2019 ICT Leadership Conference: 

Is comfort the enemy of progress?

We often feel comfortable - it's good when everything is going well, and it’s natural to stop and enjoy it for a while. But technology doesn’t stop.

Development is constant and the longer you wait the further things move ahead of you until you’re in a frantic race to catch up. Stepping out of our comfort zone requires extra effort, energy and determination. And with it comes the risk of failure… what if we get it wrong? What if we look silly? Will it be worth it in the end? Will I stand alone? What if I fail?

But what if it succeeds and helps ICT delivery? If we are going to strive for progress, whether professionally or personally, we have to get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable.

Date: 31st July - 2nd August 2019

Location: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Keynote Presenters
Christine Nixon APM
Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police

Christine Nixon APM was the 19th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia. She led 14,000 staff, operating across more than 500 locations and oversaw an annual budget of $1.7 billion.

After retiring from this position, she was appointed to chair the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and tasked with the oversight and coordination of the largest recovery and rebuilding program Victoria has ever faced.

Christine's presentation will focus on women in leadership and will address both women succeeding in a male dominated profession, and what men need to keep in mind when leading a team with women in what is traditionally such a male dominated field.

Oscar Vazquez

In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to these 4 friends that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. 

The inspiration behind the hit movie, Spare Parts, Oscar Vazquez was captain of the Carl Hayden High School Robotics Program that overcame extreme odds and beat Duke University, Virginia Tech and MIT in a National Robotics Competition.

On stage, Oscar shares the lessons learned and how he was able to embrace the obstacles put in front of him by accepting the challenge and finding a solution.

Ben Morgan and Andrew McCarthy

Ben Morgan (Director of IT) & Andrew McCarthy (Assistant Director of Learning Technologies) are from United World College in Singapore where they work closely together to lead change and encourage staff and students to step into the unknown. 

They will share their experiences of, among other things, using data to inform progress and thoughts on codifying best practices to sustain innovation.


Choose from a wide range of tours, panels and workshops on topics addressing:

  • Networks
  • Telephony
  • Wireless
  • Virtual reality
  • Big data
  • Network architectures
  • Help desk management
  • Collaboration
  • Legal issues 
  • Budgeting
  • DR
  • Data analytics 
  • School management systems 
  • BYOD
  • Project management
  • ICT Strategic Planning 
  • STEM and more.

Workshops by ICT Managers in schools, for ICT Managers in schools.

Please note: Advertised prices are all inclusive: conference attendance, ALL meals (including conference dinners, accommodation, parking, wireless etc.

All delegates at this conference are required to be employees of a school. Vendors, or those with a commercial interest in attending, are not permitted to attend as delegates. If you are not a school employee, please direct any queries to the conference convenor, John Clear.

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