18th ASCCA Computer Conference 2016

Held on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 November 2016

Rydges World Square Hotel, Pitt St, Sydney

 

Conference Program

Conference Logo

Many speakers have made their slideshow available here. Slideshows with video have it removed to reduce download size.

We also filmed some presentations. These will be on our YouTube channel and linked here later in 2015. Watch out for a message on the home page of the ASCCA website.

John Ajaka MLC

The Hon
John Ajaka MLC
 


The Hon John Ajaka is a Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for the Illawarra and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.  

Mr Ajaka's Speech (231 KB)

Stefan Avqoustakis

Stefan Avgoustakis
Security Architect
Cisco Australia

 

Stefan Avgoustakis works as a Security Architect at Cisco Systems. Based in the Sydney offices in Australia, his responsibilities are centred around providing security design expertise to customers and understanding their technical requirements within the security domain.

Securing the Internet of Things 

By 2020, more than 50 billion things will connect to the Internet — seven times our human population. Examples are wearable health and performance monitors, connected vehicles, smart grids and connected manufacturing. This Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionize the way we work, live, play, and learn. As our connected lives grow and become richer, the need for a new security model becomes even more critical. It requires that we work together as a community to find innovative solutions to make sure that the IoT securely fulfils its potential and preserves the convenience that it represents. Join me to discover the potential of the IoT and learn how Cisco is helping to secure the IoT.

Stefan Avgoustakis's Presentation (4.5MB)

David Bennett

David Bennett

ASCCA Director

 

David Bennett has been a director of ASCCA since 2005. David worked in the computer industry from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He was involved in the design and manufacture of computer systems hardware, later specialising in software systems for manufacturing industries.
He was a consultant and president of the UK “Just in Time” group, who worked to improve the manufacturing processes in large companies, such as Hoover, Sony UK, Nissan UK and Sunrise Medical.
After coming to Australia, joined Northern Beaches Computer Pals as a trainer and soon became involved in the organisation and development of the club.When Avalon Computer Pals was formed he became a founder member and spent three years as a trainer and member of the committee.
David wants to continue working on widening communication between member clubs, using webcam and internet links for interactive participation between member clubs and will allow them to get maximum benefit from their ASCCA membership.

David is MC for the Conference

 

Ross Balharrie

Ross Balharrie

State Library of NSW

  Ross Balharrie is a passionate librarian with over twenty year’s experience working in Public, State, TAFE and University libraries in Victoria & New South Wales. For the past four years Ross has worked as the NSW.net Services Delivery Coordinator at the State Library of NSW.  Ross is responsible for negotiating on behalf of the NSW public library network, consortia offers for eBook platforms, online music & video collections and digital newspapers and magazine databases. He also provides advice to public libraries on digital content options, patron driven UX design and content discovery technologies.

The Virtual Library

The 3rd industrial revolution also referred to as the digital revolution has radically transformed our society. The emergence of the internet, social networking and the move from analogue to digital has proven to be a disruptive force for many businesses and services. Public libraries today replicate many of their traditional services via the virtual library, offering 24x7 access to eBooks, digital magazines, newspapers and online streamed music and videos.  Public libraries also play an important role in bridging the digital divide by providing free wireless access, computing facilities and computer literacy training sessions to their local communities. This paper will explore the impact of the digital revolution on public libraries with a specific emphasis on the emergence of eBooks and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

Ross Balharrie's Presentation (1.76MB)

Peter Blasina

Peter Blasina
The Gadget Guy
 

Pete Blasina has been explaining technology to consumers for more than 22 years. He’s the on-air technology reporter for Channel 7, appearing on Kochie’s Business Builders, Seven’s 6.00pm News and Today Tonight current affairs program. Peter is currently the Department of Communications’ National Cyber Security Ambassador and he works closely with the federal department of Regional Development Australia, taking the technology story to the country. He is also Telstra’s technology ambassador touring the country demystifying technology for a broad range of consumers via a variety of events. The Gadget Guy provides valuable advice on how to  make the most of today’s popular technologies at his website, www.gadgetguy.com.au. Peter's 14 years as a senior science and mathematics teacher has meant that hehas been invited by a number of Australian Education Departments, TAFEs and Universities to provide an insight into technology trends and developments and their influence on the future of education and business in Australia.

Technology Directions

Where is technology going? What is the next revolution in Tech? What are the winning and losing gadgets? Let the Gadget Guy take you on a ride into the future.

Peter Blasina's Presentation (5.48MB)

Nan Bosler

Nan Bosler

ASCCA President

 

 

Nan Bosler has been heavily involved in volunteer community work for almost 60 years.  She has worked with and for people of all age groups and levels of ability, with particular emphasis on the needs of older people and those with a disability.   She is a published author and presents regularly at conferences in both Australia and overseas. She revels in the fact that she is a great grandmother.
Nan is the foundation president of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association and seeks to empower older people by encouraging them to use modern technology.

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

A successful conference should pose questions and challenge assumptions. It should open doors and inspire new ideas for the future.

Diane Brentnall

ASCCA Training Coordinator

 

 

Diane stepped in when another presenter was unable to attend. Her slideshow was provided by Google when ASCCA club members and trainers were invited to their office this year.

Getting Online with Google (3.71MB)

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

Technology Commentator

 

 

Charlie Brown is a leading commentator on the technology lifestyles of Australians.

He is the Today Show’s resident technology expert, and regularly appears on other Nine Network programs, including National Nine News. Charlie is also the executive producer of CyberShack TV, Australia’s only free-to-air, half-hour program dedicated to showcasing the latest in home entertainment and consumer electronics. In addition to Television, Charlie appears regularly across radio, print and the web. He hosts Life & Technology, a weekly radio program on Sydney’s 2GB, writes regular columns for TV Week magazine, publishes CyberShack.com.au and has an ever-growing social media following.

When Charlie’s not busy talking about the latest and greatest gadgets and innovations, he is the founder of CBN Media, a content production business specialising in helping the world’s best technology brands explain their latest technology innovations.

Technology I Use

 

Technical Director software website

 

 

The Significance of Tablets in Meeting the Computing Needs of Seniors

Video Presentation (1.1MB)

Natalie Darcy

Natalie Darcy

NSW Trustee & Guardian

 

Natalie Darcy was admitted as a Solicitor in 2002, after graduating with a combined degree in Law and Commerce. She is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates law. Natalie is currently working for NSW Trustee & Guardian, Newcastle Branch, as a Legal Officer primarily practising in the areas of Wills, Estates, Conveyancing, Probate, Contested Estates and other Equity litigation. Prior to joining NSW Trustee & Guardian Natalie worked for a number of years with a private law firm working primarily in the area of Wills and Estates and particularly in the area of contested estates and other equity litigation.

Planning Ahead in a Digital Age

This year marks 100 years since NSW Trustee & Guardian (NSWTG) began offering its services to the people of NSW. Over that time NSWTG has written over one million Wills and has witnessed lifestyles, families and how we plan for the future radically change. One very new area of advice people are asking about is what happens to their online accounts – like Facebook, access to bank accounts, loyalty programs like frequent flyer points, digital photographs or online music collections. Natalie will share tips and practical advice on what to consider when making your Will, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship, as well as what happens when you don’t plan ahead.

