OUR SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS
Managing Director of Ripple Effect Group
|Anne specialises in the creation of innovative communication and learning networks for organisations with social media and enterprise social technologies. An organisational learning and social media innovator, her designs have been award winners since 2007 and a recognised thought leader in the eLearning world, appearing frequently, and most recently in the APAC Top 10 eLearning Movers & Shakers for 2014 List. Anne’s PhD explored the experiences of developing social networks through self-publishing technologies such as blogs. She uses her research into the communication aspects of social media and enterprise social networks to provide an informed backdrop to understanding how people are using new tools and changing traditional models of communication. She constantly challenges organisations to reframe their models of communication, service design, and workforce engagement.|
|Anne co-hosts a Workshop on Disrupting Design for Digital Inclusion||LinkedIn, Twitter: @AnneBB|
Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland
|Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen (aka Jewella) is a researcher, and an entrepreneur. She works as a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland, she is the CEO of her own research/technology consulting company Adroit Research, and she is the Founder and Director of the Tech Girls Movement, a non-profit to inspire girls into tchnology and science careers. She produced the free books “Tech Girls Are Superheroes” and “Tech Girls are Chic!” which have received widespread success. Dr Beekhuyzen has more than 60 academic peer reviewed publications, and serves in voluntary roles at the United Nations. Her research collaborations extend to many parts of Europe. She has awards for her university teaching and her research internationally, she is a “rising female star in Australian Tech” (Sydney Morning Herald newspaper 2014), and the 2014 AIIA Queensland ICT Woman of Year.|
|Jenine gives a talk on Tech Girls Are Superheroes|
Senior Researcher at HASSELL
Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre For Design Innovation, Swinburne University
|Dr. Agustin Chevez experience combines industry practice with academic research in the field of workplace design. Agustin’s interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture as a consequence of technology development at RMIT University. As an Architect Agustin has participated in the development of workplace strategies in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. His research has also been presented at various international conferences and publications.
Agustin is a Senior Researcher at international design firm HASSELL and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre For Design Innovation, Swinburne University.
|Agustin co-hosts a Workshop on Drive Performance – The Surprising Insights about Collaboration|
Social Business Design Consultant at Ripple Effect Group
|James is responsible for managing the technical and organisational aspects of all social software implementations. This encompasses helping organisations maximise the value of social software to meet business objectives, providing expertise on social computing strategies and integrating social software tools with current IT systems. He is interested in social innovation and using the capabilities of social media to do more with less and humanise government and public services. In 2009, he co-authored a Web 2.0 technology toolkit and online engagement guidelines for the Federal Government’s Goverment 2.0 Taskforce. He has also been a active participant in open innovation events, such as ASIX’s Social Innovation Camp, GovHack, Public Sphere, Gov Camps in NSW, the ACT and Queensland, NCIE Indigenous Digital Excellence Agenda, and was head “unorganiser” of Us Now Sydney.|
|James co-hosts a Workshop on Disrupting Design for Digital Inclusion|
Presenter/Producer at ABC Radio National
|Antony Funnell is a Walkley award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He is also the author of the book The Future and Related Nonsense (Harper Collins).
Antony has been the presenter of Future Tense on ABC Radio National since 2009, exploring the influence of technology and rapid change on individuals and society. Prior to that he fronted Media Report.
Over the past two decades he has worked for many of the country’s leading news and current affairs programs, including AM, PM, the 7.30 Report and Background Briefing. In the late 1990s he was the senior producer for Australia Television News – ABC TV’s nightly satellite news service into the Asia Pacific.
Antony has travelled and reported for the ABC from a diverse range of places—from Mongolia to the isolated community of Ali Curung in the Northern Territory.
