5th-7th June 2022 | Enterprize - Launceston

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Festival 2022

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Why You Should Attend
The Festival

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Networking

Join some of Australia's most successful freelancers in the tranquil city of Launceston.

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Learning

Upskill in digital, writing, design and marketing in a selection of workshops.

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Spark New Ideas

Be inspired by the keynotes, sessions and workshops in this event filled festival.

About the Festival

The Ultimate Freelance Event.

The Launceston Freelance Festival provides the opportunity to join Australia's best freelancers for upskilling, workshops and more.

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30 +
Speakers
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100 +
Freelancers
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    The freelance festival is about building community. A community of creative professionals interested in networking, upskilling and sharing opportunities.

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    Event Speakers

    Keynotes, panel discussions & workshops
    all in the heart of Launceston

    Keep checking our website for updates on more speakers, workshops and panel discussions as we add to our schedule.

    Dr Marcus Bowles

    Director: Institute of Working Futures
    Dr Marcus Bowles

    Dr Marcus Bowles

    Director: Institute of Working Futures
    Dr Marcus Bowles is one of our favorite speakers at the Launceston Freelance Festival. Dr Bowles has a wealth of data and statistics to help you understand the skillsets in demand.

    Karina Dambergs

    Chief Executive Officer FermenTasmania
    Karina Dambers Distiller

    Karina Dambergs

    Chief Executive Officer FermenTasmania
    Karina is a co-founder at Red Brick Road Group, a distillery in Deloraine, Tasmania. Karina is also the Chief Executive Officer at FermenTasmania and was part of the successful bid to UNESCO to recognise Launceston as a City of Gastronomy.
     

    Meredith Castles

    Interaction Design Science Specialist
    Meredith Castles

    Meredith Castles

    Interaction Design Science Specialist
    Meredith is an Interaction Design Science specialist and PhD Candidate. She has worked extensively as an actor and writer in the TV, film, stage, and radio industries for over 20 years She co-hosts and helps produce the nationally award-winning STEM podcast That’s What I Call Science and is one of two professional gamer hosts of an upcoming international podcast on Women Live-Streamers. Meredith solo hosts a live-streamed science communication show on Twitch TV twice weekly to teach people about science fundamentals through conversation and video gaming. Her PhD research is looking at how tertiary ICT students can better interact with the educational technology they are required to use and each other by harnessing the power of Citizen Science and Human-Computer Interaction. She’s exploring the following: if tech designers (experts) can learn how to build better technology by learning from the real-world usage and wants of students (non-experts) the resulting technologies should be evolutionary rather than fit for purpose. Meredith is also sourcing evidence and creating a new model for the sustainability of Women in ICT for Tasmania, aimed at retaining women by creating role models who can communicate to a wide audience.

    Karen Percy

    Veteran Journalist and Freelancer
    Karen Percy

    Karen Percy

    Veteran Journalist and Freelancer
    Karen Percy is a veteran news reporter, with more than 30 years of experience. Her career has taken her around the country - Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and now Melbourne - and around the world - Canada, South East Asia, Russia. She's worked for the ABC, Channel 10 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. From 2006-2009 she was an ABC correspondent based in Bangkok. In 2010 she went to Moscow and freelanced for a number of agencies including CBC, SBS, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle, Orf in Austria and Radio New Zealand. In recent years she has specialised in court reporting. Karen is a co-Vice President of the Media section of MEAA and a director of the Walkley Foundation. She is Chair of the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific which focuses on trauma and journalism.

    Susie Bower

    Chief Executive Officer BBAMZ Ltd
    Susie Bower

    Susie Bower

    Chief Executive Officer BBAMZ Ltd
    Susie is a fifth-generation Meander Valley resident, living and working in Regional Tasmania. She has spent over 20 years working in Local Government and the higher education sector and has broad management experience. Ms Bower has previously held roles as the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Dorset Council. She has a strong interest in improving educational outcomes for students in Tasmania, and has helped to establish four scholarship programs for students wishing to further their education.  