Natalie Darcy's Presentation (1.24MB)

Brian Fitzgerald

Brendan Fitzgerald
Manager Digital Inclusion
Infoxchange

 

Brendan Fitzgerald has extensive experience in developing and delivering community based ICT programs. He is currently working on growing the reach and impact of Infoxchange’s Digital Inclusion agenda which includes the Go Digi and WeShare projects funded by Australia Post and the Telstra Foundation respectively. Prior to joining Infoxchange in 2013, Brendan was General Manager of Vicnet for eight years delivering a number of significant ICT projects over a 13 year period.  Brendan was one of Australia’s Ambassadors to the UN sponsored 2013 Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Go Digi: Infoxchange and Australia Post making an impact on Australia’s Digital Literacy

It is estimated that 1 in 5 Australians are yet to use the Internet which is close to 3.7 million Australians who are not online. This is compounded further by the known gaps in digital literacy skills across the Australian community including seniors and those living in rural and remote Australia. Infoxchange in partnership with Australia Post is rolling out Go Digi: a 4 year national digital literacy program aimed at improving the confidence and digital skills for over 300,000 Australians.

Brendan Fitzgerald's Presentation (1.70MB)

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett
Infoxchange  
 

Emma Fawcett is the Community Engagement Officer for the WeShare program at Infoxchange. She has worked coordinating volunteer and community development programs in Australia, the Philippines and throughout South Asia. She is also an avid participant in the Sharing Economy and believes strongly in its role creating a more people-centred, sustainable, responsible and connected world. Emma has a BA International Studies from RMIT University and is currently completing a MA Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at the Australian National University.

WeShare: Bringing emerging elders into the sharing economy

WeShare is an initiative of Infoxchange and the Telstra Foundation empowering the Emerging Elders (55-65 years) in Australia to participate in the Sharing Economy. Working with local community groups, sharing economy organisations and individuals, WeShare works to increase knowledge and understanding of older people about the potential of digital technology and the sharing economy to enhance quality of life of Emerging Elders generate income, save money, connect with others and share their skills. This paper will discuss the successes and challenges to date of the first year of WeShare.

Emma Fawcett's Presentation (407KB)

 

Peter Shann Ford

 

Peter Ford
Founder and CEO, 
Control Bionics Pty Ltd

 

 

  Peter Ford in the past 32 years, has developed increasingly advanced technology to enable people with quadriplegia and loss of speech to control computers to communicate, use emails and the internet, run videos, music and Telepresence robots. In 1998 he began coding a revolutionary system to use the body’s electrical signals to control a computer.  The outcome is NeuroSwitch, an intuitively controlled system that enables a person with quadriplegia and loss of speech to replace a computer’s keyboard and mouse and control it with their own EMG signals from a patch on their skin. In 2005, Peter founded Control Bionics Holdings, Pty. Ltd. which is developing technology that is changing the way humans use computers and advanced technology.  He is the NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2014.

Bionic Programming for Age-Related Wear and Tear

Control Bionics has developed NeuroSwitch, a bionic program to enable people with severe disabilities to regain control of a computer, communications, video and music programs, Internet transactions and even remote Telepresence robots. This same technology is proving vitally useful to us as we age: addressing issues from simple communication and control to enhancing exercises for physical and sexual vitality. Computers are already a vital constant in most of our lives.   Bionics brings us even closer, making them an integral part of ourselves… making us the switch that controls technology.

Jill Freyne

Jill Freyne

 CSIRO Senior Research Scientist

 

Jill Freyne is a team leader in the area of Human Computer interaction at the Australian eHealth Research Centre, at CSIRO. Jill received her PhD from University College Dublin and worked at IBM Research before joining CSIRO in 2009. Jill’s research focuses on the in the design and delivery of effective and engaging technologies to impact attitude and behaviour in the health domain. Jill is the author of over 60 publications published in top quality journals and conferences.

Digital Support for Healthy Ageing

A positive outlook, the right advice, and translation of words into action are step stones on the road to healthy aging. It sounds simple, yet healthy aging is a long term goal with a focus on nutrition, exercise and the mind.
At CSIRO we’ve worked for many years on diet and lifestyle programs for weight loss and healthy eating, including our work on the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. In recent years we’ve been exploring the many opportunities for mobile apps, Bluetooth devices and social networking for healthy lifestyle and healthy aging. In this talk Jill will discuss several innovative projects at CSIRO for healthy aging, including online lifestyle programs, home based chronic disease management, mobile cardiac rehab and the Smarter Safer Homes platform.

Jill Freyne's Presentation (1.83MB)

Video of Dr Freyne's Presentation (YouTube)

Cullen T Hayashida

 Dr Cullen T. Hayashida

Ph.D. , Director, Kupuna (Elder) Education Center, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

 

Dr Hayashida has most recently taught at the University of Hawai‘i as a graduate affiliate faculty with Sociology, School of Nursing and the Center on Ageing. Over the past 30+ years, he has been involved with long-term care service development in the hospital, nursing home, case management and home health care settings and has provided technical assistance to other organizations locally, nationally and in East Asia. His experience as an educator and as a long-term care service developer have all been directed towards finding more cost effective solutions to long-term caring. The Kupuna (Elder) Education Center has been involved with paraprofessional, family caregiver and active aging related programs and training. Dr. Hayashida is also the owner of a medical alert company in Hawaii since 2003 that serves hundreds of subscribers every day.

Creating a Community for all Ages: Unleashing the Power and Potential of Active Older Adults and Boomers

Active ageing is becoming an increasingly popular theme. This presentation will report different ways, Hawaii will begin pivoting to address aging not just as sickcare but as wellcare and as an important asset to the community now and for the future. Active Aging will be discussed first for individuals wishing to understand the multi-faceted principles of health and fitness. A broader community perspective will be shared as reflected by the Age Friendly City and Blue Zones movements. What is the role of older adults and boomers in creating a new culture of hope?

Dr Hayashida's Presentation (3.05MB)

Craig Jackson

Microsoft National Training Manager

 

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Craig Jackson's Presentation (2.4MB)

Emma King

Emma King
Dropbox
 

Emma King is a landing team member for Dropbox’s first APAC office that just opened in Sydney earlier this year. Emma splits her time at work between sales, marketing, operations, and recruiting. Personally she enjoys music, concerts, yoga, and baking.

Dropbox for everyone- the power of sync and share

Dropbox is an easy way to store files, share files, and collaborate with others. Dropbox lets you access your files on all of your computers and mobile devices, and through the website, dropbox.com. With Dropbox, you always have the most up-to-date version of your files with you! Dropbox also makes it easy to share, whether that's sharing pictures from the BBQ this weekend with your family, or sending tax documents to your accountant. We will cover the basics of how Dropbox works, walk you through a demo of the product, and share some tips and tricks for power users.

Harry Zeitlyn presented Emma King's talk on the day

Emma King's Presentation (858KB)

Kelly Lindsay

Kelly Lindsay
ACCAN

 

Kelly Lindsay is the Project Officer – Small Business at Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Australia’s peak body for consumer representation in communications. She is passionate about increasing awareness and empowering people in the small business and not for profit sector to take advantage of the Digital Revolution.

Digital Ready

High-speed broadband and information and communications technology is here to stay but many organisations are struggling to benefit from opportunities the digital world offers. To help you get digital ready ACCAN has partnered with the Australian Government to provide an exciting new training opportunity for the Arts, Recreation and Education Services sector. This presentation will provide information about the content of the training kit and will also look at how these opportunities may assist your organisation to become “Digital Ready”.

Kelly Lindsay gave her talk without her slideshow due to a technical difficulty, however the slideshow presentation is available here.

