Open Opportunity Brisbane 2017

27 June 2017
The Precinct, Fortitude Valley,


Open Opportunity Brisbane 2017

27 June 2017
The Precinct, Fortitude Valley,


Open Opportunity Brisbane 2017

27 June 2017
The Precinct, Fortitude Valley,

Exploring the opportunities for the business sector to help government deliver simple and intuitive digital services

Since the launch of the Government’s digital transformation agenda, the public sector has found new ways to impact the lives of citizens, applying new approaches to overcoming old legacy structures and modes of thinking; and embracing new technologies and ideas.

The potential of innovation in government is immense; however, the challenges governments face are significant and’s Open Opportunity forums aim to showcase each State’s initiatives to overcoming these challenges, and exploring the vast opportunities for the SME tech community to collaborate.

Hear from key government leaders on:

·   Government’s key digital delivery initiatives helping SMEs to work with government

·   Priority areas that government services must address in the next 12 months

·   Key opportunities that are breaking down the barriers to government procurement

·   The expansion of new services in the Digital Marketplace

·   Collaboration between universities and small business to attract senior skills for government

·   Government’s Open Data Policy and how they are enabling “ecosystems of service delivery”

Open Opportunity Brisbane will showcase the policies and initiatives the Queensland Government is taking to build a workforce of innovators through cross-government networks with a focus on skills, how it is creating innovation funds to accelerate new services, and how it has developed novel procurement mechanisms to bring innovation and technology in from the outside. 

Who will be there

·   Mid-tier Australian tech Chief executive officers

·   C-level technology suppliers to government

·   Public sector procurement officers and Technology project managers

·   Chief data officers and Chief digital officers

·   Policy advisers and Commercial Directors

·   Digital transformation specialists and Business development officers

·   Content producers and service designers

·   Heads of Digital & UX, Government sales and Business operations




Registration and buffet breakfast


Opening Remarks by


Ministerial Address

Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, Queensland Government


Moving from Square of Despair to Competing in the Digital Economy

Paul Shetler, Expert-in-Residence, Stone & Chalk and former Chief Digital Officer, Australian Government


Tracking Queensland's agenda for innovation-led economic growth

Paul Martyn, Deputy Director-General, Strategy and Innovation, Queensland Government


Exploring the frontiers of applied data & analytics in cross-government collaboration

Dr Ian Oppermann, NSW Chief Data Scientist and Chief Executive Officer, NSW Data Analytics Centre


Panel Discussion: Scaling the impact of innovation and transformation in Government – How is technology together with policy innovation helping solve the challenges the three tiers of government face?

Panel Moderator:

Paul Shetler, Expert-in-Residence, Stone & Chalk and former Chief Digital Officer, Australian Government



Paul Martyn, Deputy Director-General, Strategy and Innovation, Queensland Government

Brett Lightfoot, Queensland State Director, Microsoft

Monica Bradley, Non Executive Director,B Corporation Australia


Morning tea


Cities as launch pads for digital transformation – how can the tech community help turn policy into delivery?

Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane


The role of Entrepreneurship in government - reaching the previously unreachable to help drive innovation within government

Wayne Gerard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RedEye and member of Advance Queensland Expert Panel


Building collaboration between universities and small business to attract senior skills for government

Ivano Bongiovanni, Researcher with the PwC’s Chair in Digital Economy’s Innovation Sprints, QUT


How Market-led Proposals are developing transparent, innovative and structured partnerships

Joanne Paterson, A/Director, Market-Led Proposals Team, Investment Policy & Attraction, Agency Performance & Investment Group, Queensland Treasury


Panel Discussion: “Rethinking the way Government works with companies - what opportunities are out there for the tech community to solve problems for government?

Panel Moderator:

Paul Shetler, Expert-in-Residence, Stone & Chalk and former Chief Digital Officer, Australian Government



Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane

Glenn Van Duikeren, Managing Director, eSwitch

Elaine Stead, Executive Director, Blue Sky Funds

Ivano Bongiovanni, Researcher with the PwC’s Chair in Digital Economy’s Innovation Sprints, QUT

Joanne Paterson, A/Director, Market-Led Proposals Team, Investment Policy & Attraction, Agency Performance & Investment Group, Queensland Treasury

Tracey Kay, Co-founder, Axalon





Official Event Host

Hon Leeanne Enoch, MP

Hon Leeanne Enoch, MP

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Minister for Small Business, Queensland Government

As the first member of her family to graduate from university, Minister Leeanne Enoch developed a life-long commitment to education early in her life.

