Please browse through the GovCamp speakers below or jump straight through to the area of interest:
- Opening Speaker
- Case Studies
- Lunch Address
- Academic Panel
- Leadership Panel
- Closing Speaker
Prof John McMillan AO was appointed Australian Information Commissioner in November 2010, to head a new office responsible for freedom of information, privacy protection and advice to government on information management policy.
John was formerly the Commonwealth Ombudsman from 2003–2010; and the Integrity Commissioner (Acting) for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity in 2007. He is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University. He is co-author of a leading student text, Control of Government Action.
John was a founding member in the 1970s of the Freedom of Information Campaign Committee, which led the public campaign for enactment of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. He is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law; and former President of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.
The following guest speakers will be attending GovCamp to share Case Studies about innovation.
Carolyn Canham works in the Digital Media section of the Department of Human Services, which is responsible for the department’s audiovisual and multimedia production for staff, customer and stakeholder use. They are also responsible for facilitating and monitoring social media use, and identifying and implementing new opportunities for the department to use web 2.0 technologies to engage staff, customers and the public.
On 1 July 2011, the Australian Government Department of Human Services began delivering the services and payments provided previously by Medicare Australia, Centrelink and the Family Assistance Office. The Department of Human Services now provides Medicare, Centrelink, Child Support and CRS Australia payments and services, including family assistance.
Carolyn will focus on the department’s use digital and social media to engage with youth and students. The department uses platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and interactive webcasts to answer questions, correct misinformation and provide news and updates. Dedicated social media staff also maintain an active presence in forums such as Whirlpool and Yahoo Answers.
Julie Harris leads the Web Futures component of the Customer Insights & Strategies Section at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Julia’s team is responsible for all of the research and development around design for online data communication, and shares their ideas on ABS BetaWorksTM. She has a strong background in customer service, web design, usability and accessibility, and is a strong advocate for the users of ABS online information.
Helen Owens, a graduate of Monash University with a Bachelor of Business, was appointed to the position of General Manager, Office of Spatial Policy in January 2012. The Office of Spatial Policy is an organisation which exists within the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. It is a central policy unit, responsible for facilitating and coordinating spatial data management across Australian Government agencies.
More information about OSP is available at http://www.ret.gov.au/Department/osp/Pages/OfficeSpatialPolicy.aspx
Monique Potts has worked in digital interactive media field for 15 years. Monique set up much of the ABC online communities and interactivity. After a stint as a product manager for a social networking start-up site in Dublin, Monique re-joined the ABC as part of the Strategic Development team in ABC Innovation, working on interactive applications, prototypes, research and strategy.
Monique is interested in developing audience participation within a public media framework, creating digital spaces for people to create and share their stories, ideas and opinions. Monique has an MA in New Media and her current research interests include digital emergency services, education, open data and the changing face of public broadcasting within the evolving media landscape.
Monique is currently working on a large new online education portal initiative in the role of Project Director. This project will create a rich library of contemporary and archival content aligned to the new Australian curriculum and explore new interactive services for Australian educational audiences in a high bandwidth environment.
Adam will be presenting a Case Study on a new way to use government grants to fund social outcomes. The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds are a new way for the Australian Government to support social enterprises and attract investment into the social sector. Hear how competitive grant funding was used to leverage matched private investment to be used to stimulate the development of the social investment market in Australia.
Tim Little, Air Services Australia
Bio and photo to be provided
Lunch Address (video)
Mike is a Digital leader with extensive experience in conceptualising, funding, building and leading big-profile companies and partnerships across Technology, Media and Communications.
Mike is currently applying this experience as Executive Director of Digital, Government Digital Service, to deliver the Digital by Default agenda across HM Government including the delivery of GOV.UK recently described by O’Reilly Radar as “the default for how government should approach their online efforts in the 21st century”.
Government Digital Service includes several parts of the government’s digital estate: DirectGov, BusinessLink, Innovations, Digital Policy, GovUK and Digital Engagement. In addition GDS is developing the wider Government digital strategy, leading on developing transactional improvements and creating a performance framework for all Government services online.
Coordinated by the Department of Innovation
Professor Rob Fitzgerald
INSPIRE Centre for ICT in Education
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Robert is Professor of Education at the University of Canberra. He has been a leader and innovator in the field of Information and Communication Technology Education (ICTE) for over 20 years and is internationally recognised for his research and development work in computer-based learning, social media and mobile learning.
