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Malet Place Engineering Building, Room 1.20

Malet Place



United Kingdom

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Due to the nature of digifest - venues may change - we would like to give anyone the opportunity to participate and may try and change venues to accommodate levels of interest. Therefore please be responsible about making unused tickets available. It is easy to manage your bookings - just log into Eventbrite - go to the My Tickets tab for your account and cancel, book or join a wait list for sessions. If we are not able to accommodate levels of interest we want to live web stream sessions - of you can not get tickets why not volunteer then you will get to see the session and help make it happen - help others watch on the share live web streaming sites we want to be running throughout the festival. Many thanks The digifest team


Welcome to the future

Adam Byrnes, International Director at, will be discussing the macrotrends that will redefine the online world over the next 5 years. As part of this talk, he will also discuss the emergence of the application of STEM skills like mathematics, statistics, and the scientific method to a field traditionally dominated by qualitative thinking - marketing and advertising. In this context, he will also discuss his own career path, and how he applies knowledge learnt in his science and engineering degrees every day within his role of expanding an internet-scale marketplace internationally.

About the session host
Adam Byrnes is responsible for expanding Freelancer across the world, particularly into markets that are dominated by non-english native speakers, such as Asia and Latin-America. He leads teams in public relations, content, marketing and translation, and has been responsible for launching Freelancer‘s websites internationally, including 40 dedicated regional sites and 31 languages. Prior to joining Freelancer, Adam worked as a physics researcher at the University of Sydney in the field of photonics.

Participate on Twitter
Interested but can’t make it to the session? Tweet your thoughts and opinions to @ucldigifest with hashtag #dffuture and populate the discussion online!

Filming, photography and recording
Participants are encouraged to take photographs, film clips and recordings of sessions and distribute these via social media. In addition the event organisers will be capturing the event and distributing photographs and film clips via the event website and other public channels. By attending a digifest event you consent to photographs and film clips being used in this way. Please inform the event organisers at each session if you do not wish to be recorded and we will endeavour to ensure this. For queries, please contact