She spent more than a decade as a high school teacher, working in a number of schools in South-East Queensland and in East London, where her passion for community development and social justice grew stronger.

After leaving teaching, Minister Enoch held senior roles in local and state government leading the development and implementation of policies to support some of Queensland’s most at-risk families.

Minister Enoch worked for the Australian Red Cross for almost seven years in leadership roles at the state and national level guiding humanitarian policy and programs to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable. 

She is a proud Nunukul/Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island. She has two teenage sons.

When Minister Enoch won the seat of Algester in the 2015 Election, she became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Queensland Parliament. 

As a Member of the Queensland Cabinet, Minister Enoch previously held portfolio responsibility for Housing and Public Works, Science and Innovation.  Minister Enoch is currently the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business.

Paul Shetler

Paul Shetler

Expert-in-Residence, Stone & Chalk and former Chief Digital Officer, Australian Government

Paul 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 been in leadership roles at large suppliers like Oracle, Microsoft, and the global payments network, SWIFT.

More recently, Paul was responsible for transforming the way government delivers public services. He was appointed CEO of Australia's Digital Transformation Office in July 2015 by Malcolm Turnbull and served in that role and later as Australia's Chief Digital Officer until November 2016, delivering 6 exemplar services, a digital marketplace, a government cloud platform, a services dashboard, an alpha of a whole-of-government website – GOV.AU – and an alpha government identity platform. Paul also signed an MOU with the British government that strengthened the relationship between the two countries' digital teams and made it easier for them to work together.

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 his team delivered four of those 25 exemplar services).

Paul has lived and worked in New York City, Rome, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and London and done the weekly commute to work from the East Coast of the US to San Jose. Currently, Paul lives in Sydney, where has been since Summer of 2015. 

Cat Matson

Cat Matson

Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane

Cat Matson is Brisbane’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and is charged with the digital transformation of the city as a means of accelerating economic growth and equipping small to medium enterprises with the digital skills to accelerate their business.

As an experienced digital and start-up strategist and respected business leader, Cat drives the Digital Brisbane strategy.  The CDO delivers programs to improve digital uptake in the small and medium businesses, educates children on coding and supports start-ups and budding entrepreneurs, while also connecting visiting entrepreneurs with Brisbane’s business community.

Cat is a passionate advocate for human-centric ‘smart cities’, recognising that digital is an enabler, not an outcome in its own right. She is a regular panellist and moderator for key industry events, speaking about everything from digital in small business to the problem with smart cities.

Cat endeavours to discern trend from fad in the digital space and determine how businesses can leverage new technologies to reach their full potential.

Paul Martyn

Paul Martyn

Deputy Director-General, Strategy and Innovation, Queensland Government

Paul Martyn heads up the Advance Queensland agenda for innovation-led economic growth.  He has responsibility for innovation policy and for a range of programs to support growth.

Paul has an extensive career across government focusing on working with industries, firms and regions to successfully grow and compete in a global context. He has held senior roles in policy development, regulatory reform, commercial analysis, investment facilitation and program delivery. 

Paul worked for a decade on innovation and reform in agriculture, with a particular focus on the sugar, dairy and meat processing sectors.  Most recently he has led successful efforts to encourage new investment in Queensland tourism, including in aviation, island resorts and hotels.

Paul undertook his Masters at the University of London on science policy in the UK and was a criminal defence lawyer before joining the State Government.


