2016 Videos

  • Seriously #aah14 was the best tech conf I've been to in Australia. Macro props goes out to @sw and @bronwen - thank you!

    Steve Sammartino
    Steve Sammartino @sammartino Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
  • Join me at @aahconf #aah16 One of the best conferences I've ever attended. Tickets on sale aboveallhuman.co See you there ;)

    Daniel May
    Daniel May @thedanielmay Co-Founder @Lifx
  • Sad to be missing the next @aahconf in Melbourne, it was my favourite conference of 2015 at least, and also maybe all time

    Lyn Nagara
    Lyn Nagara @lynnagara Web Developer / Designer

#aah16 speakers hail from:


  • Window Snyder

    Window Snyder

    A security industry veteran and currently Chief Security Officer at Fastly. Former Chief of Security at Mozilla Corporation.

    She's also the co-author of Threat Modeling, a manual for security architecture analysis in software.

  • Rod Drury

    Rod Drury

    Rod Drury is the CEO and co-founder of Xero and serves on its Board of Directors.

    As the visionary behind Xero he has been acknowledged by his international peers through many technology and business awards, including 2013 EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year in 2012, member of the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, NZ Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, World Class New Zealander for ICT in 2008, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals NZ. Before starting Xero, Rod was involved in a number of successful startups including Context Connect, Glazier Systems and Aftermail.

  • Martin Hosking

    Martin Hosking

    Co-founder and CEO of Redbubble - one of the world's leading online marketplaces for on-demand products and artwork.

    He started his career as an Australian diplomat, and is known for his passion for the arts.

  • Star Simpson

    Star Simpson

    A renowned electrical engineer and programmer who studied at MIT.

    When she’s not busy building physical objects or making tools, she can be found sailing or climbing.

  • Mike Monteiro

    Mike Monteiro

    Mike Monteiro is the co-founder of Mule, a SF design agency renowned for exploring territories where content strategy, online identity, and cutting-edge technology come together with classic, timeless design.

    In 2014, Mike won the net awards Talk of the Year for “How Designers Destroyed the World” on how designers need to take responsibility for their work.

  • Katie Mack

    Katie Mack

    Theoretical astrophysicist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations.

    She's also a well-published science writer.

  • Anil Dash

    Anil Dash

    Anil Dash is an entrepreneur and writer in New York City whose work focuses on the ethical impacts of technology on the world. He is cofounder of Makerbase, a community and directory of the people who make apps and websites. Dash has been blogging since 1999, making him one of the earliest and most influential voices in social media since its start.

  • Ali Rayl

    Ali Rayl

    Ali Rayl is the Director of Customer Experience at Slack, one of the fastest growing software companies in history. She’s built the team to manage more than 5,000 corporate clients including Stripe, Rdio, Medium, Airbnb, Expedia and Buzzfeed. Previously, she was the Director of QA at Songbird — one of the world's first open-source cross platform music platforms.

  • Corey White

    Corey White

    Award-winning Melbourne comedian with a penchant for making people think, as well as cry - tears, and laughter.

    His material centres on the big issues – race, religion, politics, drugs, sex and death.

  • Kate Morris

    Kate Morris

    Kate Morris is the Founder and CEO of Adorebeauty, Australia’s first online beauty store. She launched the business from her garage in 1999 at the age of 21, while still an undergraduate student.

    In 2015, after 15 years of bootstrapping, Adorebeauty.com.au announced an investment by retail giant Woolworths Limited. Kate was awarded the Business Innovation Award for Victoria at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014, and was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015.

  • Mikell Taylor

    Mikell Taylor

    Mikell is a system engineer who has spent 15 years designing and building robots that operate in oceans, laboratories, factories, and other planets. Her current projects focus on practical robots for the consumer market.

    In her free time she is a passionate volunteer with the FIRST Robotics Competition program for high school students.

  • Wyatt Roy

    Wyatt Roy

    In September 2015, Wyatt became the youngest member of an Australian federal government executive when he was appointed Assistant Minister for Innovation by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

    Wyatt’s elevation to the ministry followed his vocal advocacy on developing and promoting start-up businesses and entrepreneurial activity. He believes that for Australia’s quarter-century of uninterrupted economic growth to continue, an “innovation ecosystem” must be fostered where new businesses with never-tried ideas are encouraged to take risks, grow and employ.

