Open Opportunity Canberra 2017
30 November 2017
National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT
Open Opportunity Canberra 2017
30 November 2017
National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT
Open Opportunity Canberra 2017
30 November 2017
National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT
Focussing on guiding new engagement strategies for technology and digital industries to sell to and collaborate with government
Open Opportunity Canberra brings together over 100 digital leaders from across the public sector to discuss, debate and define the future of digital services across the Australian government.
The Australian Government is going through a tech spend rethink, reforming its information technology procurement rules. The immediate priority is an overhaul of its IT spending rules, tearing the public service from outdated procurement methods and its risk-averse culture.
In alignment with the government’s aim to be “more porous” and capture the great ideas from “outside” the Open Opportunity forums in November opens the path for a surge of opportunities for all suppliers across the technology and digital industries to engage with, collaborate, and sell to government.
Open Opportunity forums aim to guide the technology and digital industries with granular and detailed government policy changes and new procurement rules, to develop more effective government engagement strategies.
With key ministerial participation from federal and state governments, the forums aim to:
• Gain a clear vision and timeline to how government will consider new technologies or approaches with substantial benefit to federal, state and local government services
• Review the open data inventories to be submitted by departments and agencies
• Examine the development of the frameworks for Unsolicited Proposals(UP) policy
• Address the protection of the proprietary interests of the technology companies
• Examine new opportunities to access key government procurement panels
• Provide update on key state and municipal policies geared to engage further with the private sector to adopt new technologies to drive their services
Who will be there
- Public sector chief information officers
- Chief digital officers
- Chief technology officers
- Change management executives
- Procurement specialists
- Senior human resources managers
- Policy advisors
- Senior communications managers
Official Event Host
Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency
Peter is the Chief Digital Officer at the Digital Transformation Agency. He is responsible for the whole of Government Digital Identity Program, myGov brand ownership, Partnerships, Platforms, Capability Uplift in the APS (Australian Public Service) and the Government’s Chief Technology Officer branch.
Peter was formerly the Chief Information Officer of the Treasury. His role was focused on improving productivity, collaboration, workforce flexibility, business intelligence, better knowledge transfer and development of shared services delivered by high quality process, systems and people.
Peter has extensive experience in Australian Government delivering policy, services, change programs, government collaboration, financial management, security and corporate management. He holds a Masters of Business Informatics (IT), Graduate Diploma in Information Systems, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is an FCPA.
Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Elizabeth Kelly was recently named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, having previously held the position of Deputy Secretary of the Governance Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for machinery of government, legal policy, governance issues across the APS, Cabinet and the coordination of support to the Prime Minister and Portfolio Ministers. Here, Elizabeth also had the role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for financial management, ICT and corporate services.
Elizabeth has previously served in two Deputy Secretary roles with the Attorney-General’s Department, firstly responsible for Civil Justice and Legal Services and then Strategic Policy and Coordination and ministerial support.
Before returning to the Australian Public Service in 2006, Elizabeth was the Director of Policy and Regulatory Services in the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, responsible for legal policy advice to the ACT Government. She also served as the Director of Policy for the Northern Territory Attorney-General’s Department from 1996 to 2001, and was a Crown Prosecutor in the Serious Fraud Office, Fiji Director of Public Prosecutions in 1998.
Elizabeth was admitted as a legal practitioner by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989, practising as a solicitor at Blake Dawson Waldron in 1989/1990, for the New South Wales Royal Commission into Productivity in the Building Industry from 1990 to 1992 and for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1992 to 1996.
Elizabeth completed the Advanced Management program at the Harvard Business School in 2012.
Co-Founder, Macquarie Telecom Group
Aidan is co-founder of Macquarie Telecom Group and has been a director since 1992. He is the Managing Director of Macquarie Hosting Group with a focus on business growth, operational efficiency, cyber security and customer satisfaction.
He has been responsible for the strategy and execution of the investment in Intellicentre 2, and more recently, Intellicentre 4 Bunker. He leads the Government Business, encompassing Macquarie’s Secure Government Cloud and Secure Internet Gateway offerings.
As the former Chief Operating Officer for Macquarie Telecom Group, Aidan played an integral part in the strategy and direction of the Hosting business since its state-of-the-art data centre, Intellicentre 1 opened in 2001, as well as being instrumental in the development of Macquarie’s data networking strategy. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Former Chief Information Officer, Australian Government
Glenn Archer is recognised nationally and internationally for his leadership and contribution to digital government - spanning senior management roles in both the private and public sector.
Prior to his appointment as Federal Government CIO and head of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) in 2012, he held various Senior Executive and CIO roles in a number of Federal Government agencies. In 2014, he joined Gartner as Research Vice President for the Public Sector - focusing on Digital Government and publishing research in this field and supported government and industry CIOs across the world. Today Glenn is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s Research School of Management, undertaking private research in Digital Government, and provides consulting & advisory services to the public sector and industry.
