David Anderson | Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer
Company » MicroEnergyLabs
David Anderson is a serial inventor and has worked for many years on building the infrastructure for Physics experiments at the ANU, which requires an understanding of real time data acquisition and developing electronics. David has previously developed and licensed his own electronic device that informs energy managers about real time electricity market prices to enable them to make better use of their energy. David has worked as Manager at the Electronics Unit at the ANU RSPhySe since 2008. David founded MicroEnergyLabs in late 2011 to monitor residential electricity consumption and provide users with useful tips to reduce consumption.
Mike Baukes | Co-CEO
Company » ScriptRock
Mike Baukes is an IT leader with enterprise experience in strategy, architecture and solution design. He's an entrepreneur at heart and is as comfortable dealing in technical detail as he is strategic outcomes.
Mike has held leadership roles in major international corporates including Lloyds, E*Trade and CBA all at a young age. His knowledge of technology is exceptional as is his ability to execute on his vision.
Mike is also an advisor to LifX, the SmartBulb company.
Dror Ben-Naim | Founder & CEO
Company » Smart Sparrow
Dror Ben-Naim (BSc, PhD) is the Founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow Pty Ltd, a VC-backed start-up company developing adaptive eLearning technology. Before founding Smart Sparrow, Dror led a research group in the field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Data Mining at UNSW. Ben-Naim invented the Adaptive eLearning Platform during his PhD research, a project that attracted more than $1,000,000 in research-funding and successfully expanded into a multi-university project involving many top universities in Australia.
Richard Breden | Managing Director
Company » enableHR
Richard Breden is currently a Managing Director of enableHR, an FCB Technology product, Partner with FCB Group and Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union Player Agent Accreditation Board. Richard holds a commerce degree from Macquarie University and an MBA from MGSM. In 2006 Richard co-founded FCB Technology and enableHR, a cloud based HR software business designed to support companies in the effective management of their HR & Legal responsibilities. Richard has 15 years experience in HR, workplace relations and related technology solutions to enable better HR management for all business.
Terence Chau | Director
Company » Austreme
Terence Chau has 19 years industry experience in the information security, compliance and fraud investigation sectors. Prior to founding Austreme, Terence was the Director of Risk and Compliance Asia Pacific at McAfee and was responsible for starting up a new Risk & Compliance business unit. Before McAfee, Terence was the Managing Director of Qualys Asia Pacific, and held a Vice President position at Cybertrust (now Verizon Business). During 2001, Terence established a joint venture company between a NASDAQ security startup company and a leading Asian telco for securing mobile commerce applications supported by a government legal framework. Beginning his information security career at Hewlett-Packard Consulting, Terence holds a Bachelor of Science degree with double-major in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics from Sydney University.
Jamie Conyngham | Business CEO
Company » Tapit
Jamie Conyngham is a veteran of tech with over 25 years experience, ten of those in mobile tech. Having worked for global companies such as Telefonica as well as co-founding mobile games company Dojo, Jamie thought it was time to challenge himself anew and co-founded Tapit in 2011.
Rod Cuthbert | CEO
Company » Rome2Rio
Rod Cuthbert is the CEO of Rome2rio, and the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Viator Inc. Viator is the world’s leading seller of sightseeing, tours and activities. Rod is an advisor to a number of travel startups and a frequent speaker at industry events. After many years living in the United States, he recently returned to Melbourne, Australia. Before establishing Viator in 1995, Rod spent 20 years in the US and Australian IT industries.
Paul Gray | CMO
Company » Bubblegum Interactive
Paul Gray leads marketing and community efforts at Bubble Gum Interactive, developer of the award-winning virtual universe Little Space Heroes. It’s Paul’s job to introduce kids and families around the world to Little Space Heroes and to ensure the community is safe, fun and inclusive. Paul holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong and is a Chartered Marketer. Prior to blasting off for adventure with Bubble Gum Interactive, Paul worked at the Walt Disney Company in Australiasia and Europe on a range of online and mobile games.
