Whichever sector you work in, the Internet of Things is a gamechanger. It’s creating a growing wealth of data Australian businesses and government can use to improve productivity, resilience and sustainability.
The only event that brings together Australian organisations to share how they are seizing this opportunity, is the IoT Impact conference in Melbourne on June 9.
Whether your role is strategic, operational or technical, this is a unique chance to step outside your industry bubble and learn how others are navigating this shift to a more connected economy and society.
IoT Impact will attract more than 400 delegates – decision makers and buyers of IoT systems for business and government, and solution providers.
We look forward to seeing you again next year
IoT Impact will be hosted and curated by senior editors and personnel from IoT Hub and the IoTAA, and will feature key Australian IoT practitioners and thought leaders.
Lara is the Managing Director of South East Water, which serves 1.9 million customers in the South East of Melbourne. She has extensive experience in the utility sector, focused on customer experience and innovation. Before joining South East Water, Lara was the Global Head of Business Development and Industrial Products at Tesla Energy based in the USA and also led the Business Development and Policy team for Tesla Australia.
Ben has been at the helm of epic and humiliating failures across six industries and three continents, in the midst of which he picked fights with bullies, lost (and then rediscovered) his faith in democracy, and occasionally got lucky in the all-consuming religion of start-up and early-stage growth. While Ben is fascinated by the prospect of interplanetary missions, he would like the earth to remain habitable for generations to come.
The Hon John Brumby AO is the Chancellor of La Trobe University and a Professor (Honorary) at the University of Melbourne. He is well known for his roles as the former Treasurer (2000 to 2007) and then former Premier of Victoria (2007 to 2010), as well as being appointed Victoria’s first ever Minister for Innovation. Since retiring from politics in 2010, John Brumby has taken on a number of roles in the not-for-profit and business sectors, including Chair of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, BioCurate Pty Ltd and the In2science Advisory Board. Mr Brumby was also recently appointed Chair of the Victorian Government's new $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund. Mr Brumby was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the Parliament of Victoria, to economic management and medical biotechnology innovation, to improved rural and regional infrastructure, and to the community. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is the author of a number of articles and books, including the 2015 release of ‘The Long Haul – Lessons from Public Life’.
Dr Stephanie Hare is a researcher, broadcaster and author focused on technology, politics and history. Selected for the BBC Expert Women programme and the Foreign Policy Interrupted fellowship, she contributes frequently to radio and television and has published in the Financial Times, The Washington Post, the Guardian/Observer, the Harvard Business Review, and WIRED. Previously she worked at Accenture, Palantir, and Oxford Analytica and held the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship at St Antony’s College, Oxford. She earned a PhD and MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a year at the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris IV). Her new book is Technology Is Not Neutral: A Short Guide to Technology Ethics.
Professor Erwin Loh is national Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager Clinical Governance for St Vincent's Health Australia, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health and aged care provider. He is qualified in medicine and law, and has a PhD in management. He is current Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) and received the Distinguished Fellow Award from RACMA in 2017. He is adjunct Professor at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Macquarie University. He teaches and carries out research in health law, health management and clinical leadership. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists with an interest in medical futurology.
Stephen is a professional engineer with over 40-years’ experience in local government and water/wastewater. He has worked at a senior level in utilities in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and is currently employed reinventing Mount Isa City Council’s water and wastewater services. Stephen gained his Civil Engineering degree from the NSW Institute of Technology (now University of Technology, Sydney). He has been at the forefront of the use of technology in engineering ever since the IBM PC first appeared. He continues to be involved in the take-up of technology to create new opportunities and solve old problems.
Sam’s focus is on data discovery and business models for data sharing. She is co-founder of climate fintech start-up Wollemi.io, which uses data to manage climate-related financial risk in the land and farming sector. Sam has over 20 years’ in thought leadership and digital media (National Geographic, TED, Harvard Business Review) working in Australia, Africa and South East Asia. She is a Sustainability Masters candidate at the University of Sydney.