Robert is currently the Director of the INSPIRE Centre at the University of Canberra and Senior Research Scientist in the Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities. The INSPIRE Centre is a new initiative that is leading research and practice to advance a practical vision for educating with technology in the 21st Century. He was a lead player in securing $7 million of Commonwealth and ACT government funding for this project. With his colleague, Dr Thomas Nielsen, his work on imaginative education is well recognised. Their new book, “Imagination in Educational Theory and Practice: A Many-sided Vision” (Cambridge Scholars Press) arose from the 6th International Conference on Imagination in Education that they co-directed in Canberra in 2008. Robert has a strong research record and have been successful in attracting substantial competitive grant funding, including two projects in Cambodia and a new $1.4 million project in Pakistan.
Dr Sarah Pearson, DPhil, MAIP
CEO – ANU Enterprise
Visiting Fellow College of Business and Economics
Australian National Univeristy
Dr Sarah Pearson is the CEO of ANU Enterprise Pty Ltd, a company wholly owned by the Australian National University (ANU) and dedicated to the application and commercialization of knowledge generated within the university. Sarah is also a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s College of Business and Economics.
Sarah has had an eclectic career spanning industrial innovation, academia, management consulting, government, and science communication. Her involvement in innovation started when working as a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Co in Sydney, where she devised strategies for high tech industries and co-authored a book chapter on innovation. She then went on to develop and patent new methods for cancer diagnosis whilst a tenured Physics academic, attracting over $700,000 in grants, including an ARC Discovery project.
She later moved into industrial innovation, where she was the inaugural Open Innovation Champion at Cadbury and part of the leadership team at their long term R&D unit in the UK. Sarah has also spent time working in government, as acting Director of Science in the Office of the Chief Scientist where, amongst other things, she managed the Expert Working Groups and Secretariat for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
Sarah has a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics, and has published her research in the areas of particle physics, medical physics, artificial intelligence, innovation, and science policy. She has published extensively through the media of TV, radio, books, journals, magazines and newspapers, and is an author on eight international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary. She is passionate about innovation (along the whole value chain), especially Open Innovation, and keen to support its uptake and growth in Australia.
Dr Mark Matthews
Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University
Mark Matthews is a senior member of the Crawford School of Public Policy’s team that manages the Commonwealth-ANU Strategic Relationship. This collaborative activity, which spans teaching, research and engagement, aims to improve the connections between government policymaking and academic expertise. As part of this role, Mark heads the HC Coombs Policy Forum – the policy think tank in the strategic collaboration. Mark also a co-producer on the Future Forum television series that is jointly produced by the ABC and the HC Coombs Policy Forum. In addition to his academic work, Mark has extensive private sector experience in public policy consulting in general (and science and technology policy in particular) both the United Kingdom and Australia.
Mark’s research focuses on the potential for using insights from engineering management and finance to inform how uncertainty and risk are managed in public policy settings (including science, technology and innovation policy) and on geostrategic aspects of national differences in science and innovation capability. He has held academic positions in the universities of Sussex (Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit), Bath (Research Fellow, School of Management) and Warwick (Senior Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Department of Engineering). His major qualifications include a B.A. (Hons) in Geography, an MSc. in Science, Technology and Industrialisation and a Doctorate (D.Phil) in Science and Technology Policy, all from the University of Sussex, UK.
Dr Sam Bucolo PhD, MAppsc, GDID, BAppSc, FDIA
Chair and Professor in Design and Innovation
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Sam Bucolo has 20 years experience as an industrial designer, design facilitator and mentor working within academia, start up’s, SME’s and the corporate sector. During this period Sam has successfully applied a design led approach to several projects which span multiple disciplines and industry sectors with a particular focus on Clean Technologies, Medical Devices, Telecommunications and Consumer Electronics. Sam is currently a Professor of Design and Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology where researches and teaches on the topic of design led innovation and innovation management. He leads a small interdisciplinary, spanning design, business and science in the emerging field of Design Led Innovation. Sam also currently holds a joint position with QMI and holds the Chair of Design and Innovation which is jointly funded between QMI Solutions and QUT. This appointment allows him to bridge the relationship between academia and industry, with a particular focus on SME engagement strategies.
Most recently Sam was the R&D Director of the CRC for Interaction Design (ACID), where he led numerous projects within Australian and European based organizations focusing on the role of design thinking to create a strategic competitive advantage.