Lauren Hall | Chief Executive
Company » iVvy
Lauren Hall is a passionate entrepreneur with over 20 years of business management experience at executive and board levels across the retail (FMCG), advertising, events, and ICT industries in South Africa and Australia. Coupled with her programming, accounting and marketing background, Lauren has focused on driving the growth of technology-based companies with international market opportunities, contributing advice and direction as the CEO/Managing Director.
Matthew Ho | Co-founder and CEO
Company » Native Tongue
Matthew Ho is CEO and Co-founder of Native Tongue, where he leads the strategy, marketing and creative. Matthew has seven years of digital and business experience. He has worked at Australia’s largest digital agency, Next Digital and Deloitte in their financial services team. He is passionate about mobile apps, user experience and startups. Seeing the demand for language education, growing international trade with Asia, and his own pains at learning Mandarin Chinese, it led to some new thinking about how language education could be improved with gaming. Thus Native Tongue was born.
Stephen Lead | Director GIS
Company » Full Extent
Stephen Lead began his career in cartography as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst at GeoScience Australia, creating digital map products for the Australian Government. Since then he has worked in various technical roles for GIS organisations, including five years with Esri Australia and four years with Esri UK. Upon returning to Sydney, Stephen has worked at various government and private organisations in technical and management roles. In his spare time, Stephen organises the Ignite Sydney event, which is a quarterly public speaking gathering with an audience of around 500 people at each event.
Jindou Lee | CEO & Founder
Company » Happy Inspector
Jindou Lee is the CEO and Co-founder of Happy Inspector, a tech startup disrupting the real estate inspection space. He previously founded Mighty Kingdom, a mobile development consultancy, led the user interface team at Midway Games and is an avid real estate investor.
Jimmy McGilchrist | CEO
Company » Adbiddr
Jimmy McGilchrist specialises in the development and implementation of computer-based vision technology for the advertising and entertainment industries. Jimmy is an internationally acclaimed artist who has exhibited interactive digital media projects globally at events including the Shanghai Expo and was SXSW interactive awards finalist this year. His skills lie the reinterpretation of emerging technologies for creative expression and in the commercialisation of these outcomes. His experience lies in interaction and experience design, delivery, and management of these processes.
David McKeague | CEO
Company » Incoming
David's passion is the creation of mobile ventures. As well as Incoming during his commercialisation role at NICTA has included the incubation of Nitero - a new gigabit WIFI 802.11ad fabless semi.
David's interest is in technology startups - solving big problems with defendable technology and transitioning technology out from the research lab into funded startups. David has also managed Business Development teams from startup thru to $100m per annum. Examples of business development roles includes HPC, international sales of mobile communications infrastructure, satellite based tracking, and incubating a mobile video startup for 3G.
Nathan Parrott | Founder & Lead Design Engineer
Company » Parotel
Nathan Parrott is the Founder and Lead Design Engineer at Parotel. He has experience in both hardware and software design and has helped developed control systems for companies such as BT Imaging, Macquarie University, Pacific Industrial Converting and Nanosonics. He has developed software for a number of different Australian companies including Impress IT Solutions, Combined Communications Solutions, and Precision Tracking among others. He is the author of one refereed publication, "The intelligent control of liquid fuelled bi-propellant premix rocket engines" 2006, obtained during the completion of his Mechatronic Engineering degree at the University of Sydney where he graduated with 2nd Class Division 1 Honours.
Tod Pedler | Co-founder
Company » MobileNation
Tod Pedler is CEO of CentricMinds, an Australian based Enterprise Web Content Management company he founded in 2001. He specialises in the commercialisation of web and mobile technologies. Tod designed the Mobile Nation product in 2009 and together with co-founder Ben Davey commercialised the technology into a viable product that was launched at DEMO Spring 2011 in the US. Tod is also an angel investor with 2moro mobile, a mobile development company he helped establish in 2010 being sold to Motopia (ASX: MOT) in February 2011.
