Binary Shift Gippsland's Digital Innovation Conference

Regional Innovation Reimagined

Thursday 27 August 2020

10.30am-4pm

Binary Shift 2020 is an interactive virtual event bringing together regional innovators, thought leaders and business leaders.

What does innovation mean for regional communities and businesses? This year’s Binary Shift conference is centered around offering a set of practical, actionable approaches to confronting the challenges we’re living through. If you need to kick start your business into the future, you have to be at Binary Shift.

Delivered in partnership with Federation University and produced by Pirate TV, Binary Shift 2020 will feature live group discussions that put attendees into the mix with our presenters and expert panellists. Everyone will have a chance to help shape the discussion on the day.

This is your chance to be part of the conversation with national and international business and community leaders. From COVID to climate change, sustainability to economic development, and energy to agriculture, we’re tackling the biggest challenges facing regions across the globe.

Speakers 2020

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Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

Co-Founder | School of Thinking

Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson is currently the leading world authority on teaching lateral thinking

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Mary Aldred

Chief Executive Officer | Franchise Council of Australia

Mary Aldred commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Franchise Council of Australia in A

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Jean-Francois Legourd

Group Strategy Officer, Managing Director APAC | Board of Innovation

Jean-Francois (JF) holds clear views on corporate innovation. Either it moves the needle (read:

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Steph Thoo

Head of Innovation | GippsTech

For Steph, “innovation” isn’t just a buzzword -- it’s a complex and vital discipline th

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Brenna Leech

Innovation Consultant | GippsTech

As a facilitator and a sounding board, Brenna helps businesses looking to tap into new ideas, w

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John Hartnett

Founder & CEO | SVG Ventures, THRIVE

John is a 25-year veteran of the technology industry having been Executive Vice President of Pa

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Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

Co-Founder | School of Thinking

Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson is currently the leading world authority on teaching lateral thinking skills online. In Australia, for example, he is directing a 12-month contract for a government client, to design and deliver a training program to introduce advanced level lateral thinking skills to 500 government scientists. It's a 100% online ‘at home’ training environment and designed to measure the results.

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson’s experience is unique. He holds the world’s first PhD in Lateral Thinking and was co-founder, with Edward de Bono, of the School of Thinking (SOT) in New York in 1979. Since then, SOT has disseminated over half a billion thinking lessons to 51 countries.

In 1979, as an innovator in the new field of cognitive science, Dr Hewitt-Gleeson’s original idea was ‘thinking instructors’. He claimed: ‘Anyone can learn to think if they have a thinking instructor.’ Today there are over 6 million thinking instructors worldwide. Many are still teaching the Six Thinking Hats method originally developed by the co-founders of the School of Thinking in 1983.

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Mary Aldred

Chief Executive Officer | Franchise Council of Australia

Mary Aldred commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Franchise Council of Australia in April 2018, after serving as the inaugural CEO of the Committee for Gippsland from its launch in 2011 to 2018, as well as serving as a director on a number of boards and government advisory committees, previously including Lifeline Gippsland, Latrobe Regional Hospital, and currently as a member of Federation University Business School’s Industry Advisory Board, Australian Sustainable Hardwoods in Heyfield and ViPlus Dairy in South Gippsland.

Mary has worked for a United States Senator in Washington DC, and studied Infrastructure in a Market Economy – Public Private Partnerships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Boston, is a graduate of the AICD and the Gippsland Community Leadership Program, has a BA (Hons) from Monash University, a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Federation University Gippsland, as well as being a 2018 winner of the Australian Financial Review’s Boss Magazine Young Executive of the Year.

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Jean-Francois Legourd

Group Strategy Officer, Managing Director APAC | Board of Innovation

Jean-Francois (JF) holds clear views on corporate innovation. Either it moves the needle (read: it strives to deliver financial performance at sufficient scale to matter) or it should not be pursued at all. Talents and resources are best allocated to truly committed entrepreneurs and companies.

From Gartner, Samsung, Singtel and HaloLife, where he served as APAC Strategy Lead, Group Strategy Director, and CEO, respectively, JF brings his experience in corporate strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship to accelerate the emergence of APAC innovative global champions. Jean-Francois holds an MBA from INSEAD. He has lived and worked across Korea, ASEAN, South Africa, the UK, and the US for most of his career.

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Steph Thoo

Head of Innovation | GippsTech

For Steph, “innovation” isn’t just a buzzword -- it’s a complex and vital discipline that can inform anything from program design and delivery, to business improvement, product development, and mentorship & coaching. She’s spent her entire career supporting and collaborating with disruptors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.

Day-to-day, Steph is responsible for designing, launching, and monitoring all aspects of the Startup Gippsland and Work My Own Way programs, as well as leading our innovation consulting team. She brings leadership, commitment, and the values of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking to the entire organisation.

With a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Melbourne, innovation consulting experience, and a tenure leading RMIT’s pre-accelerator programs, Steph has coached over 60 ventures and 120 individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and experience. She is passionate about bringing best-practice startup support to her local region, and helping Gippsland entrepreneurs to dream big.

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Brenna Leech

Innovation Consultant | GippsTech

As a facilitator and a sounding board, Brenna helps businesses looking to tap into new ideas, ways of thinking, and develop problem-solving skills from within their teams. When she isn’t fronting GippsTech’s innovation consulting projects, you’ll also see Brenna teaching and supporting entrepreneurs within the Startup Gippsland program. Having worked in 6 countries, she is passionate about championing the value of local knowledge in a global world, and bringing her international experience to Gippsland.

With an MBA and Masters of Not-for-profit Management from the University of Oregon, Brenna specialises in business model design, marketing, impact metrics, fundraising, and change management for startups and SMEs.

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John Hartnett

Founder & CEO | SVG Ventures, THRIVE

John is a 25-year veteran of the technology industry having been Executive Vice President of Palm, the Smartphone pioneer, and having held senior management positions at Metacreations, Claris/Apple, AT&T /Teradata, and Digital Equipment Corporation. He serves on both private and public boards and is founder and president of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a network of global Irish technology leaders who’s main focus is to foster the links between the USA and Ireland.

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