Johan Stokking - Keynote speaker + Masterclass
CTO, The Things Network Netherlands
Chris Rowlands - Keynote speaker
Innovation Officer, City of Greater Bendigo
Chris is an urban planner and is currently employed as the Innovation Officer with the City of Greater Bendigo where he is driving the innovation and smart cities agenda with a view to how Bendigo can become a City of the Future. One of Chris’s award-winning initiatives is called Clever Weather, where the City of Greater Bendigo has teamed up with La Trobe University to install 100 weather sensors throughout the city, including in outer suburbs. He is passionate about improving the collaboration between academia, industry and government in order to address some of the challenges facing our cities and regions today.
Simon Egerton - Keynote speaker
Deputy Head, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, La Trobe University
Simon has led a team to establish Australia’s first Master of Internet of Things and is leading the way to establish the Bendigo campus as a centre of excellence in the space of the Internet of Things and disruptive technologies. He has a background in hardware, software and Artificial Intelligence and has applied these interests to the area of intelligent autonomous robots, human robot interaction and more recently to the Internet of Things. Simon has a passion for disruptive technology and the application of open source technologies, including open source embedded systems and open source manufacturing platforms, to help drive social entrepreneurship and address real world problems for people in the community. He is a co-founder and director of the Creative Science Foundation (CSF), a non-profit foundation dedicated to exploring the use of science fiction as a means to motivate and direct research into new technologies. The recent Creative Robotix initiative from CSF is currently being adopted into schools across the region and further afield. He is a visiting member of the Intelligent Inhabited Environments Group at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan. Applied areas of research interest include Health, Agricultural Technology, Smart Cities and remote environmental monitoring.
Tom Bianchi - Speaker
Regional Manager, Microchip Technology Australia
Tom Bianchi is Regional Manager for Microchip Technology Australia, based in Sydney. He has worked with Microchip for 19 years facilitating the growth of Microchip business in Australia and New Zealand. Tom previously worked for an electronics distribution company in the roles of product manager and field applications engineer, and before that as a design engineer. Tom earned degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney.
Adamson dela Cruz - Speaker
CTO and Co-Founder, IOT NINJA
Brian Danilko - Speaker
Likeable Software / Entelechy Pty Ltd
Brian has produced software for over 30 years on lots of different embedded projects. For the last 15 months he has been working on a LoRaWAN device – understanding the protocol, debugging the embedded stack, wrangling with network providers, finessing re-try strategies and basically learning heaps. Along the way he found that lots of people had questions about the specific details of LoRaWAN that he had just found out himself.
Andrew Maggio - Speaker
Founder Director of Technology and Operations, Meshed
Andrew brings more than 25 years experience in Information Technology, with over a decade at Microsoft Australia and in the UK. He has held senior roles with Graincorp and has developed a strong background in digital electronics, network architecture and vehicle telematics. Andrew founded Meshed in 2015 off the back of delivering a Remote Asset Monitoring solution to a large Australian Defence Contracting organisation. In 2013 Andrew started his IoT business, LOCstep Technology Solutions, to deliver consulting projects such as a “Connected Car” telematics proof-of-concept to NRMA Motoring & Services. Andrew is responsible for technology and operations at Meshed..
Flavia Tata Nardini - Speaker
CEO, Fleet Australia
Dale Rankine - Speaker
CEO and co-founder, Reekoh
Tony Smith - Speaker
CEO, Joto Systems
Dr Tomaž Šuklje - Speaker
CEO and Co-founder, Sensedge
Dr. Tomaž Šuklje is CEO and the
co-founder of Sensedge, co-initiator Microclimate.network initiative. He is a researcher with 10+ years of experience. He is experimental methods, urban physics, and high-performance buildings. He holds the position of Senior Research Associate at the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, researching nature-based solutions in cities in close collaboration with TU Berlin. He is also a co-founder of AgriSense, an IoT consultancy business focusing on agriculture.
Ben Thurgood - Speaker
Head of Solutions Architecture, NSW/QLD, Amazon AU
Jenny McCormick - Conversation Cafe
Daniel Adams - Panel member
Business and Innovation Analyst, City of Prospect
Simon Blyth - Panel member
Ken Everett - Panel member
CEO and Founder, Digital Matter
Leo Gaggl - Panel member
Managing Director, Opensensing
Mohamed Khalil - Panel member
Innovation Lead, The Platform
Mohamed is a telecommunication and electronics engineer who worked for 11 years in multiple telecom operators and vendors. Starting from the year 2017, Mohamed was busy building the first low power IOT network ‘NBIOT’ in Dubai. After that, he started his entrepreneurial journey by starting a tech startup building low power IOT devices to solve major problems facing agriculture sector and local communities. Mohamed recently moved to Australia to be part one of the fasting growing IOT markets in the world, trying to utilize the knowledge and experience he has to empower the Australian IOT ecosystem with his fresh energy.
Dr. Michael Di Matteo - Panel member
Environmental Engineer, Water Technology
Paul McManus - Panel member
Co-founder and GM IoT Solutions, Meshed
Fay Patterson - Panel member
Councillor, West Norwood/Kent Town ward, City of Norwood Payneham St Peters
Fay Patterson was elected to the Norwood Payneham St Peters Council in October 2018. She represents West Norwood & Kent Town – the greenest-leaning ward in South Australia. At the time of the elections, Council staff had just completed a floodplain mapping exercise as the basis of a $23 million, 15-year drainage program. But increasing the speed and amount of water flowing down the drain has impacts on our suburbs, our landscapes and our neighbours, while communities want Council to manage our natural assets – not waste them. Fay is a champion of the Virtual Dam concept, which is ideally suited to an inner-urban council area experiencing urban consolidation and expecting higher intensity rainfalls as an outcome of climate change.
Massimo Sacchi - Panel member
Business Developer, Arduino AG
Ella Winnall - Panel member
Economic Development Advisor, District Council of Loxton Waikerie
Nathaniel Mason - Moderator
Team Leader Business Solutions, City of Tea Tree Gully
Nathaniel joined Local Government from an IT career foundation in systems integration and IT consulting. In IT Solutions at The City of Tea Tree Gully, Nathaniel and the Business Solutions team are responsible for IT projects, strategy and information management. Their aim is to orchestrate the chaos of technology and business into effective strategies, projects and collaborative outcomes for Local Government professionals and communities. Over the past couple of years, this has included deployment of Things Network gateways and integration of IoT solutions. Nathaniel is also secretary of Local Government Information Technology Association of South Australia, Civic Innovation Task Force team member with the Smart Cities Council of Australia and New Zealand, management team member with TEDxAdelaide and SouthStart.