  • Ed Husic

    Ed Husic

    Ed Husic is the Federal Labor Member for Chifley. During this current term of Parliament, Ed was appointed Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics and holds the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting with Digital Innovation and Startups – the first time startups have been acknowledged in a ministerial or shadow ministerial line-up.

    He has been part of the Federal Opposition’s team developing policies to promote early stage and digital innovation.

  • Susan Wu

    Susan Wu

    Susan Wu is an entrepreneur and investor who splits her time between San Francisco and Australia. As an investor and advisor, she's been actively involved in the earliest stages of some of the world's leading consumer technology startups, such as Twitter, Square, Yammer, amongst others. She was also most recently an advisor to the CEO of reddit.

    A serial entrepreneur, Susan was a founding partner at Obvious Corporation, which was founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, and which has spawned Obvious Ventures and popular content publishing platform Medium. Susan is currently the head of Stripe Australia and New Zealand. She is the co-founder of above all human.

  • Bronwen Clune

    Bronwen Clune

    Bronwen Clune is a well known editor and journalist. She’s been involved in the startup community in Australia at it’s infancy running her own digital news company. She’s been an integral part of building the startup community in Australia through helping establishing the first co-working space, helping launching the Silicon Beach mailing list, co-hosting the first Australian startup podcast, and working on some the of the first tech unconferences in Australia. She recently edited Startup Smart, and is currently Editorial Director at Culture Amp, dividing her time between Melbourne and san Francisco. She’s also a popular Guardian columnist often writing about the impact of tech, and sits on the board of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation. She is the co-founder of above all human.

  • Philip Dalidakis

    Philip Dalidakis

    Philip Dalidakis is the Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade. He has previously worked at Deloitte, operated his own small business and was CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries.

    Since being appointed Minister in July 2015, Mr Dalidakis has worked hard to both engage the local startup community and ensure Victoria is an attractive place to do business for leading global companies. He is also responsible for LaunchVic, a $60 million initiative that will accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria. This new body will invest in core infrastructure, improve access to capital for local startups, advocate on legislation and regulation, as well as engage in local startup events.

  • Stewart Condon

    Dr Stewart Condon

    Dr Stewart Condon is President of Médecins Sans Frontières, Australia. Stewart is a medical generalist with a diploma in paediatrics. He has worked in emergency departments around NSW and Queensland, as a rural medical practitioner in indigenous communities of Central Australia and also has experience working in Sydney prisons.

    Stewart has done various field placements with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2004 in Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as medical doctor, field coordinator and country medical coordinator. He currently works in emergency departments as a senior non-specialist, and continues to support the Central Australian Remote Health team by on-call work when required.

  • Annie Parker

    Annie Parker

    Annie Parker is co-founder of muru-D. She has over 15 years experience in the digital start-up, telco & consulting sectors, and a proven track record of launching and running startup accelerator programs.

    muru-D invests in up to 10 startups every 6 months, giving them amazing advice to help scale their idea and also leveraging the experience of Telstra’s networks. She is also Director of Code Club Australia, a network of coding clubs in Australia for children aged 9–11y and a member of the International Reference Group for InnovationXchange - an initiative chaired by the Hon. Julie Bishop MP to catalyse and support innovation across the Australian aid program.

  • Kathryn North

    Dr Kathryn North

    Professor Kathryn North AM is Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

    Professor North is trained as a physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist and in 1994, was awarded a doctorate for research in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program.

    Professor North is a national and international leader in Genomic medicine and its integration into clinical practice for prevention and early intervention. She leads a national network of 47 partner organisations in the Australian Genomics Health Alliance. She is Vice Chair of the Executive of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health – a collaborative network of over 360 organisations across over 45 countries funded by the NIH and the Wellcome Trust.

    Professor North has received a number of awards including the GSK Australia Award for Research Excellence (2011), the Ramaciotti Medal  for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2012) and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research (2012). In 2012, Professor North was appointed Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee and in 2014 was appointed as a Foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.

  • Leni Mayo

    Leni Mayo

    Leni Mayo is currently CEO of Influx, as well as Chairman of Startup Victoria. A prominent Melbourne startup founder and angel investor, Leni was a founding investor in 99Designs. In 2013 Leni was awarded the CSIRO Benson Entrepreuner Award.

  • Mark Pesce

    Mark Pesce

    Mark Pesce is an inventor, entrepreneur, educator, writer and broadcaster. In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web, has written six books, and founded graduate programs in interactive media at both the University of Southern California’s world-famous Cinema School and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School. Pesce currently holds an appointment as Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney’s Digital Cultures Program.

