Deep Dive Sessions


How analytics and machine learning are transforming higher education
Paul Hutchings, Glenn Messenger, Jim Cook, Johnathan Parsons / Google For Education
How are analytics and machine learning transforming education and what is the potential for the future? Hear from senior technology leaders from University of Sydney and Google discuss how higher education leaders use analytics and ML to engage with and better understand student performance.

Governance strategies for a cloud first world 
Ray Fleming / Microsoft 
Policy implication and practice can often be an after-thought to the rapid adoption of new technology. While there is much to harness in implementing a cloud first design it doesn’t come without it’s risks – especially when pertaining to data governance, institutional policy, data privacy and ethics. Join us in this session to understand Microsoft’s cloud strategy, best practice governance models for Higher Education, and in-built tools and services on the Azure platform, like Azure Policy, that can mitigate your institutions risk. 

How to build a Smart Campus and make it uniquely valuable to your institution 
Rich Nedwich / Ruckus Wireless Inc 
What is a Smart Campus, and how can it help IT address top priorities like attracting and retaining students, reducing utility costs (i.e., going green), or making your campus a safer place to live, work and learn?  By utilizing Internet-of-things and a new approach, it is now possible to create a platform for innovation – unique to each institution because you make it what you want – automating your policies, your response plans, your desired campus experiences and services.  

Attend this session to learn what Universities like yours have said, and how one starts their journey to becoming a smart campus, what are the foundational infrastructure components and technologies, and what could campus life look like? We will show IoT use cases and discuss what is possible.

Rich Nedwich, Global Director of Education at Ruckus Networks, will share his perspective from discussing Smart Campus topics with University and College CIOs in his recent travels across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. In the process, he will dispel myths such as ‘a Smart Campus means it supports smart phones’ (which it does, but that’s the least of it) or ‘you can build a Smart Campus with dumb pipes’ (which you cannot). 

Come join Rich Nedwich, Global Director of Education at Ruckus Networks as we talk through the needs of a Smart Campus, hear what your peers are saying and planning, and see how these align with IT priorities and trends such as student-centered learning and IT/OT convergence.

Beyond Just Wi-Fi 
Osama Aboulmagd / Huawei Technology Canada Co. Ltd.
Higher education institutions are becoming more competitive and are seeking to better understand the spatial contexts and conditions which allow students to thrive in a campus environment. Join Huawei and our Wi-Fi Services delivery partners Stratosmedia for an interactive demonstration “Beyond Just Wi-Fi” as we explore the capabilities available for delivering relevance in both rich data and campus experiences.

Data Driven Transformation and Innovation in Education
Data and intelligence are increasingly driving decisions and business outcomes, with institutions increasingly grappling and striving to excel in a data-rich environment.


Paul Hutchings and Glenn Messenger / Google For Education 

Tomorrow’s Student Experience, Today – What are the pillars of innovation that are key to university success? 
David Goltz / Oracle 
Higher education institutions face fierce competition. To remain relevant, they must deliver engaging, responsive, insightful personal experiences throughout the student lifecycle. Education is no longer a case of ‘one size fits all’. Students are now learning in a different era… one that has changed from a traditional campus with limited technology to the rapid introduction of new mobile and online learning technologies that are forcing institutions to rethink their business models. Today’s students are more focused than ever on the return on their investment and seek the knowledge they need to find a job rather than the degree itself. Never has it been more critical for Universities to change the ‘technology-spend’ paradigm from ‘back-office’ systems to the differentiating and front-facing student experience platforms.
Increasing numbers of non-traditional and international students and the contrast between those re-skilling for the new world of work and digital natives eager to learn in exciting new ways mean institutions must cater to all demographics. Individualised “consumer-experience” engagement has become essential. Universities must deliver a modern student experience at a lower cost to serve as well as attract a wider range of domestic and international students. As mobile activity is progressively using less and less apps, conversational interfaces (or Chatbots and Digital Virtual Assistants) must increasingly be used by Universities to provide an accurate service with less effort on their part.
In this Design Thinking Workshop , examine the importance of future-proofing the core ‘back-office’ systems that underpin your institution whilst introducing how new ‘conversational ‘interfaces can attract students and increase student satisfaction at a reduced cost to serve.

Low-Code Blockchain Enterprise Applications (1hr)
Chris McCabe / Appian 
Blockchain was the biggest news technology in the last year and Gartner is predicting the market to skyrocket to over 3 trillion in the next few years.  Despite the hype and huge potential, very few companies have taken advantage of blockchain in a wide scale production.  In this interactive deep dive session we will demonstrate how to unlock the secrets of blockchain, it’s potential applications and how you can position your company to capture the value of blockchain using Appian.

Facilitating Collaboration
Jennifer Brook / Dropbox 
In this hands-on deep dive, collaboration and digital transformation experts will share their insights into how to make lasting, impactful changes to how team’s collaborate. Weather you’re an IT administrator, researcher, librarian, or faculty member, you’ll find ways to think about and approach the question of how to bring a culture of collaboration into your own teams and organisations. Following their lightning talks, our international guest speakers will lead you through a hands-on workshop to support you to identify opportunities within your organisations to shape cultural change. Bring your own questions and workplace challenges and leave with new insights, ideas, and toolkits for changing the collaborative culture of your teams and organisations Jennifer Brook, a staff researcher at Dropbox, will share how an insight developed from observing highly collaborative teams led to the adoption of cultural innovation practices within Dropbox and beyond. She’ll also revel how thinking about our workplaces as complex systems, with unique tensions and stakes, can help us design and tailor more impactful strategies for change.

Future Ready and the New Reality
John Martin / NetApp
Transcending the Desktop Metaphor : Impacts and Opportunities of AI, Cloud and IoT in Research Data Management 
All universities and research organisations in Australia have a well-documented set of research data management policies, not only because they help them comply with legislative and community expectations, but also because these policies facilitate the application processes under the National Competitive Grants Program.  These plans, however, are often framed and limited by technology assumptions and powerful metaphors for managing unstructured data which originated in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, creating an invisible straightjacket that conceptually constrains thinking about how data can and should be managed. 

Some of these invisible constraints include:-
– Data is created by people in a fixed workplace who work primarily with paper documents, manila folders, and filing cabinets 
– This data will be consumed primarily by other humans
– Each piece of data has a unique idiosyncratic name which is given to it by its creator, generally without a broadly agreed naming standard
– Data has a physical location in one place, and while copies can be made to other storage locations, there is no inherent link between these copies
– Information about the data in the file is inferred from the file name and its containing folder.
– Other forms of metadata, such as security permissions are generally minimal, often hidden, difficult to administer, and may serve as a malware vector. 

None of these constraints hold true where the majority of data is created by machines, for machines and where the possibilities of deriving value from globally aggregated diverse and unstructured data is driving the world’s most influential organisations. 

This presentation highlights some areas where recent and anticipated advances in machine learning, IoT, data management and multi-cloud architectures transcends the metaphors and technologies of the late 20th century, and can provide new opportunities for research organisations to create significant new value. It will outline and where existing policy frameworks may require clarification or augmentation to ensure that taking advantage of these new opportunities meets the expectations of the research and broader communities around security, probity, and ethical standards.