Creative Spaces Summit 2023

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Professor Thomas Hajdu

Professor Thomas Hajdu

University of Adelaide

Tom's career connects leadership, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Tom is CEO of Disrupter, a software technology company providing radical solutions to future-proof clients including the European Space Agency, Independent Movie Theaters in the US, and the Getty Museum. Tom is also a Professor and Chair of Creative Technologies at the University of Adelaide where he is Director of the Sia Furler Institute advocating innovation and entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Arts. Recently Tom launched a new initiative intersecting Art and Artificial Intelligence launching AI artistic research initiatives including Laurie Anderson as the first AI artist-in-residence called the Art Intelligence Agency. The work with Laurie Anderson has been featured as part of her Norton Lectures at Harvard University and at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. He received a Distinguished Talent Visa from the Australian Federal Government and in his first 18 months as a resident, Tom led a key initiative that was adopted by the South Australian Government, which saw Adelaide become Australia’s first gigabit city and the first city in the world outside the US to join the US Ignite Gigabit Smart City Community. The South Australian Government appointed Tom to the role of Chief Innovator of South Australia from 2017 to 2018. Tom co-founded tomandandy, in 1990, reshaping the role of music in film, television and advertising industries by introducing a new process that lowered music production costs to a fraction of previous levels while improving creative quality. Over the next decade, tomandandy became one of the largest music production companies in the world. He has collaborated with Oliver Stone, U2 and Lou Reed to name a few, he has worked with top brands such as Microsoft and Ford, as well as in film and TV Studios and best of breed advertising agencies worldwide. Tom has sat on award juries and has spoken, chaired or given keynote speeches at the original TED Conference, CalTech/MIT Forum, as well as several universities worldwide about strategic innovation and was a member of the Digital Advisory Group for the Australia Council for the Arts. Tom is a mentor for the Founder Institute, the Fleurieu Future Leaders, and a judge for InnovationAus regularly. He received Ph.D. and MFA degrees from Princeton University and a Presidential MBA from Pepperdine University.

All Sessions by Professor Thomas Hajdu

Day 3
8:30 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Session Four

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Panel - Our Digital Futures: Lot Fourteen Innovators
Panellists: Mandi Dimitiradis – Director of Learning, Maker’s Empire, Anton Andreacchio - Co-Founder, Convergen and Jumpgate, Thomas Hajdu – CEO, Disrupter and Director, Sia Furler Institute and Kristin Alford – Director, MOD.

Join innovators and creators from Lot Fourteen who will talk about the latest creative interventions in the digital space. Our panellists are at the cutting edge of digital creativity and this is a rare opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and how these translate into artistic experiences via case studies and first hand experiences. An amazing opportunity to think about what the future may hold from the people who are influencing and creating.


Keynote Panel - Mark Making
Panellists: Anderson Hunt – Founder and Artistic Director, Down Street Studios, Kristal Matthews, artist Wilay Designs

Our panel of public artists and curators will talk about the nature and importance of mark making in the context of art, community and heritage. The session will focus on the convergence of heritage and art - in the context of responding to place and why this is important. Galleries, artists, developers, designers and other stakeholders often collaborate on the creation, promotion of and engagement with artworks outside their facilities and within the public realm. Why is this important, what is the role of the artist and curators and what are the key things that we should be thinking about when making these marks on the world – acknowledging heritage and making history anew!