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Eric Grab

Chief Technology Officer, DivX

Sponsored by the Tasmanian Government

Presentation Title
The future of video entertainment

What you'll learn
Eric Grab and DivX are world leaders in video technology.  So where is technology taking us?

Your Presenter
At DivX Eric Grab leads global engineering, technology industry relations, cross-company architecture, and research. Eric is a technologist who has collaborated with Hollywood movie studios and consumer electronics companies to move forward the vision of easy and secure access to digital content. Enabled by significant jumps in video compression technology he architected secure Internet video delivery systems, and extended them to consumer electronic devices. He is an inventor of content protection and distribution technology. Eric has worked on and evangelized state-of-the-art systems for Booz Allen and Hamilton, DivX, Massive Media Group, Rovi, San Diego State University, and Walt Disney Studios.

Andrew Walduck

Chief Information Officer, Australia Post

Presentation Title
Australia Post’s digital disruption

What you’ll learn
After 205 years’ continuous operation, Australia Post’s original business model has been savaged by technology.  So what now for one of Australia’s oldest and most respected businesses?

Your Presenter
Andrew joined Australia Post in January 2012 to help drive the digitisation of Australia Post and to implement a new IT strategy that included building a modern IT organisation.

Andrew's career spans more than twenty years in Information Technology, including roles in global corporations such as IBM and Accenture, where he was a Partner in the Communications and High-tech Practice. Prior to joining Australia Post, Andrew held a CIO role in the Corporate Division at Tabcorp.

Dr Michael Briers

Chief Executive Officer, Sirca

Your Presenter
Michael is one of Australia's most respected e-research thought leaders and public-private sector entrepreneurs. Since 2001, Michael has led the growth of SIRCA to become one of the world's preeminent professional e-research infrastructure providers. Today SIRCA provides services and financial market and news data to over 400 universities, regulators and commercial clients world-wide. He is a born-and-bred Tasmanian with a significant interest in the Sense-T project.

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

Chief Executive Officer, Bluechilli

Sponsored by Ionata Digital

Presentation Title
Starting up and getting noticed

What you’ll learn
How to start your business and build your professional brand. Tips, hints, how to's with a narrative on how I built my personal brand from a humble beginning.

Your Presenter
Sebastien has a track record of show-stopping entrepreneurial feats. He is a relentless supporter and cheerleader for the business-venture spirit in Australians young and old. Blue Chilli hand-picks promising startups, then provides website design, web-based apps for needs such as finances and workflow, and a marketing strategy and materials.

Dr Mark Gregory

Senior Lecturer, RMIT

Sponsored by TasNetworks

Presentation Title
Tasmanian Digital Backhaul Infrastructure

What you’ll learn
Backhaul is a major enabler for the successful implementation of a next generation national broadband network. For Tasmania data backhaul is of vital importance if business is to benefit from the global digital economy. The presentation will consider backhaul to Tasmania and provide some perspective on what the benefits would be from greater backhaul competition.

Your Presenter
Dr Gregory holds a PhD and a Master of Engineering from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from University of New South Wales. He continues to teach the next generation of engineers working as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University. Mark has recently published a book on Security and the Networked Society which provides research and discussion relating to current issues surrounding telecommunications, the National Broadband Network and the Internet. He has written extensively on Tasmanian data backhaul issues.

Peter Noblet

Senior Regional Director - APAC, Hays

Presentation Title
How to be big on Linkedin

What you’ll learn
What organisations can do on LinkedIn from using it at basic level to building networks, including a case study on how Hays has done this.

Your Presenter
As Senior Regional Director for APAC, Peter is responsible for the Hays Information Technology and Finance Technology business across the APAC region.

His responsibilities cover both the operational and strategic aspects needed to continue the growth of the organisation. He works closely with the directors in each location to ensure our IT and FT offering is consistent and that our sales efforts are focused.

