Previous Events

TasICT hosts events that facilitate networking among Tasmanian ICT industry professionals, the business community and our strategic government partners. 

TasICT hosts two major events every year.  The first is the Tasmanian iAwards and the second being the Tasmanian ICT Conference. 

We also host Tapas and Technology events across the year, throughout the State. For information on any of our events, please email  


iAwards Winners and Sponsors TasICT iAwards 2015 with Minister Ferguson  


iAwards 2015

Alderman Daniel Hulme, Key Note Speaker Jarrah Kammoora, Ange Collis and Leader of the Opposition Bryan Green - 2015 iAwards

Then Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings, with award winner, Chris Rasmussen of Synataq, at the 2013 Tasmanian ICT Awards.

Please see event calendar for upcoming events

Past Events


TASICT hosts the annual iAwards in Tasmania. The iAwards honour companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and recognise the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. 

The iAwards replaced the old Tasmanian ICT awards that were traditionally held in November. 

Winners of the Tasmanian iAwards go through to the national iAwards finals against winners from other States and Territories. National winners can then progress through to the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards. 

The arrangement is a product of TasICT's new relationship with its national equivalent, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

iAwards 2015

The 2015 iAwards was held on Friday July 10 in the Derwent Room at Wrest Point Convention Centre. 

iAwards 2016

Annual State Conference 

TASICT - with its partners and sponsors - runs an annual Tasmanian ICT Conference. The event is open to both members and non-members and includes an educational session for students to attend. The event concludes with the 'Mad Hatter' Dinner. 

The event is strategically coordinated to showcase government, partnering industries & educational institutions. This creates a focus on how technology influences every aspect of Tasmanian businesses. 

TasICT Technology & Innovation State Conference 2016 

9:00am-9:45am: TasICT AGM - Members Only – Find out the direction, successes and challenges of your industry peak body. Provide feedback to your incoming board and see how you are represented to government, your customers and the media 

10:00am-10:45am: AusIndustries on Business Grants, Tax Incentives and Accelerating Commercialisation Are you getting the advantages of your competitors? Find out what AusIndustries have on offer to help you build and inject necessary capital.  Accelerating Commercialisation - Business Advisor - Ron Mack AusIndustries Entrepreneur Programme - Business Advisory –Fritz Shoemaker - RD Tax Incentives -Deputy State Manager – Danielle Kellahan 

11:00am-11:30am: The Savage Creativity in App Design  - Matt Dobson – Chief Communication Officer, Savage Interactive brings you into the creative and lucrative world of app design. ‘The Savage Creativity in App Design’ explores what’s new and where we go to next.     

11:30am   CodeClub and Metal Minds in the Creativity Pods - See our future technologists code games and create robotics using programmable Legos '

12:00pm- 1:00pm: TasICT ‘Generations’ Panel Discussion - Student Session - Over 250 students will be inspired to study ICT and STEM by listening to mentors talk about their careers and lives. Will Kestin - TasICT CEO - James Riggall – Bitlink / StartUp TAS - Jason Imms – Freelance Journalist and  Tasmanian Gaming Society - Matt Dobson – Savage Interactive - Tommy Fotak – Biteable - Kerryn Meredith Sotiris - TasTAFE 

1:00pm- 1:45pm: The Baker from Beechworth - Student Session - Tom O’Toole - One of the best motivational speakers in Australia. He rose from the humblest beginnings to build a multi-million dollar business and completely reinvigorate a dying regional area into a tourism mecca. 

