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Australia's most exclusive and influential Big Data and AI conference is coming back for 2019, taking your place alongside more than 100 data scientists, AI researchers, developers, analysts, engineers, and executives who are redesigning the landscape of technology and business.

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The initial agenda has just been released with some topic highlights you could not miss out below:

  • Advanced Data Science and AI Technologies

  • The Scale-up Journey of Tech Start-ups with Artificial Intelligence

  • Data-driven Analytics and Business Management

  • IT Governance, Strategy and Data Security

  • Rewriting Life with Health Data Science

And more presentations will be added to the agenda soon...

  • 08:00 – 08:50


  • 08:50 – 09:00

    Chairperson Overview

  • 09:00 – 09:45

    Today we stand at the beginning of a transformation that will fundamentally change our economy and society: The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). This revolution is predicted to be largest transformation in the history of industry, and its power, speed and scale will eclipse all that has gone before. Optus's Centre for Industry 4.0, will present insights on how ready Australian industries and enterprises are for the Fourth Industrial Revolution including 5G and how they are progressing with their current digital and digitalisation transformations.

    • What are the issues and technologies expected to have the biggest impact in the future?
    • How advanced are enterprises in their digital, data and analytics transformations?
    • What must enterprises do to succeed in the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • 10:45 – 11:15

    Day 1 Morning Coffee Break

  • 11:00 – 11:30

    In this talk, I will share how we leverage data science to provide user-friendly customer experience at Suncorp - Examples of poor customer experiences - Using machine learning and data to enable smarter customer interactions - Applications of data science to transform the user experience

  • 11:30 – 12:00

    Artificial Intelligence is taking over Business Intelligence. This presentation will help to learn how leading companies from all verticals are leveraging AI for autonomous analytics.

  • 12:00 – 12:30

    • Incoming service: preload videos that users love onto their phones, and notify them at the perfect moment to engage them with customer apps
    • Use AI for choosing videos and finding the perfect moment
      • AI based services can have a virtuous cycle : more data -> better service -> more customers -> more data
    • How to get started, no data, no AI, no customers
    • How Incoming approached this
    • Challenges in applying AI across client apps
    • Technical and business lessons learned
  • 12:30 – 14:00

    Day 1 Lunch Break

  • 14:00 – 14:30

    Mohammad as the Senior Data Scientist at Apple and a Lecturer at Stanford University will be exploring 5 key points in his presentation:

    1. Why data science is so hot?!

    2. Time series data is the new big data

    3. IoT: Living a better life

    4. AI takes a swat at Malaria

    5. A novel method to discover meaningful predictions

  • 14:30 – 15:00

    In this presentation Milly will introduce how to apply Natural Language Processing and deep learning on customer feedback analysis. Deeper insights and more efficient reporting can be delivered through data processing automations.

  • 15:30 – 16:15

    What does "Machine Learning" or "Artificial Intelligence" mean for you? Is it a word you have already heard too much hype about? Is it a trend you are following up closely? Is it a technology that will be applied, or has already been applied, in your organisation and daily work?

    In this facilitated networking session, let's do more than shuffle, grouping and exchanging business cards. Go deep with your data peers via sharing: - What does the trend of machine learning mean for your industry and your organisation? - What is the biggest challenge to you and how would you prepare yourself for this? - Are there any good resources you'd like to recommend?

  • 16:15 – 17:00

    Panel speakers include:

    • Head of Product, MadPaws

    • Data Lead, Airtasker

    • Head of Data Science, Nod.

    In this session, speakers who are data and AI technology leaders from Australia's most influential tech start-ups will sit together and have an depth discussion about the challenges and rewards of the data and technology job at start-ups, including setting up analytics, driving business focus around data-powered decision making, "perceived" low hanging fruits for data science and machine learning, defining the key metrics that matter and many more.

  • 17:30 – 19:00

    Networking Drinks

  • 08:00 – 08:50


  • 09:00 – 09:45

    The presentation will be around a data system Tim and his team built internally at HotelsCombined. It’s a bespoke tool which allowed them to greatly improve how they received data from partners like Expedia and booking.com. Dealing with external datasets scalably is something that most likely a lot of companies want to know about and would be interesting.

  • 09:45 – 10:30

    by Michal Szczecinski, Head of Analytics and Data Science, GoGoVan

    Michal will be sharing how GoGoVan build data services that enable the improvement of core aspects of their business.

  • 11:00 – 11:30

    In this presentation Kshira will share the inspiring work done by some of the smartest folks in the THE ICONIC data science team - building real-time streaming data pipelines that works seamlessly.

  • 11:30 – 12:00

    NARTA was established in 1965 and is the largest independent electrical buying group in Australasia. With 26 members in Australia and 9 in New Zealand, the combined buying power of more than $3 Billion (AU). As the Chief Data Officer, Miguel's role is to lead the Data team and projects and design and implement an innovation strategy to explore the data from 30%+ of the Australian retail market.

  • 12:00 – 12:30

    As the Head of Data Science at Nod. Steve is responsible for driving the strategic direction and capability development of advanced analytics. Promoting data-driven decision making and innovation to improve customer experience and the quality of generated financial Advice. He also oversees and designs the architecture of Nod. AI platform as well as driving R&D in Artificial Intelligence.

    In this presentation, Steve will explore the future of financial advice generation and how machine learning is deriving the change in the finance industry and finally, he will share the state of the art work done at Nod.

  • 14:00 – 14:30

    Yalchin will introduce as the Analytics Capability Lead how in his job business intelligence has been used to support reporting on NDIS and other major medical initiatives, development and implementation of real-time predictors for hospital management, etc.

  • 14:30 – 15:00

    Speakers include:

    • Head of Data Privacy, Australia & New Zealand, Novartis

    • Principal, elevenM

    In this discussions Jonny and Melanie will focus on the following narrative:

    · Short background of who we are and our experience

    · Examples of how we’re currently working with AI

    · Key challenges with the privacy aspects to AI and conflicts

    · Discussion of privacy principles and ethics principles

    · Future state

  • 14:30 – 15:00

    Day 2 Afternoon Coffee Break

  • 15:30 – 16:00

    As Head of Data & Analytics of Commonwealth Bank, Prakash is responsible for driving transformational change in management decisioning and self service analytics across the organisation at all levels of management. And Steve is the Group Head of Data Management and Strategy at Woolworths Group and has a wealth of experience having built data analytics/engineering functions across 4 continents and 3 regulators; his focus now is the establish of a Groupwide data standards with a focus on global privacy trends and low impact mitigation to support innovation and growth.

Don't just take our word for it

  • The speaker lineup was excellent - there were a lot of people from a lot of diverse backgrounds.  There’s lots of great questions and friendly people, interesting talks on both very practical products and more forward-looking topics

    Jerry Talton, Slack, Boston

  • It’s amazing - the speakers are all doing a great job, I’ve listened to many talks on very diverse topics. The audience contributed great insights, are very engaged, the discussions are very insightful, and I’ve learnt a lot myself.

    Jen Wang, WayFair, Boston

  • I’ve enjoyed it tremendously - good presentations and lots of good questions by an active audience, the room and schedule is full. The speaker quality been excellent and the participation from the audience in terms of quality of questions has been very very good

    Martin Ciupa, calvIO, Boston


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