He won his Walkley in 2006 for a documentary entitled The Financial Abuse of the Elderly. In 2003 he was awarded a United Nations’ Media Peace Prize (Best Radio) for a half-hour program he produced on Aboriginal customary law. He won the same UN award in 2007 for his coverage of issues relating to the then political crisis in Zimbabwe.
|Anthony gives the keynote|
PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney
|Ella is interested in new ways of working and how we use technology to stay connected. She is in the process of writing her PhD at the University of Sydney Business School. Ella enjoys working with students to encourage a critical investigation of those aspects of our daily life that we sometimes take for granted, for example why we think of the office as being central to working life. Ella is increasingly intrigued by robots and is cautiously optimistic about their upcoming role in our domestic and professional lives.|
|Website, Twitter: @ellahsydney|
Head of Workplace and Envisioning, Macquarie Group
|Anthony Henry is an Interior Designer with qualifications from the University of Technology in Sydney and the Royal College of Art in London.Anthony is a Division Director at Macquarie Group having joined the organisation in 2004 to lead workplace design and innovation as part of the Corporate Real Estate team. In this time he has directed the design on numerous award winning projects including No.1 Shelley St, 28 Ropemaker St and 50 Martin Place. No.1 Shelley St introduced Activity Based Working into the Australian market and 28 Ropemaker St is considered to be one of the top 10 coolest offices in London.
Prior to joining Macquarie, Anthony was a founding partner of the design consultancy ‘futurespace’.
|Anthony gives the talk Turning it off to turn it on and hosts a workshop on Envisioning the workplace of the future, Activity Based Working and beyond|
Partner and co-founder of Optimice / CEO and Co-Founder of SWOOP Analytics
|Cai Kjaer is a Partner and Co-Founder of Optimice and the CEO and Co-Founder of SWOOP Analytics. For the last 15 years he has been mapping and analysing social networks and relationship patterns inside large complex organisations and will share insights from some of the 100+ projects Optimice has been involved with.
Optimice is Australia’s leading Social Network Analysis consulting company and collaborates with the AFR BOSS Magazine on the annual ASX Power and Influence Index that maps the board room network of Australia’s 2000 ASX listed companies comprising more than 9,000 directors. See www.optimice.com.au for more detail.
SWOOP Analytics provides a unique social network analytics platform used by a range of companies to measure the effectiveness of their enterprise social platform investment. See www.swoopanalytics.com for more detail.
|Cai hosts a Workshop on Drive Performance – The Surprising Insights about Collaboration||LinkedIn, Twitter: @caikjaer|
Social Business Consultant at Ripple Effect Group
|Robyn is a passionate educational technologist and facilitator with extensive experience working with digital technologies, both physical and virtual, in the vocational education and public sector. She enjoys exploring the utilisation of mobile technology to provide content to end users when, where, and how they need it. She believes in creating authentic learning experiences integrating emerging technologies, innovative learning design and business strategy.|
|Robyn co-hosts a Workshop on Disrupting Design for Digital Inclusion|
Market Operations at PwC
|Matt has advocated for transforming power of collaborative technologies in roles working for IBM, Oracle and ASIC as well as time an independent consulting. He is currently focusing on sales & marketing effectiveness for PwC and also occasionally teaches at University of Technology Sydney.|
|Matt co-facilitates the anti panel “Disrupting Expectations”.|
Social Social Media and Community Management Specialist at Ripple Effect Group
|Jakkii is an experienced social media and community management specialist. Her focus is helping organisations develop effective social and community strategies, consulting with organisations to increase understanding of the power of community for business, brands and customers alike and guiding the process from strategy development to implementation and evaluation.|
|Jakkii co-hosts a Workshop on Disrupting Design for Digital Inclusion|
Associate Professor and Chair of Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School
|Kai is chair of discipline of Business Information Systems at The University of Sydney Business School. His expertise is in Enterprise Social Networking, e-Collaboration, inter-firm networking, virtual work, social impact of ICTs, and the practical philosophy of technology. Kai is currently doing research into technology adoption and sense-making, infrastructure technologies and the adoption and management of Enterprise Social Networking. He has held positions with the University of Muenster in Germany, Melbourne University and University College Dublin and consulted with a range of companies both in Europe and Australia.|
|Kai co-facilitates the anti panel “Disrupting Expectations”.||Blog Twitter: @karisyd Web|
|Albert “Skip” Rizzo
Director of Medical VR Research at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
|Albert “Skip” Rizzo is a clinical psychologist and Director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a research professor with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Skip conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. This work has focused on PTSD, TBI, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other clinical health conditions. In spite of the diversity of these clinical R&D areas, the common thread that drives all of his work with digital technologies involves the study of how interactive and immersive Virtual Reality simulations can be usefully applied to address human healthcare needs beyond what is possible with traditional tools and methods. In 2010, he received the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology for his R&D work on VR exposure therapy for PTSD and in 2015 he received the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics “Pioneer in Medicine” award presented to individuals who have significantly contributed to the scientific advancement in the fields of medicine and image guided therapy through a multidisciplinary approach. In his spare time, he plays rugby, listens to music, rides his motorcycle and thinks about new ways that VR can have a positive impact on clinical care by dragging the field of psychology, kickin’ and screamin’, into the 21st Century.|
|Skip gives a talk on Virtual Reality Goes to War
To view some videos on his work, please visit this YouTube channel.
