Sydney IMPACTFest 2019 Schedule

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Keynote Speaker

Berin Denham
Innovation Lead (Canberra A.C.T)

With an innate curiosity for discovering what has yet to be imagined, Berin brings together his passions for people, collaboration, and creativity into his role in the Department of Education as the Innovation Lead.

Berin naturally sees possibilities where others see blockers, sees networks when others identify silos and is not one for taking “this is how we’ve always done it” as an answer.

Well, not without a fight…

Berin joins us with his extensive experience in the Public Sector and as a life-long innovator to help us navigate and unpack the sometimes daunting task (or perception) of working with Government to create positive change. He will be sharing examples of innovation that have emerged through collaborations between parents, students, educators, businesses and government agencies to improve Australia’s Education System. His not-so-secret agenda is to challenge us not to accept the status quo, or anticipate a “no”, and to instead embrace innovation challenges.


Twitter: @BerinDenham

Additional Speakers

Michelle Price

Michelle Price is the CEO for AustCyber. She was the inaugural Chief Operating Officer of AustCyber, joining the company in January 2017 and appointed as CEO in April 2018. Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University, where she established an integrated approach to the College’s cyber security program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement. AustCyber was established in 2017 as part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative and announced both as part of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.

Leanne Cameron | Lecturer, Design, Digital And Technologies Education Southern Cross University

Leanne Cameron is currently Lecturer in Design, Digital and Technologies Education in the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour and she has published widely in the area of effective technology integration in education. She is particularly sought after for presentations on the use of social media and Web2.0 tools in education and learning design. Leanne’s current interest lies in ensuring our teachers are skilled up to meet the challenges of the new Australian Technologies curriculum implementation.

Jane Cameron

After graduating from Sydney University, and later the University of Technology, Sydney, Jane has for the past 20 years run her own design practice, Fisheye Design, in Sydney. Jane has taught in the fields of design, art and film theory and practice for the past 5 years at the Wentworth Institute, and in the field of design theory and history for the past 3 years at JMC Academy. She has also previously taught design theory at Enmore Design Centre. Currently, Jane is exploring emerging technologies and their application for designers and artists - in particular projection mapping.

Claudio Lai

Claudio Lai was born in Rome, Italy and migrated to Sydney, Australia at a young age. He graduated in 1988 from Newington College in Sydney. In 1989, Claudio worked in the News Department for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC-Channel 2) as well as on various independent documentary projects. In 1991 Claudio moved to the U.S. and attended the University of Southern California’s Film School. In 2007 Claudio started a new company called FluidCast Technologies devoted to the development of a next generation cloud-based content monetization platform and currently is the CEO and president of FluidCast Technologies, LLC, the exclusive licensee of the FluidCast platform technology. Recently, Claudio has produced numerous videos for Borderplex in El Paso, Texas. He has created a groundbreaking film in virtual reality called “The Wall VR” which was shown on PBS. This film has been shown and won multiple awards around the world including: Canada, United States, Spain, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Jason Rigg-Mcpherson

Executive Director of Technology StratosMedia – Jason has been worked in the development of internet technology for the last 22 years. StratosMedia is a global software as a service provider for Connected digital out of home experiences. Specializing in Digital Media, Out of home media, and wifi services. He leads StratosMedia’s technical partnerships, research and co development teams with Google, Microsoft, Huawei and NEC. StratosMedia’s research is based in the areas of Wifi, 3-5g wireless, Machine learning and 4-8k video delivery platforms. Jason’s Specific Research Area’s include; Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Video Compression, Radio Frequency Analytics/engineering Current Research Project. Signal Processing to detect humans and gestures using passive reception of 4g mobile frequencies.

Chris Ebeling

Driven by crafting unique visual experiences for Film, TV, Games and emerging technologies, Chris Ebeling is a world-class Animator, Creative Director and Digital Artist having worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as The Lego Movie’s, The Great Gatsby, Gods of Egypt and Happy feet 2. Supplementing his extensive film and VFX background, Chris has successfully creative directed projects in the real-time space, with experience across games and experiences in Virtual and augmented reality. Chris’s experience in feature film animation joined with his leadership in education and mentoring made him an ideal candidate for this crucial role in laying the foundations for the Animal Logic Academy at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he currently acts as the Creative Lead.

Alwyn Hunt

Alwyn is co-founder of The Rookies. He has a background in fine arts and has been in the Visual Effects industry for over 15 years. He has worked at a number of studios around the world including Sony Imageworks, The Moving Picture Company, Double Negative, Animal Logic, Rising Sun Pictures and Weta Digital.

His main film credits include Harry Potter, Watchmen, The Wolfman, Alice in Wonderland, John Carter, The Hobbit 1 & 2, Logan, Thor: Ragnarok and more recently Tomb Raider. Alwyn has a passion for the industry and an interest in helping create pathways for emerging artists into leading studios globally.

Sydney IMPACTFest – 2019

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 EventStart TimeEnd TimePresenterLocationPrice
Friday June 14th
Virtual Reality and the Uses of Autism.
Demonstration on the latest technologies in VR that are being used to aid individuals on all levels of the autism spectrum 
10.00am12.00pmClaudio Lai
FluidCast Technologies
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
VR and AR and various other emerging technology demonstrations. Also including Film and Gaming
Screenings and Demos 
9.00am5.00pmExhibits in the Ionic RoomSMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Creating Virtual Reality Films and Applications9.00am9.40amClaudio Lai
FluidCast Technologies
SMC Conference & Function Centre
Workshop – Next Generation Display Technology9.40am10.20amJason Rigg-Mcpherson
SMC Conference & Function Centre
Keynote Workshop –  How we can help companies that are developing new tech (including VR, AR, etc) for the educational sector. 11.00am11.45pmBerin Denham
Innovation Lead
Australian Government
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Announcements of the winners of the best VR and AR submitted works12.30am1.00.pmClaudio Lai
FluidCast Technologies
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Developing Visual Effects in VR/AR1.00pm1.45pmChris Ebdy
Animal Logic
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Exploring Projection Mapping2.00pm2.45pmJane Cameron
JMC Academy
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Cyber Security 4.00pm4.45pmMichelle Price SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive9