REIMAGINATION 2017
2 November | The Star, Sydney
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Program

9.00am
Welcome
Andrew Johnson, Chief Executive Officer – ACS and Anthony Wong, President – ACS
9.10am
International Keynote
Jane McGonigal - "Gaming the greatest issues and challenges of our time to achieve the epic wins"
Jane McGonigal
World-renowned game designer
Inventor of SuperBetter

Jane McGonigal
World-renowned game designer
Inventor of SuperBetter


Jane is today’s leading speaker on the engagement economy and the application of game-design to the real world. Referencing lessons learned through her work creating games for organizations such as the World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Association, the New York Public Library, and many more.

Jane is notable for bringing gaming to the healthcare space. Her best-known project is SuperBetter, a mobile app and web-based game that helps individuals challenge personal health challenges (depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress reduction), and get support from their “allies” — real-life friends and family. With more than 400,000 players, it is currently under study at OSU Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Jane’s other healthcare games include collaborations with the American Heart Association and the Myelin Repair Foundation.

Her book, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient (debuted at #7 on the New York Times Advice bestsellers list), reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She shares stories and data from players who have followed the SuperBetter rules to get stronger, happier, and braver in the face of depression, anxiety, illness, and injury.

Her previous book, Reality Is Broken: How Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World, is a New York Times bestseller. In this engaging, forward-thinking book, Jane makes the case that the gamer spirit — an attitude of fun, dedicated, collective problem-solving — is our greatest asset as we face the social, economic, and environmental problems of the 21st century.

Jane herself is a specialist in this field, a designer of alternate reality games, where a real-life activity is re-framed as a game. Players of Jane’s games face challenges as serious as surviving peak oil or establishing local sustainable businesses. And they face them with courage and creativity, inspired by their gameful state of mind. Persistence, energy, collaborative creativity, a sense of purpose in hard work — games unlock all of these powerful attitudes. And, most importantly of all, it restores to contemporary life the kind of heroism and communal striving that most of us struggle so hard to find.

She serves as the Director of Game Research & Development with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. Her recent projects include a Games for Healthcare initiative with IFTF and the White House as well as Paths Out Of Poverty, a crowdsourcing game by IFTF for the Rockefeller Foundation.

10.00am
Panel
Identifying the Moon Shots: A Company Board’s Perspective
Ajay Bhatia
Managing Director
Consumer Business
Carsales.com

Ajay Bhatia
Managing Director
Consumer Business
Carsales.com


Ajay is currently Managing Director Consumer Business leading the newly formed consumer team brings together all consumer facing parts of the business. He was previously Chief Product and Information Officer, responsible for all aspects of product management, software development, infrastructure, IT operations and various support functions at the carsales.com Ltd.

Ajay has over 13 years of experience in pure digital businesses. During this time he has held several technical and commercial leadership positions ranging from GM Commercial, Product Director, and Technology Director to CIO. Ajay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters in Management from the same university. Ajay was awarded Australian CIO of the year for 2015 by CEO Magazine Ltd.

David Thodey
Chairman
CSIRO and Jobs for NSW

David Thodey
Chairman
CSIRO and Jobs for NSW


David is a global business leader focused on technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years experience creating brand and shareholder value. He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Chairman of Jobs for NSW focused on job creation in NSW, and on the Advisory Boards of SquargePeg Capital and UHG.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.

Liesl Yearsley
Chief Executive Officer
Akin (Artifical Intelligence)

Liesl Yearsley
Chief Executive Officer
Akin (Artifical Intelligence)


Liesl is CEO of a stealth AI company based in San Francisco. Before that, she was CEO of Cognea, and SAI company which was acquired by IBM, and is now an integral part of Watson. Before that, she was founder CEO of Mooter, and applied AI search engine, which went public. Liesl is a cognitive scientist in the field of computational neurosciences, and has 4 patents.

11.00am
Morning Tea
11.40am
Panel
Expediting Australia’s Digital Transformation
12.40pm
Panel
Data as the new growth engine
Tom Waterhouse
Chief Executive Officer
William Hill Australia

Tom Waterhouse
Chief Executive Officer
William Hill Australia


Tom is a fourth generation bookmaker and part of one of the most recognised family names in the Australian horse racing industry. In 2003 while completing a double degree of Commerce and Liberal Studies at Sydney University (majoring in Finance and Marketing), he obtained his bookmaking licence and worked on course. By 2008, Tom was already Australia's biggest and most profitable on-course bookmaker with a turnover of over $200 million p.a.

In 2010 he combined his passion for bookmaking with finance and marketing knowledge to launch the online sports betting business tomwaterhouse.com. Within two years, his site became one of the largest Australian online sports betting companies. TomWaterhouse.com in this time grew from employing three people to 110 and from less than 1,000 clients to approximately 200,000. In August 2013 tomwaterhouse.com was sold to William Hill, (Tom continued as Managing Director of tomwaterhouse.com).

In July 2014 Tom became CEO of William Hill Australia operating the Tomwaterhouse.com, Centrebet and Sportingbet brands with approximately 500 people and one million clients. He is currently leading William Hill Australia as a leading digital online wagering business.

