Dr Michael Cameron
Michael heads Rome2rio, a comprehensive global trip planner that informs customers of their options for travelling between any two points on the globe.
The website and apps receive more than 18 million unique monthly visitors. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Richmond, Melbourne, with a team of more than 80 employees and contractors from around the globe.
Michael is a search engine expert. He completed his Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) at Monash before working for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on bioinformatics and genomic search algorithms. He completed his PhD at RMIT, with his thesis focusing on improving the speed and accuracy of the bioinformatics search tool BLAST.
He then joined Microsoft and spent three years working on improving the Microsoft Bing web search engine as a senior software developer. He specialised in using data science and user data to improve search accuracy, and holds several patents for improving search results through machine learning and data analysis.
Along with co-founder Bernhard Tschirren, Michael started Rome2rio in 2010 in his parents’ living room, and has grown the business over nine years. The startup’s growth was fuelled by angel investments and various government grants.
In October this year, Rome2rio was acquired by Omio, a leading European travel booking platform. Rome2rio continues to operate as a separate business, product and brand, with an ongoing investment in growing the Melbourne-based team.
In 2018, Michael and Bernhard received the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award for taking a risk, making a difference, and inspiring others in the development of the Australian ICT industry.
Michael is an avid traveller. He enjoys spending time with his family, exploring new places and seeing the world through the eyes of his young children. He’s passionate about climate change, and the role that data, science and technology play in improving people’s lives and the wellbeing of the planet.