Angus (Gus) Kennard is a third-generation building and construction industry leader and a digital evolution evangelist. Previously Chief Executive Officer for Kennards Hire, he has over 24 years’ experience in the sector and 13 years leading it. Having seen the potential of improving technology and digitisation in construction and broader industrial sectors, Gus co-founded Inauro and the team set about building the capability that would help more businesses gain the value these advancements bring.
The CRC addresses the energy and carbon transition, focusing on energy end users and value chains. Jutsen was previously a co-founder and CEO of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity and a member of the Board of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) until mid-2018.
Frank is a thought leader in the adoption of Internet of Things and the founding CEO of Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA). He is a Partner Manager for the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030), an industry-led an initiative that fosters innovation across the energy supply chain to deliver increased value for consumers. Frank is also on the board of the NSW Smart Sensing Network, which brings together smart sensing expertise in academia, industry and government to deliver economic and social benefits for NSW.
Vince Jager is the Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales at KORE where he is responsible for all revenue generating activities for the region in addition to general management responsibilities for the KORE Asia Pacific offices. Prior to joining KORE, Vince has over 25 years of extensive Sales Management experience in the Telecommunications Industry, spanning technology segments including mobile wireless, broadband HFC, optical fibre, cloud services, lifecycle network infrastructure management, and emerging environmentally sustainable green technologies.
Outcomex Managing Director, Michael van Zoggel has been in the IT industry in New Zealand and Australia for over 20 years, quickly making his way up the ranks from Systems Engineer, Account Executive, to National Sales Manager to Managing Director.
He joined Outcomex in 2014 as National Sales Manager, growing his department nationally across NSW, Victoria, and South Australia, before being promoted in 2019 to National Sales Director and then again in early 2020 to Managing Director. Over the last few years, he has solidified Outcomex’s position in the ICT market by driving executive engagements with Outcomex’s customers and vendors, as well as leading a successful sales team.
With close to 30 years’ experience, Shervin Fathinia’s, Account Executive at Outcomex, passion lies within the agriculture and innovation space, including ecosystem impact. As a farmer himself, his core focus is on regenerative agriculture and helping farms optimise technology and data to streamline their operations and get greater clarity on how farmers can improve and automate certain tasks.
Shervin’s career in technology spans numerous industries. He was the co-founder of Unify, a systems integration organisation in 2004, and successfully managed the sale and integration of Unify into iVision in 2009. He then started working at Telstra through the acquisition of iVision in 2011, where he worked in the product team, managing the strategy and product planning for the Unified Communications product portfolio before transitioning into a Business Development Executive role.
William is the editor of IoT Hub, the media partner of Australia's peak Internet of Things industry body, Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA). The two organisations partner to produce the IoT Impact conference, annual IoT Awards and IoT Insights events series. IoT Hub also covers the use of IoT by Australian business, government and communities. William has more than 20 years’ experience writing about technology as a journalist, editor and corporate writer.
David leads Optus Enterprise's IoT practice, and is responsible for developing IoT offerings and delivering end-to-end go to market programs from concept to value creation. Joining Optus in 2017, David brings 15+ years experience within the ICT and telecommunications industry with a specialisation in advanced mobile technology and experience-driven network analytics
David is Co-Founder of IBM company Envizi, a global leader in sustainability and energy software solutions for the built environment. It provides organisations with the data and analytical tools they need to support the transformation to a low carbon future – supporting over 180 enterprise clients that operate across some 200,000 locations in 112 countries. David has spent the last 20 years as an entrepreneur in the tech space and is very passionate about Australia's future in this sector.
Kate was appointed Interim Chief Operating Officer, Sustainability Victoria in April 2022. She is a creative leader, designer and strategist who is passionate about bringing diverse groups of people together to make sense of complex problems. Experience across the public and private sectors in strategic planning, sustainability, urban design and business development allows her to draw upon a mix of tools, methods and networks to deliver results. Kate co-founded 3000 acres - a project aiming to get more people growing more food in more places, and 5up5down, a project to tackle social isolation. Her work is currently focused on the circular economy metrics, economic reform, data insights, wrangling two small crazy boys and a new found love of weightlifting.