1.40pm
Lunch
2.45pm
Panel
Emerging Tech and Transforming your Business Model
Sarah Adam-Gedge
Managing Director
Avanade Australia

Sarah Adam-Gedge
Managing Director
Avanade Australia


As Managing Director of Avanade Australia, Sarah leads a consulting team dedicated to digital innovations that realise results for Avanade’s clients and their customers through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Sarah is fascinated by the impact of new technologies not only in business but also in how they will affect the ‘work’ of the future.

Sarah is positive about the future opportunities STEM studies will have in opening new careers - especially as she prepares her three children for the world. Her vast professional services experience, which has included executive roles across countries spanning Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America, and at the highest levels of Country, Service-line and Industry leadership – has prepared her for what is a fulfilling and challenging industry. She is passionate about people, strategy and organisational capability. Sarah is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Elisabeth Brinton
Executive General Manager,
New Energy
AGL Energy Limited

Elisabeth Brinton
Executive General Manager, New Energy
AGL Energy Limited


Elisabeth has more than 25 years experience growing companies and leading innovation across sectors including energy, technology, consumer food products and agriculture. Elisabeth joined AGL in September 2016 from New York Stock Exchange-listed Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) where she led Corporate Strategy, launched PG&E’s ground breaking IoT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments.

Elisabeth also led California’s exploration of new utility business models. She is a science and humanities graduate of Principia College in Illinois, USA and is also a recipient of the prestigious Harry S Truman scholarship and a Lincoln Academy inductee, both in the USA.

Andrew Flick
Senior Global Director of Product Management, Portfolio &
Lifecycle Management
Micro Focus

Andrew Flick
Senior Global Director of Product Management, Portfolio & Lifecycle Management
Micro Focus


3.35pm
Afternoon Tea
4.00pm
International Keynote
Adrian Grenier – "Scaling collaboratively to create new value and purpose in the digital economy"
Adrian Grenier
Tech Investor & Founder of SHFT.com
Actor, Filmmaker, Advocate

Adrian Grenier
Tech Investor & Founder of SHFT.com
Actor, Filmmaker, Advocate


Adrian is an actor, filmmaker, social advocate and musician born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in New York City. He is best known for playing the iconic role of A-list movie star ‘Vincent Chase’ in the HBO smash hit ENTOURAGE, the comedy-drama about a young actor and his childhood friends from Queens navigating the Hollywood lifestyle. ENTOURAGE premiered in 2004, ran for eight seasons, and was syndicated internationally in 21 markets. Adrian reprised his role along with the entire cast in the Warner Bros’ film version of ENTOURAGE, directed by series creator Doug Ellin. Adrian will also lend his voice as ‘Captain Joe’ to Disney Jr.’s new cartoon series “Miles from Tomorrowland” — a sci-fi show that incorporates space and science facts with a little help from consultants at NASA. Upcoming for Adrian, he will appear alongside Bruce Willis in the upcoming thriller MARAUDERS. TRASH FIRE, a dark comedy from Richard J Bates.

In addition to Adrian’s work on ENTOURAGE, Adrian has appeared in many popular films including THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006) opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway which grossed over $324 million worldwide, and Twentieth Century Fox’s DRIVE ME CRAZY (1999). His other film credits include the Woody Allen films CELEBRITY (1998) and ANYTHING ELSE (2003), GOODBYE WORLD (2013), CECIL B. DEMENTED (2000), and THE ADVENTURES OF SEBASTIAN COLE (1998).

Adrian made his directorial and producing debut with his documentary SHOT IN THE DARK (2002), chronicling his years-long search for his father, which debuted on HBO in 2007. Adrian also directed, wrote, and produced the critically acclaimed documentary TEENAGE PAPARAZZO (2010), a compelling piece of work examining the relationship between celebrity and society. TEENAGE PAPARAZZO first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later shown on HBO. Adrian’s other directorial/producing credits include HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS (2012, Tribeca Films) and DON’T QUIT YOUR DAYDREAM (2010), as well as a variety of shorts.

As founder of RECKLESS PRODUCTIONS, he has served as director, writer and producer of documentaries. Adrian is also an avid and talented musician, and the founder of WRECKROOM RECORDS, which is a music incubator for emerging artists. Adrian is also a passionate environmentalist, which led to his creation of the green lifestyle site SHFT.COM, a content & asset development, distribution and e-commerce hub designed to convey a more sustainable approach to the way people live through film, design, art and food. Adrian is also behind SHFT MOBILE KITCHEN CLASSROOM, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide high school students in NYC with opportunities to engage in experiential lessons around food, health, and sustainability. Additionally, Adrian is on the Board of Directors of REACT TO FILM, a nonprofit that leverages the best documentary filmmaking to promote social responsibility and spark civic engagement. Most recently, Adrian’s latest eco-focused creative pursuit comes in the form of a search for ’52: THE LONELY WHALE’, a campaign seeking to raise awareness for ocean noise pollution. Adrian was also recently named Dell’s first-ever Social Good Advocate, in which he will collaborate with Dell to promote healthier, more sustainable choices and actions through digital storytelling and advocacy.

5.00pm
Summit Close
5.30pm
Rooftop Pre-dinner Drinks Function
7.00pm
ACS Digital Disruptor Awards and Pearcey Foundation Awards Gala Dinner

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