Kelly Lindsay's Presentation (990KB)

Dr George Margelis

Dr George Margelis
University of Western Sydney
 

Dr George Margelis Adjunct Associate Professor University of Western Sydney

An Update on E-Health

EHealth promises much to healthcare for older Australians. We explore the promise of ehealth, what it has delivered to date, and the role of consumers in improving healthcare with technology.

Dr Margelis was unable to attend due to illness.

Bill McCully

Bill McCully
Computer Trainer 

 

Bill McCully worked in a number of positions from the age of 17 until he was 26. He worked in the NSW Ambulance Service for 18 years and has been a Trainer in ASCCA clubs since 1998 and this role is ongoing.  He has been associated with three ASCCA clubs.

He is a director of Easy Computing (Aust) Pty Ltd, makers of Take The Teacher Home.

How to create a Family History DVD using photos & Videos

This presentation will explain the process and methods used to make a professional looking DVD of your Family Story

Bill McCully's Presentation (1.20MB)

 Katerina Pavlidis

Katrina Pavlidis

ACCAN

 

Katerina Pavlidis joined ACCAN – the peak body representing telecommunications consumers – in October 2012 after completing her honours thesis in sociology. As the grants and research officer, Katerina administers ACCAN’s annual grants scheme ensuring that the projects achieve the highest quality and the greatest impact for Australian telecommunications consumers. Katerina also works on privacy policy issues.

Presenting the latest research on Mobile Apps

Mobile phone and tablet apps have significantly changed the way we access information, services, entertainment and how we connect with other people. But when Australians use apps, do they consider what happens to their personal information? Are consumers willing to pay more for a privacy-respecting app? And who do they turn to when something goes wrong with an app? This session will answer these questions, and more, by discussing ACCAN’s latest research, which is still being investigated, on how Australians use apps and the typical consumer decision-making processes when considering to download and use an app.

Katerina Pavlidis's Presentation (1.13MB)

Margaret Richardson

Dr Margaret Richardson
Research Fellow
University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 

 

Dr Margaret Richardson, currently a researcher at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, has previously been a librarian and a law office manager.

In her researcher role she has worked on several ageing society-related projects concerned with encore careers, the role of ageism in elder-organisation interactions, and older people’s attitudes to, and use of, computers. Margaret moved to New Zealand from Australia in 1973, married, and has lived there ever since.

Participation in the Digital Age

The internet is a part of modern life whether we use it or not. But what impact does it have on our involvement with family and friends, our participation in leisure interests and community groups, and our access to goods, services, and information? Do those who don’t use it feel disadvantaged and left out?

This session presents findings from a New Zealand Government-funded research project on the impacts of the internet on older people’s participation.

Dr Richardson's Presentation (882KB)

Toni Robertson

Professor Toni Robertson

Tuck Leong

Dr Tuck Leong 

 

 

 

Professor Toni Robertson and Dr Tuck Leong are researchers in the Interaction Design and Human Practice Lab Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology University of Technology, Sydney. They try to understand the interactions between people, their activities and information and communications technologies, and the issues surrounding the use of these technologies in actual work, domestic and other social settings. They are committed to Participatory Design approaches that involve people in the design of technologies they might use. Currently they are investigating how emerging technologies might be useful to ageing people in their endeavours to maintain their health and independence. 

Is there role for the Internet of Things in Ageing Well?

This forum will begin with a brief introduction to the Internet of Things, an emerging technology of massively interconnected objects and environments that - with good design - may prove useful to ageing people in many ways. Examples will be provided and explained along with opportunities for participants to experiment with some of the domestic prototyping kits that are becoming available.

Our aim is to provide experiences where participants gain some insight into the potential of these emerging technologies in the hope they might want to become involved in their design.

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Senior Manager Marketing Asia Pacific, McAfee. Part of Intel Security

 

Paul Robinson has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and has been at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments that have helped shaped our digital lives. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science and helping develop Australia’s fledgling EFTPOS and communications backbone, he headed to the US and worked for a number of multi-national organisations in a variety of technical, sales and marketing roles. In 2008 he returned to Australia to help look after his ageing parents, and is a senior member of McAfee’s marketing team, who are tasked with enabling users to safely connect to the internet, and securely surf and shop the web.

Intel Security 2014 Silver Surfers Research Results

Paul Robinson's Presentation (2.37MB)

 Dr Amir
Talaei-Khoei
University of technology
 

Dr Amir Talaei-Khoei is a faculty member at the school of Systems, Management and Leadership in the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) where he coordinates an international initiative for Assistive Technologies in Aged Care involving seven universities and research institutes from Australia, UK, Norway, South Korea and USA, as well as three industrial partners from Australia. Since 2008, he has been an active member of Asia-Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC), a collaborative centre for World Health Organization (WHO), where he currently leads the aged care research program. He is also a member of the Centre for Human Centred Technology Design at UTS where he works on the use of games for aged care. He has recently joined the Lab for Agile Information Systems in which he collaborates with his colleagues at UTS to build industrial partnerships for innovative technological solutions applicable for seniors’ lives. Dr Talaei-Khoei received his PhD from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia and holds a MSc of Information Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden.

Ageing in Place Technologies: Creating Possibilities

Australians love their homes, and, given a choice, they'd like to stay in them as they get older. “Ageing in place” means living where you have lived for years, not typically in a health care environment or nursing home. It also means using technologies and conveniences that change your home a safe place as your circumstances change. In other words, seniors continue to live in the homes of their choice safely and independently as they get older. But can an elderly person, who has chronic health conditions that require regular monitoring, remain at home safely? In an age of information technology, and smart appliances, it is possible.

Dr Talaei-Khoei's Presentation (2.07MB)

Robyn Van Dyk

Robyn van Dyk
Head, Research Centre. Australian War Memorial

 

Robyn van Dyk joined the Memorial as part of the Research Centre in 2002 and has been the Head of the Research Centre since December 2011. She is the concept leader for Anzac Connections the Memorial’s major centenary web initiative to increase the National Collection’s online availability and enhance the Collection in the digital environment. In October 2012, Robyn travelled to Afghanistan as the Memorial’s Official Curator, and spent several weeks observing conditions and collecting records and objects for the National Collection. Most recently Robyn will partner with the Australian National University in a major ARC funded research project into Borneo in the Second World War.

Anzac Connections, the centenary of the First World War and what’s new online at the Australian War Memorial.

The Australian War Memorial’s website has close to 1 million pages of First World War archival records digitised online. For the WW1 centenary the Memorial has a major digitisation, data and web development project ANZAC Connections underway. The project will not only progressively deliver new, digitised collections to the website, but aims to improve search and discovery and provide ways for people to interact with the collection. It is hoped that the project will enable collections across the country related to the First World War to be easily linked and located. The project has been established to mark the 2015 centenary of the landing on Gallipoli. See - http://www.awm.gov.au/1914-1918/anzac-connections/

Robyn van Dyk's Presentation (5.56MB)

Video Presentation

Mark Young

Mark Young

ASCCA Technical Officer

 

Mark Young was a primary school teacher for over 30 years and a computer coordinator in two schools. Ever since he began borrowing the school’s Apple IIe in the 80s, he has been dedicated to figuring out these fascinating machines and passing on what he has learnt to others

Getting Notetaking Organised with Microsoft OneNote

OneNote has been around since Windows XP and, over the years, many people have opened it, had a play and closed it again, promising that they would try to learn about it one day. Well, today is that day! Now that Microsoft has made a free version of OneNote 2013, along with free versions for Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad and online, anyone can make use of it. It’s easier to make notes and organise information than using Word or Apple Pages, yet has familiar tools, and syncs quickly over the net to any device you have. Evernote users may also want to use OneNote as well due its different capabilities.

