2019 ICT Management and 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.

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
Engineer, Army Veteran and Subject of Film, Spare Parts

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
Director of IT, UWCSEA

Ben is the Director of IT at the United World College of SE Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore. A member of the senior management team, Ben has responsibility for all aspects of technology use across one of the largest international schools in the world. UWCSEA was one of the pioneer group of Apple Distinguished Schools in SE Asia, and the inaugural winner of the 21st Century School of the Year award.

Andrew McCarthy
Assistant Director of Learning Technologies, UWCSEA

Andrew is the Assistant Director of Learning Technologies at United World College of SE Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore and works closely with Ben. In an environment where the use of digital technologies is embedded in and integral to teaching and learning in the school, Andrew's role as Digital Literacy Coach sees him ideally placed to share the college's approach to technology integration.

Marissa Thomas
Founder: The STEAM Engine Co.

The STEAM Engine Co. is working towards a future where every child is empowered to realise their potential to change the world through STEM. Their first education kit, 'Violet', is a cost-effective robot to teach coding in Australian schools.

Lochie Burke
CMO and Co-Founder; JAR Aerospace and JAR Education

 JAR Aerospace specialises in the design, manufacturing and systems integration of highly technical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platforms, capable of completing advanced operations throughout a host of different environments.

Oliver Nicholls

Inventor of an autonomous robotic window cleaner for high-rise buildings while doing his HSC.


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

  • IT Governance and Procurement
  • The Changing Role of IT Leadership
  • Building, Leading and managing teams
  • Lean and Agile IT teams
  • Deployment , 802.1x LAN/Wifi Profiling and Identity Management
  • The Neuroscience of Leading Change
  • Hiring, Interviewing and Managing EdTech staff
  • Make Every Day like your First Day – A different approach to ICT Management
  • Engaging Staff, Parents and Students as stakeholders
  • Sustaining Change through Coaching
  • Positive role modelling for students
  • Promoting Academic Excellence using Digital Learning
  • Digital Technologies Curriculum - Implementation and curriculum requirements,
  • Digital Technologies Curriculum - Activities to support implementation
  • Going paperless with Digital Ink and OneNote
  • Revolutionising conversations, file shares and notebooks with Teams
  • Where should my workloads live? Public or Private Cloud?
  • Automated failover via BGP
  • Building Design and IT
  • Security Considerations in the Cloud
  • Technical Readiness for Testing
  • Cyber Security – Preparing for the Inevitable

  • Privacy and security in the APP, NDB, GDPR and PCI-DSS era
  • Shaking off complacency and comfort to digitise and automate school admin
  • Archives and Records Management
  • Managing and maintaining data in schools
  • Measuring the effectiveness of Technology Initiatives
  • A custom development to manage music in the school
  • Data Integration, working with APIs
  • Promoting STEM
  • Students as Entrepreneurs
  • A drone program in your school
  • Using Analytics with Dashboards
  • Renewable Energy Project

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