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Be Inspired, Collaborate, Disrupt


CDAO Melbourne brought together the most advanced data and analytics leaders from Australia and overseas, hosting an exceptional speaker line-up and over 350 attendees. Thank you to all our speakers, attendees and partners for coming with a willingness to share and learn from one another!


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7 Themed Tracks

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Real Life Use Cases

Experience CDAO Melbourne's Onsite Events

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Are you confident your data quality is good enough to support the latest AI technologies? This pre-conference event is dedicated to your biggest priority – establishing a robust governance framework that can support the technologies of tomorrow. Putting risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, privacy and ethics all under the spotlight to cement your future data governance frameworks.
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Deep dive into the data strategy and leadership issues of the future. Share your pressing challenges in a room of peers committed to decoding the problems and workshopping ideas. This collective of data analytics leaders, who like you, are looking to modernise and progress current thinking that will enable you to reboot and modernise your data analytics programme. 

Talent Gap croppedGet tips and techniques to beat the competition in recruitment and retention. Bridging academics, industry, and graduates in a discussion to address how to plug the data talent gap. Leading universities and industry leaders will share how to ensure graduates are future-ready and have the skills needed in the workforce.

Data4Good cropped            Be inspired by those delivering change and serving the community through exciting new applications of data & analytics. Uncover some of the most innovative uses of data analytics - putting data at the heart of programs that benefit humanity!

EXPO croppedFind out what’s new and have all those chats about the latest tech in one big hit at our exhibition hall. CDAO Melbourne 2019 will host our largest expo space yet. Make time to relax, network and discover in your breaks at the event. 

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The importance of diversity in the workplace is gaining much attention in the boardroom. Initially diversity gained attention to satisfy equality rights but now research is showing that diversity is a key enabler of growth. Find out from our panel how to leverage diversity for growth. 

Ethics of AI – are you ready? Addressing the toughest ethical dilemmas companies have ever faced.


We’re just at the starting line of AI and already CDAOs are grappling with ethical dilemmas that create risk at all organisational levels. Poor AI governance can lead to significant reputational, market and financial risk. CDAOs will need to educate and work with boards and senior executives to develop new governance methods in a rapidly expanding risk universe. 

We took a deep dive into the issue and reached our network of senior data science leaders to share their views on:

  • Who do we trust?
  • Why are we blaming AIs?
  • Will explainable AI reveal some ugly truths?
  • How can we govern in an automated environment?
  • Who should sit on an Ethical AI Committee?
  • What assurances do consumers need to trust machines to be fair?
  • 5 steps to building an AI Privacy and Ethics framework
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Why Invest Your Time?

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More of the "how to"

Less waffle, more substance. Through our lightening talks and use-case led presentations, you will be able to take real, practical tips, tools and strategies to apply to your own projects. Discover exactly how others are implementing their projects. 

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Interactive formats

Our events are geared towards a discursive, inclusive environment. We believe that collaboration is key. Onsite you'll be contributing to discussion groups, panels, roundtables - tailoring your future strategy with a room of visionary data leaders. 
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Mix + mingle for success

Relax, continue the conversation during an informal and fun cheers with peers. Build a lasting network of industry connections over a drink at the cocktail reception end of day one (8 September). With over 350 delegates, this is the event of the year!

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What People Are Saying

  • "The CDAO is THE event of the year for data professionals to attend. The combined experience and expertise at this event is amazing"

    Chris Anttila, Industry Data Group Team Leader, Dairy Australia

  • "Absolutely amazing event, great to see the world of data and analytics through leader’s eyes. Home for fantastic networking and talent discovery."

    Venkata Valluri, Data Value and Insights - Manager, Hydro Tasmania

  • "A good gathering of like-minded professionals. I found the willingness to share information and experiences refreshing"

    Paul Thompson, Head of D&A, Pepper Financial

  • "CDAO provided an amazing opportunity to network and learn from other global senior data and technology leaders "

    Richard Lam, Data Governance Manager, Public Transport Victoria

  • "Great event to meet analytics leaders and learn how the market is meeting today’s challenges."

    Phil Watt, Technical Pillar Lead, Data Reform Strategy, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian State Government

  • "Very informative presentations, professional speakers with vast grasp on the subject matter"

    Adrian Theuma, Head of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, BankVic

2019 Key Themes

ScalesEthical and Responsible AI: D&A influencers will share how to invest and innovate to harness disruptive technologies in our Data Talks Leaders Panel.

LightbulbInsight Based Decision Making: Leading with data at the helm. Showcasing how organisations such as Formula 1® (UK) and GE (USA) have put data in the driving seat.

DiagramRobust and Transparent Governance: The essential pillars for data governance. Our Data Governance Focus Day will cater to those ready to deep-dive into leading solutions.

Arrow-3Scaling Business Opportunities for Tomorrow: Deep dive Interactive Sessions enable the sharing of pitfalls, wins, secrets of success and effective partnerships.

ContactFuture Data Talent and Skills: Upskill, adapt and evolve. Learn how organisations are enabling change through our Delivering through Diversity; Data Literacy; Talent Gap; Leadership: Human Science focus sessions.

Our 2020 Supporting Partners

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CDAO Melbourne is the best event on the calendar to get inspired and make new contacts with the people that can help you drive your data analytics projects forward. It's also a lot of fun so don't miss out - Register your Interest now!
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