Adam is an urbanist who has worked for private sector consultancies and leading global non-government organisations to advance sustainable community outcomes in cities around the world for almost 30 years. He is Director of the consulting practice Centre for Urban Innovation Pty Ltd, working with government and industry leaders seeking to shape high performing built and natural environments. He is also the host of the industry engagement platform Urbanism.Live, exploring the edges of digital, data and urbanism. Most recently Adam was Founding Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, where he worked with the world’s longest running smart cities organisation focussed on catalysing action and investment in technology and data to accelerate liveability, workability and sustainability in our communities. Prior to this Adam was Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts in Portland (OR) in the USA, where he developed a collaborative governance model for urban regeneration across North America. Adam was also Executive Director at the Green Building Council of Australia where is facilitated the creation of the Green Star Communities certification system for sustainable urban development projects. Before entering the mission-driven sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including GHD and Arup, where he led teams of community engagement practitioners, sustainability advisors and urban development specialists. Adam also spent time in academia as a lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland.
For the last decade and a bit, Ben has been managing the scoping, design, and delivery of inclusive and accessible products and services across government, education, commercial, and the not for profit sector. Whatever the context or scale, Ben’s focus is always on how to authentically engage with those that will use those products and services, and believes strongly that the best solutions come from building on the strengths and expertise that already exist in our communities. Infoxchange is a not for profit that has pursued "Technology for Social Justice" for over 30 years. As Head of Community Impact, Ben's main responsibility is to guide and support the development of a number of digital inclusion products and initiatives, including Ask Izzy - a free website that can help anyone find essential services in their local area such as housing, food, health care and counselling. Ask Izzy is used by over 10,000 people across Australia every week, and demand is growing steadily. Working and designing with community was the key to Ask Izzy's initial success, and a critical part of how decisions are made about Ask Izzy's ongoing development. Outside of work, Ben helps out at the Brunswick Tool Library - a place to borrow tools, connect with neighbours and share knowledge and skills, as well as an ever-evolving experiment in community-run sharing economies.
Rebecca is Agrimetrics Chief Commercial Officer responsible for product, marketing and sales. Agrimetrics is a UK public and commercially funded organisation, founded to accelerate new innovations from agri-food data. Agrimetrics are the UK’s agri-food sector Data Marketplace. Rebecca has over twenty years' experience in the sector; until recently Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s Chief Technical Officer. Prior to this Rebecca had ten years’ experience of working in the UK cereals and oilseeds sector, including six years as Director of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority.
Michael joined KPMG in November 2021 as a Director in Agribusiness Digital Strategy, bringing 30 years of professional experience in Agriculture to this role. Since joining KPMG, Michael has been actively engaged in several high profile projects including as a subject matter expert for the Australian AgriFood Data Exchange to provide strategic input into selected aspects of this assignment with a vision to create an interconnected data highway for the whole of Australian agriculture. Prior to joining KPMG, Michael was a Technical Director of Natural Resources and Agriculture at GHD where he was also the lead relationship manager for the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. The GHD role followed a successful 25 year agricultural finance and banking career with Rabobank covering all major commodities. Having grown up on a family farm, Michael brings a unique perspective and understanding of strategic opportunities to benefit production based agriculture and supply chains through digital innovation.
Agriculture has been Alan's life since working as a 12 year old on a neighbouring beef farm and a market garden. From agronomist, to Country Manager to Board member in Australia and New Zealand, he has been committed bringing together science and technology for more efficient and sustainable farm production. Alan is passionate about building climate change resilience. He is frustrated by those rushing to convince farmers to trade their soil carbon and those that blame farmers for speed of tech adoption.
Brent leads the IBM Sterling Supply Chain business for the Asia Pacific region. In this role, Brent works with IBM teams and our Business Partner ecosystem to provide customers with industry leading and innovative solutions that deliver tangible business value to our customers.
The IBM Sterling Supply Chain solution portfolio includes Order Management & Fulfilment, Supply Chain Intelligence Suite and IBM Food Trust.
Robert Joyce is Chief Technology Officer for Nokia in Australia & New Zealand. He has 25+ years in Mobile Telecommunications working for operators and vendors around the globe.
