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ACS Gold Coast Chapter: Preparing for the Digital Future

Whether you have decided to study and pursue a career in digital technology, computer science, information management, or any other technology field or want to learn more about it before deciding, this is the event for you!

Event Start: Wed 07 Jun 05:30 PM
Event Finish: Wed 07 Jun 08:30 PM


Registration End Date: Wed 07 Jun 12:00 PM

Whether you have decided to study and pursue a career in digital technology, computer science, information management, or any other technology field or want to learn more about it before deciding, this is the event for you! Griffith University, Southern Cross University and TAFE Queensland will present an overview of technology-related degrees and training courses they offer so you can decide the one that suits you best. There will be an opportunity to ask panelists consisting of graduates and employers, for information based on their personal experience and circumstances.<br><br>Even if you are not interested in technology, how to prepare for the digital future is valuable information for everyone. A keynote presentation on smart cities by Antony Stinziani, the CIO of the City of Gold Coast, and a special presentation by Professor Ryan Ko from MegaCRC on how the higher-education sector will work together with the industries in preparation for Olympic Games 2032 are not to be missed.<br><br>There is more! Find out how you can enroll for FREE in TAFE Queensland Metaverse-Ready micro-credential courses for high school students. Enjoy the immersive experience using various technologies such as holographic wall by Axiom Holographic, metaverse platform by Imagine Realities, reality capture and mixed reality by Holovision, VR game by Professor Tech, XR spatial design including colour passthrough using Meta Quest Pro by TAFE Queensland. Other exhibitors include Protech and Busy at Work. Pizza will be served during registration time, so don&#39;t be late!<br><br><strong>Thank you to the following organisations: </strong><br><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1682482783000"></img>


 05:30 PM - 06:00 PM  Registration, Networking & Demonstrations in the Jed Cahill Theatre                          
 06:00 PM - 06:15 PM  Welcome by ACS and TAFE Queensland                          
 06:15 PM - 06:35 PM  Keynote Presentation by Antony Stinziani, the CIO of the City of Gold Coast                          
 06:35 PM - 06:50 PM  Southern Cross University Panel - Course Overview and Q&A Panel Discussion                          
 06:50 PM - 07:05 PM  Griffith University Panel - Course Overview and Q&A Panel Discussion                          
 07:05 PM - 07:20 PM  TAFE Queensland Coomera Panel - Course Overview and Q&A Panel Discussion                          
 07:20 PM - 07:35 PM  MegaCRC presentation                          
 07:35 PM - 07:45 PM  Preview of FREE Metaverse-Ready micro-credential courses by TAFE Queensland                          
 07:45 PM - 08:30 PM  Networking + XR, Metaverse, Reality Capture Exhibition & Demonstration                          

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Antony Stinziani

Antony Stinziani

Chief Information Officer, City of Gold Coast

Antony is a mentor and coach of women in ICT leadership, a regular speaker at conferences and events, an experienced CIO and a non-executive board director.

Antony holds a degree in public sector management and ICT and has worked in senior executive ICT roles for over 25 years across numerous government agencies including the CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the Australian Parliament and the ACT Government. Key areas of work Antony has led include:

  • Leadership and execution of digital strategy
  • Leadership of business change and program management;
  • Leadership of digital and data capability development;
  • Leadership of Digital Transformation;
  • Financial management and governance; and
  • Collaboration across government, research and industry sectors

Antony is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Antony was a member of the Board of Directors of Carers ACT (2012-2020); and Carers Australia (2014-2020). 
Antony has been a mentor in the Women in ICT Program (WITEM) from 2010 to the present.
Antony is a member of the Women in ICT (WIC) Committee and Male Champion of Change.
Antony is a qualified NLP Practitioner. 

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Professor Ryan Ko

Professor Ryan Ko

Bid Leader, MegaCRC; Chair and Director – UQ Cyber, The University of Queensland

I am currently Professor, Chair and Director of UQ Cyber Security at the University of Queensland, Australia. Until Jan 2019, I was Assoc Prof and Director, NZ Institute for Security and Crime Science at the University of Waikato. I established NZ's first Masters degree in Cyber Security and Cyber Security Lab. I also advise Interpol, NZ's Minister for Communications' Cyber Security Skills Taskforce, and Ministry of Justice. My research interests are Cyber Security, Data Provenance, Homomorphic Encryption and Cloud Computing Security. I have a track record in tech commercialisation, as ex-lead computer scientist with HP Labs, and currently as Principal Investigator of STRATUS, a 6-year NZD12.2mil (incl. GST) MBIE grant researching user-centric cloud security technologies. 

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Matthew Eames

Matthew Eames

CIO at Protech Group, Member of the ACS QLD Branch Executive Committee, and Chair of the ACS QLD Gold Coast Chapter

Mathew has 20+ years’ experience in the ICT industry, delivering ICT strategy and planning for a large global enterprise across multiple industries. Recently Mathew has focussed his career on working with and supporting local Queensland businesses, currently working as CIO for a national recruitment company.

Passionate about growing ICT locally and helping open pathways for our future workforces, Mathew is involved with the ACS as a Gold Coast and the ACS QLD Branch Executive committee. Mathew works to mentor students and is developing a Gold Coast Innovation group of local business ICT leaders to lift the profile of ICT on the Gold Coast. His focus is on developing the ICT sector locally, to help the development of local talent and ultimately see the Gold Coast be known as an ICT world leader.

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Ann Stevens

Ann Stevens

Associate Lecturer HE, TAFE Queensland 
Secretary, ACS Gold Coast Chapter

Ann has been an educator at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast educator and a member of ACS for over 20 years. Ann has degrees in applied science, multimedia, further education and training, and over five years of experience in the IT industry. In 2021, Ann was awarded the Queensland Australian Computer Society (ACS) Chair’s Medal for her contribution to the Tech Industry. Last year, Ann recently developed and delivered non-accredited industry short courses on Reality Capture (3D Scanning) and Creating AR/VR Experiences. Ann is currently working on a free program for Queensland high school students called the ‘Metaverse-Ready Program’, which she will present at this event.

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198 Foxwell Road,Coomera,QLD,Australia

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  • Auditorium & Black Box Theatre, Level 1, TAFE Queensland Coomera Campus
    198 Foxwell Road
    Coomera QLD 4209
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  • Event Start: Wed 07 Jun 05:30 PM
    Event Finish: Wed 07 Jun 08:30 PM
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