building confidence and engagement when in front of an audience (this will definitely come in handy if you ever have to do a TED talk, which we all will at some point because you’re awesome).

This massive lineup is only the first wave, so keep your ear to the ground for more.

Semi Permanent is happening May 26-28 at Carriageworks. Grab a ticket here.

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