Sydstart, Australia’s largest startup conference that attracts tech industry heavyweights and over 2,000 attendees, has announced a new speaker to its already impressive line-up: Mark Bouris, Founder of Yellow Brick Road and Wizard Home Loans.

The conference, which takes place on the 29th-30th of October at Sydney Town Hall, aims to reinforce Sydney as Australia’s hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. Running across two days, the event is full of activities and initiatives including exhibitions, pitching competitions, masterclasses, a hackathon and more.

It will also provide attendees with opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, marketers and media in Australia’s growing tech industry.

Uber has also partnered with SydStart to debut its UberPITCH web series, which it is currently filming with Bouris and a number of high profile Australian entrepreneurs. UberPITCH enables Uber users with a business idea to simply open their apps, slide over to the UberPITCH view and request a ride.

If the request is accepted, then that user will have an opportunity to pitch their idea to industry-leading judges. The top pitches will be selected to air on the web series. Judges include Craig Blair (AirTree Ventures), Benjamin Chong (Right Click Capital), Matt Barrie (Freelancer & SydStart), Sarah Jane-Clarke (Sass & Bide) and Roxy Jacenko (Sweaty Betty).

Sydstart was founded by Pete Cooper four years ago. The first conference was held at Darling Harbour in 2012 and over 1,000 startups were in attendance. This year the conference will take place at the centre of the city at Sydney’s Town Hall and the audience number is expected to exceed 2,000.

Over the years, the conference has seen reputable figures in the Australian startup ecosystem support the event through sponsorship and by speaking. These include Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes, Anchor’s Andrew Rogers and Investor Dominic O’Hanlon.

In November last year, Matt Barrie’s outsourcing marketplace Freelancer announced in a statement to the ASX that it had acquired Cooper’s Sydstart business. This year will see SydStart team up with Warrior Forum, another company Freelancer acquired, to put on Australia’s largest startup event focused on growth in the digital space.

The event is expected to sell out this year again with Australia’s most prolific investors, founders, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, growth marketers, corporates and small to medium businesses all coming together in Sydney’s Town Hall on the 29th and 30th of October. Tickets can be purchased here.

Startup Daily