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AIIA NSW Government Briefing: Education in a Digital World

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Price Member: $45

Price Non-Member:  $90


At the first AIIA NSW Government Briefing for the year, Scott Thomson from NSW Department of Education will present their views and observations on how learning outcomes such as STEM are being shaped by both new technologies and new ways of teaching to prepare future generations.

In addition, Dr Ian Oppermann, CEO and Chief Data Scientist of the NSW Data Analytics Centre, will share insights on the role of his team in supporting a Digital Government approach and what that means for Education.  Professor Maurice Pagnucco, Head of School Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW and President, Australian Council of Deans of ICT will provide a higher education perspective.

Do not miss this opportunity to get up to date with current and future activity in this exciting space.


Dr Ian Oppermann

CEO and Chief Data Scientist
NSW Data Analytics Centre

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.

Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy, Data Analytics and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society.  He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3200 times.  Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.  Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Vice President of the Australian Computer Society, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Scott Thomson

Executive Director, IT Customer Experience and Service Delivery,
NSW Department of Education

As Executive Director, IT Customer Experience and Service Delivery, Scott leads a number of teams delivering high quality support services and service management processes to the students and staff of the NSW Department of Education and its 1.5m users and more than 2500 sites across the state. In addition, Scott also has carriage of the Information Security function for the Department which has has earned ISO 27001:2013 certification.

Scott is a thought leader in the industry and maintains an active participation in whole of Government initiatives and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the NSW Public Sector Community of ICT professionals. Scott also serves on a number of other industry activities including state and national judge for the iAwards and a member of the expert panel for the 2016 Horizon Report on Education.

Having enjoyed a rewarding career as a high school teacher, head teacher and deputy principal, Scott has taken on a number of roles including Senior Curriculum Officer (Vocational Education and Training), Leader Middle Schooling and Manager, Strategic Initiatives in the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Scott has held a number of educational independent posts including member of HSC Examination Committees, Chair of Retail HSC examination committee, Coordinating Supervisor of HSC marking of all VET HSC Subjects and was a member of the steering committee for online computing skills assessment.

Professor Maurice Pagnucco

Deputy Dean (Education), UNSW Engineering Head of School, School of Computer Science and Engineering,
President, Australian Council of Deans of ICT


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