Andrew Perry

Norton Rose Fulbright

Presentation Title
Managing the risks in embracing Cloud

What you’ll learn
With the private sector looking to reduce cost and increase their speed to market by moving to the cloud, and with Governments adopting a 'cloud first' approach to IT procurement - or at least making noises that sound like that - it's important to understand the risks that moving to the cloud can bring. The cloud doesn't necessarily bring new legal traps, but as with any 'new' approach, it can create new ways to fall into old ones. Understanding the risks is the first step to being able to manage or avoid them. If you want to sell a business case for a cloud based solution to your business, or customer, you need to think about the risks that are likely to drive their decision making. The cloud doesn't necessarily bring new legal traps, but as with any 'new' approach, it can create new ways to fall into old ones.

Your Presenter
Andrew is a Special Counsel within Norton Rose Fulbright's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group, in their Melbourne office. Andrew has nearly 20 years’ corporate and commercial experience advising government and private sector clients, with a strong background in information technology projects and related issues including privacy, data security, intellectual property, and telecommunications. Andrew has advised on numerous cloud based information technology projects in recent years. Andrew’s experience includes over 10 years as in-house counsel within Victorian Government. This means he has experience advising on both sides of information technology projects, so he understands both the technical legal side of projects and what can go wrong on the implementation side.

Anthony Rees

Hewlett Packard (Presentation with TasmaNet)

Presentation Title
Changing the Game:  Transform your business with cloud

What you’ll learn
OpenStack cloud demonstration: A short session designed to be informative, engaging and educational to help Company leaders understand how to adopt a pragmatic path to the Cloud, addressing solutions to process and technology transformation challenges including a live demonstration of the HP Helion Cloud Portfolio built on OpenStack.

Your Presenter
Anthony has over fifteen years’ experience in software design, architecture, cloud solutions and development activities. During this time he has utilised his customer relations skills as a support to major organisations in the Banking, Finance, Telecommunications and Technology industries. Anthony has a keen interest and vast experience in Continuous Delivery working with many teams around the world to implement Test Driven Development techniques, Feature Toggling best practices, Platform as a Service designs, Infrastructure as a Service, Build Automation and leverage DevOPS methodologies.

Trent Williams


Presentation Title
NBN rollout update - Tasmania

What you’ll learn
A high level briefing of the status of the NBN rollout in Tasmania.

Your Presenter
Trent Williams is the General Manager, Community Affairs for NBN Co. Trent is responsible for NBN Co’s community engagement programme which entails providing communities and stakeholders where NBN Co is building network with relevant information about when NBN Co is coming, what to expect during the rollout, what the NBN means to a community, and how best to make the most out of the NBN when construction of the network is finished. Trent has over 12 years’ experience in the Telecommunications field having worked with most of the major telcos and the construction companies both here and in Europe. Prior to NBN, Trent was a Management Consultant specialising in strategy, marketing and organisational design.

Matthew Zwolenski

EMC Australia

Presentation Title
The Journey to a data driven world

What you’ll learn
A HBR called the Data Scientist “The Sexiest Job Of The 21st Century”. But today organizations use less than 1% of their information effectively. In this session we will learn what every CIO wants to know: How do I build a strategy that will unlock the value of both big and fast data to create competitive advantage.

Your Presenter
Matthew Zwolenski is the Chief Technology Officer for EMC. As CTO he advises Organizations and Governments in Australia & Globally to help them transform to IT as a Service and build effective big data strategies. As the leading global Technology Infrastructure Provider with a focus on Cloud platforms, Big Data and Security, EMC is transforming the way IT provides services to their business. In his role at EMC, Matt has exposure to many of the IT and Business trends that are shaping our world. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Computing Science) and and MBA from the AGSM.


IT's Your Career Kick-Starter

Sponsored by Hays Recruitment

10:00am - 12:00pm

Tasmanian students will be exposed to an array of successful, inspiring ICT professionals and entrepreneurs.  Students will hear from professionals who studied and made a career in ICT, as well as people using exciting new technology in their business.
This will include presentations to students from ICT professionals about their journey through the industry, including Q&A and career advice.