In his early career Glenn worked in a range of security and technology related roles in Government. He subsequently worked at Apple for over eight years - in systems engineering and sales roles, ran a mid-sized consulting firm for a year and also worked at Cisco Systems as a Channel and Account Executive for almost 4 years.
Glenn has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the Australian National University with majors in Computer Science and Pure Maths. He also holds an MBA awarded jointly by the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (AGSM).
Chief Technology Officer, ViewDS
Gil Kirkpatrick joined ViewDS Identity Solutions in December 2012, in the new role of Chief Technology Officer, with the focus of developing the business’ international presence.
Gil brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial software product development and management to the company. His notable previous positions include Chief Architect at Quest Software (now Dell) and Netpro, where he established the successful TEC Conference.
He has been named Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional for Directory Services each consecutive year since 2005.
Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner
Stephanie joined the Commission from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports where she had been since its inception as the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government in September 2010. Her responsibilities included regional policy and the Arts.
Prior to that Stephanie was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government where she had direct responsibility for Local Government and Regional Development, the Office of Northern Australia and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
Stephanie Foster is a career public servant who has worked with the Australian Public Service since joining the Department of Defence in 1987 as a graduate trainee. Stephanie spent sixteen years in the Intelligence community in a range of analytic and management positions and a further six years in Defence’s International Policy area. Stephanie was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas. She has also been awarded the French decoration of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for her work to develop Defence relations between France and Australia.
Assistant Secretary, Australian Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Stephen joined the Australian Passport Office in December 2016. Stephen entered the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a graduate in 1990. He served for three years on the Hong Kong and Taiwan desk before postings to Dhaka and Bonn. Returning to Canberra, he worked in the Executive Branch, as director of diplomatic security, and as the director responsible for relations with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
From 2004 to 2007, as political and economic counsellor in Bangkok, Stephen faced challenges that included the Asian tsunami, a new bilateral free trade agreement and the 2006 coup. Returning to Canberra, he spent six years working on relations with the Pacific islands, culminating in five months as acting head of the department’s Pacific Division. From 2013 to 2016, Stephen headed the Political Branch at Australia’s Embassy in Washington DC.
The Hon. Ed Husic
Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Federal Parliament
Shadow Minister Ed Husic has a well-established interest in digital innovation and the growth of Australia’s digital economy.
Elected to Federal Parliament in 2010, the Western Sydney-based MP has advocated for policies designed to promote early stage and digital innovation - because of its ability to generate the firms and jobs of the future. He also argued for the need to sharpen the national focus on preparing for the impact of automation and technology on current and future jobs.
Leading into the 2016 federal election, Ed was heavily involved in the development of Opposition policy designed to encourage the growth of startups and digital entrepreneurship. He also championed policies to help accelerate the creation of startup communities beyond Australia's capital cities.
After the 2016 election Ed was promoted to the front bench as Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, as well as Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and the Future of Work.
He previously held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband.
General Manager RIO and Business Futures Group, IP Australia
As General Manager of the RIO and Business Futures Group, Mr Bollard oversees major business transformation initiatives which drive business improvement, cognitive capability and innovation throughout IP Australia.
Mr Bollard has extensive experience in major business transformation, delivering alternative service delivery models and business process re-engineering both within Federal and ACT Government. Recent successful deliveries led by Mr Bollard include the implementation of the Designs capability for RIO, a new award winning Trade Mark Search capability using deep learning image technology, an organisational digital transition strategy that now positions IP Australia with over 99.6 per cent of customers interacting online for approximately 850,000 transactions and over $200 million revenue per year. He has also led the implementation of the agency’s first advanced machine learning virtual assistant ‘Alex’, the establishment of an innovation capability, and a range of key customer tools including the Source IP online patent collaboration and licensing marketplace for public research organisations.
Principal Researcher and a Group Leader, Software and Computational Systems Program, Data61
Mark Staples leads the Software Systems group at Data61, CSIRO, which is conducting research into blockchain technology, analytics architectures, behavioural analytics, business process systems, and legal informatics. His research interests are in software engineering and the philosophy of engineering, and he has worked in the software engineering industry in Australia, on electronic payments systems, distributed control systems, and implantable medical devices. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland, holds a PhD from University of Cambridge, and is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. He is a member of Australia's standardization committee on blockchain and DLT (IT-041), under Australia's leadership of the Secretariat of the International Technical Committee for Blockchain Standards (ISO/TC 307).
Head of Digital iD™, Australia Post
Claudia Lajeunesse is an integral member of the Digital iD team at Australia Post and has been with Post since 2014. She has extensive experience in transforming organisations by improving the way they work to create digital products and services that are intuitive, easy to use and meet customer needs. Her career spans across different industries including financial services, enterprise software & services, public health and not-for-profit, where she has delivered commercially competitive solutions by integrating business strategy with technology. Currently, Claudia is part of the team pioneering our new Digital iDä solution, which is a natural extension to the physical identity verification service Australia Post offers today.