Jeff Perlman | CEO
Company » OneSaas Integrations
Jeff Perlman has over 20 years of experience in new media, product and program management, senior marketing, communications, business development and general management roles with tier one brands across North America, Asia and Australia. He has a broad range of strategic marketing, corporate communications, marketing communications, promotions, sports marketing and interactive/new technology experience. Jeff’s expertise is in new communication technologies including marketing, payment and content/service monetisation. He has a depth of experience in strategic business planning and general management.
Natasha Rawlings | CEO
Company » StreetHawk
Natasha Rawlings is a direct marketing specialist who has held the top marketing positions in a number of the world’s largest direct marketing companies including Harlequin Mills & Boon, International Masters Publishers, Guthy-Renker and News Corporation. Natasha is a big data specialist, who has used her consumer direct knowledge and data to manage and launch hundreds of products in her career, all with full P&L responsibility. Natasha has been on the executive steering committee of three organisations and aims to revolutionise the shopping world by providing easy tools to retailers to acquire and keep and optimise customers, profitably.
Andrew Robertson | Director
Company » JellyMusic
Since graduating from the NSW Conservatorium of Music (Sydney) in 1991, Andrew Robertson has followed a career as a professional jazz musician, composer/arranger, jazz educator and publisher. He has performed with such diverse artists as Michael Buble, Michael Bolton, Bobby Shew (US), Jim Pugh (Steely Dan), Wayne Bergeron (US), Tom Burlinson and Hugh Jackman.
Andrew is Director of JozzBeat Music Publishing P/L, an education print music publishing company and since 2010, has be a co-Director of JozzBeat Interactive Pty. Ltd. This company specialises in digital and software resources for the Primary school market. The Jellybeans #3 and JellyMusic software resources for Interactive Whiteboard have become world leading classroom music resources. JellyMusic is now available in the Australian, New Zealand and UK school markets.
Andrew is a respected member of the music education community and regularly lectures across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Martin Ryan | CEO
Company » MetaCDN
Martin Ryan is responsible for the strategic and operational performance of MetaCDN and brings a decade of experience growing visionary online and technology businesses in Australia, Asia, USA and Europe. Martin was previously CEO at MIA (mobile content delivery), Asia Pacific MD at KACE (acquired by Dell) and General Manager at Webcentral (acquired by MelbourneIT). Martin commenced his career studying Electronics Engineering followed by Bachelor Business degrees in Finance & Marketing from UTS, Sydney. Martin's passion is taking Australian innovation and technology to the rest of the world and in his spare time enjoys, golf, surfing and live theatre.
Marcus Schappi | CEO
Company » Ninja Blocks
Marcus Schappi is CEO of Ninja Blocks Pty Ltd and regularly hops between San Francisco, and Sydney, Australia. Ninja Blocks Inc is building the Internet of Things for the rest of us, allowing anyone to build apps that talk to devices. Marcus has a Masters of Design Science (Design Computing) from Sydney University and studied Mechatronics & Business at the University of Technology, Sydney.
David Snowdon | Principal - Hardware
Company » Zeptonics
David Snowdon strives for engineering elegance through simple yet optimal solutions to complex problems. He has an impressive track record of designing and building systems, including the electronic, electrical, telemetry and control systems for the solar-powered car that currently holds the Guinness World Speed Record. David has a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of NSW and Australia's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence.
Leon Song | Co-Founder
Company » CoolCity
Leon Song is the visionary director, Co-founder and force behind CoolCity. He is generation Y driven. Having served for global corporations in the financial service industy for eight years, Leon decided to be an entrepreneur to challenge himself. Inspired by the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China, Leon founded CoolCity when he back in Australia. He tried to integrate technology, experience and convenience to deliver an excellent product to customers. Leon has a bachelor's degree in Engineering, and obtained his Master of Applied Finance from University of Western Sydney.