Check out the speaker list for IndieConf AU 2019. 🎉


Kimberley Lee

MC, IndieConf

Kimberley is a communications specialist with a background in PR and stakeholder engagement. She's also a counsellor in training, exploring new depths of human behaviour, and working on her own integration of mind body connection.

Twitter: @KimberleyL


Kate Kendall

Conference Director, IndieConf

Kate is a tech entrepreneur, community builder, writer, and advisor. She founded Indie Labs (IndieConf), CloudPeeps (investor-backed freelance marketplace), The Fetch (crowdfunded tech city guides), and Atto.VC: an indie accelerator program designed for female founders.

Twitter: @KateKendall


Bryce Adams

Founder, Metorik

Bryce is currently solo-bootstrapping Metorik – a reporting and email automation tool for ecommerce stores. Previously he was a nomadic developer, working remotely for WooCommerce and later Automattic. 

Twitter: @bryceadams


Hugh Stephens

Founder, Sked Social

Hugh runs Sked Social, one of the world's leading tools for big and small brands to publish to Instagram. Sked's team is fully remote and has been bootstrapped since launch in 2014. Hugh previously was a strategy consultant after dropping out of medical school.

Twitter:  @hughstephens


Stuart Hall

Cofounder, Appbot

Stuart is the co-founder and CEO at Appbot where they use AI and machine learning to help companies like Twitter, BMW and Microsoft understand customer feedback at scale. He built and grew the 7 Minute Workout app to 2.3 million downloads before exiting to Wahoo Fitness. Previously he was co-founder of the Discovr Music app which achieved over 4M downloads.

Twitter: @stuartkhall


Alex Zaccaria

Cofounder, Linktree and Bolster

Alex Zaccaria is the Innovation director and founder of Bolster, a digital agency specialises in Music, Events and Entertainment and the co-founder and CEO of Linktree, an app designed to help you do more with you online content scaling quickly with over 2.5 million users and counting.

Twitter: @Linktree_


Kai Brach

Founder, Offscreen Magazine

Kai is a German-born, Melbourne-based independent designer, editor, and publisher. He is the creator of Offscreen Magazine, a globally distributed print-only publication with a thoughtful, human-centred take on technology and the web. He also publishes a weekly newsletter called Dense Discovery, a curated mix of practical and inspirational links at the intersection of tech, design, and culture.

Twitter: @KaiBrach


Siân Simpson

Director of Community, Kiwi Landing Pad

Siân Simpson is the director of community at Kiwi Landing Pad. She is also a BNZ Ambassador and video production lead for SaaStr. She created the popular Sales & Marketing Jam event series, and is instrumental in growing New Zealand's tech community.

Twitter: @SianSimpson


Tim Lucas

Cofounder, Buildkite

Tim’s the co-founder of Buildkite, an independent software company started in Melbourne whose software is now used by some of the best engineering teams, including Airbnb, Shopify, and REA. Tim has a passion for design, engineering, and building sustainable companies—and helped start CSSConf Australia and Ruby Australia community events.

Twitter: @toolmantim



Matt Allen

VC partnerships, AWS

Matt is an ex-developer and three-time founder. Now running the VC partnerships for AWS in Australia, he deeply understands the desire and need for all types of funding. Along with his wife Aprill he has made 15 angel investments since 2013.

Twitter: @mattallen


Kate Morris

Founder, Adore Beauty

Beauty entrepreneur Kate Morris started Adore Beauty in 1999 from a garage in Melbourne at the age of 21. Now the largest online beauty store in Australia, Adore Beauty has been listed on Deloitte's Tech Fast 50 list for the last 5 years in a row.

Twitter: @morris_kate




Cofounder and General Counsel, Birchal

Matt is the cofounder and General Counsel of Birchal, one of the first licensed equity crowdfunding platforms in Australia. Matt is an experienced financial services lawyer and entrepreneur having worked in private practice at a top tier law firm, and founded several successful businesses.

Twitter: @birchalco

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Ayla Toyokawa

Founder, Wedsites

Ayla Toyokawa is the founder of Wedsites, a wedding planning platform and RSVP site builder to help newly engaged couples plan their weddings. She is also the co-founder of ThemeBoy, a web development studio specialised in building themes and plugins to help sports clubs create a professional online presence.  

Twitter: @AylaView


Dominic Powell

Features and Profile Editor, StartupSmart and Smart Company

Dominic Powell is the Features and Profiles Editor of StartupSmart and SmartCompany, Australia's leading small business and startup news publications. He has been covering Australia's startup ecosystem for the last three years, and is deeply interested in the growing indie movement.

 Twitter: @domp


Paul Du Bois

Founder and CEO, Appenate

Paul is the founder and CEO of Appenate, a no-code business app platform with customers in 30+ countries.
Believer in businesses that focus on revenue, customers, purpose and longevity.

Twitter: @pauldbau



Lauren Crystal

Co-founder, Hassl

Lauren Crystal runs Your Creative Agency and co-founded Hassl, the team’s internal collaboration tool launching publicly last year. By offering teams all their projects, files and messaging on one cloud-based platform Hassl helps scaling businesses in over 50 countries do more with less.

Twitter: @CoHassl


Ben Schwarz

Founder of Calibre

Ben is the founder of Calibre—a bootstrapped SaaS that helps organisations make the web fast and accessible to everyone. He's an experienced product specialist focusing both on technical and strategic leadership.

Twitter: @benschwarz


Alan Tsen

Melbourne GM, Stone & Chalk

Alan Tsen is the Melbourne GM of Stone & Chalk - an independent, not-for-profit fintech hub which fosters and accelerates the development of world-leading fintech start-ups. He is currently the chair of FinTech Australia.

Twitter: @alantsen