Sam maintains an active research profile through competitive funding for collaborative research including CRC, ARC and direct industry funding. He regularly publishes on the topic of design innovation with over 30 conference proceedings, journal articles or book chapters and holds several PCT Patent and Design registrations. He is regularly invited to speak on the topic of design innovation and has authored several industry reports on the topic.
Professor Deborah Blackman
Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business & Government
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business & Government
Professor of Human Resource Management
University of Canberra
Professor Deborah Blackman is the Director, Graduate Research Office and a Professor of Management in the Faculty of Business & Government, University of Canberra. Deborah’s academic background is in organizational learning, human resource management and development as well as management of change and organisational behaviour. Deborah’s research interests include Organisational Learning; Soft Knowledge Management; Innovation, Performance Management, Organisational Effectiveness; Psychological Contract; and Governance. She is a member of the ANZSOG Institute for Governance and teaches a diverse range of units including Organisational Effectiveness, Strategic Management and Strategic Human Resources management. Professor Blackman publishes extensively in international journals and is invited to present her work at conferences across the world. Her research in Innovation is concerned with why knowledge does or does not transfer and how to overcome issues of organizational stickiness.
University Distinguished Professor Ken Friedman
D.Sc., honoris causa, 2007. Loughborough University. For outstanding contributions to design research.
FDRS, 2006. Fellow of Design Research Society.
PhD., 1976. Graduate School of Human Behaviour, United States International University.
B.A., MA 1971, San Francisco State University
Ken Friedman is University Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He works at the intersection of three fields: design, management, and art. Friedman has been a professor at the Norwegian School of Management, at The Danish Design School, and the Danish Center for Design Research in Copenhagen.
Friedman recently organized a conference on Strategic Design: Value Creation for Business, Industry, and the Public Sector, co-sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology, the Business Higher Education Roundtable and the Victorian Department of Business and Innovation. In 2011, he served as an advisor on design policy to the Interdepartmental Committee on Design of Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The University of Iowa Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts is the official repository of Friedman’s papers and research notes. The Silverman Fluxus Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Mandeville Department of Special Collections at the University of California hold extensive archives on Friedman’s work.
In 2007, Loughborough University honored Friedman with the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, for outstanding contributions to design research. The award citation by Public Orator Tony Hodgson appears at:
Ken Friedman is co-editor of the series Design Thinking, Design Theory published by the MIT Press, an editor of the Journal of Design Research and an editorial board member of Design Studies, Design and Culture, and the International Journal of Design.
Nerida Hart (www.hartknowledge.com.au) is an information and knowledge management professional whose mantra is People + Purpose = Performance. She is passionate about the people side of knowledge sharing for effective organisational outcomes. Her specialisation is in taking knowledge management theory and putting it into practice for effective organisational outcomes. In particular, she specialises in the use of qualitative (narrative) evaluation techniques, to demonstrate Return on Investment in organisations. She works with all sectors to facilitate the management of information and knowledge effectively so organisations can find, use, manage and share information. Nerida also works in collaboration with HyperEdge Pty Ltd (www.hyperedge.com.au) across a variety of public and private sector areas.
In this workshop “How to Block Innovation” we will be using a technique called “Reverse brainstorming”. Reverse brainstorming is a good technique to try when it is difficult to identify solutions to the problem directly. Reverse brainstorming helps you solve problems by combining brainstorming and reversal techniques. By combining these, you extend your use of brainstorming to draw out even more creative ideas. To use this technique, you start with one of two “reverse” questions:
Instead of asking, “How do I solve or prevent this problem?” ask, “How could I possibly cause the problem?”
Instead of asking “How do I achieve these results?” ask, “How could I possibly achieve the opposite effect?”
We will be asking “How do we block innovation in Gov2.0 projects?”
Crispin has demonstrated a strong commitment throughout his professional career to the value that community and stakeholders can bring to complex decisions whether through consultative or collaborative processes. Prior to establishing Bang the Table Crispin had a fifteen year career in community and stakeholder engagement, project management and public policy with a focus on land use planning, economic development and environmental protection. His Doctorate explored the application of adult and organisational learning praxis to community engagement processes. He also has a First Class Honours Degree in Natural Resources. Crispin speaks regularly at professional gatherings around Australia and occasionally abroad about the theory and practice of internet based community engagement.
