What do you get when you put together 17 Olympic size swimming pools worth of the latest technology and 4,000 global guests? Telstra Vantage 2016.

Now in its third year, Telstra Vantage has grown from strength to strength and quickly established itself as Australia’s leading ideas, technology and business industry event. This is a unique opportunity for Telstra to showcase how technology can help our customers do business in better ways.

Day one of Vantage commenced with award winning musician, artist and creative, Reeps One demonstrating how the human voice could control images by special technology developed by Telstra for Vantage.

CEO Andy Penn kicked things off with an address that focussed on the accelerating pace of technology innovation and the many opportunities and challenges that was creating for business. He said succeeding in a world of rapid change would require strong partnerships and a complete focus on the customer experience – two key themes at this year’s event.

Other highlights from the day included Don Meij, Group CEO & MD of Dominos sharing insights on the fast food giant’s success in the innovation space, and what technologies are most likely to be big influencers in retail in the future.

Telstra also announced an extended partnership with Microsoft in a combined effort to help customers on their digital transformation journey, by delivering managed enterprise voice services to Office 365 customers in Australia.

From ‘smart bins’ to drones for emergency services, to sports broadcasting and the latest in cyber security, we showed we can change the game by bringing together the world’s leading technology giants under the one roof as well, including Cisco, HP, Amazon, Microsoft and Accenture.

Check out the video above. Stay tuned as we share news and what we learned from our headline speakers. You can follow updates here on Exchange or via Twitter.