25 June 2018 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Event details

Artificial Intelligence (AI) was once thought to be a concept within the realm of science fiction movies. Today, the AI industry has evolved dramatically, and by the end the year is expected to be worth over US $4 billion.


As AI becomes more integrated into our everyday lives, there are a number of startups and businesses looking to take advantage of the technology’s potential. What applications of AI exist and how can it be used to create innovative solutions?


At our panel, The Evolution of AI: From Science Fiction to Startup Funding, we’ll separate fact from fiction and explore:


  • The applications of AI and its potential in the future
  • How you can leverage the most out of AI to creating meaningful value
  • How you can apply AI into your business
  • How to attract investors for your AI startup



Benjamin Chong

Partner at Right Click Capital

Benjamin Chong is a partner at Right Click Capital, a team of passionate founders and investors who identify, invest in, and support technology businesses in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He has a track record of investing and building successful technology businesses over 20 years. Some of Benjamin’s businesses include Online Agility, an incubator and developer of online concepts, and Jetabroad, one of Australia’s leading online travel companies. Benjamin has served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies and he is the co-director of the Founder Institute in Sydney

Dr Ulric Ferner

Investor at Right Click Capital

Dr. Ulric Ferner is on the investment team at Right Click Capital. He is an ex-entrepreneur and startup operator, and now is in venture. With a background in engineering, his focusses include technology, AI, and his Ph.D in Computer Science and his Masters in Aeronautics & Astronautics, both at MIT in Boston. He is an alumnus of the Boston Consulting Group and a Fulbright Scholar. He has patents in data storage and communication systems, is a published researcher in algorithms, and loves coming up with creative tests for product/market fit.


Richard Kimber

CEO and founder of Daisee

Richard Kimber is the CEO and founder of Daisee – an Artificial Intelligence company.

He was formerly the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the OFX Group. ASX:OFX

Richard Kimber has 25 years of diverse global leadership experience that has included several Chief Executive and Board roles. Richard has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, USA and the UK.

He worked for the HSBC Group for 8 years in several ecommerce roles and was the President of online payments for North America and Global Head of Internet Marketing. He was then promoted to Chief Executive of Firstdirect Bank in the UK – the pioneering service leader using direct channels.

Richard then became the first Regional Managing Director of Google in South East Asia. Whilst at Google he led all the commercial and country operations in the Region and more than doubled its multi-billion dollar revenues and managed the integration of YouTube and DoubleClick businesses that were acquired.

He has extensive experience in financial services, marketing, social media and capital markets. Richard’s most recent role was Chief Operating Officer of ANZ Global Markets incorporating its leading FX business.

Throughout his career he has specialized in creating new business applications through technology innovation. He is an active investor in technology start-ups and sits on the board of RTI (internet cable) Unlockd (mobile advertising) and Strone (global roaming).

Richard holds a BSc in Psychology/Statistics and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (1992).

Dr Catriona Wallace

Founder & CEO of Flamingo AI.

Catriona Wallace is the Founder & CEO of AI & Machine Learning company, Flamingo AI, which provides Cognitive Virtual Assistants to financial services companies looking to improve online sales conversion rates and provide better customer service experiences. Flamingo AI uses a unique Unsupervised Machine Learning engine to ingest unstructured and conversational data and provide a Knowledge Brain for clients, that powers internal and external conversations and enquiries. Having raised $25.5m, Flamingo is based in Sydney and NYC and is one of the first AI companies to list on the ASX (FGO).

Dates and fees
25 June
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi,
48 Druitt Street,
Sydney 2000