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Recap: Australian Leadership Retreat 2018

Published Date: July 10, 2018

SALT Lending attended the 2018 Australian Leadership Retreat, organized by the ADC Forum, in the Gold Coast of Australia. The four-day event hosted leaders from various fields including politics, academia, and financial services to discuss the current challenges facing the country. An ongoing shift in world
politics, along with advancements in technology, requires Australia to prepare for a new and uncertain future. Each session in the conference was followed by lengthy dialogue and welcomed thought-provoking questions. This was not a presentation on the solution, but rather an engaging discussion with a common goal in mind.

On the educational front, university leaders shared their thoughts on how best to prepare students for this new wave of technology, including areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. From designing new courses to exploring industry partnerships, educational innovation is of
utmost importance. A lack of proper schooling could leave students with misaligned skillsets as they begin their post-university career search. In addition to addressing formal educational programs, the city of Adelaide is planning to host a blockchain conference in early 2019 — one that is expected to be well attended.

The Australian Leadership Retreat 2018 in Gold Coast, Queensland
Despite being a relatively new technology, blockchain was met with receptivity and openness. Several panels were dedicated to blockchain-related topics, which were followed by many discussions filled with intrigue and support. There is a growing community of blockchain companies currently operating in Australia, providing a meaningful opportunity for the country to position itself as a leader in the space.

We at SALT Lending look forward to following the continued progress in Australia and thank the ADC Forum for an incredible event.

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