1 November 2018

Future State - Melbourne

Future State is a live symposium programmed by Semi Permanent, where some of the world's sharpest companies will convene for a day of thought leadership and smart discussion. It’s a live event, a networking opportunity and a digital experience; our ideal setting to design a blueprint for the future of business (and whatever the hell comes next). And no matter your industry, company size or executive level, you won’t want to miss it.


Thursday 29 November, Melbourne


Morning Session

7am - 2pm

Afternoon Session

2pm - 9pm



Evolving business

Companies are no longer afforded the luxury of being good at just one thing, so how might you diversify without tearing your business (oryourself) apart? This session is geared towards entrepreneurs, CEOs, strategists, and anyone who wants to learn tangible strategies from some of the world’s sharpest minds.


Managing success

Everyone wants to tell you how to reach the top, but no one tells you what to do once you have.We’ve invited some of the world’s most powerful leaders in business to put your success into perspective. Here, we’re going to teach you how not just to push the envelope, but stay relevant while you’re doing it; to invest the future, while keeping eyes in the back of your head. Or simply just make more money. Whatever suits.


Hector Ouilhet

Google Search & Assistant, Head of Design

Hector enjoys the ups and downs of life in sunny California. He has lived in six countries and eleven cities always refining his routine. A designer by heart Hector is driven by finding potential in everything and everyone, and translating that potential into making our lives a bit better. Hector currently leads Design for Google Search and Assistant products. He is fascinated by a better future in which technology and people understand and interact with each other easily. Previously he worked on multiple other products at Google, MIT Mobile Experience Lab, HP, among others.


Andrea Valdez

Editor –

Andrea Valdez is the editor of Before arriving at WIRED in 2017, she worked at Texas Monthly for 10 years, first as a fact checker, then as a columnist, and, ultimately, as the editor of She is the author of How to Be a Texan: The Manual. Valdez received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. Her corporeal being resides in San Francisco, but her spirit sometimes drifts back to the Lone Star State.


Jeremy Hancock

Group Creative Director - Secret Sounds Group

Jeremy Hancock is currently Group Creative Director of the Secret Sounds Group. Austraila's premier music entertainment company - part of Live Nation. His charter overseas iconic Australian music brands like Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival alongside working with the biggest names in music both domestic and internationally across record labels, brand partnerships and touring divisions. Formerly CD & Founding partner of Sydney's 'Where Theres Smoke', CD of Channel [V], MAX and Country Music Channels. His 20+ -year career is littered with exceptional innovative work across a gamut of disciplines from design & branding to broadcast content. His accomplishments are many as a creative leader. Jeremy is a product of counterculture. He has an insatiable appetite for pop-culture, he is a passionate surfer and a cowboy of sorts. He is a master craftsman and a free thinker. He has been described as a 'sharp solution for the energetic brand with a youthful, intelligent & brave approach to ideas and creativity'


Royce Akers

Creative Director - Vice

Over his 10 years with VICE, Royce Akers has headed up both of the youth media company’s editorial and creative departments. As Creative Director for Australia/new Zealand, Akers works across Asia Pacific, spearheading an award-winning breadth of creative work, from content to experiential activations and beyond.


Carby Tuckwell

Creative Director - Deus Ex Machina

Carby Tuckwell does many things, but its his role as Creative Director at Deus Ex Machina that is truly seared into the fabric of Australia’s fashion world. A former design director (and antagonist) of large-scale corporate giants, in 2005 Tuckwell, along with Mambo genius Dare Jennings, co-founded the gonzo motorcycle/surf/fashion/coffee/lifestyle brand as a bold experiment in the future of retail; an operation that now includes stores in LA, Milan and Tokyo and annual turnover of $30m+. As the ultimate case study in multi-disciplinary enthusiasm, Deus Ex Machina demonstrates how to build a creative empire without ever losing authenticity.


Karen Maurice-O’Leary

Creative Strategist - Facebook Creative Shop

Karen Maurice-O’Leary is a Creative Strategist for Facebook’s Creative Shop, working alongside agencies and brands in Australia and New Zealand. She’s a storyteller with a passion for AR/VR and specializes in tech-for-good projects. She has won over 40 advertising industry awards from all corners of the globe, including a Grand Prix in Cannes and a Grand Clio in Miami. She also creates large scale public installations for music festivals as an independent artist and is a public speaker for creating compassionate workplaces.



Younghusband is a 100-year-old wool store, covering almost two inner-city blocks in Kensington, located less than 10 minutes from the centre of Melbourne and a four-minute walk to Kensington Train Station.


The Younghusband building maintains a deep commitment to the principles of sustainability, connection, collaboration and belonging, providing a space for businesses, creators, makers, and doers.



2/50 Elizabeth St, Kensington VIC 3031


Your Ticket


  • Talks (x6)
  • Panels (x2)
  • Q & A (x2)
  • Future State Book
  • Future State Insights Report
  • Future State Goodie Bag
  • Networking opportunities
  • Food & Beverages, all day long....
  • *please note - in order to suit your busy schedules, we have programmed identical morning and afternoon sessions with the same speakers, content and networking opportunities, so choose what time of day suits you best!