2017 Live Wires Forum

Digital technology: smart tools and devices, artificial intelligence, apps, the internet of things—it’s here and in the hands of very young children.  Today’s technology is transforming young children’s experiences at home and in early education settings.

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Live Wires Forum, located in Melbourne from 24–25 November 2017.

The Live Wires Forum is a two-day professional development event connecting the latest thinking in early childhood theory, practice and pedagogy in digital technologies, with hands-on practical sessions. This is your opportunity to connect with other educators and experts. The forum will cover areas of challenges and concerns, current and future directions.

Be intentional as young children navigate being, belonging and becoming in a technology-rich world.

We invite you to join your sector colleagues from across Australia in this forum that brings together early childhood educators, leaders and contemporary technology practice.

The 2017 Live Wires Forum will include:

  • international keynote—UK Professor Lydia Plowman—on new directions, smart toys, the internet of things and what they mean for children’s play experiences and learning now, and into the future
  • Australian early education and technology experts
  • presentations, practice tips, masterclasses and hands-on sessions
  • panel of experts and Q&A forum
  • networking opportunities.

Dates and location

Date Location Venue  Registration
24–25 November 2017 Melbourne, Victoria Moonee Valley Racing Club Register now! 

Moonee Valley Racing Club
1 McPherson St
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039


Would you like a discount on your registration? Sign up for an ECA membership today!

Two ticket promotion

ECA is offering a two ticket promotion to delegates attending the Live Wires Forum! There are limited registrations available, so act quickly.

To purchase the two ticket promotion, please call ECA Customer Service on 02 6242 1800.

Two ticket promotion Rate Registration
Two ticket promotion member rate** $970.00 Please call ECA Customer Service on 02 6242 1800 to redeem this offer
Two ticket promotion non-member rate** $1100.00

Please Note
*Eligible to all 2017 Live Wires Forum registration holders only. Must register before 30 September 2017 to be eligible for the draw.
**The two ticket promotion is only valid for a limited time or until registrations sell out.

Registration rates

Category Rate Registration
ECA member $510.00 Register now
Non-member $585.00 Register now

Please Note
All registration fees are inclusive of GST.
No session passes—full day registration only (two days).


International keynote—Professor Lydia Plowman

Professor Lydia Plowman researches the ‘internet of things’ and internet-connected toys to better understand technology in young children’s lives. Lydia is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom and Dean of Research in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

For more than 20 years her research has focused on children and digital media and exploring ways young children can be active participants in research, as well as involving family members and educators in such a way that we can gain insights into their practices, values and attitudes.

Click here to see the 2017 Live Wires Forum speakers! 

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Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

2017 Live Wires Forum is an exciting opportunity for your organisation to show support for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, promote your services and be part of a leading event on technology in early education.

We have a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for a variety of budget sizes and needs. If you are interested in sponsoring the Live Wires Forum, please email events@earlychildhood.org.au.

Event partner

Terms and conditions

Click here to view the Live Wires Forum terms and conditions.