2:00pm- 3:30pm: Industry Partners Panel Discussion – “The Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Transformation Across Many Industry Sectors” - Strategic Alliance Industry Partners share their insights from many business sectors. Technologists will have a chance to question and provide solutions to many key industries for the State. 
Industry Panel: 
Rob Hill (Aged Care Industry) - Aged & Community Services Tasmania (ACST) Policy and Communications Officer / Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) Acting National Media Manager 
David Clements (Disability Sector) – State Manager National Disability Services 
Sally Murphett – (Agriculture Sector) (TFGA) Simon Cocker – (Construction and Building Industry) - (TBCITB) 
Emma Woodcock – (Aquaculture/Seafood Sector) Tasmanian Seafood Council 
Ella Dixon – (Immigration Services Sector) - CEO Migrant Resource Centre 
Technology Panel: 
Martin Anderson – Director, Ionata Digital 
Joel Harris - Director, TasmaNet 
Simon Tyrrell – Director, LiveTiles 
Mike Pym – Director, Pym’s Technology Lawyers 
Kevin Clapperton - Regional Sales Manager, Technology Solutions Vic, Tas & NZ Staples 
Andrew Fraser – TasNetworks Team Leader Network Innovations 

3:45pm- 4:30pm: The Future of Artificial Intelligence - Watson Cognitive Systems – The New Era of Cognitive Computing. The Future of Making Data More Useful in Every Business. Find out how data is changing your life and how it can change your business. - Jason Leonard – Director, IBM Watson AP/GCG/Japan - IBM 

4:45pm- 5:20pm: Mike Pym - The Impact of The Recent Changes to Consumer Law on IT Suppliers and Government - Mike Pym – Director, Pym’s Technology Lawyers 

5:20pm- 6:00pm: Energy, Technology and The Bruny Island Project - Andrew Fraser – TasNetworks Team Leader Network Innovations 

6:15pm – 6:45pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks - Grand Ballroom Foyer 

7:00pm – 11:00pm: Mad Hatter Dinner - Key Note Speaker: Mr Tom O’Toole – The Baker from Beechworth - Tom is the bestselling author of "Breadwinner" and tours the world as a public speaker. He is a respected business man, educator and considered one of the best motivational speakers in Australia. Under Tom's management, the Beechworth Bakery has become the highest earning single bakery retailer in Australia and is the winner of various national and state marketing and business awards. His business model is being emulated around the world. Tom rose from the humblest beginnings to overcome great adversity, build a multi-million dollar business while completely reinvigorating a dying regional area into a booming tourism mecca.    

11:00pm – 2:00am: After Party - Hotel Grand Chancellor Lower Lounge Bar


2015 Annual State Conference - Held at Wrest Point Convention Centre - 21 October 2015.

Every Business is a Digital Business- Motivate to Innovate

9:00am: TasICT AGM (Members Only)

10:00am: Session 1 - TasICT Theatrette - Alopi Latukefu (State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) ‘Trade Incentives for Business and Insight into the Benefits of Export’

11:00am: Session 2 – TasICT Theatrette – The Grants, Assistance and Tax Incentives from AusIndustry

11:00am: Session 2 – Wellington Room – Student Presentation – ICT as a future - Will Kestin CEO TasICT, Bridget Van De Kamp UTAS, Matt Dobson Savage Interactive, Andrew McPhail Screen Tasmania, James Riggall StartUp Tas, Jason Imms Tasmanian Games Development Society (TasJam) – Official Launch Announcement of the TasICT Workforce Development Plan Phase 1 – IT@Work      

12:00pm: Session 3 - TasICT Theatrette -Matt Dobson (Savage Interactive) The Story of Procreate

1:00pm: Session 4 - TasICT Theatrette - Karl Sice (Head of Innovation Staples) 'Activity-Based Working for the Education Sector - Where Innovation and Education Intersect' 

2:00pm: Session 5 - TasICT Theatrette - Mike Pym (Director of Pym’s Technology Lawyers) – “The Legal Pitfalls of the Technology Industry’ – Whether you are a client or a provider, technology can present unique legal issues which everyone should be across.  

2:45pm: Session 6 – Wellington Room - Panel Discussion on the Sharing Economy mediated by the Honourable Rob Valentine.

4:00pm: Session 7 - TasICT Theatrette - UXC – ‘Cyber Security the critical protection demystified’

Key Note Speakers– Mad Hatter Party  Pre-Dinner Drinks at 6:15pm, Dinner at 7:00pm -  Mike Pym (Director of Pym’s Technology Lawyers) and Ian Whitehouse (Director of International Business 888 Fortune Enterprise) 

Tapas & Technology Networking Events

TASICT - with its partners and sponsors - runs a number of 'Tapas and Technology' networking events across the state over the course of the year. These are free events however pre-registration is necessary.

