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Innovation, future trends and technology expert


Sarah Murray has been a pioneer in the meta-verse space since 2017. Her leadership on the topic lead to the first application of computer games and virtual technology for social impact affordable housing in the United Kingdom, United States and early work in Australia.

Current Work:

A people and purpose-focused, global design and technology leader across Start-up, Financial Services, Telco, Proptech and most recently IBM Consulting, Sarah has the perfect mix of large-scale corporate leadership experience with the fast-moving and rigorous start-up and design and tech consulting pedigree.

Sarah is ahead of her time when it comes to exploiting applied virtual reality to real-world problems, a topic she captured popular imagination on with her 2018 TED Talk which has over one million views. Since then she has spoken globally on the topic for the World Bank and others.

One of her core passions is the application of technology for good which lead to the creation of PLACE Technologies, who work with organisations across the world seeking to leverage metaverse-like technologies to improve social outcomes, specifically in the area of housing affordability.

Sarah’s passion for the topic and background in corporate consulting and innovation, lead her to create a framework called ‘Going Meta’ that can be understood simply and applied to any industry looking to leverage the potential of an inevitable meta future. Not just the what, but the how, Sarah explains how to use modern innovation techniques to embrace this change. Her framework was published in a short work of the same name in 2022.

Talking Points

Future Trends that will Change how we Live and Work

A detailed trends report shared in a dynamic and inspirational way, about 45 mins long that motivates the audience to embrace the change all around them in areas such as property technology, urban development, Construction and Engineering, Technology.

Highlighting how trends in consumer behaviour and industry technology adoption are converging to create a world we have never seen before and most of us can’t imagine.

A Gamified Future

80% of working adults play games 4 hours a day, and Facebook sold 1M VR headsets over Christmas connected to their billions of users…. yep…. we are not as far from a VR revolution as you might think. As a computer game designer and virtual reality designer, let me take you inside and explore some of the world you will soon live, work, love and lose in.

Corporate Transformation and Change

Now more than ever companies need to think and act differently. Sarah takes you on a journey of how some of Australia's largest organisations have approached that change, and what it means and how you might help your business survive into the 20’s. Change is no longer coming, it has arrived!

Uncharted Islands - A Bespoke Virtual Event Experience

In this immersive interactive virtual experience, the team at PLACE Technologies digitally represent your event. digitally represent your event. In this experience, attendees create an avatar of themselves and move around in the digital event space interacting with other Speakers and attendees.

Event organisers have the option to assign quests to attendees, such as finding Speakers who are 'hidden' in the virtual world and learning something about them to unlock prizes or badges. These spaces can be customised to your event goals and needs, from a literal representation of your event space to something unique and imaginative.

The options to customise this experience are endless, including hosting recordings from the live event virtually for attendees to re-visit online for as long the event is hosted.
Sarah kept the audience riveted. Her presentation was thought-provoking. It was the buzz of the conference and online chatter for weeks. Griffith University

Sarah was smart, brilliant and engaging, it was an absolute pleasure to see her speak.

City of Toronto

Sarah was phenomenal! I wish I had given her a full hour, she took my audience of senior executives and politicians on an expertly well crafted journey of consumer, tech and industry technology trends culminating in how they might use these trends to improve community outcomes in their respective Countries.

World Bank

Thanks again for making the trip to Hobart. The way that you engaged with our clients Board and Senior Management on the requested theme of digitisation was excellent. I could tell that they were fully invested and energised in the presentation and subsequent discussion where you were able translate these concepts to areas of focus for our clients business. Post the presentation, the follow up discussion and subsequent thanks from key Board members and Executive members was evidence of your insight energy and impact and certainly adds significant value to one of our valued clients.

Westpac Institutional Bank

Sarah was so helpful working together with us, on the development of the content and delivery of our first ever on-line event, resulting in really positive feedback from our audience. Some of the comments from our audience included, “So many thoughts - great Sarah, really appreciated” , “Great discussion and ideas thanks” and “Great presentation Sarah”. She was Great!

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