Spectacular views and the customary sunshine of the Illawarra were enjoyed on Thursday the 9th and Friday 10th of August, as the annual Itree-sponsored RegTech Community Forum took place.
Government agencies, partners and industry participants gathered in Wollongong at the Innovation Hub, to hear a variety of speakers leading their fields in technology for digital transformation and RegTech innovation.
After a warm welcome to the region by The Hon Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury, The Hon Michael Keenan MP delivered a keynote address identifying the ways that digital transformation is being approached by government to rise to the expectations of a constantly evolving citizen engagement. The vital message he shared - technology is being embraced at an accelerated rate, services need to be simple, convenient and easy to use.
Jenni Hutchins, CEO, Big Fat Smile, shared important views relating to protection of our young ones. Coupled with this presentation was a demonstration from Itree’s Daniel Walsh and Tom Nelson, showing the progress of Itree’s development of REACH, a secure information sharing platform. Deborah Mattiuzzo from AusIndustry was kind enough to talk us through the context and process of the social challenge.
Craig Napier, Associate Director at the University of Sydney for Institutional Analytics & Planning, shared his thoughts on ‘Analytics in Action,’ delivering insights from a fresh perspective on the way we consume and utilise data.
Being fortunate to have such amazing innovation on our doorstep at the Innovation Hub, the break out activities included a short walk to the Sustainable Building Resource Centre and the Flame house, split into two groups for a tour of each attraction.
After lunch, George Cora, CEO of Ardexa, discussed the Internet of Things (IoT) and Ronnie Guha from Microsoft presented examples of how the public sector is transforming outcomes by using artificial intelligence. Fascinating subjects and real life future technology advancements were shared.
A tour of Itree’s new corporate headquarters gave attendees a sneak preview, prior to the official opening.
A successful first day was brought to a close with The Networking Dinner at Level One Restaurant, situated on Wollongong’s beautiful harbour.
This presented an opportunity for all guests to network in an intimate evening setting, whilst enjoying fabulous food and wonderful company. Mick Quinn (Chief Investigator at the Office of Transport Safety Investigations) provided the group with a speech on contemporary accident investigation methods.
The second and final day of the event saw another glorious sunny Wollongong day, which was ushered in by Phillip Brooks (Chief Inspector for NSW Police Force), who reminded all guests of the importance of road safety and how it must remain a high priority to us all. Chief Inspector Brooks advised “Given the current challenges that compliance and enforcement face, technology and automation will be the key to generating road safety outcomes. The work of Itree is critical in this regard.”
Itree had a chance to showcase its product roadmap to the Community Forum participants, walking the guests through live, interactive sessions which gave the Forum’s participants an opportunity to observe Itree’s latest product offerings first-hand. This included innovative applications such as RegulationWorks v5, InspectorWorks Mobile and REACH.
To take full advantage of our stunning surroundings, all of our guests were afforded the opportunity to partake in an Itree-funded activity of their choice. Options included a tour of the Nan Tien Temple, a round of Golf at Calderwood Golf club or the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk. This was the perfect end to a fantastic two day event.
Thank you to all of our superb guests and Itree team for making the Community Forum 2018 a roaring success, we already cannot wait for the 2019 Community Forum and we sincerely hope to see you all there!
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