The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word ‘disrupt’ as to throw into disorder or interrupt the normal course of something. In short, the word doesn’t have the most positive of connotations outside the tech world.
DISRUPT.SYDNEY, an annual tech conference held by the Digital Disruption Research Group (DDRG) and the Balanced Enterprise Research Network at the University of Sydney’s Business School, wants to show off the positive possibilities of digital disruption in everyday life and business with this year’s theme of “disruption for good.”
The third annual event, to be held this Friday, will look at digital innovation in rural Australia and China, the workplace of the future, the empowerment of women in the high tech world, and the role of virtual reality in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of post traumatic stress.
Associate Professor Kai Riemer, head of the DDRG, said that while digital disruption is typically associated with the various challenges new technologies and business ideas bring to incumbent organisations and jobs in established industries, there are equally many opportunities for tech disruption to shape our lives for good.
“The conference will be tackling a number of issues including the future of work, flexible and activity-based working; enterprise social networking, engagement and collaboration through networking,” Riemer said.
The Digital Disruption Research Group aims to bring together academics and industry professionals who share an interest in the areas of ICT and change. The DISRUPT event aims to explore the nature and implications of digital disruption from a number of angles, such as considering the possibilities offered by new technologies in light of their social settings, aesthetics, and the preserving of organisational excellence, across a number of industries.
The 2015 will feature a keynote address by Antony Funnell of the ABC’s Radio National about digital disruption, a talk from the University of Southern California’s Albert Rizzo on the use of virtual reality in trauma therapy for war veterans, and workshops on activity-based working and digital design for social inclusion, enterprise social, and collaboration.
To register for the event, go here.
Image: Associate Professor Kai Riemer.