The Platform to Think, Learn & Question
Join us for Melbourne's newest tech event, powered by AWS.
Wednesday, 26 October 2022
8.30am - 12.00pm | Q Events, Melbourne
Featuring Todd Sampson
Former Chairman & CEO, Leo Burnett and Co-creator, Earth Hour
Todd Sampson was formerly the CEO and Chairman of Leo Burnett, the most awarded agency in Australia.
He is now the writer, producer and host of a number of international documentaries including Discovery Channel's Redesign My Brain which won Documentary of the Year, BodyHack which has been nominated for Best Factual Series and Most Outstanding Documentary of the Year and more recently Life on The Line. One reviewer colourfully captured Todd's unique approach, “If Bear Grylls, Louis Theroux and Brian Cox had a love child together, it would be Todd Sampson.”
In his session "Challenge and Change Your Mindset", Todd will be providing you with the tools and strategies to rewire your brain and maximize its full potential.
Every great idea starts somewhere.
Join your industry peers for a sit-down breakfast event hosted by Stax and Amazon Web Services.
Hear from inspiring speakers who have used the power of technology to transform their business.
We can’t wait to share real world examples that you can apply in your own environments. Learn how to:
- Transform a traditional IT function into an innovation centre
- Develop an excellent customer experience, from the first touch through to ongoing customer advocacy
- Improve staff retention while attracting talent
- Be the catalyst for business growth and scalability
- Adopt emerging technologies such as Data Analytics, AI and ML through practical examples and success stories
The day will also be filled with fun giveaways and a free headshot for your LinkedIn profile.
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Hear From Our Expert Speakers
Chief Information Officer, Carsales
As the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at carsales.com Limited, Jason Blackman is responsible for leading the talented team that develops, operates and integrates the technology across the company to provide great customer experiences, and streamline the carsales business both domestically and internationally.
He is passionate about people, product, business and technology - and developing great teams that deliver results.
Technical Product Specialist, Stax
Ken leads Product Marketing at Stax, helping customers and partners realise the full potential of Stax.io, to migrate to AWS faster, stay compliant and operate more efficiently. Previously, Ken was Head of Architecture for SaaS partners at Microsoft where his team helped customers build innovative, fast, scalable, reliable & secure products in the cloud.
Head of Growth, Stax
Davinia is focused on empowering partners and customers to innovate while expanding the Stax offering into new markets. Prior to joining Stax, Davinia held roles at Amazon Web Services (AWS), most recently as the Head of Channel and Alliances, and at Adobe.
Davinia is passionate about the power of cloud technology, paving the way for accelerated innovation, helping businesses remain relevant and competitive by lowering costs, and providing the solutions to create and bring services to market quickly. Using research, creativity, and collaboration to re-frame customer focused problems, she loves seeing the impact that great experiences can have on individuals, businesses, and society.
Director of Sales ANZ, Consegna
James has over 20 years’ experience working in Enterprise Transformation, and has focused his career on helping organizations leverage technology to optimise and innovate. He has worked around the world in various roles at startups, EDS, HP, DXC, Xchanging and Accenture. Prior to joining Consegna as the Director of Sales for ANZ, James worked at AWS where he led their AWS Managed Services team in APAC.
Managing Director, Stax
With over 20 years of experience information and technology services, Adam leads business growth through innovation.
Deeply passionate about the role technology plays in helping customers and partners to innovate and transform Adam has a wealth of local and regional experience, having spent eight years at Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a variety of commercially focused roles, including Managing Director of ISV and Digital Native Businesses, Asia Pacific & Japan, Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, and Director of Enterprise.
Head of Engagement, Amazon Web Services
Ben is passionate about delivering customer value through creating digital user experiences through Cloud technology. AWS provides the services, tools, and technology that builds business value through the intersection of customer strategy, CX, and utilisation of data.
As Head of Digital Engagement AWS, Ben works with customers and hosts industry events to engage with executives, business and marketing practitioners, delivering thought leadership on the role of data and cloud to drive business growth and meeting customers’ evolving needs.
Arrival | Registration
Join us at Q Events from 8.00am onwards for registration and light morning refreshments on your way into the plenary.
Welcome | Adam Beavis, Stax
Official event kickoff.
Challenge and Change Your Mindset by Redesigning Your Brain with Q&A | Todd Sampson, Former Chairman & CEO, Leo Burnett
The premise of Todd's award-winning Discovery Science series Redesign My Brain was simple. For over 70 years, science has told us that our brains are fixed. You are born with the brain you have, which develops rapidly until the age of seven, and then it starts a steady decline from age 30 until you die and there was nothing you could do about it.
But science has now proven that to be false. In fact, modern science has shown that our brain is plastic and that we all have the ability to improve it at any age and at any time. This presentation will show you how to boost your brain power. Todd will not only take you behind the scenes of this extraordinary scientific journey, he will also provide you with the practical tools, strategies and techniques to improve your brain.
We are all capable of more than we realise, and modern science is showing us how.
Transforming a Traditional IT Function into an Innovation Centre & How to Avoid Anti-Migration Patterns | Ken Thompson, Technical Product Specialist, Stax & James Windsor, Director of Sales, Consegna
Moving, or creating, your business in the cloud can yield many benefits that aid to accelerate your business growth and generate competitive advantage in your industry. But many businesses fail to attain the benefits they sought to achieve along their cloud journey.
Hear from Ken Thompson, Technical Product Specialist at Stax, and ex SaaS Architect Leader at Microsoft, as he walks through the common challenges many organisations face in their cloud journey and how to mitigate them for organisational success.
How to identify and recruit 10x qualities to help your company transform| Davinia Simon, Head of Growth, Stax
A ‘10x engineer’ or a 10xer is a term that originated in Silicon Valley, stemming from the observation that a highly efficient engineer can achieve 10 times more than an average engineer. These 10xers have exceptional skills, high enthusiasm, extremely positive attitudes, bottomless curiosity, and great vision and outlook. They also possess enough modesty to take great advice when it’s offered.
Hear from Davinia Simon as she looks at the current lack of available digital skills in the workforce and how to identify and recruit staff with 10x qualities.
Maximise Cloud Value by Making Technical Debt Visible| Jason Blackman, CIO, Carsales
In a similar vein to financial debt, technical debt is not necessarily bad for an organisation. However, it does need to be identified and paid down. But how can you tell you’re experiencing technical debt?
Join Jason Blackman and Davinia Simon for a Q&A session where they will answer questions on how to identify and ensure the crippling effects of technical debt do not threaten innovation and digital transformation.
Extracting business value and insights from data to influence a greater customer experience | Ben Kidney, Head of Digital Engagement, AWS
A changing security and consumer privacy landscape means the way in-which you use data to deliver customer experience (CX) and derive business is rapidly evolving. At the same time, the proliferation of devices, platforms, channels, and content complicates and fragments customer and business operations. AWS believes it is data that fuels your customer experience initiatives, companies that become proficient in collecting, storing, processing and actioning their data will win a long-term competitive advantage.
In this session, ‘Delivering CX and Digital Transformation through data’ you'll hear from AWS’s Ben Kidney, Head of Digital Engagement and a high profile AWS customer on the practical steps to lead your organization to becoming data driven and how, through utilising data to understand your customers you can unlock advanced digital transformation use-cases such as solving attribution, building customer-centric products & services, and consistently deliver customer value.
12.00 - beyond
Event Close | Networking Lunch
Join us for an optional standing lunch, with an opportunity to connect with your industry peers.