Glenn Van Duikeren

Glenn Van Duikeren

Managing Director, eSwitch Sports Lighting

Glenn is the founder and Managing Director of eSwitch Sports Lighting, a Brisbane-based tech innovation business specialising in remote sports lighting control systems. A Master Electrician with more than two decades’ experience in the commercial electrical contracting industry,

Glenn has spent the past decade focusing exclusively on sports lighting. It was from this experience working with community clubs that he developed a unique understanding of the challenges faced by local sports clubs, and the idea for eSwitch was born. 
In March 2017, Glenn was awarded funding by the Queensland Government to further develop eSwitch as part of Advance Queensland's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The pilot project, called Bright Sport, will enable multiple users of sports clubs and associations to securely, safely and sustainably control their sports field lights via their smart phones. It will also introduce a search, book, pay system so that emerging sport organisations can search and pay for available floodlit green space in their community with their smartphones. 

Glenn is a member of Master Electricians Australia. In 2016 he received the Excellence Award for Electrical Contracting from TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.

Monica Bradley

Monica Bradley

Founder, Purposeful Capital

Monica is an engaging talent with exceptional strategy and global advisory experience who invests time and energy innovating in the digital economy. She returned to Australia in 2012 after impressive careers in the USA and Middle East. Monica holds non-executive directorships and provides board level strategy advice. She is an active investor in early stage start-ups and social impact enterprises. Through her director, mentoring and advisory roles she provides innovation and digital economy expertise to corporates, government, not for profits and start-ups.

Monica helps organisations transform from the industrial age into the digital economy. She brings insights and leads strategic discussions that help boards and executives better understand the risks and opportunities of the emerging digital economy and exercise informed judgement in their strategy design. She has designed and led significant transformation programs in government, private sector and regulated industries. Her strong commitment to social capital is evident in her advocacy of impact investing in the NFP sector. Collaborating with QUT and PwC, Monica was instrumental in establishing the PwC Chair in Digital Economy, an Australian first research chair focused on the digital economy. She continues to play a major role with industry engagement, innovation services and designing game changing capacity building offerings to equip partners, students and organisations to thrive in the digital economy. Her expertise encompasses the full innovation cycle, from inspiration, through ideation, to incubation and commercialisation.

Elaine Stead

Elaine Stead

Managing Director, Blue Sky Funds

Elaine is the Managing Director of Venture Capital and is responsible for the management of the Blue Sky venture capital fund and portfolio. Established in 2012, the venture capital division has expanded to bear its second fund, VC2014, and over $100 million in assets under management across a broad range of industry sectors.

Elaine has worked for a number of years as a venture capitalist and management consultant to the venture and industry across Australia and the United States. Elaine has also worked in strategic management consulting, with both NASDAQ and ASX listed and private companies based in Australia and the US. Originally trained as a stem cell biologist, Elaine has since spent the last decade within the innovation and investment spectrum, initially in technology commercialisation assisting public institutions and founders translate and commercialise their technology across a broad range of industry sectors including agriculture, healthcare and IT.

Dr Ian Oppermann

Dr Ian Oppermann

Chief Data Scientist and Chief Executive Officer, Data Analytics Centre, NSW Government

Dr Ian Oppermann is CEO and Chief Data Scientist of the NSW Data Analytics Centre.  Prior to this, he was the founding Director of CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services Flagship, and Director of CSIRO’s ICT Centre, the unit responsible for addressing major scientific challenges in wireless communications, robotics, information theory, environmental sensing and eHealth. Before that, he held senior leadership positions in Europe and Australia, including at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Dr Oppermann is regarded a thought leader in Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband-enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to six books and co-authored more than 120 papers that have been cited over 3200 times.  

Dr Oppermann has an MBA from the University of London and a PhD in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institute of Engineers Australia. He is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Joanne Paterson

Joanne Paterson

A/Director, Market-Led Proposals Team, Investment Policy & Attraction, Agency Performance & Investment Group, Queensland Treasury

Joanne is a career public servant.  After graduating in law from Glasgow University she was appointed to the UK Civil Service at The Scottish Office.  She held a range of positions including supporting the development and implementation of Scottish devolution and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament.  She also enjoyed a six month secondment to the European Commission to work on the European Union’s response to the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.  In 2005 she emigrated from Scotland to South Australia where she joined the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Corporate Services team.  Moving to Queensland in 2008 she initially took up a position with Queensland Treasury to undertake a review of TAFE fees and charges. She has largely remained with Queensland Treasury, leading teams responsible for advising government on a variety of topics including education, public safety, justice and unemployment. In 2015 she supported Walter Sofronoff’s Commission of Inquiry into the 2011 Grantham Floods. Since April 2016 Joanne has been Director of the Market-Led Proposals Team in Queensland Treasury.