Ann Steward – Australian Government Chief Information Officer
As Australian Government Chief Information Officer (AGCIO) and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, Ann plays a vital and influential role in bringing about significant policy changes and practical improvements to the Australian Government’s use of ICT.
Ann’s office, the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), works across government to maintain Australia’s position as a leader in the productive application of information and communications technologies.
AGIMO’s portfolio of work covers both policy and operational activities. AGIMO continues to lead the strategic direction for the government’s use of ICT with a focus on productivity and efficiency, together with the provision of value-add services to agencies.
Ann has many years experience in the public sector in Australia and the United Kingdom and has held a number of senior strategic policy development and managerial positions in the public service sector.
Ann is the chair of the OECD’s e-government network – a committee of ICT leaders across OECD member countries. Ann holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra.
Michael Chisnall is the Director of the Australian Capital Territory’s Government Information Office established in 2011 to drive Whole of Government ICT/IM strategy, e-Government and the use of Web 2.0. Before this, Mick re-designed and led the ACT Government’s shared ICT services organisation for five years, supporting 9 diverse departments on a cost recovery basis.
Prior to joining the ACT government in 2001 he has had an extensive career in private industry as an IT executive and as a consultant. Mick has a degree in Mathematical Physics from Adelaide University and is currently undertaking post graduate work in online sociology and social network analysis at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Anne-Marie Schwirtlich took up her appointment as Director-General of the National Library of Australia in March 2011.
Between February 2003 and February 2011 she was Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian at the State Library of Victoria. In 2006 she was seconded for six months to act as the Director of Arts Victoria – the Victorian department of the arts.
In the period 2000 – 2003, Anne-Marie was the Acting Director-General of the National Archives of Australia having previously held senior positions at that institution, the National Library and the Australian War Memorial. She has also taught at the University of Canberra and at the University of NSW where she completed her post-graduate work in archives management.
She has been active in professional associations in Australia and internationally and has published widely.
Ken Pettifer is Head of the Innovation Division in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. He was appointed to this position in June 2009. The Division is responsible for advising the Government on innovation policy and also has responsibility for Commercialisation Australia and for the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries. Prior to this he was head of eBusiness Division in the Department, including Chief Information Officer, and head of the Manufacturing Engineering and Construction Division.
Mr Pettifer’s responsibilities have spanned a range of industry sectors including the food industry, automotive, defence, building, space and pharmaceuticals and involved policy advice on industry development, trade, investment, international collaboration and science and technology. His career has included the Treasury, Productivity Commission, the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs and the Innovation and Industry Department. He has been a member of the Building Codes Board, the Government’s Chief Information Officer Committee and the Defence Industry Advisory Council. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property and the National Medicines Policy Executive.
He has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University.
Drew Clarke was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism in 2010. His earlier roles include Deputy Secretary for Resources, Energy and Tourism; Head of the Energy and Environment Division; Executive General Manager of AusIndustry; and leadership of science agencies.
Drew chairs national committees in the energy and resources, tourism, and spatial information sectors, that are responsible for policy advice to the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.
Drew holds a MSc from Ohio State University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2009 for his work in energy market reform and clean energy. Drew began his public sector career as a surveyor working in Australia and Antarctica.
David Fricker joined the National Archives as Director-General on 1 January 2012. In his previous role, as Deputy Director-General, Corporate and Strategy with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), he was responsible for their strategy, security, strategic intelligence, legal advice, corporate governance, records management, ICT, HR, Parliamentary relations, public affairs and the new ASIO central office project.
David began his career at the Australian Customs Service in 1979 after completing a BA in Computing Studies. He held many positions within Customs, managing major innovative border management projects for passenger processing and cargo control. In 1987 he moved to the private sector, joining Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Senior Consultant and Account Manager, working with CSC’s clients in the Defence, Science, Immigration and ACT Government sectors on Information Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management.
In 1993 David founded Business Synetics, a consultancy company providing Strategic Planning, Systems Architecture and Business Process Improvement services to a broad range of Federal Government agencies including Treasury, Health, Immigration and the intelligence community. He left Business Synetics in 2002 to join ASIO as it was embarking on an extraordinary period of growth and change. For five years he held the position of CIO, driving innovation in technical infrastructure, analytical capability and electronic records management. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Director-General in July 2007.
Andrea Di Maio is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Research, where he focuses on the public sector, with particular reference to e-government strategies, Web 2.0, open government, cloud computing, the business value of IT, open-source software, green IT and the impact of technology on the future of government.