Sydney IMPACTFest 2019 Schedule

Subject to Change

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

Alex Holder

Alex is a game & XR educator at Coder Academy by day and games & XR developer at BigfootDS by night. He completed his Bachelor of Interactive Media at the Academy of Information Technology and Graduate Diploma of Management at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, all while releasing new virtual reality games on Steam, Google Play, and various all-in-one virtual reality headsets. He lives and breathes interactive technologies and is always experimenting with the cutting edge of XR hardware!

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.

Miss Jiahui Jiang

Casual Academic School of Electrical Engineering and Computing. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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.

Gavin Harrison

Gavin is the owner and Executive Producer at Section9 Productions, a full service advertising Production Company based in Los Angeles that specializes in extensive location & studio print campaigns including CGI & motion content. The company has over 20 years combined experience in print, film & television to bring a unique focused approach to each production. *High security projects – Producing multiple high security automotive projects for national & international clients.+ American Airlines, American Express, Army National Guard, Audi, Best Buy, Bioness, BMW, Cadillac, Cazadorez, Custom Chrome, Dodge, Electra bikes, FIFA, Ford, GE, Helmut Newton, Honda, Hyundai, Hummer, Infiniti, International trucks, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes, Midway games, Nissan, Mobil 1, Northwest Mutual, Nurture, Philips Global, Polaris, Tesla Motors, Toyota, Saturn, Steelcase, Subaru, Tylenol, US Army, Vogue, VW, WOOX innovations.

Sydney IMPACTFest – 2019

Tentative Schedule – Subject to Change!

2019 – Schedule

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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 
8.00am10.00amClaudio Lai
FluidCast Technologies
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Friday June 14th     
Workshop – Opening Announcements10.00am10.15amClaudio Lai
FluidCast Technologies
SMC Conference & Function Centre
Workshop –  How to Create a VR film 10.15am11.00amClaudio Lai
FluidCast Technologies
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Developing new Tech11.00am11.45pmBerin DenhamSMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Selected student projected nominated in VR/MR/AR/Robotics and A.I12.00pm1.30pmClaudio Lai
FluidCast Technologies
SMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – XR1.30pm2.15pmAlex HolderSMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Digital Technologies2.15pm3.00pmLeanne CameronSMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Electrical Engineering3.00pm3.45pmMiss Jiahui JiangSMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Emerging TV Commercial Creation Techniques3.45pm4.15pmGavin HarrisonSMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive
Workshop – Latest Transparent Displays4.15pm5.00pmJason Rigg-McPhersonSMC Conference & Function CentreInclusive