    In 2014, Pesce was appointed as a columnist for the IT publication The Register, reaching a global audience with provocative articles on the challenges of the connected world, and hosts This Week in Startups Australia, which has quickly become the nation’s #1 tech podcast.

  • Didier Elzinga

    Didier Elzinga

    Didier Elzinga is the CEO and co-founder of Culture Amp, the world's leading People Analytics platform with its headquarters in Melbourne. He was an early and passionate advocate of using data to gain insight into drivers of company culture, founding Culture Amp in 2011, so that more companies can use quantified insights to inform company decisions.

    He was previously the CEO of Rising Sun Pictures (a leading Hollywood visual effects company) and founder of Rising Sun Research (winner of a Technical Academy Award), which solidified his ideas around the importance of building strong company cultures, while bemoaning the lack of data-driven tools that could help companies achieve that goal. He presents widely on culture and creativity, the importance of data, and what it takes to build a culture-first company in both Australia and Silicon Valley.

  • Craig Blair

    Craig Blair

    Craig Blair is a founder and mananging partner of Airtree VC, an early and growth stage venture firm backing world-class Australian entrepreneurs.

  • Carol Schwartz

    Carol Schwartz

    Carol Schwartz is a founder of Scale investors. She has extensive experience in business, property, the arts, community organisations and has been a director on a large number of public and government boards. Her current appointments include Chairman of Our Community, Non Executive Director of the Bank of Melbourne and Stockland, and Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia. Carol is an advocate for gender equality and led the consultation process that informed the reporting framework for the Workplace Gender Equality Act.

  • Claire Connelly

    Claire Connelly

    Claire Connelly is an award winning freelance journalist. She writes for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, Business Spectator and The Guardian. Her specialties include national security, privacy, telecommunications & sustainability.

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Friday 29 Jan, 2016


Register & Coffee


Welcome to Country

Local Elder


Welcome from Startup Victoria

Leni Mayo, Startup Victoria Chairman


Opening Remarks

The Hon. Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation & Trade


Above All Human

Susan Wu and Bronwen Clune, Conference Co-founders


Building a global empire from APAC

Rod Drury, CEO of XERO


How game mechanics can drive product loyalty

Ali Rayl, Director of Customer Experience at Slack


Vaccuum decay and the end of the world: so what?

Katie Mack, Theoretical astrophysicist


Making startup decisions when they're a matter of life and death

Dr Stewart Condon, President of Médecins Sans Frontières, Australia




Panel: Startups and Government

Hon. Wyatt Roy MP (Asst. Minister for Innovation), Hon. Ed Husic, moderator Carol Schwartz


This is the golden age of design. And we're screwed.

Mike Monteiro, Co-founder of Mule


Activism In The Posthuman Era

Corey White, Comedian




Why building new things is important

Star Simpson, Electrical engineer and progammer


Building company culture - by the numbers

Didier Elzinga, CEO of CultureAmp


The plight of the defender: There’s no such thing as security

Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer at Fastly


Purpose, passion and persistence: What it really takes to grow

Kate Morris, CEO Adorebeauty


Lessons from the Melbourne trenches

Martin Hosking, CEO of Redbubble




Panel: It's business time - why it's now or never for Australian startups

Susan Wu, Annie Parker and Craig Blair, moderator Claire Connelly


The future of humans: genomics and bioinformatics

Kathryn North, Director and CEO of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


Robotics for the consumer market

Mikell Taylor, Systems engineer and robotics geek


Designing to stop online abuse before it happens

Anil Dash, Co-founder and CEO of Thinkup


Closing remarks and Q&A

Above all human team




above all human

above all human is a conference for startup founders, makers, designers and innovators who want to do great things, build innovative products, and be the most effective entrepreneurs they can be.

Now, more than ever, we can affect change in our lifetimes.

What contribution will you make?

Learn from some of Silicon Valley and Australia's best founders and investors about how they made it and what they see as the next big breakout categories for startup success. Hear how to grow a global business from Australia from our most successful local entrepreneurs and investors. Be inspired and connect with a community of Australia's most passionate founders and startup teams.

What startups should we be building?
How do we go from zero to hero?
Can we be successful from Australia?

In order to shape a better future, we need to think big, turn our ideas into action, and our action into success.

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