Mark Young's Presentation (1.09MB)
OneNote Basics (596KB)

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex
Zaharov-Reutt

Technology Editor
iTWire.com

 

Alex Zaharov-Reutt’s father bought him a computer in 1979 from Dick Smith Electronics, long before the IBM PC was released in 1981. Since then he has been immersed in the digital lifestyle, devouring new technologies and sharing his knowledge wide and far across print, the web, TV and radio. Alex is currently the Technology Editor of iTWire.com, is regularly interviewed on ABC and other radio stations across Australia, keeps up a few TV appearances here and there and is working on some top secret technology projects, as well as volunteering at the Sydney PC Users Group to co-present the main meetings and answer member questions off the top of his head – and with the help of Google when required.

Having fun with technology and keeping safe online

See a live demo of the coolest new technologies, discover the web’s most useful sites, learn why you need to take passwords and the security of your digital life as seriously as you take locking your doors, windows and car, and the best free and paid apps to keep your PC, Mac, smartphones and tablets clean and running fast.

Alex Zaharov-Reutt's Presentation Slides (1.5MB)

Video of Alex Zaharov-Reutt's Presentation (YouTube)

 

Speakers at the 2016 Conference

We have added to the bottom of the speaker and presentation information any web-links, slides, handouts and notes that have been made available.

Videos were also taken of some speakers. Links to these videos will also be added here as they become available after editing is completed and they are added to the ASCCAau YouTube channel.

Moira Allan

Moira Allan

Co-founder and international coordinator of the Pass It On Network

 

Moira Allan is the co-founder and international coordinator of the Pass It On Network, an Internet platform that connects positive aging advocates from around the world so they can share their strengths to help each other, their communities, and themselves.  She serves on the councils of EURAG, Europe’s longest standing federation of senior organisations (155 in 32 countries), The International Longevity Center-France and is international liaison for Old-Up, a cutting edge association exploring positive aging in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

She started in journalism, moved into public relations and acquired skills that have served her throughout her career as life coach (University Paris 8), trainer, and manager in the occupational health field. She coordinates the Too Young To Retire network in Europe and its French counterpart - «Le Cercle des Seniors Actifs», started after attending the first Positive Aging Conference in the USA in 2007.

While there, she met Jan Hively Ph.D., with whom she started a collaborative exploration of this fascinating field of living the longevity revolution in real time. Together they co-created with World Café Europe the European Voices for Active Aging (EVAA) project, within the framework of the European Union’s Year for Active Aging in 2012. The Pass It On Network was launched in November 2013 in Paris, built on the spirit of active agers who believe "We are the ones we've been waiting for".

Bridging the digital divide – examples from around the world

The digital divide is often a triple conundrum of infrastructure, knowledge and psychological. The world is aging and being swept along by unprecedented and exponential technological growth. All over the globe, the battle to bridge the divide is raging.  Way back in early 80s and 90s we were quite proud to say « I am computer literate » today the very word « computer » dates one. We’ll take a quick look at examples of what’s happening in different parts of the world from Japan and Hong Kong to South Africa and Slovenia.    

The Pass It On Network website: passitonnetwork.org

Moira Allan's presentation slides

Video of Moira's presentation

   

 Peter Blasina

Peter Blasina
The Gadget Guy

Pete Blasina is Australia's trusted GadgetGuy. Has been explaining technology to consumers for more than 22 years. He’s the on-air technology reporter for Channel 7, a tech trends commentator for Kochie’s Business Builders and is often called on to comment on technology for Seven’s 6.00pm News and Today Tonight current affairs program. Peter is currently the Department of Communications’ National Cyber Security Ambassador and he works closely with the federal department of Regional Development Australia, taking the technology story to the country. He is also Telstra’s technology ambassador and delivers regular presentations, touring the country demystifying technology for a broad range of consumers via a variety of events.

The Gadget Guy provides valuable advice on how to assess product and make the most of today’s popular technologies at his popular website, www.gadgetguy.com.au. The experience Peter gained from 14 years as a senior science and mathematics teacher has come to the fore recently. He has been invited by a number of Australian Education Departments, TAFEs and Universities to provide an insight into technology trends and developments and their influence on the future of education.

Technology Directions

Where is technology going?  What is the next revolution in Tech? What are the winning and losing gadgets? Let the Gadget Guy take you on a ride into the future.

Peter Blasina's Website: www.gadgetguy.com.au

   

David Bennett

David Bennett

ASCCA Director

David Bennett has been a director of ASCCA since 2005. David worked in the computer industry from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He was involved in the design and manufacture of computer systems hardware, later specialising in software systems for manufacturing industries. He was a consultant and president of the UK “Just in Time” group, who worked to improve the manufacturing processes in large companies, such as Hoover, Sony UK, Nissan UK and Sunrise Medical.

After coming to Australia, joined Northern Beaches Computer Pals as a trainer and soon became involved in the organisation and development of the club. When Avalon Computer Pals was formed he became a founder member and spent three years as a trainer and member of the committee.

David wants to continue working on widening communication between member clubs, using webcam and internet links for interactive participation between member clubs and will allow them to get maximum benefit from their ASCCA membership.

David is MC for the Conference

   

 Nan Bosler OAM

ASCCA President

Nan Bosler has been heavily involved in volunteer community work for almost 60 years. She has worked with and for people of all age groups and levels of ability, with particular emphasis on the needs of older people and those with a disability. She is a published author and presents regularly at conferences in both Australia and overseas. She revels in the fact that she is a great grandmother.

Nan is the foundation president of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association and seeks to empower older people by encouraging them to use modern technology.

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

A successful conference should pose questions and challenge assumptions. It should open doors and inspire new ideas for the future.

   

 Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

Technology Commentator

Charlie Brown is a leading commentator on the technology lifestyles of Australians.

He is the Today Show’s resident technology expert, and regularly appears on other Nine Network programs, including National Nine News. Charlie is also the executive producer of CyberShack TV, Australia’s only free-to-air, half-hour program dedicated to showcasing the latest in home entertainment and consumer electronics. In addition to Television, Charlie appears regularly across radio, print and the web. He hosts Life & Technology, a weekly radio program on Sydney’s 2GB, writes regular columns for TV Week magazine, publishes CyberShack.com.au and has an ever-growing social media following.

When Charlie’s not busy talking about the latest and greatest gadgets and innovations, he is the founder of CBN Media, a content production business specialising in helping the world’s best technology brands explain their latest technology innovations.

Tech Trends and Products

Charlie Brown's website: www.lifeandtechnology.com.au 

   

 Mariam Chizari

Mariam Chizari

nbn Community Affairs Manager NSW

Mariam Chizari has experience in driving diverse communications and engagement strategies, and has an innate ability to effectively convey corporate messages in a manner whereby company mission, goals and objectives are clearly illustrated. She has sound experience in change management, and has played an instrumental role in leading key change initiatives and projects.

Mariam has had a consistent history of delivering on project objectives within time, budgetary and quality requirements; experience in leading various key and large scale projects regarding communications, stakeholder engagement, marketing and change management.

