about opentalks

OpenTalks are a short-format series of talks set around some of the worlds largest innovations and challenges. Through engaging and inspiring speakers, we gain information, insight & clarity to take action. Join us!

Jimmy Z

Jimmy is a social entrepreneur and social engineer interested in wide social change to help evolve the western living paradigm to that of more contented and connective sustainable communities, popularly known as “eco villages”.

With an extensive background in social organizing and event management, Jimmy has a long list of celebrated achievements in the music, entertainment & mass media in Australia spanning over 20 years.

He launched the polkadot • tiny houses brand to build affordable Smart Tiny Houses On Wheels for the mainstream.

He also created the polkadot community incorporated association to help advocate, facilitate and build future housing models, one notably being “mobile eco parks”.

The overall enterprise offers more affordable, locally-made housing, off-the-grid, renewable and regenerative, climatically efficient, intelligent, Internet and Blockchain-enabled, attractive, economical, easily transportable, safe and secure as well as innovative, smartly engineered dwellings designed to easily plug into holistically integrative communities, to help make the transition easier for people to move into more sustainable community living, essentially reducing impact on the planet so that it may be enjoyed 4 generations to come.

Brian Keayes

Brian has been actively contributing to the creative industries for over 20 years, successfully building multiple creative and digital agencies, conferences, software companies, co-working spaces, art galleries and a music & light festival.

Some highlights have included working with TED in the USA bringing TEDxNoosa to the Sunshine Coast (with over 5 million views of the talks), and being influenced by many heroes, thought leaders, adventurers and entrepreneurs including Paul Watson (Founder – Sea Shepard), Eames Demetrios (Director – Eames Office), Matt Golinksi (Celebrity Chef) and had the honour of working alongside Bill Hauritz & Bob Hawke at Woodford Folk Festival in 2016 while producing a week-long extensive projection installation. 

Brian is a designer and practicing artist, firing lumens in art and music festivals across Australia and Japan with messages of environmental awareness. He is Vice President of Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and co-founded OpenTalks. He has a passion for exponentially scalable technology in the areas of environment and sustainability.