Tapas & Technology - Proudly sponsored by Hays Recruitment- Sep 21 2017 - Held at Wrest Point Convention Centre, Hobart - Guest speaker: John MacLeod - Internet of Things Specialist, IBM

Tapas & Technology - Proudly sponsored by Hays Recruitment- May 3 2017 - Held at Enterprise Hub, Hobart - Guest speakers: TasTAFE Workforce Development Team

Tapas & Technology - Proudly sponsored by The University of Tasmania - March 15 2017 - Held at TMEC Tasmanian Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, Burnie - Design Disruptors Film Screening

Tapas & Technology - Proudly sponsored by Ionata Digital- February 2 2017 - Held at Enterprize Hub, Hobart - Design Disruptors Film Screening

Tapas & Technology - Proudly sponsored by Hays Recruitment- October 31 2016 - Held at STEAM NGN, Launceston - Guest Speaker: The Hon. Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health, Information, Technology and Innovation

Tapas & Technology - Proudly sponsored by UXC - May 17 2016- Held at Waterside Pavillion, Hobart - Guest Speaker: The Hon. Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health, Information, Technology and Innovation

Tapas & Technology -February 4 2016 - Held at Waterside Pavilion Hobart - Guest Speaker: Paulo De Sousa, CSIRO

Tapas & Technology - Proudly sponsored by Hays Recruitment- September 24 2015 - Held at Definium Technologies Launceston


Lunch with Don Beahm

TasICT, ISW and IBM Proudly held lunch with Don Beahm, Worldwide Transportation Leader at IBM on July 11, 2017 at the Enterprize Hub in Hobart. 

Mr Beahm was the lead architect and manager for the development technology and innovation of transportation, asset configuration, linear and a subject matter expert contributor for service providers.

Don Beahm has over 25 years of development and delivery experience in a number of sectors, including transportation (rail mechanical and engineering, fleet, shipping, utilities, oil and gas, aviation and the public sector). In addition he has experience in federal and state-wide manufacturing and telecommunications. 

ICT Policy Forum

TasICT members and supporters were invited to participate in a Labor policy forum with David Bartlett on April 12 2016. 

Former Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, is considered as many as Australia's first ICT Premier. He was the first Australian political leader to utilise Twitter and Facebook for campaigning, took on the Tasmanian ICT and education portfolios and was largely responsible for Tasmania being the first State in Australia to receive the NBN.

At the event he facilitated a Labor policy discussion about the future of our sector. 

The event was co-hosted with the Australian Labor Party (Tasmania). 

Also in attendance were Opposition Leader, Bryan Green MP; Shadow Treasurer, Scott Bacon MP; Shadow Minister for ICT, Madeleine Ogilvie MP.

Harper Reed Live in Tasmania

TasICT as proud to present Harper Reed as part of our IT's Your Career Program and ‘TasICT Generations’ program. This involved both a student presentation during the day and a dinner in the evening. 

Harper Reed is a US-based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He has been called a “tech pioneer” and a “digital wizard”. He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behaviour. He is currently the Head of Commerce at Braintree, a PayPal Company. In 2012 Harper was responsible for delivering Barack Obama’s online campaign and get-out-the-vote programme. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago, Harper was the man who was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time. From 2005 to 2009, Harper Reed was the CTO of Chicago-based clothing company Threadless, one of the first successful crowdsourcing companies, and helped increase revenue tenfold during that period. From 2009 to 2012 he consulted for companies like Rackspace, an innovative cloud-based website host, and Sandbox Industries, a forward-thinking venture capital company which funds hundreds of tech projects in their early stages and then launches the best few. Harper has also developed a number of community based apps in Chicago. Harper is a brilliant speaker on how technology can enhance business performance, foster organisational creativity and build strong teams. He also speaks eloquently on the state of data security on the internet and the demographics and constituencies of politics. 
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TasICT is proudly sponsored by


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