Prior to joining Nokia in October 2020, Robert was the Head of Radio Access Technologies for Qatar’s Ooredoo Group and was responsible for overseeing the evolution of all ten of Ooredoo’s mobile networks from 2G/3G towards 4G and more recently 5G. Rob has published numerous academic papers on mobile communications and holds a PhD in “Self Organising Heterogeneous Networks” from the University of Leeds, UK
With a focus on deeptech, Nicole is a product leader and a 2021/22 Superstar of STEM with experience across IoT, telecommunications, SaaS, and defence. She specialises in innovation and startup environments, leading the productization of emerging and disruptive technologies. In her current role as Director of Product at Myriota, she is helping to deliver better outcomes through access to critical data from anywhere in the world.
Matt Tett is the Managing Director of Enex P/L. He is well known globally across industry
and government as a very well connected, highly technical straight shooter. Enex TestLab’s objective is to use science to keep tech vendors honest by rigorously testing their product claims and ensuring consumer requirements are met factually. It is an independent ISO17025 accredited testing laboratory with a 33+ year history, university heritage (RMIT), and ISO 9001 QMS Quality, ISO 27001 ISMS Security and ISO 45001 OH&S certifications. Matt is also a board director of Communications Alliance and a former board director of the Internet Industry Association (IoTAA). He is also the current chair of IoT Alliance Australia enabler Work Stream 3 (eWS-3) – Cyber Security and Network Resilience and sits on the IoTAA Executive Council. He is an advisor and subject matter expert for IoT Security Mark P/L, which operate the global IoT Security Trust Mark™ (STM) Certification and voluntary cyber security labelling scheme. He is also the founder of the national Day of The Month (DOTM) clubs, which currently has over 3800+ members across the information security industry. He also serves on the Online Safety Consultative Working Group (OSCWG) for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel (CSRP), the CSRP Fraud subgroup and the Communications Resilience Administration Industry Group (CRAIG), the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.
Kylie McDevitt is a security researcher at her own company, InfoSect, specialising in Linux and embedded devices. Before starting at InfoSect, she was a Technical Director at the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). Kylie graduated from ANU with a Bachelor of Engineering and worked for Australia’s largest telco as a radio engineer in MobileNet before moving into computer security, where she has been for the last 13 years. She has a Masters in Computer Networking, as well as multiple industry certifications. Kylie has taught as a casual lecturer at UNSW Canberra and spends her free time organising community events such as BSides Canberra and the CSides monthly security meetup.
Harman is the Smart Cities and Places Lead at GHD Digital, where he pursues his passion of developing innovative solutions for smart cities, precincts and buildings. He brings with him 20 years of global work experience with various technology-related businesses in USA, Dubai, India and Australia. Harman is a Certified Smart Cities Practitioner and a regular speaker on smart technologies, applied innovation and digital transformation. In the past, he served as the Chief Innovation Officer at Brady Family of Companies, USA, where he led the organisation to be awarded the “Most Innovative Workplace” in North Carolina in 2017. He also led the development of an IoT platform for smart buildings, built on world leading SAS Analytics technology. Harman holds an MBA from London Business School and currently serves on Standards Australia’s committee for Smart City Systems with the goal to foster the development of standards in this evolving space
Lee has over 29 years’ experience in the IT industry. Passionate about positive and responsible innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and mixed reality technologies, Lee has worked across Asia, the UK and Australia. Before joining Microsoft, he led the Internet of Things business development team for Amazon Web Services in Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, he was a CISSP security architect with RSA Security and Tivoli. As the National Chief Technology Officer, Lee advises businesses and governments on their digital transformation journey, focusing on the adoption of advanced technologies and developing the culture needed to thrive in a digital world. He also heads Microsoft’s Office of Responsible AI for Australia and guides organisations through the cultural transformation needed to embrace responsible AI implementation. Lee believes in the potential of AI to help build a brighter and more inclusive future, and is a regular speaker on cloud technology, innovation culture and digital trust. He sits on the NSW Government Artificial Intelligence Review Committee, where he provides strategic advice to guide technological decision-making and is a member of the Department of Industry’s Federal committee for the national AI Action plan.