Strategy Director, Mentally Friendly
With over 17 years experience in Business Design and Transformation, Brian has worked his way through the UK, Europe, the US, Asia, and now Australia, understanding and harnessing the changes that digital has wrought on society and business. During his time at Mirum in Singapore, Brian was the digital strategic lead on two key pieces of global government business; The Singapore Tourism Board and The Singapore Economic Development Board. Now, as Strategy Director at Mentally Friendly, Brian has been collaborating with NSW state government agencies (such as the Department of Finance, Services & Innovation (DFSI), Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Department of Education (DOE), and Service NSW since 2016 across a variety of projects that feed into the execution of NSW’s Digital Government Strategy.
Paul Shetler is a technologist and entrepreneur with over two decades’ experience working on large scale IT and organisational change projects, spanning the public and private sectors.
He has co-founded two start-ups, worked in two others, and also held leadership roles at large suppliers including Oracle, Microsoft, and the global payments network SWIFT.
More recently he has been transforming the way government delivers public services – and loving every minute of it.
While working at the UK’s Government Digital Service, he helped develop a suite of practical lessons from its work to transform 25 exemplar services. Before that, he was Chief Digital Officer at the UK Ministry of Justice, where he helped deliver four of those 25 exemplar services.
Paul was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Transformation Office in July 2015.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RedEye
Wayne Gerard is a passionate entrepreneur and prominent mentor in the Brisbane innovation & start-up community. He is co-founder and CEO of Red Eye, which he launched in 2012, one of Australia’s fastest growing APP start-ups. Red Eye is a cloud based platform that has grown into a global leader in managing, sharing and storing engineering drawings and data in the mining, oil, gas, utilities and infrastructure industries.
Red Eye’s partners & clients include the likes of Queensland Urban Utilities; Snowy Hydro,SA Power Networks, Lady Cilento Hospital & BHP Mitsubishi Alliance. Red Eye employs some
40 staff across its HQ in Brisbane, Houston & Singapore & has more than 400 organisations on its books and manages assets in excess of $50 Billion. Little wonder in 2016, Red Eye was
ranked the seventh (7th) rising star in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Report with a 706% growth rate over the previous three years. Wayne has also met with APPLE to finalise a
mobile partnership with the global giant.
Wayne has been personally (and rightfully) acknowledged for his commitment to the QLD start-up community. He received the 2015 Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year Pearcy Award. He also sits on the QLD Premier’s Business Advisory Committee.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, National Narrowband Network Communications (NNNCo)
Rob is the Founder and CEO of NNNCo, an Australian company building and operating a national narrowband network for IoT as an end-to-end scalable carrier service over a shared network. 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. 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.
Gavan specialises in providing commercial, procurement, and contracting advice to Commonwealth agencies on a broad range of matters. In particular, he has extensive experience advising on complex, high value and high profile ICT and other outsourcing projects for Commonwealth agencies. He has been advising Commonwealth agencies for over 10 years.
He regularly advises Commonwealth agencies on their procurement processes (including compliance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Commonwealth Procurement Rules), develops and negotiates commercial documents, and advises on contract management issues.
Gavan also regularly advises Commonwealth agencies on intellectual property law and software licensing.
Gavan has been listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the 'Government' category in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Special Counsel, Maddocks
Russell has experience advising on complex procurements and asset sales, grant and funding agreements, regulatory issues and national security issues such as money laundering and terrorism financing, and cyber related matters.
He previously held the role of AUSTRAC's first General Counsel, for a period of 10 years, as well as having responsibility for a number of other areas including privacy compliance, policy, governance and risk management.
Anthony is recognised as one of Australia's leading government and technology lawyers, with expertise in commercial, contracting, technology and IP matters.
He has spent around 25 years advising on some of Australia's largest commercial and government transactions and has led tender and contract development and negotiations for a number of multi-billion dollar Australian Government technology procurements.
Anthony is recognised as a highly skilled negotiation strategist and lead negotiator for major projects. He has advised on both major acquisitions and resolution of significant contract disputes. He also advises on structuring complex IP and technology arrangements.
Garry is a Director of CohortIQ , a ‘big data’ analytic company established by his son, Ben after Ben and his partners won the 2016 Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) Datastart competition, with an innovative approach to Health data analytics.
Garry has had extensive ICT experience over several decades in the Education and Health sectors.
Garry’s previous work in Health has focussed on the development of regional ICT Strategy, Architecture and Governance, with particular emphasis on innovation, benefits realisation and financial sustainability. He has become well known in the Health industry through his development of SWARH.
Director, Swiftfare Pty Limited
Martin Smyrk is an entrepreneur with significant software development experience, and a deep interest in improving transport outcomes for people with disabilities. Martin is currently working on SwiftFare, a platform that revolutionises taxi travel for people with disabilities.
After developing an interest in computing from an early age, Martin could often be found tinkering on various projects on his home computer in an attempt to learn by immersing himself in the field. He graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Hons).
Martin is an experienced software developer, with over 15 years experience at a number of respected research and product development organisations including Atlassian and Avaya Labs.