The current impact of AI in our world is phenomenal. AI has already had an enormous impact in the way our society works, which is why there is a huge push for more research in this field. In just a few years, we will see the potential and impact of AI being realized in our daily lives. With the current advances in AI, we will be able to use AI in ways we never imagined before. A new era in computer science and technology is starting to take place.

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What positive impact does AI have on our lives and the world around us?

Join us for a breakfast event on practical AI applications for good. Our panel of researchers and experts will share their insights around AI solutions that advance the human condition.

Sheda, Braneshop and Hoist AI are excited to bring you an insightful morning on how AI is creating ever more impact on our lives, our businesses and our society.

Coffee and a delicious breakfast will be served.

Noon van der Silk is the founder of Braneshop and lead trainer. Noon has 18+ years experience in various forms of software engineering, application development, and the design and implementation of machine learning + AI systems. Within AI he has a special interest in the field of computer vision and interactive art.

Sarah Barker is the Director of Data Intelligence at Our Community, a world-leading B Corporation that provides advice, connections, training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities. Sarah leads Our Community’s Innovation Lab, trialing and refining methods for managing and learning from data in the social sector. The aim is to amplify the impact of grant-makers and not-for-profits by building their capacity to use data effectively and responsibly. Sarah has experience across a wide range of projects and teams, from the very large (multi-million-dollar, multi-county projects at Accenture, Telstra and ANZ) to the very small (local, community run).

Laura Summers is a multi-disciplinary designer researching technology ethics and building tools to promote fair machine learning. She's passionate about feminism, digital rights and designing for privacy. Laura is the human behind, the Melbourne Fair ML reading group ( and she's now working on She speaks, writes and runs workshops at the intersection of design and technology.

Arna Karick is a data scientist working at the intersection of the design and technology. She’s passionate about bringing together data science & design methodologies to create intelligent products & services, and cares deeply about issues around ethical tech, responsible AI, and inclusive design. Arna is part of the leadership team for Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Australia, an organisation that brings together social change makers and skilled volunteer technologists to co-develop open-source solutions to complex social problems. She works closely with change makers to understand business needs and the barriers to impact, helps facilitate RHoK’s tech for non-tech workshops, and co-develop solutions alongside hackers (eg. UX/UI designers, software developers, analysts). Previously she had a career in astrophysics (UK & USA), and worked as an e-Research Consultant at Swinburne University, building capability for data-intensive research and leading initiatives around data science and tech skills training within academia.

Martin Kemka has worked as an analyst for over 12 years designing machine learning systems for a variety of local and international organisations.


This event is presented by Sheda, Australia’s premier innovation agency and development practice. Our mission is to create with purpose, we lead the way in creating solutions to complex problems that have a positive social impact in the way we live, work and collaborate. We envision, design, develop, deliver and grow great digital and IoT products, using human-centred design, artificial intelligence and technology for Enterprise companies and Startups.

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