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2015 ACS Canberra Conference wrap up

Friday, 25 Sep 2015

What a fantastic Conference!

A great turnout of delegates saw over 300 ICT professionals descend on the National Convention Centre.

The day kicked off with the Women in Information and Communication (WIC) breakfast with some discussion on the need for more women in ICT across Australia.

The main Conference commenced with an address from new Chairman of ACS Canberra Dr Tim Turner (FACS) followed by a keynote address from ACS Chief Executive Officer Mr Andrew Johnson.

The opening keynote speaker Chris Vein CEO of Dome Advisory Services delivered an eye opening presentation on innovation and creating the next generations of empowerment, who gave the audience food for thought in what the future might bring.
Conference delegates attended conference streams across multiple disciplines such as innovation, infrastructure and security, skills and resilience, data, and education.

Highlights from the day included the Simon Pampena’s creative approach to stand up maths comedy in the education stream, which attracted a full room of delegates, as well as Marie Johnson and Sarah Pearson’s presentations from the innovative stream, also attracting a large audience.

Stefan Hajkowicz Principal Scientist at CSIRO Australia addressed the audience of global mega trends existing now, and those we can expect to see in the future.

The day was wrapped up perfectly with an entertaining and thought provoking presentation by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Australian Science Commentator, Julius Sumner Miller Fellow and Author with a mind jogging look at the future of ICT.

The day concluded with the 50th anniversary dinner, where 200 ICT professionals, and the Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA celebrated how far the Canberra Computer Society has progressed throughout the past 50 years. Amongst the 50th anniversary celebrations was the CXO Panel Discussion.

ACS Canberra would like to thank all those who attended this wonderful event, and your contribution in celebrating the past 50 years.