Keynote Speakers


“Riding the Innovation Wave, Australian ICT Practice in a Global context”

By Ms. Brenda Aynsley, OAM, Fellow ACS, Australia



How much should we be riding the innovation wave in 2017 and beyond?

That Australian possess a great deal of ingenuity is well know around the world.  Our capacity to apply it to solve everyday problems is quite legendary. Some of the technology inventions showcased each week on programs like Shark Tank, including one by a 14-year-old boy, give me confidence that Australia can harness innovation to drive prosperity. However, a capacity for innovation is just a starting point.

While digital disruption is a reality and businesses need to respond both quickly and flexibly to changing market conditions, it is essential that we do so in a way that is also responsible and consider any limitations posed by issues such as privacy, security and the need to mitigate risk.  We must ensure that we don’t just innovate for the sake of it, but that we balance creative licence with ethics and accountability to deliver “responsible innovation”.

That requires actors who understand this concept.

Finding the right balance between innovation that responds to the changing needs of a business and the disciplines required for effective ICT delivery is a significant challenge for many in ICT management.

This talk will address the issues inherent is “responsible innovation”.



In 1995 Brenda opened the first Internet cafe in South Australia and was instrumental in establishing the SA Internet Association, a group that championed the cause of Internet access for all users and providers. In those early years she presented at various Internet workshops and conferences, provided evidence to Senate Select Committee Hearings and served on the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s 1998 Children and Content On-Line Task Force.

In 2000 Brenda established the long running ACS PC Recycling Special Interest Group to help bridge the Digital Divide by providing low cost computers to those in the community who otherwise would not have access to one. This SA based group of volunteers has distributed over 5000 computers to where they were needed most in Australia and continues its work today providing computing training to those who need it most.
She served as the first female National President of the ACS during 2014-2015 following her service as ACS SA Branch Chair in 1999-2001 and 2005-2006 and as ACS National Vice President for 2002-03 and 2010-2011.

In early 2010 she chaired the ACS Ageism Task Force which released its “IMPROVING AGE DIVERSITY IN THE ICT WORKFORCE” report in July 2010 and launched the ACS Women’s Board research paper ‘The Promise of Diversity – Gender Equality in the ICT Profession’ in December 2016. As ACS Vice President Membership Boards, she championed the adoption of the Skills Framework for the Information Age and the implementation of the ACS Certification Program.

It was natural for her to take on the role of Chairman of the International Professional Practice Partnership of IFIP (IP3) and has been active participant in the ITU WSIS Forums and the Multistakeholder participation program leading her delegation in Geneva.

Brenda is an advocate of life long learning and has a Bachelor of Arts in politics and sociology, a Diploma in Social Sciences, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Computing) as well as the Certificate IV in Security Risk Management and Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training.

She was made a Fellow of the ACS in 2003 and was awarded an ACS Honorary Life Membership in 2006.

In 2014 she was admitted to the Order of Australia and awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to the information and communications technology sector.

Brenda is the managing director of a consultancy business in technology to the SME sector.


“Non-discipline Graduate Skills: Review and Assessment”

By Dr. Kathy Lynch, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia



The need to identify the non-discipline skills our information technology graduates require to be successful contributors and collaborators in today’s workforce has been studied for over a decade. Further, in more recent times their specific inclusion in university curricula has appeared. However, identification and development of specific non-discipline graduate skills are only two components of the puzzle; what now needs greater exploration, is a review of these skills and how to effectively and fairly assess these them.

This keynote demonstrates the need not only to review the non-discipline skills required by today’s graduates but our obligation as curriculum developers and lecturers to fairly assess them to ensure that graduates are ready for the workforce they will enter.


Kathy Lynch was an Associate Professor ICT Research and Development at The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland before she retired in 2013. (Previous to this she was a Senior Lecture in the Faculty of IT , Monash University). During her time at USC she was not only responsible for the smooth operation and management of the University’s information management systems related to student course materials, assessment, marks and grades, and website presence, she also conducted research in the effective and efficient use of ICTs in business, education and research, with a particular focus on mobile applications. She holds a PhD in Education (Collaborative work skills for beginning Information Systems graduate, 2005) from Monash University (Melbourne), a Masters of Business Systems (by Research) and several other post graduate degrees in IT, and Education. Kathy is the author of several text books; the most widely read is in its 3rd Edition; Business Driven Information Systems, (Baltzan), Lynch and Fisher, 2015 McGraw Hill Education.

She has been the recipient (with others) of nearly two million dollars (AUD) of nationally competitive grants all of which relate to the use of Information Technology (in business, indigenous language revitalisation, science education, e-learning, virtual reality, research). She has worked extensively with colleagues in several universities across Uganda in the development of leadership strategies for the introduction of a national e-learning policy and implementation.

Kathy has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Information Systems, and the International Journal of Information, Knowledge and Management, further she has been an Associate Editor on numerous international journals, international conference program committees, and an assessor for the Australian Research Council.

Today, Kathy is enjoying retirement, though when she must, she does a little scholarly work.