    Fran Molloy

    Freelance Journalist & MEAA representative
    Fran Molloy

    Fran Molloy

    Freelance Journalist & MEAA representative
    Fran Molloy is an Australian journalist and author, journalism academic and founder of the Freeline forum for independent journalists in Australia. She is also on the Federal Council of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
    Her work has appeared in such newspapers as The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age and The Sun-Herald as well as a range of magazines including Fast Thinking, The Walkley Magazine published by the Walkley AwardsG Magazine (Australia), Practical Parenting published by Pacific Magazines and others.

    Eric Black

    Business Development Manager
    Erik Black

    Eric Black

    Business Development Manager
    Eric combines relationship management and stakeholder engagement with client education and a consultative sales style that promotes client acquisition, retention, and penetration. Eric's client-focused approach is to cultivate and nurture relationships with all stakeholders, balancing the interests of clients, suppliers, and external partners to optimise outcomes. Eric has a reputation as an exceptional communicator, excelling in solving customer issues and improving the overall client experience.

    Bec Adamczewski

    Illustrator and Graphic Designer
    Bec Adamczewski

    Bec Adamczewski

    Illustrator and Graphic Designer
    Bec Adamczewski is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator based in nipaluna/Hobart. She is drawn to the space where art and design mediums collide, traditional and digital methods creating stories for physical and digital spaces. Much of Bec’s work revolves around community, providing places for expression and reaffirming shared creative practice.  She is passionate about investing in the design community and has an ever-growing list of personal ‘dream’ projects that she works on in her spare time to complement her commercial work.

    Marina Pullin

    Director: Jungal
    Marina Pullin

    Marina Pullin

    Director: Jungal
    Marina Pullin is an accomplished management consultant with broad international work experience and specialises in complex organisational redesign with technology integration. She has worked in China, United States, Europe and New Zealand and brings a clear focus on globally orientated embedded solutions. She has worked directly for or consulted to over 50 blue chip companies including ASC, Westpac, AWD, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Commonwealth Bank, Raytheon, ATO, Commonwealth Government and AT Kearny to name but a few. Throughout her 25-year career, she has held a variety of senior roles leading workplace transformations including the Australian defence and the financial services sectors. In these roles she has been entrusted by clients to plan and assist in the delivery of highly complex change, quite often whilst still operating large scale teams. She brings extensive knowledge of organisational design, operational excellence and technology reengineering. Her specific areas of skill are in strategy, enterprise architectural design and innovation.

    Rachel Berger

    Comedian and Writer
    Rachel Berger

    Rachel Berger

    Comedian and Writer
    Rachel Berger is a stand-up comedian and writer. Rachel has had a distinguished career as one of Australia's top comedians. She has appeared on numerous television productions and mentors up and coming comedians.  

    Corrine Podger

    Director: Digital Skills Agency
    Corinne Podger

    Corrine Podger

    Director: Digital Skills Agency
    Corinne has worked as a multi-platform journalist for 20-odd years, primarily for the ABC and BBC. She has also worked in the UK with Reuters and the BBC, designing and delivering journalism training in developing countries. In 2016 Corinne joined the L&OD department at Fairfax before setting up as a consultant.
    Since 2017 Corinne has run a consultancy specialising in digital skills training, working with a range of newsroom / NGO / social impact organisation clients. She has worked on contracts for UNESCO, the World Health Organisation and ABC International Development. Corinne also works as a sessional digital journalism lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and at Macleay College.

    Martin Newman

    Journalist and Lecturer
    Martin Newman

    Martin Newman

    Journalist and Lecturer
    Martin Newman is a lecturer in journalism at UTS and the editor of the student website Central News. He is also a writer and editor at the Australian Financial Review and has close to 30 years experience in journalism, working on newspapers in Sydney, London and Hong Kong.
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    Things to do
    during the festival

    The festival begins with a welcome address and presentation. Food and drinks are sourced from local farms and vineyards and special guests FermenTas. Discover the fermentation process and why UNESCO officially recognised Launceston as a City of Gastronomy.

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    Explore

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    Networking

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    Inspiration

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    Dinner

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    Sweets

    Program

    Festival Program 2022


    Check out some of the program highlights.

