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Young tech entrepreneurs and business leaders predict the future for our next generation workforce

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YITCON: 9-10 October 2014, at The Forum in Melbourne


16 August 2014: The Australian Computer Society (ACS) today announced the speakers for its youth festival of ICT, YITCON 2014. The two-day event brings together students and young professionals interested in ICT careers, to learn from industry experts and world-class presenters about leading edge technological change and the digital future.


With a theme of ‘changing minds’, the conference highlights the importance of developing innovative skills for the future, and the evolving nature of the ICT eco-system.


Speakers include:

·       Ross Dawson, Leading Futurist, who will talk about the skills needed for jobs in the future;

·       Will Deane, the Managing Director of ExTo Partners, who invests in early stage Australian businesses, on backing start-ups;

·       Sheng Yeo, Founder of OrionVM, the developer of disruptive Cloud DC platform challenging giants such as Amazon, on digital entrepreneurship;

·       Naomi Henn, serial entrepreneur, whose ventures include TapIn, an SAAS drag and drop platform to build your own apps for events​, on being a young female leader in ICT, soft skills and social good.

ACS CEO Alan Patterson said: “Today’s student population will drive our digital future, and digital outcomes will power our future economy. YITCON is about ensuring Australia’s young people can compete globally and secure and create the jobs of the future – whether that be as technology professionals, technology entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs or C-suite executives. 


“Our next generation workforce will look nothing like today’s workforce – our young technology professionals will be working under job titles and within industry sectors that are yet to be invented. What we do know, is there will be a world of opportunity for those equipped with a broad base of technology skills and understanding, coupled with soft skills such as the ability to communicate and present well and to negotiate with, lead and manage teams.


“YITCON will help get the next generation of digital leaders excited about technology and innovation, and the possibilities that lie ahead of them. It’s also about preparing them for the digital future and giving them a taste of what’s to come,” he said.


Overview of Conference Agenda:




ICT Future Worlds/Internet of Everything:

·       CISCO, Martin Janse van Rensburg (Alliance Manager, Industry Solutions Group)

·       B2Cloud, Co-Founder/Managing Director Josh Guest (Top 10 Entrepreneur to Watch)


Digital Entrepreneurship – Invent Your Future

·       Orion VM, CEO Sheng Yeo

·       Shoes of Prey, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer Jodie Fox (Hot 30 Under 30)

·       Hub Australia, CEO Brad Krauskopf

·       Benjamin Chong: Partner, Right Click Capital/Partner, Sydney Seed Fund/Co-director, The Founder Institute


The Future Role of the CIO

·       Adam Spencer (renowned media host and tech commentator; YITCON facilitator)

·       Clive Whincup, CIO, Woolworths

·       Ken Matthews, Founder & Director, CIO Advisory

·       Ben Heyes, General Manager Cyber Security Privacy & Operational Risk, Commonwealth Bank of Australia 


Future Skills & Jobs

·       Adam Spencer (facilitator)

·       Education Centre of Australia (speaker to be confirmed)

·       Make your career resilient: Rob Livingstone, Owner & Principal, Rob Livingstone Advisory

·       Futurist Ross Dawson (Founding Chairman of four companies; globally recognized entrepreneur, strategy advisor and bestselling author)

·       Panel including Naomi Henn (Entrepreneur), Sheng Yeo (CEO, Orion VM) and Alan Patterson (CEO, Australian Computer Society)




Digital Disruption and Gamification

·       Deloitte, Lead Partner Coert Du Plessis

·       Gamification: Gabe Zichermann (Founder of gamification.co and EQ Magazine)

·       Gaming development & design thinking: Michael Woods (Media Saints Co-Founder)

·       Disruption/3D printing & driver-less cars: David F. Flanders, Univ. of Melbourne


Technology Trends – The New Wave

·       Cognizant, Regional VP John Burgin

·       Deakin Digital, CEO Allyn Radford

·       Woolworths, CIO Clive Whincup


IT for Social Good

·       Dr. Angus Hervey: Manager, Random Hacks of Kindness & Founder, Future Crunch


The ACS will be welcoming 400 secondary school students for the ‘Digital Entrepreneurship’ segment, giving them the opportunity to learn from leading entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.


YITCON will be held 9 and 10 October 2014 at The Forum in Melbourne. The event will include a ‘Digital Innovations Showcase’ with demonstrations, a hands-on interactive ‘Technology & Gadgets Experience’ as well as networking opportunities.


To register for tickets and for more information: http://acs.org.au/networking-and-events/yitcon-2014


YITCON on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yitcon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Yitcon2014




Media Contacts

Thomas Shanahan / thomas.shanahan@acs.org.au / 0449 902 130

Laura Douglas / laura@launchgroup.com.au / 02 9492 1002 / 0452 505 859


About the Australian Computer Society

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The Society exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.

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