The nbn: Transforming Australia's future with digital technology

The nbn™ network is Australia’s new landline phone and internet network. It’s designed to help connect Australians to each other, and connect Australia to the world through a fast, reliable landline phone and internet network. It will help ensure our digital future by opening up opportunities for all Australians to be more productive, more creative, more efficient and more connected, no matter where you live.

Mariam Chizari's presentation slides

   

 Nick de la Force

Nick de la Force

Community Development Specialist

Microsoft

Nick de la Force has over a decade’s experience producing and delivering world-class events and training across Australia, as well as England, France and Ireland. With in-depth knowledge across a variety of industries, from film to technology, photography and festivals, Nick is a champion of the customer experience.

At Microsoft, Nick curates a year-round program of activities designed to benefit the local community. This advances the company's mission: To empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Achieving more with your Technology

Nick will take you through some of the latest and greatest features of Windows 10, Office and more. This session will cover key tips that will empower you to be more productive and achieve more with your technology every day.

   

Angus Deveson

Angus Deveson

Maker's Muse

Angus Deveson has a degree in Industrial Design with first class honours from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has worked in the 3D Printing industry since 2012.

The Maker’s Muse YouTube channel has over 30,000 subscribers. 3D Printing is popular with hobbyists, makers, teachers, and engineers. Due to the fast-developing nature of the industry, this audience is mostly comprised of highly engaged, collaborative early adopters.

The Maker's Muse – Empowering Creativity through 3D Printing

Maker's Muse is a free online resource that provides 3D Printing reviews, tutorials and news in the 3D Printing space.

3D Printing is widely described as the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution – but what is 3D Printing? How does it work and, more importantly, how can you use it?

The Maker's Muse Channel: www.youtube.com/user/TheMakersMuse

Angus Deveson's presentation slides

Video of Angus's presentation

   

 Judy Elias

Judy Elias

Computer Pals for Seniors Northern Beaches

 with

John Frost

Director of The Home Automation Co.

Judy Elias is a committee member of Computer Pals for Seniors Northern Beaches and a strong advocate of social media and all new technology that can enhance our lifestyle.

Much of her time has been spent teaching, training and using devices at various learning institutions; The University of Sydney, UTS Sydney,
Northern Beaches Community College, Sydney Community College, and Mosman Community College. For many years she managed and initially set-up the Design Department of an international tertiary book publishing company.

Her wealth of hands-on computer knowledge, in graphic design, website design and understanding and background in the digital world has encouraged Judy to follow closely the growth, evolution and development of the IoT industry globally.

Interestingly enough, recently, spending her time as a volunteer with Computer Pals Northern Beaches and U3A Northern Beaches has introduced Judy to specialists, skilled in different aspects of IoT.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Why make a fuss about the Internet of Things? What is it? How will it influence our lifestyle? Where is it? What does it do?

The glue is the internet. Devices are evolving and the race is on worldwide to be part of the action. The growth of IoT is in its infancy. The talk is all about smart cities, smart agriculture and smart sensors. Who will be the winners? Will IoT enhance our lifestyle? We will explore and tap into these aspects.

John Frost is the owner of The Home Automation Co. John has held senior positions in the electronics and information technology industries in Australia, the U.K., and the USA during his career of over 35 years.

He has worked on a diverse range of technologies including Ronald Reagan's "star wars" program, cardiac pacemakers, document imaging and Australia's leading medical software.  With the rise of the "Internet of Things" John is focused on using this technology to improve our lifestyles - convenience, security, access, mobility, and more in integrated solutions.

Home Automation a.k.a Smart Home Technology

Home Automation in one form or another has been available for over 20 years, but had limited ability. However with the explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, the costs have dropped and the scope of what can be done is virtually unlimited to make our homes easier more comfortable places to live.

You know what a nuisance it is to have to walk around the home before bed or going out to turn off all the lights. With home automation you can do that with one button press, or using a smart phone, or even a simple voice command – and that’s just one simple example. Or have you experienced the challenges of people with limited mobility being beholden to family or carers to open doors, open/close blinds, even adjust the TV volume. Home automation gives them the ability to do all those things and more with voice commands.

   

Michael Fraser

Professor Michael Fraser

AM, FAICD

Michael Fraser is an Adjunct Professor of Law, at the University of Technology Sydney. He was Director of the Communications Law Centre, at the University of Technology, Sydney from 2008 to 2016. He was a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) from 1986 to 2007.

Michael is Chairman of the Stolen Generations Testimonies Foundation and a Director of the Dictionary of Sydney Inc.

Michael was Chairman of the Australian Copyright Council from 2012 to 2016, Chairman of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) from 2010 to 2012, Member of the Board of the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Vice President of the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations (IFRRO) from 2001-2007 and a Director of IFRRO from 1991-2007, a Director of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society Ltd from 1995 to2001, a Director of the Australian Copyright Society from 1995 to 2000) and Chairman of the National Book Council (Australia) from 1995 to 1998 among other directorships.

Michael was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for service to the arts.

How should we value and protect our privacy?

Professor Michael Fraser's presentation slides

   

Trish Levido

Trish Levido

Oral Historian  

Trish Levido has been an oral historian for the past 30 years and presented at State and Regional Libraries and various Family History Organisations. She has been a Trainer for the Oral History Association. Of Australia and her oral history interviews are kept in many libraries and public institutions. Trish is passionate about the use of current digital technology and the simple use of this technology for the average person who wants to record their life stories.

Recording Your Life Story

Wouldn’t you love to hear your Great Grandparent’s life story, in their own words?

I want to share my passion for helping you to Record YOUR life story (or the life story of a loved one). It is so easy now, using smart phones; Skype; voice recorders; iPads,etc. Learn about recording, adding photos, editing, storing and archiving YOUR most precious Legacy for family and your descendants.

Using YouTube videos, step by step; you will be able to record your story when, where and how YOU want it recorded!

Trish Levido's presentation slides

Trish Levido's Handout on Resources

   

 Deborah Martin

Deborah Martin

President, Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors

Deborah Martin has been a volunteer trainer with Parramatta Computer Pals since she retired in 2008.  She is currently President, leading an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Deborah uses a Windows 10 desktop and laptop, Android phone and Apple iPad, and likes to explore new technology and apps to find what’s relevant and useful for club members.  

Her first experience as an IT trainer was around 1985, teaching typing pool staff to convert from electric typewriters to Wang word processors.  Deborah has been helping people learn to use technology ever since.

Apple iOS 10:

Useful features you may not know about

Apple released iOS 10 in September 2016. This session explores some of the new iOS 10 features on the iPad, including enhancements to Maps, Mail, Clock, Control Centre and Lookup.

Deborah Martin's Handout on iOS 10

   

 Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray

 Historian at the City of Sydney Council

Dr Lisa Murray is a public historian and works as the city Historian at the City of Sydney Council. Lisa is passionate about making history accessible to the public and has been involved with the Dictionary of Sydney as a volunteer for ten years.

Lisa is a published author. Her forthcoming book with New South Publishing is Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide, available in December 2016.

The Dictionary of Sydney:

Tips and Trade Secrets

The Dictionary of Sydney is a ground-breaking, multimedia city biography that presents the history of metropolitan Sydney in a digital format. You can find it at www.dictionaryofsydney.org

Historian Lisa Murray, a volunteer with the project, will introduce you to the Dictionary of Sydney and share some tips and trades secrets to effectively navigate through the content and discover more about Sydney’s history.