Dr Philip Valencia is the Embedded Intelligence Team Leader at CSIRO’s Data61 within the Cyber Physical Systems Program. Phil has 20 years of experience in creating novel IoT and wireless sensor network solutions for both scientific and commercial applications requiring real-time tracking, physiological and behavioural sensing, embedded classification and distributed logic, on small battery-powered embedded devices. His IoT deployment escapades has seen him deploy elephant deterrent nodes in Gabon (Africa), animal classifiers in the Amazon forests, feral pig tracking with collars across Arnhem Land, cattle tracking across Australia with ear tags that report direct to satellite, asset and bin tracking on construction sites, automating reporting of policy adherence at manufacturing sites (both in Australia and in the USA) and many other adventures. He has led the development and transfer of multiple technologies to commercial entities and was recognised with a 2019 CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award. He is also a current (2020-) CSIRO Julius Career Awardee with 50+ peer reviewed publications (totalling 3000+ citations) and has generated multiple IoT related patents. Phil coordinates various projects towards achieving “embedded intelligence” for various industries of Digital Ag, construction, manufacturing, human and pet health.
Catherine is a Co-Founder of Meshed, Australian based IoT systems integrator of enterprise grade solution. Catherine is the Founder of Giant Ideas for Smart Cities and a Founding Member of the IoT Alliance Australia. As a global leader in smart sustainable cities and digital transformation, Catherine has been awarded prestigious industry awards including the IoT Ambassador Award and Smart Cities Industry Leader by Smart Cities Council and is an Advisory Council Member of the Asia Development Bank Sustainable Cities Committee. Prior to Meshed, Catherine was the Director of Smart Cities and Industries for IBM and has held other Executive positions for KPMG, MC2 Consulting, Telstra and PMP Communications. Earlier in her career Catherine was a Strategic Planner for a major local government authority. She holds university qualifications in urban planning, economics, telecommunications, management and applied finance.
Rob is a global business leader with a proven ability to translate vision, strategy, technology and innovation into existing and new commercial revenue streams across a range of industries including energy, utilities, telecommunications and defence. He has been an innovator and inventor in IoT in the area of machine-to-machine sensing, communications, wide area networking and enterprise software and has successfully leveraged those entrepreneurial skills as a leader in start-ups (Australia and USA), University-based commercialisation and large global corporates. Rob was President of Gridsense in the US where he drove the company’s M2M monitoring & control solutions into the utility sector on the back of a public listing. He was the Asia Smart Grid leader for General Electric, including its range of enterprise software, hardware and services solutions and more recently EVP of Grid Net, a silicon valley M2M enterprise networking software startup. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He is a graduate of Stanford Business School Live-In Executive Program and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Steve Lennon is a strategist, a changemaker, a storyteller and an adventurer. Professionally, he is an expert in digital strategy and innovation, business transformation and culture management. He has enjoyed a working career full of twists and turns involving many disciplines, industries, countries – and hundreds of valued clients and colleagues. After starting out as an accountant and auditor, Steve traversed roles as a corporate advisor, investment banker, corporate lender, management consultant, executive coach and led the Australian arm of Imagination, the world-renowned creative business. He has been client and consultant, banker and borrower, CEO and corporate coach. He has built, bought and sold companies, and has had to bury one or two as well. Personally, Steve finds his highs at the peak of some of the world’s tallest mountains or trekking remote and spectacular corners of the earth. He has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, walked 2,500kms on the Camino de Santiago and in 2013 supported a re-enactment of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s century-old Antarctic survival journey. Today, Steve brings his 20 years of multi-disciplinary consulting experience to his role as Practice Director – Australia at GHD Digital. Joining at a time of critical evolution, Steve works to increase growth, drive efficiencies and provide integrated solutions to GHD Digital’s major clients.