  • James Riggall - Managing Director, Bitlink
  • Michael Boon - Technical Art Director, Infinity Ward
  • Melissa Lukianenko - CIO, TasNetworks
  • Danijela Bosnjakovic - Hays Recruitment

From there, students will move to the Trade Show component of the day. Students will be able to interact with Tasmanian ICT businesses directly, asking questions and finding out more about what Tasmania's ICT sector has to offer them and their careers.

If your business is interested in meeting Tasmania's up and coming ICT students please register your interest in setting up your booth.

AusIndustry Starting-Up in Tassie Panel

11:30am - 1:00pm

TASICT is assembling a panel of experienced, successful professionals who have successfully started (or helped start) businesses both here in Tasmania and around the world.  The panel will share their experiences through short presentations, discussion and a final Q&A.

  • Rhys Edwards (MC)
  • Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin - BlueChilli
  • James Groom –  Groom Kennedy Lawyers & Advisors
  • Jared Hill –  RXP Services
  • Mike Nermut –  Asdeqlabs    
  • David M. Williams –  Williams Capital Advisors

Digital Disruption in Tasmania’s traditional industries

5:00pm - 6:00pm

How is Digital Disruption impacting Tasmania’s Traditional Industries? Is it a threat or an opportunity?
Come along to our final afternoon session. There’ll be a substantial Q&A session to this one, so bring your
own insights into our industry’s potential.

  • Leon Compton (MC) - ABC Radio
  • Jane Bennett - Former MD, Ashgrove Cheese
  • Luke Martin - Tourism Industry Council Tasmania
  • David Whyte - Huon Aquaculture
  • Dr Michael Briers - Sirca
  • Robert Rockefeller - Nekon



Join us for dinner with our special guest.  Drinks will be held from 6pm, with dinner commencing at 7pm.

Nicholas Gruen

Economist & Government 2.0 Commentator

Nicholas Gruen is a prominent Australian policy economist, entrepreneur and thought leader who has had regular columns in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Gruen worked as adviser to Senator and Federal Industry Minister John Button from in the early 1980s and in this time played a major role in the development of the Button car plan, which refined the path by which a complex industry plan was deregulated and tariffs were reduced. From 1990 to 1993 he worked as economic adviser to Treasurer John Dawkins. He was appointed to the Productivity Commission for one year in 1993 and subsequently for five years. In 1997 he joined the Business Council of Australia.

In 2000 he founded, economic consultancy Lateral Economics.  In 2009, he chaired the internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce and remains Chairman of the Federal Government's Innovation Australia Board.

Carlos Trujillo

Commercial Director, SubPartners

Carlos was former Director of International Planning at Telstra. He joined SubPartners as the Commercial Director. His experience includes the delivery of significant submarine infrastructure projects including the Telstra Endeavour Project, where he drove the project from business case development to commercial and operational execution. Additionally, during his tenure at Telstra, Mr Trujillo represented Telstra’s investment interests in the Asia America’s Gateway Consortium Cable as both the Chairman of the Management Committee and the Commercial Working Group. Mr Trujillo holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an Executive MBA and is a key driver behind the APX-Central project.


If you would like to purchase a table to the dinner, please contact Dean Winter directly.

Sponsorship and Trade Booths


Without our sponsors, this event could not go ahead.  We thank them for their support



Want to sponsor our event?  Or set up a trade booth? We have a few packages left.

For more information contact Dean Winter.


TasICT is proudly sponsored by


  • TasNetworks
  • Tasmanian Government
  • Telstra
  • RXP Services
  • DXC
  • Hays
  • TasmaNet
  • Ionata Digital
  • Uber
  • 2PM Services
  • TIMG
  • Winc
  • EaglecrestTechnologies
  • CGI
  • ISW