Dr Lisa Murray's presentation slides

Dr Lisa Murray's slides with notes

   

David Num

David Num

Eurobodalla Seniors Computer User Group

and

ASCCA Board Member

David Num is a committee member of EuroSCUG (the Eurobodalla Seniors Computer User Group) and a member of their technical subgroup. He has previously presented at ASCCA conferences and am a regular presenter, small group organiser and newsletter contributor at EuroSCUG.

David was introduced to computing in 1968, undertook a year's formal training in 1971 and has used it throughout his working life. He eventually became a senior executive in computing at a large Commonwealth organisation where I was responsible for technical aspects, contract negotiations and purchasing. He was fortunate in being invited to speak at many Australian and international conferences on a range of computing issues. He has also held senior executive positions in finance, corporate planning, research and training.

David has a long and active interest in personal computing and new technologies. He believes that using computing as a scientific tool in his early career has given him a pragmatic approach to its use, both personally and for others. These days, David enjoys helping others learn to use computing in ways that meet their needs.

What One Wants to Know About OneNote

OneNote is the best Microsoft program you’re probably not using. It allows you to capture and share information across all your devices. Android and Apple phones, tablets and desktops.

Use it to capture video, audio, text, screen clips, webpages, images etc. It has powerful searching capabilities, even recognising text from within images. It is widely used in business and education for sharing information and as a collaborative work management tool.

It is a great travel planner and ad-hoc organiser. Usage is only limited by your imagination. We use it for our shared family cookbook. The free Microsoft Office Lens app turns your phone into a scanner and integrates well with OneNote.

The OneNote apps are free and so is the online version for your desktop.

The EUROSCUG website: http://euroscug.org/

David Num's Handout on OneNote

Video of David's presentation

   

 Suraj Pabari

Suraj Pabari
Analytical Consultant

Louise Dyer
Louise Dyer
Strategic Account Manager

Suraj Pabari is an Analytical Consultant for the Sales department within Google.

Within this role, Suraj acts as a strategic partner to Australia’s largest retailers, demonstrating the value of digital marketing through data-driven insights and specialist knowledge.


Louise Dyer leads the Retail Industry business for Google for Work, Australia & New Zealand. In this role she works with some of Australia’s largest organisations, helping transform their internal culture, engage their employees and ultimately succeed through innovation.

Louise comes from a wide technical background spanning robotic and space engineering, network engineering and computer science.  

 

Learning Google

Interactive workshop talking attendees through basic functionality on the most commonly used Google Apps, including Chrome, Photos, Drive, Docs and YouTube.

   

 

Richard Scenna

Co-Founder of YourLink

 

 

Richard Scenna is one of the Co Founders of YourLink, a new free app created in NSW for Australian Seniors. He has 20 years marketing and technology experience in Australia and the United States, including working at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Richard believes passionately in the benefits technology can bring to the quality of life for seniors.

Introducing YourLink - a new app for Australian Seniors 

There is so much going on in your local community, wouldn't it be great if you could easily see what that was?

YourLink is a new app connecting seniors with family, friends, local community, services, interests and residences - all from an easy to use and free iPad app.

The free YourLink app is designed for seniors, with information that is relevant, helpful and an easy to use design. Launched as a trial in Orange, Bathurst and Dubbo, YourLink is now expanding across NSW. The app was recently a 2016 Gold Award Winner at the [app] Design Awards and Finalist at the 2016 CeBIT Business Technology Awards.

During this presentation find out how this app works and how you can get involved shaping the app for seniors across Australia.

YourLink website: http://www.yourlink.com.au/

   

 Victoria Shillingford

Victoria Shillingford

Executive
(Asia-Pacific)
Decoded.com

Victoria Shillingford is a designer by training and after a successful career in the fashion industry, working as a buyer and then as a Technical Designer she discovered the world of coding and technology. The similarities of creativity and logical thinking in both fashion and development led her to the award winning business Decoded - the home of digital enlightenment. Victoria now works cross-functionally to bring successful digital transformation to some of the world's largest organisations. And is a secret VR enthusiast by night.

A New Dawn: Technology, Women & The Workforce

Technology has completely revolutionized the way we live and impacts all of us every single day whether we want it to or not. However, despite some of the biggest advances made in technology being made by females, the number of women in technology has decreased over time and it is not getting any better. What does the future look like when it is being designed and built by men? This talk unpacks how new developments in technology are shaping the skills needed in the future, why it is vital to rally behind supporting women in tech and the importance of adopting a digital first mindset.

The Decoded website: https://decoded.com/en-au/ 

Victoria Shillingford's presentation slides

   

 Dr Dianne Snowden

Dr Dianne Snowden

Professional Historian, Heritage Consultant and Genealogist

 

Dr. Dianne Snowden currently lectures in family history at the University of Tasmania. She was appointed Chair of the Tasmanian Heritage Council in January 2012, and retired in 2014.

Dianne is a member of the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board and Chair of the Cascades Female Factory Community Advisory Committee. She is a founder member of the Female Convicts Research Centre. She is a former Director of the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania), the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council and Chair of the Female Factory Historic Site Board. She was the first Genealogical Researcher appointed to the Public Trustee (Tasmania).

Dianne is founder and convenor of the Friends of the Orphan Schools, St John’s Park Precinct, and as an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania, is working on a longitudinal study of children admitted to the Orphan Schools.

Dianne’s Ph.D thesis is titled ‘A White Rag Burning’: Irish Women who committed arson in order to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land (University of Tasmania. 2005).
Dianne’s most recent publication (with Joan Kavanagh) is Van Diemen’s Women: A History of Transportation to Tasmania (The History Press, Ireland, 2015).
In 2013, she published (with Trudy Cowley) Patchwork Prisoners: The Rajah Quilt and the Women who made it (Hobart, 2013).

She is a regular contributor to Tasmanian Ancestry, the journal of the Tasmanian Family History Society and to the Female Convicts Research Centre series, Convict Lives.

Using the Internet for Family History

The Internet is a rich source of family history information, but there is so much of it! This presentation considers some effective strategies for finding your way through the Internet maze.

Dr Dianne Snowden's presentation slides

Dr Dianne Snowden's handout on Internet resources

   
 Annette Stuckey

Annette Stuckey

Westlakes Seniors Computer Club

Annette Stuckey started work in 1955 at the MLC Assurance Company in Sydney. In 1959 she went to Papua New Guinea where she spent 18 years working for the Commonwealth Government. It was there she was introduced to computers, commencing with mainframes and moving on to PCs.

Annette gained her Victorian Certificate of Education through TAFE Outreach Learning in Bairnsdale, Victoria and received an Associate Diploma in Social Science - Community Development.

She joined the Westlakes Seniors Computer Club, Lake Macquarie in 2000 at its inauguration. She was elected Secretary in May 2000 and still holds that position.

Demonstration of Microsoft Photo Story

Photo Story 3 is a free application that allows you to create a visual story from your digital photos. The program allows you to add transitions and background music to create a Windows Media Video movie file with pan and zoom effects. It produces a Project file that can be changed at any time and a video.

Once a photo story video has been made, it can be played on a PC using Windows Media Player. Since the .wmv format is used, Windows Media Video created is incompatible with domestic DVD players, but you can use other software to burn your video to a DVD and watch it on your television.

Photo Story 3 has been available since 2005 and Windows XP. It still works on Windows 10 and can be downloaded from Microsoft here: 

www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=11132

Annette Stuckey's handout on Photo Story

   

 Shane Treeves

Shane Treeves

Head of Social Communications, Google Asia-Pacific

Shane Treeves completed a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Sydney and received first class Honours in Marketing. 