Alison Mirams is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Roberts Co. She is deeply passionate about addressing the systemic issues that exist in the construction industry and attracting and retaining more women in the industry. Alison has worked in the construction industry for 25 years. Prior to establishing Roberts Co, Alison led the NSW /ACT regional business unit for Lendlease’s Building business for nearly three years. Prior to joining Lendlease, Alison enjoyed a successful 16-year career at Multiplex, rising from contracts administrator to regional director. Alison is a member of the NSW PCA Division Council, a member of the TAFE NSW Board and is on the Advisory Board for Aero PM. Alison received the Laing O’Rourke Business Woman of the Year award at the 2018 NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence. Alison holds a Bachelor of Building (Construction Economics) and a Graduate Diploma Urban Estate Management from UTS.
Dale Rankine is an experienced tech entrepreneur and has been part of the Australian digital landscape for over 25 years in a multitude of roles and ventures. His deep subject matter knowledge and hands-on technical experience has been central to assisting numerous startups, consumer and enterprise companies in developing new digital products and experiences in local and overseas markets. Since 2015, Dale has been CEO and Founder of Reekoh, an award-winning and Gartner-recognised Industrial Integration Cloud. The need for integration between OT and IT systems has never been more important to the success of industrial digital transformation as it is today. Reekoh’s Industrial Integration Cloud is providing practical and agile OT/IT integration technologies and solutions, helping to deliver outcomes and scale for industrial unified operations, digital twin, condition monitoring, automated business workflow management, and many more scenarios that drive operational excellence, innovation and transformation.
Robert Joyce is Chief Technology Officer for Nokia in Australia & New Zealand. He has 25+ years in Mobile Telecommunications working for operators and vendors around the globe. Prior to joining Nokia in October 2020, Robert was the Head of Radio Access Technologies for Qatar’s Ooredoo Group and was responsible for overseeing the evolution of all ten of Ooredoo’s mobile networks from 2G/3G towards 4G and more recently 5G. During his career, he has been responsible for a number of industry firsts including: The World’s first 5G Commercial Network at Ooredoo Qatar, launched in May 2018. The first UMTS900 network in the UK with Telefonica UK, 2010. The first 4G network trial in the UK with Telefonica UK, 2009. The first 3.5G trial network in the USA with T-Mobile USA, 2006. The first Japanese 3G-TDD trial network with IPMobile Japan, 2005. The first UK 3G trial network with Orange UK, 1999. Rob has published numerous academic papers on mobile communications and holds a PhD in “Self Organising Heterogeneous Networks” from the University of Leeds, UK
mIoT focusses on providing secure and robust edge telemetry and sensor solutions that has been used by various large scale organisations including Telstra, Sydney Water, Spark and more. mIoT focusses on developing product that is trusted by partners to provide solutions for IoT at scale, addressing the key challenges in operations and integration. As CEO of the Madison Group, Gerhard is responsible for setting vision, driving culture and delivering continuous growth. Madison provides digitisation solutions to various industries through partnerships with Cisco, Harman, Philips, Rajant, Moxa and other globally leading brands. Prior to joining Madison, Gerhard headed up IoT at Telstra, where the team established software product development, acquired new capabilities, established international relevance, won multiple industry awards and drove growth in excess of industry. In addition, he also served as a member of the GSMA’s global IoT steering group and as a non-executive director of MTData. In roles prior to Telstra, Gerhard was the general manager of RODE microphones and the founder of ATEC, a full FTTP service provider in South Africa. Formally qualified in Law, Network Engineering, Commerce and Continuous Improvement, he strives to establish and maintain positive tension between seemingly opposing disciplines. From his founder days he remains very passionate about challenging the status quo through innovation and has served as advisory board member to several start-ups.
Mark is an experienced telecommunications industry professional with a career spanning more than 35 years across Carrier, Supplier, Client and Military organisations. Mark has worked in Senior Leadership, Business Development, Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Program Management & Delivery, Operational and Technical roles. Mark joined the Taoglas team in 2021 as APAC Head of Sales - Smart Cities and Networks, after several years collaborating and partnering Smartsensor Technologies in Australia, promoting and delivering solutions within the Telecommunications and City infrastructure sector.
