School Launch


School Launch
School Launch

Are you a startup founder, manager or developer looking for new ways of thinking and new approaches to addressing the challenges and opportunities around your expanding business? This is for you!

The ANU School of Cybernetics is hosting three events during the 2022 Spark Festival. All events will be held in Sydney at the Yirranma Place, established by The Paul Ramsey Foundation.

Learn how cybernetics can help inform and improve your organisations‘ leadership, data management and ethics in a time of rapid and complex societal and technological transformations.

Spark Festival is a not-for-profit, grassroots festival that aims to support the growth of new economy businesses to propel prosperity for all Australians. Its community is composed of startups, investors, SMEs, big corporates and innovators.

25 October#

Cybernetics poster

9:30 am - 11:00 am AEDT#


Entrepreneurs typically seek to contribute to a better future, but what does this mean as you incorporate frontier technologies into your startup growth strategy? How can you create futures that are safe, inclusive, sustainable and responsible? How can you make sure you offer ethical services? What kinds of questions should you ask yourself in order to minimise harmful effects of unintended consequences? What does it mean to use data in ways that are “better for everyone”?

Discover cybernetic principles to help you navigate complex systems and create a ‘humanity first’ approach to your startup.

This panel discussion will feature:

  • PhD candidate Lorenn Ruster, ANU School of Cybernetics
  • Research Fellow Chris Mesiku, ANU School of Cybernetics
  • Alex Fischer, Head of Research, Paul Ramsey Foundation
  • Anne-Marie Elias (moderator), UTS Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Morning tea will be served after formal presentation.

25 October#

Data solutions poster

11:30 am - 1:00 pm AEDT#


Who knew data workshops could get your adrenaline pumping with a truly exhilarating experience? Whether you are an entrepreneur, inventor, innovator or just plain curious, you are sure to enjoy yourself at this workshop led by Cybernetics Research Fellow Chris Mesiku.

This learning experience with a difference will expose you to some of the reasons why data privacy continues to be such a polarising topic and why being able to design and use data products that anticipate and respond to change at any stage of deployment is an essential part of being a reflexive, responsible founder.

26 October#

Dignity event poster

11:30 am - 1:00 pm AEDT#


Our dignity is often something hidden from view - hard to define, hard to measure. And yet, dignity is crucial to what it means to be human.  

Organised by PhD candidate Lorenn Ruster, this workshop will help unpack what dignity is, what it can look and feel like, and will assist you to work out how to actively protect and promote dignity in your teams and in your AI-enabled products. In doing so, you’ll discover some practical next steps on your journey to being ‘ethical’ with dignity in the centre, helping you to ’walk the talk’ on putting ethics into practice. 

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The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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