At University, Shane was elected as a Board Director of the University of Sydney Union and was also the founding Vice-President of 180 Degrees Consulting. 180 Degrees Consulting started in Sydney in 2009 with just 40 consultants and has now gone on to become the world's largest student consultancy with offices in more than 30 countries around the world.

Shane has been working full time at Google for the last four years looking after Consumer Communications for Australia and New Zealand. Recently, Shane has been promoted to a new role as Head of Social Communications for Google in Asia-Pacific.

From Search to the Google Assistant

When you think about Google, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Google Search. Since we started in 1998, we’ve launched a number of other products people use every day — like Google Maps to help you get to where you need to go, Google Calendar to help manage our busy lives, and Google Photos to search through 1000s of photos in a second. Now, we’re ready to bring everything together with the Google Assistant — an intelligent assistant to help you get through your day.

   

Robert Wickham

Robert Wickham

Regional Vice President
Salesforce
Innovation & Digital Transformation
Australia & New Zealand

Robert Wickham leads Salesforce’s efforts to help companies experiment and validate new business ideas in partnership with some of the local incubators. Robert previously ran Salesforce's specialized sales team across Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Robert led the Engineered Systems business at Oracle across Australia & New Zealand. He joined Oracle through acquisition in 2008 and initially ran Oracle’s System Management business in North America.

Prior to his tenure at Oracle, Robert held multiple marketing, product management and sales leadership positions at Empirix Web Test Division (which Oracle acquired in 2008). Prior to Empirix, Robert was a co-founder of Go Fly Limited (a low cost European airline that was eventually sold to easyJet) and a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.

He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Robert was a member of the MIT Board of Trustees from 1996-2001 and the MIT Alumni Board from 2002-2004. He is a recipient of the MIT Bronze Beaver for distinguished service. He is an avid squash player, golfer and cricket fan.

Fun Fact: Robert played for the Trinidad & Tobago under-19 cricket team captained by his classmate Brian Lara.

Delivering a Connected Customer Experience

Customers today are hyper-connected, always on, highly opinionated. Their expectations on how they want companies to interact with them has changed dramatically - driven in large part by brands & technologies that did not exist 10 years ago. In this TedTalk-like session, Robert will explore some of these technologies & trends that are impacting todays market, and share how companies are innovating using salesforce to transform the way they interact with their customers.

   

Rebecca Wilson

Founder and CEO of  Starts at 60

Rebecca Wilson founded Starts at 60, Australia and New Zealand’s largest digital and social media site for over 60s, in 2013 and has seen it grow to serve more than a million over 60s online each month. She takes the online enablement of the older generations very seriously, growing a team of 23 that serve the baby boomer and beyond generations 7 days per week online with engaging content and support more than 400 over 60 bloggers with a platform at startsat60.com.

Starts at 60 delivers 3.5+ million pageviews of content per month and gets more comments per day than News.com, New Idea and Womens Weekly combined because over 60s join each other on Facebook to talk to each other about major issues and topical current affairs affecting them.

There’s Never been a Better Time for Over 60s to get Online

The Internet offers so much to our over 60s today that it didn’t offer three or four years ago, and the future is even brighter. But the skills, tools and apps you need to understand seem unlimited… So where do you start and why bother.

1. Daily activities that can now be done Online and where to start
2. Revolutionary apps that’ll make a difference to you every day
3. Having a voice online…

Starts at 60 website: https://startsat60.com/

   

 

Russell Workman 

Professional Photographer  Gallery2

Russell Workman has been been a full-time professional photographer for many years, working at and for academic institutions as well as working freelance. He has worked as a photographer for the Department of Navy 1967-1969; a photographer for University of Sydney 1969-2007 and from 2007 to the present is a Heritage and Archaeology Photographer.

Russel has has taught Photoimaging at NSW Tafe as well as running courses for WEA in Sydney. I also run private courses in artistic photography. 

The Hidden Details – How to find interesting photography subjects anywhere

This talk and PowerPoint describes and shows photographs I have taken during the course of my photographic career.
They are some of my favourite photographically-creative and interesting images rather than ones taken for clients and employers and range from a photo taken on a rainy night in Newcastle in the 1960’s to a candid portrait captured at a protest rally in Sydney in 2016.

Russell Workman's website: www.gallery2.com.au

   

 Andree Wright

Andree Wright

Acting Children’s eSafety Commissioner

Andree Wright’s appointment as Acting Children’s eSafety Commissioner follows a 10 month period as the inaugural Executive Manager of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

Andree has a wealth of experience in children’s online safety issues. Under her direction, Cybersmart developed a significant international reputation for high quality, engaging online safety education resources, for which it received 14 major national and international awards.

Helping Australians explore safely online

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s leader in online safety, established in 2015 with a three-fold mission: handle complaints from Australian children affected by serious cyberbullying; investigate offensive or illegal online content, such as child sexual abuse material; and provide online safety education and training. We have since grown to include initiatives such as eSafetyWomen, aimed at helping protect women vulnerable to tech-facilitated abuse.

Our vision is to empower all Australians to be able to explore safely online—we all have a part to play in making the online world a better place.

   

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex
Zaharov-Reutt

Technology Editor - iTWire.com

President Sydney PC Users Group

Fururist, Public Speaker, Future Senior

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts.

Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows – and as keynote speaker at major events like ASCCA’s Australian Computer Conferences for Seniors!

The Future has already been invented.

Has it reached you yet?

Come see the future! Alex takes us on a journey of the amazing technologies of today and tomorrow, from software, to hardware, to intelligent assistants, to cool gadgets and more.

Get ready for what will be yet another memorable closing keynote!

Alex Zaharov-Reutt writes for: www.itwire.com

Alex regularly speaks at Sydney PC Users Group meetings

 

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Speakers at the 2015 Conference

Many speakers have provided their presentation content here.
Slideshows have had video removed to reduce download size.

We also filmed some presentations. These will be on our YouTube channel and linked here under the speaker starting December 2015

Hon John Ajaka MLC

The Hon
John Ajaka
 

 

The Hon John Ajaka Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Multiculturalism.

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

 

Keynote Speaker

David Bennett

David Bennett

ASCCA Director

 

David Bennett has been a director of ASCCA since 2005. David worked in the computer industry from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He was involved in the design and manufacture of computer systems hardware, later specialising in software systems for manufacturing industries. He was a consultant and president of the UK “Just in Time” group, who worked to improve the manufacturing processes in large companies, such as Hoover, Sony UK, Nissan UK and Sunrise Medical.

After coming to Australia, joined Northern Beaches Computer Pals as a trainer and soon became involved in the organisation and development of the club.When Avalon Computer Pals was formed he became a founder member and spent three years as a trainer and member of the committee.
David wants to continue working on widening communication between member clubs, using webcam and internet links for interactive participation between member clubs and will allow them to get maximum benefit from their ASCCA membership.

David is MC for the Conference

Nan Bosler

Nan Bosler

ASCCA President

 

Nan Bosler has been heavily involved in volunteer community work for almost 60 years.  She has worked with and for people of all age groups and levels of ability, with particular emphasis on the needs of older people and those with a disability.   She is a published author and presents regularly at conferences in both Australia and overseas. She revels in the fact that she is a great grandmother.
Nan is the foundation president of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association and seeks to empower older people by encouraging them to use modern technology.

