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High growth speaker series: Michael Woods on growth by digital media strategy

  • RMIT Swanston Academic Building Building 80, level 2, room 7, 445 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)


Michael started his career after high school, running video game tournaments and broadcasting them on the internet. When the team started, professional gaming was done in back alley LAN cafe’s and scout halls, though they had a vision to take it into the TV studio and put it on show for the public. Over the 5 years, Michael’s team held around 20 tournaments and gave away about $100,000 in cash and prizes to gamers.

Today, Michael is Co-founder & Creative Director at Media Saints making educational games, websites, apps, films, adverts and lots more. The most rewarding projects: Knowledge Quest, an action adventure game that helps high school students learn English; an awesome arts app, Create Explore Learn at The Royal Children’s Hospital; the anatomy iPad game Whack A Bone; a children’s interactive storybook, Fruitoria; and sending Big Ted to the moon with ABC Playschool games.

Michael has also spent time as a games/tech journalist and columnist for MX Newspaper. I worked in government investment at Film Victoria. He had the privilege to talk at conferences around the world about games, technology and Generation Y. Michael recently received a fellowship to the Australian CEO Institute, and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and have been lucky enough to be listed in the Australian 30 under 30 a few time. His passion is film making and music and Michael spends his weekends gardening and BBQ-ing (if not working).

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 About the series

The High Growth Speaker Series is dedicated to the strategic, tactical and psychological development of high growth entrepreneurs. Grounded in cutting edge entrepreneurship research and science, the series is designed and hosted by RMIT Lecturer and high growth entrepreneur, Lauren Rielly.

  • RMIT’s Global Entrepreneurship students receive a closed one hour lecture at 5.30pm each Thursday. 
  • High growth speakers take the theatre stage at 6.30pm to share their story, wisdom and action steps. Each event in the Speaker Series has been made open to the public, for the first 50 people to RSVP. 
  • 7.30pm kicks off the entrepreneurship social event at Oxford Scholar Hotel.


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RSVP to discover more about Michael's journey of entrepreneurship and to secure your seat in the theatre during his performance.

Earlier Event: September 17
Speaker Series Social Drinks
Later Event: September 24
Speaker Series Social Drinks