Marlien Varnfield obtained a PhD in Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine which focused on large scale implementation of health-care interventions utilising digital technologies. In 2020 she completed a Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership Program through Harvard Medical School. Marlien is currently Group Leader, Health Services at the Australian eHealth Research Centre, CSIRO. Her research focuses on exploring innovative ways in management, and best health outcomes for the elderly, people living with disability, for the chronically ill, and trauma affected patients. The impact of her work includes numerous presentations and publications, but also tangible outcomes such as commercialisation of a cardiac rehabilitation platform, implementation of a digital solution for gestational diabetes as usual care in a number of QLD and NSW hospitals and the licencing of a ‘Smarter Safer Homes’ solution to keep older people living independently in their homes for longer. Marlien is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and was a core faculty member of the European Congress on eCardiology and eHealth in Berlin (2016-2017) and Moscow (2018). In June 2018, she was awarded the prestigious CSIRO Julius Career Award and her group’s work has been recognised through numerous Innovation Awards.
Christian Ruberg has a 30 year career in robotic and machine automation systems development and integration, working in Australia and Canada. He has implemented statistical process control innovations in the plastic industry, was the Engineering Manager supporting the development of automation and instrumentation in raw wool metrology, and the Value Chain Technology Program Manager with Meat & Livestock Australia’s automation and objective measurement program. This featured significant R&D investments in lamb and beef automation and associated advanced measurement systems utilising x-ray and machine vision technologies. Most recently he is the joint program leader for CSIRO’s Future Digital Manufacturing initiative, including Industry 4.0, liaising between the Manufacturing material science research areas and the Data61 information and algorithmic sciences. His career mission has been advancing Australian manufacturing through technology and innovation.
Jacqueline is the Director Policy, Energy Services and Markets at Energy Consumers Australia. Energy Consumers Australia is the national voice for residential and small business energy consumers and works to ensure consumers have their values, expectations and needs met through a modern, flexible and resilient energy system. Jacqueline has a wealth of energy policy and regulatory experience, gained through more than ten years in the industry working in roles in energy retail, government and at the Australian Energy Market Commission.
Darren is passionate about driving business outcomes through innovating and exploiting digital technology. He has worked across numerous industries for many Australian and Global organisations throughout his career, delivering on strategic digital and technology outcomes as both a consulting partner and an industry technology leader. Darren has recently moved from his role as Chief Technology Officer for BlueScope to Downer as their General Manager of Digital Innovation. Darren is the Chair of the IoT Alliance Australia Manufacturing Workstream.
A leader in Public Realm Strategy, Susan is a multi-disciplinary City Futurist, Landscape Architect, Horticulturist, Urban Designer and Public Realm Manager. Passionate about the leadership role that Local Government plays as a custodian of open space and broader City Urban Design. Susan advocates for a human-centred liveable place vision, utilising design as a catalyst for social change. Through a community focused, transdisciplinary approach we can achieve 20 minute cities, climate resilient, liveable neighbourhoods and valued local spaces.
|8.00 - 9.00||CIO Breakfast: The future of water management (invited guests only)
|9.00 - 9.20||
Opening welcome address by IoT Alliance Australia CEO Frank Zeichner
Keynote by The Hon John Brumby AO
In this presentation former Victorian Premier John Brumby will talk about the economy-wide power and potential of the Internet of Things, and explain how the new $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund can catalyse and accelerate new IoT applications to both improve lives and grow the economy.
|9.20 - 9.45||
Keynote - Tackling Australia’s water sustainability challenges
South East Water Managing Director and former Tesla figure Lara Olsen oversees provision of water services to 1.9 million customers in the South East of Melbourne. Late last year, the utility announced it was nearing the installation of 30,000 Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled digital meters, which it described at the time as one of the largest digital meter rollouts in Australia. Olsen will speak about tackling the water sector’s sustainability challenges.
|9.45 - 10.10||
Keynote - Six years of hard pedalling: Lessons learned and unexpected outcomes
We discuss the unexpected lessons learned during our six-year journey developing an end-to-end IoT solution for multiple use cases and talk about how IoT helps a farmer become a commodity broker and helps a fast-food chain transform their supply chain and contractual negotiations.