    Full program available soon. 

    4:00-4:30

    Thriving in a Regional City

    Susie Bower, Chief Executive Officer at BBAMZ Ltd, officially opens the festival and outlines the benefits for freelancers and digital nomads living in a regional city.

    Susie Bower
    4:30-6:00

    Launceston: A City of Gastronomy

    Join Karina Dambergs from FermenTasmania for drinks and nibbles sampled from the Tamar Valley. Discover the fermentation process and the story of how Karina co-founded the first Tasmanian apple cider business and the successful pitch to make Launceston a City of Gastronomy.  

    Karina Dambers Distiller
    09:00-10:00
    Room#1

    Keynote: Leaving your day job?

    Veteran ABC journalist Karen Percy discusses the benefits of leaving a high-profile day job to freelance full-time. Karen outlines the opportunities, risks, highlights and benefits of a freelance career.

    Karen Percy
    10:00-11:00
    Room 1

    Panel Discusson: Finding and keeping the perfect client

    Every freelancer dreams of working with a perfect client. Where do you find them? How do you keep them? How do you juggle expectations and when is the time to leave some clients behind?

    Bec Adamczewski
    Fran Molloy
    Karen Percy
    Corinne Podger
    11:20-12:20
    Room#1

    Keynote: Surviving and thriving the in the freelance Jungal

    It's a Jungal out there.  Jungal CEO Marina Pullin delivers a keynote on the advantages of working with freelance agencies, negotiating payment, the skills in demand and enhancing your LinkedIn and professional portfolio to attract clients.

    Marina Pullin
    11:20-12:20
    Room#2

    MediaSuper: Why you need a superfund

    Freelancers are at risk of retiring with little superannuation. Avoid financial traps and minimise the risk of retiring without appropriate funds.

    Erik Black
    12:30 - 1:30
    Room#1

    Lunch

    Enjoy a buffet of tasty treats sourced from local producers in and around the Tamar Valley.

    break
    1:30 - 2:30
    Room#1

    Workshop: Lighting and Shooting in front of green screens

    Join Corinne Podger as she demonstrates how to set up your lights and camera to capture the subject perfectly and give your videos a professional polish.

    1:30 - 3:30
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    Workshop: Comedy Writing

    Comedy is a great way to enhance your writing and make your sentences shine. Join Rachel Berger, one of Australia's best stand-up comedians, for this workshop on polishing your prose with humour.

    Rachel Berger
    1:30 - 2:30
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    Discussion: Building a freelance community

    Freelancers often feel isolated but it doesn't have to be this way. Karen Percy and Fran Molloy discuss the advantages of joining freelance communities.  Where are they? Who are they and how do you become involved.

    Karen Percy
    Fran Molloy
    9:30-10:30
    Room#1

    Panel Discussion: Start me up

    Freelancers are entrepreneurs. How did they start up? What funds are available? How do you build a successful business?

    Fran Molloy
    Meredith Castles
    Marina Pullin
    Corinne Podger
    10:00-11:00
    Room#2

    Keynote: The Future of Work

    What is the future of work? What skills are required? How do you prepare?  Join Dr Marcus Bowles and Kate Britt from The Capability Co as they gaze into a well-researched crystal ball on your potential future.

    Dr Marcus Bowles
    12:00-1:00
    Room#2

    Lunch Break

    Join us for another selection of treats sourced from around the Tamar Valley.

    break
    1:00-2:00
    Room#2

    Workshop: Design asetts for your business

    Join freelance designer Bec Adamzewski in this workshop on designing digital assets for your freelance business.

    1:00-2:00
    Room#2

    Refine your freelance portfolio

    You are your own human resource department. Learn from our panel of human resource professionals on preparing and presenting yourself for interviews and building a professional portfolio that clients will love.

    Marina Pullin
    • Early Bird - Festival

      Keynotes, workshops, seminars, opening night drinks and nibbles.

      $220
    • Early Bird - Festival & Gala Dinner

      Keynotes, workshops, seminars, opening night drinks and gala dinner.

      $330

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