2020: Smart Cities, Zettabyte Data and 200 billion things. What?s next?

A TelSoc Special Panel Event

According to 2014 IDC estimates, there are already more than 50 billion globally connected sensors that can track, monitor and feed data to computerised systems.  IDC foreshadows that by 2020 there will be more than 200 billion sensors generating an estimated 10% of data in what will be a 44 Zettabyte (1021) digital universe.  It?s called the Internet of Things.  These things will involve millions of applications driving consumer and business behaviour that will support our future smart and sustainable industries, transport, cities, homes and wellbeing.  What are these things? How will they be used? How will cities and industry become smarter? What about our privacy and security?  Where are the new business opportunities?

This unique panel event of senior executives will discuss the next great digital frontier.  With their expert knowledge and experience in big-data, smart cities, advanced broadband networks and smart devices you will have the opportunity to have your questions and the questions above all answered.

The doors for this event will open at 5pm with drinks and refreshments served until the formalities begin.  The panel session will run from 5.30 to 6.30pm.  At the conclusion of the panel there will be an opportunity for you to continue the discussion with your industry peers over drinks and canapes (all inclusive in the cost) until 8pm.  

Register early to avoid any disappointment. 

This event is proudly supported by:

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Matthew Zwolenski - CTO Aust-NZ, EMC

Matthew Zwolenski - CTO Aust-NZ, EMC Matt is responsible for EMC?s Technology Direction and Strategy in the Australia and NZ market, and provides thought leadership in the areas of the Software Defined Data Centre, Cloud Computing and leveraging Big and Fast Data to drive business innovation. Matt has over 20 years experience in IT, having held various Management, Technology and Architecture roles within IT companies in Australia.

Matt holds a BSc in Software Development and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, VMware Certified Professional and EMC Proven Specialist in Technology Architecture. He is also the author of the Software Defined Data Centre Blog http://SDDCTech.com.

Colin Fairweather - CIO, City of Melbourne

Colin Fairweather - CIO, City of Melbourne Colin is an accomplished manager with a record of achievement in organisational leadership and performance improvement.  His experience spans all facets of ICT: IT project management; IT service management; customer service and relationship management; vendor management; technology management; IT governance; and information management.  Colin is well respected in the information management profession as a thought leader.  Colin has qualifications including information management, organisation dynamics, business and IT. 

Colin's career focus aims to bring business acumen and organisational effectiveness to the information management sector and to establish the City of Melbourne as a leader in its field.  His personal focus is on exploring social media and the opportunity for a new engagement with the constituent, and the implicit challenge to the notion of the ?record? of government.

Daniel May - CIO, LIFX

Daniel May - CIO, LIFX Dr Daniel May is CIO and cofounder of LIFX, the lightbulb reinvented. LIFX was one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns, earning $1.3M in pledges in just six days. Since shipping in Nov 2013, LIFX has secured $12M funding by Sequoia Capital, one Silicon Valley's leading VCs.

Daniel has a background in research, business consulting and project management. He was co-organiser of the Launch48 Australia startup event series, and previously CTO of Refresh. Prior to becoming a seller of lightbulbs, his previous career highlight was working in women's retail fashion.

Rod Tucker - Laureate Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne

Rod Tucker - Laureate Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne Rod Tucker is a Laureate Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.  He has previously held positions at the Plessey Company, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, and Agilent Technologies. 

Rod was Founding Director of the University of Melbourne?s Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications.  He leads a group of students undertaking research on energy-efficient telecommunications technologies and applications of broadband technologies for the benefit of society.


Wed, 03 Sep 2014 - 05:00pm to 08:00pm AEST


Non-members: $60.00; Financial members: $35 (full discount when logged in).
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Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications - University of Melbourne
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