Brisbane’s new festival of technology and culture will put the eyes of the world on the River City.

Designed by some of the minds behind tech events SXSW, Slush and Pause, Myriad will bring more than 100 speakers from over 20 different countries to Brisbane to discuss the future of culture, health, money, cities, work and play.

Speakers will include the likes of New Arabic Media founder and CEO Prince Fahad Al Saud, Investible founder Creel Price (described by Sir Richard Branson as “the living, breathing definition of an entrepreneur”) and noted ‘sex futurist’ Bryony Cole.

The festival will feature a slew of interactive experiences, including an art exhibition that uses augmented reality to confront sexual violence and women’s rights issues.

Even V8 Supercar driver Jamie Whincup will speak at Myriad about innovation and the use of data and health analytics in high performance sport.

“Myriad is about bringing people together from a variety of disciplines and sectors,” says Myriad co-founder Murray Galbraith, “and examining the information, insight and compassion that allows us to reach inside an issue and explore why an individual might think or behave in a certain way.”

Co-founder Martin Talvari says the event will connect everyone from investors and startups to government and students.

“We’re really proud to be bringing industry leaders from all around the world together to speak in Australia, some for the first time, to share the stage with our own home grown innovators and thinkers,” he says.

Queensland Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch says the Myriad Festival will reinforce Queensland’s position as Australia’s ‘Startup State’.

“Queensland is neighbour to some of the fastest growing global economies, making it the place to be for startups, researchers, businesses and industry looking to take advantage of these markets,” she says.

“The Myriad Festival builds on the successful 2016 Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit which attracted more than 1700 venture capitalists, startups, industry representatives and business operators from 17 countries.

“A world-class line-up of more than 100 speakers will participate this year in a range of activities aimed at generating global connections for Queensland businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and investors.”

Myriad will be held at Brisbane Powerhouse from Wednesday 29 March to Friday 31 March. For the full program, speaker profiles and tickets, visit