Director at Wilson Fletcher
|Jess grew up on a 7,000 acre property west of Glen Innes in northern New South Wales, where her family has run sheep and cattle since 1866. After pursuing a career in publishing and digital design which took her to London for 10 years, Jess returned to Sydney co-found Wilson Fletcher – a specialist digital service design and strategy consultancy with studios in London and Sydney and Auckland.Powered by the Internet of Things, massive demand in Asia and sweeping changes to consumer attitudes to food, the Australian agriculture sector is undergoing unprecedented change. Jess is currently working with the Australian Futures Project to help upskill the agriculture sector with practical rapid service design methods specifically created to accelerate the realisation of ideas, opportunities and early-stage products and services.|
|Jess gives a talk on When software is eating the world, what’s on our plate?.|
PhD candidate, lecturer, and co-founder of fxguide.com
|Mike Seymour has a B Sc. focused on CGI and Pure Maths from the University of Sydney where he also did his Masters (MBA) and he is currently doing his PhD and lecturing. His research is into using interactive realtime photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (CHI). Mike has worked for many years in the visual effects area of the entertainment industry, in R&D and in film production, winning an AFI and being nominated for a Prime time Emmy in the USA. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various TV shows here and in the UK. He is also well known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the web sites fxguide.com and fxphd.com. These sites provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the research community who constantly push the limits of technology. Mike has lectured and presented at NAB, ACM SIGGRAPH, CVMP and SMPTE. He regularly can be heard on the company’s own podcasts, as well as having contributed to Warner Bros., Paramount, News Corp, the BBC (radio) and WIRED Magazine (- over 70+ times). Mike is based in Sydney, but has previously worked in Hollywood and London. He is known internationally and makes a mean Margarita.|
|Mike facilitates the Virtual Reality Workshop.||Website|
Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney
|Dr Barney Tan is a Senior Lecturer from the Discipline of Business Information Systems at The University of Sydney Business School. He received his PhD in Information Systems from the National University of Singapore in 2012. His research interests include strategic information systems, enterprise systems implementation, electronic commerce, Chinese IT management and qualitative research methods. Dr. Tan’s research has been published or accepted in Information Systems Research, Journal of Association of Information Systems; IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management; Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology; Information and Organization, Information and Management and European Management Journal.|
|Barney gives a talk on The Social Implications of E-Commerce for Rural China||Website|
|Simon Terry is a consultant, speaker and board advisor who helps organisations adapt to face the changing future of work through adaptive leadership, design thinking, learning, innovation and collaboration. Building leadership for the network era is essential to make work more human and to realise the potential in people.|
|Simon co-facilitates the anti panel “Disrupting Expectations”.||LinkedIn, Twitter: @simongterry|
Director at Digital Infusions
|Scott Ward is a business and behavioral strategist who assists organization’s to use Enterprise social to solve business challenges, drive innovation and affect digital transformation. Having worked with Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Deloitte, Scott has an extensive background in technology and sits as a founding industry member of Sydney Universities Digital Disruption Panel. In 2010 whilst working at Deloitte and researching for Sydney University, Scott began an extensive research project to identify best practice use of social and gamified technologies, the results of which now form the BITIL™ Framework.
In 2011 Scott formed Digital Infusions to assist organisations increase their capability and knowledge at using emerging technology. Since this time Scott has used the BITIL™ Framework to design a range of tools, measures and programs to help businesses both large and small, step through the adoption process. Scott is a frequent speaker on the effective use of Social media and Gamification and has presented at numerous conferences and industry functions across Asia Pacific. Scott is a passionate advocate of social technologies and his clients represent diverse industry groups such as education, mining, travel, real estate, legal and financial institutions.
|Scott hosts a Workshop on Enterprise Social||LinkedIn, Twitter: @wardsco|