Talks

Following the keynote session (10:45-12:30) five speakers presented their ideas on Digital Disruption affecting various industries and aspects of our daily lives.

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“The TV room, disrupted” Adam Holloway (Cisco Systems)
The relationship with our TV has changed a great deal over the last 5 years. Innovations such as the VCR and DVR allowed us to watch what we want when we want (and to skip a few commercials). By and large we still crowded around the communal, display to watch our favorite stories. With the advent of ubiquitous high speed internet, smartphones, tablets, and more importantly, with alternative legitimate distribution channels such as iTunes, YouTube, Amazon and FoxtelGo, and ABC iView (to name a few); viewing movies and tv shows has never been more of a solitary experience. There is an opportunity for content providers, social networks, and individuals to take advantage of this ubiquitous access to reconnect with people in our own household, community and with others around the world that share common interests.
“Disrupt Learning: Smarter, Simpler, social, and mobile” Anne Bartlett-Bragg (Ripple Effects Group)
The current educational landscape is in the midst of a disruptive state with new technological developments, including the use of personal devices such as smartphones and tablets questioning the relevance institutional platforms; challenges to current funding models requiring in some cases a total review of economic models; the phenomenal rise of the massive open online courses or MOOCs challenging the status quo of on-site campus education models; unfulfilled student expectations of higher education leading to lower levels of enrolments and higher levels of dropouts; and frustration from employers as graduates are not meeting their expectations in terms of capabilities. All this in a global context that is experiencing disruptive economic and societal changes.Yet these disruptions offer us enormous opportunities to change traditional methods and create new and meaningful learning opportunities that match student and organisational needs.
“Disrupt Recruitment: A new reality” Steve Cadigan (Cadigan Talent Ventures)
The recruitment of talent by organizations across the globe has changed dramatically over the past decade. The rise of social networks and the new insights they reveal has caused dramatic disruption. Both candidates and corporations have more data and information today with which to make employment decisions than ever before, and this new reality presents both challenges and opportunities for both parties. In this Sydney Disrupt Seminar, Steve Cadigan, a globally recognized talent thought leader,and the former VP of talent at LinkedIn, will discuss the new recruiting reality and how both candidates and enterprises can leverage this disruption and thrive in ways never before possible.
“Disrupting Silos: putting knowledge in flight” Simon Terry (HICAPS & NAB)
Simon will explore the disruption that comes to traditional siloed based approaches to knowledge as it moves into flight under the influence of digital disruption. Huge value creation occurs when social networks, analytical techniques and other digital tools are able to capture and leverage knowledge as it moves around and through organisations. The challenge is no longer to accurately map an organisation’s store of knowledge in its silos. The test is to accelerate the velocity of knowledge in flight.
“The key to innovation is an infrastructure view of technology” Kai Riemer (The University of Sydney Business School)
In this talk Kai contrasts the dominant tool view of technology, which sees technology as a solution for a problem, that has a distinct purpose and serves a need. Kai argues that we naturally assume this view as it fits with the management orthodoxy of justifying investments through business cases. However, the point he makes is that this narrow view of technology obscures the view of the enabling nature of technology in supporting uses that are fundamentally unknowable prior to making investment decision. A tool view thus hinders innovating with technology as it results in conservative rather than forward-thinking decision.