|10.10 - 10.35||
Keynote - Operationalising net zero
Net zero goals have implications for the way organisations manage everything from supply chains to real estate and other assets. In this keynote, David Solsky – the CEO and Co-Founder of IBM Company Envizi – a provider of data and analytics for sustainability, will lay out key issues for organisations looking to turn net zero goals into operational action, and how valuable the Internet of Things data will be in achieving this.
|10.40 - 11.10||Morning tea/Networking/Expo|
|11.10 - 11.55||
Interoperability problems remain a key barrier to large-scale IoT use. This session brings together key industry experts to explain what 'interoperability by design' is and what it means for Australian businesses, industries and IoT solution providers.
|12.00 - 12.40||STREAM 1
(Sectoral stream) Implementing Security by Design
Whether you are deploying or developing IoT products, it’s critically important you take a security by design approach, rather than bolting on security. But what does this mean in practise? Find out by attending this session.
(Sectoral stream) Gaining visibility and control of the water cycle
Water utilities are reassessing how they view the water cycle amid climate change and rapid population growth. IoT can enable a shift from monitoring assets to measuring the entire water cycle and facilitate a transition to greater reuse of water. But without a clear and common vision, these efforts will remain simplistic. This session will cover the critical issues and how they can be addressed in time.
New satellite technologies, 5G, sensor-as-a-service (what connectivity problems?), smarter Wi-Fi, LPWAN - get a bead on where the cutting edge is. Hint: it's just around the corner!
|12.40 - 13.40||Networking Lunch/Expo
The workshop below will take place during lunch.
|13.40 - 14.25||STREAM 1
(Sectoral stream) Building blocks for IoT solutions
One of the barriers to end-users' success with IoT is their need for tailored IoT solutions. They need professionally integrated solutions, not components from a catalogue. In this session, IoT hardware vendor ASUS will explain how the company is providing the hardware, R&D and integration skills to address this problem.
Momentum is growing for a shift in use of digital technology by Australia agribusiness, with significant implications for the sector’s financial success. In this session, Dr Matthew Flynn, Associate Director, KPMG, Digital AgriFood, will bring the audience up to speed on the key issues. He will be joined by a panel of industry experts to discuss the digital adoption challenges and opportunities.
|14.25 - 15.10||STREAM 1
(Sectoral stream) Accelerating Australia’s Energy Transition
Greater distribution of energy resources will require utilities and energy consumers to become better energy managers. This session will focus on the practical implications for utilities and industries as they transition to cleaner energy.
(Sectoral stream) Moving manufacturers' digital maturity dial
Your manufacturing business may be digitised, but has it achieved digital maturity and what does that look like in different sectors? This session will cover this and the implications for the vertical businesses manufacturers serve.
|15.10 - 15.45||Afternoon Tea/Networking/Expo|
|15.45 - 16.30||
Let the IoT games begin
It’s just over 3,700 days until the world’s largest event circles back to Australia – the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. And while 10 years seems a long time to prepare, venue design has begun, land is being acquired, governance arrangements are falling into place and standards have already been set for infrastructure and service delivery.
Past experiences have shown that up to 500,000 international visitors alone can be expected in the lead up, during and just after the Games. We need to feed them, move them around, keep them safe and deliver exceptional experiences. Brisbane 2032 will require the best from so many sectors – tourism, transportation, safety and security, infrastructure delivery, property development, logistics and event operations.
Does this sound like an IoT opportunity to you? We think so. Let’s discuss…
|16.30-17.15||IoT For Good
Even when technology is deployed with the best intentions, it can have negative repercussions for people, communities, businesses and governments. In this session, Dr Stephanie Hare, the researcher, broadcaster and author of "Technology is not Neutral: A Short Guide to Technology Ethics”, will discuss using IoT for good. Then a panel including Michelle Fitzgerald, Group Digital Officer for St Vincent's Health Australia, and other executives, will discuss how we aim for a culture of technology ethics by design.
|17.15 - 17.30||Closing Address|
|17.30 - 18.30||Networking Drinks
When you’ve made it to the end of a day spent focusing, learning and sharing ideas, you've earnt yourself a few drinks and nibbles in a relaxed environment. This is your chance to network, catch up with old friends and forge new business relationships. Winners of the IoT Awards will be there to fill you in on their projects.
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