Ivano Bongiovanni

Ivano Bongiovanni

Researcher with the PwC’s Chair in Digital Economy’s Innovation Sprints, QUT

Ivano is one of the lead researchers at the PwC Chair and his work focuses on helping public and private organisations leverage the opportunities of the Digital Economy. Ivano and the rest of the team conduct Innovation Sprints that allow for rapid exploration of opportunities while delivering actionable recommendations, stakeholder engagement, and employee education. Sprints are focussed to tackle intractable problems, by exploring how an organisation could proactively deliver solutions to their customers. Largely informed by a design thinking approach, the Sprints adopt a range of methodologies to ideate, design and co-create proofs-of-concept in an environment free from the distractions of business-as-usual.

Besides the Innovation Sprints, Ivano’s research focuses on risk management in the digital age. His research interests include cybersecurity management, safety and security management in complex organisations, assessment of organisational vulnerability and digital solutions to improve risk and crisis management systems.

A lecturer with the QUT Business School, Ivano’s academic experience dates back to 2009, with his appointment as a lecturer and research fellow with the Public Management and Policy department at Bocconi University in Milan. A former police officer and Deputy Venue Security Manager (Winter Olympic Games Turin 2006), in 2016 Ivano obtained is PhD from QUT with a study on organisational vulnerability to safety and security disruptions in Australian airports. Ivano holds a Master in International Security (Sciences Po, Paris), a Master in Management of Government and International Institutions (Bocconi University, Milan) and a Bachelor in International Relations (Turin University).

Brett Lightfoot

Brett Lightfoot

Queensland State Director, Microsoft

As State Director Brett is responsible for the overall Microsoft business in Queensland and Northern Territory . This includes meeting the needs of Microsoft’s enterprise customers across both commercial and public sector, as well as supporting a diverse range of business partners who develop , deploy and manage a wide range of innovative business solutions built on the Microsoft platform. The Microsoft Queensland business also runs one of two Microsoft Innovation Centers in Australia which proudly support emerging businesses, students, entrepreneurs and startup companies.

Brett has over 20 years of experience in the ICT industry and is passionate about creative and innovative solutions that can change people’s lives and foster economic development.

Prior to Microsoft Brett held positions of  State Director for Nortel QLD and National Professional Services Manager for Getronics Australia. Brett holds a Degree in Industrial Design and loves to apply design principles to innovation in software and services.  Open Data is something Brett sees huge potential for Australia and Queensland to be  world leaders in promoting Open Data as an intrinsic component to economic development and innovation.

Wayne Gerard

Wayne Gerard

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RedEye and member of Advance Queensland Expert Panel

Wayne is a passionate entrepreneur and a champion of Australia's growing startup ecosystem.

In 2012, Wayne co-founded RedEye, one of Australia's fastest growing startups, and the first software business to make engineering data truly mobile.

Wayne plays an active role in the development of Australia's startup ecosystem as a Director of StartupAUS, the national advocacy body for technology startups, and in advisory roles with the Queensland State Government. In June 2015 he was the first startup entrepreneur to be appointed to the QLD Premier's Business Advisory Committee, and in 2015 was awarded the Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year Pearcy Award.

Tracey Kay

Tracey Kay

Co-founder, Axalon

Tracey is a technology executive and entrepreneur with twenty plus years experience harnessing emerging technologies to transform business models across enterprise and public sector. 

In 2016 she co-founded the services start-up Axalon with a vision of enabling customers to operate in real-time. Through transitioning from a customer role in enterprise to a service provider, Tracey has gained insight into the challenges startups face when engaging with the public sector and enterprise.

Axalon were selected as part of the first cohort of Advance Queensland Testing with Government (TWiG) program. They successfully collaborated with the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation to test an internet of things (IOT) platform that streamlined the delivery of its environmental monitoring data and made it available to customers in real-time. 

The positive experience of TWiG and subsequent work with DSITI has shifted Tracey’s perspective of what is possible when working with public sector agencies.

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