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

A successful conference should pose questions and challenge assumptions. It should open doors and inspire new ideas for the future.

Diane Brentnall

Diane Brentnall

 

 

Diane Brentnall has recently retired from ASCCA as Training Coordinator and is now working as a volunteer at Radio 50 Plus on the Central Coast.  Prior to this Diane was instrumental in setting up and running a number of Seniors Computer Clubs notably COTA and has been a guest speaker at many clubs. Diane has been involved with ASCCA and its clubs since 2001.

Smartphone or Tablet Which One is Right for me?
Using the Android operating systems on Samsung Galaxy Edge 6 phone and the Samsung Tablet, we will look at using both devices comparing similarities, ease of use for specific tasks and software applications. If this is your first step into Smartphones we will investigate different models and of course the all-important cost, where can you get help all for free online.

Please note that this does not cover Apple devices.

Video of Diane Brentnall's presentation

 Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

Technology Commentator

 

Charlie Brown is a leading commentator on the technology lifestyles of Australians.

He is the Today Show’s resident technology expert, and regularly appears on other Nine Network programs, including National Nine News. Charlie is also the executive producer of CyberShack TV, Australia’s only free-to-air, half-hour program dedicated to showcasing the latest in home entertainment and consumer electronics. In addition to Television, Charlie appears regularly across radio, print and the web. He hosts Life & Technology, a weekly radio program on Sydney’s 2GB, writes regular columns for TV Week magazine, publishes CyberShack.com.au and has an ever-growing social media following.

When Charlie’s not busy talking about the latest and greatest gadgets and innovations, he is the founder of CBN Media, a content production business specialising in helping the world’s best technology brands explain their latest technology innovations.

Tech Trends and Products that are Exciting Me Most This Christmas

Dr Scott Ewing

Dr Scott Ewing

Senior Research Fellow
Swinburne Institute for Social Research

 

Scott Ewing is a Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology’s Institute for Social Research. He has more than twenty years’ experience as a social researcher, both at Swinburne and in the private sector.  He is currently managing the Australian Digital Inclusion Index project that will help inform and promote public policy, commercial and program responses to enhance digital inclusion in Australia.

Scott has considerable expertise in information policy, the social impact of new technologies, and the use of quantitative data for social research and policy. He is the author of numerous articles analysing the social impact of new technologies.

Engaging older Australians online

In 2012-13 only 46% of people aged 65 or more used the internet and three-quarters felt confused about using technology (ABS Cat No 8146.0). While the digital divide has narrowed, it has deepened, and as the internet increasingly becomes the default medium for communicating, informing and interacting, the disadvantages of being offline increase.

Telstra, the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and the Centre for Social Impact have joined forces to develop a new national measure of digital inclusion – the Australian Digital Inclusion Index. In this talk Scott will discuss this initiative and its implications for older Australians.

Geoff Hinchcliffe

Geoff Hinchcliffe

Director

State Records Authority of New South Wales

 

 

Geoff Hinchcliffe joined the State Records Authority of New South Wales in April 2014 as the Authority’s new Director following a successful career at the State Library of NSW, where he was the Director of Digital Library Services and the Chief Information Officer.

At the State Library, Geoff enjoyed significant success in building the Library’s digital capability through securing funding for ten years to establish the Library’s ground breaking Digital Excellence Program. This program, which is now in its fourth year, is progressively digitising the Library’s iconic collections and making them available online.

On joining the NSW public service in 2008, Geoff worked initially at the NSW Department of Corrective Services where he was responsible for the operations of the many critical IT systems used in the State’s 33 Correctional Centres and more than 130 offices.

Geoff’s experience is broad and has been gained over more than 35 years from working in many sectors most notably private business, large global investment banks and global technology companies.

With an Honours Degree in Computer Science and an MBA, Geoff’s talk will enlighten members on the many treasures contained within the NSW State archives and how the State Records Authority of NSW are responding to the demands and challenges of life in the digital age. Geoff’s talk will also provide valuable insight into the role State Records play in Government today and the valuable contribution the State archives play in today’s fast changing digital world.

Archives in the Digital Age
The State Records Authority of NSW (State Records) holds one of Australia’s most significant State Archives with a vast collection of archived records predating the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

In recent years, significant progress has been made developing digital resources to provide greater access for all Australians. The State Records website remains one of the most popular government websites in NSW with over 1.5 million items discoverable online.

In his talk Geoff will showcase some of the many treasures available and plans for the future which include more digitisation, more documentation and improved search, discovery and access.

Video of Geoff Hinchcliffe's presentation

Kerry Farmer 

Kerry Farmer

Director of Australian Studies National Institute for Genealogical Studies

 

Kerry Farmer has been teaching family history classes since 1997. With degrees in both science and the arts, she is a member of the Education Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and a regular speaker at conferences and other events. Kerry is also the Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, developing their course series ‘Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Australian Records’.
Kerry authored DNA for Genealogists (3rd edn, 2015), Arrivals in Australia from 1788 (2015) and together with Rosemary Kopittke wrote Which Genealogy Program? (3rd edn, 2012) – all published by Unlock the Past.

An introduction to DNA for Genealogists

DNA testing allows us to find others who share our ancestors and also to test the accuracy of our constructed family trees. This presentation introduces the concepts of DNA, the tests available to genealogists, and how they can be used to answer questions about relationships and as additional tools for family history research.

Click here for Kerry Farmer's handout: DNA for Genealogists

Click here for Kerry Farmer's Website: www.familyhistoryresearch.com.au which includes links for buying her books

Brian Fitzgerald

Brendan Fitzgerald

Manager Digital Inclusion
Infoxchange

 

Brendan Fitzgerald is the Manager - Digital Inclusion for the Melbourne based Not for Profit social enterprise Infoxchange where he leads a number of programs including Australia’s first national digital literacy program Go Digi (www.godigi.org.au).

Brendan has extensive experience in developing and delivering community based ICT programs. He was one of Australia’s Ambassadors to the UN sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in 2013. This year he Co-authored with Wayne Hawkins from ACCAN a chapter on Digital Inclusion and Disability in Australia for the University of Maryland’s Library Journal.  Prior to joining Infoxchange he was a member of the Senior Management Team at the State Library of Victoria for eight years.

Digital Literacy, Digital Confidence and mentoring: Building a national approach through Go Digi

We’re living in a digital age but many Australians are being left behind and don’t have the skills to make the most of being connected. In 2013 it was estimated that in Australia 1 in 5 adults are not online - that's almost 4 million people. To help change this, Infoxchange and Australia Post have joined together to create Go Digi.

Go Digi is a national four year digital literacy program with the goal of supporting more than 300,000 Australians to improve their digital skills. This paper explores what members of ASCCA can do to support the program and ensure that it is of value to their members and communities. This will especially focus on how ASCCA can lead their communities by mentoring others.

Wayne Hawkins

Wayne Hawkins

Disability Policy Advisor
ACCAN

 

Wayne Hawkins joined ACCAN in 2010 as Disability Policy Advisor, and has led ACCAN’s work on telecommunications access for consumers with disability, telecommunications affordability and emergency services.  Prior to joining ACCAN Wayne was National Policy officer with Blind Citizens Australia. Wayne is a doctoral candidate at Sydney University researching Australian telecommunications and disability policies. Wayne has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from City University of New York. Wayne has been blind since 2005 as a result of Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Quality Captions = Quality Information

ACCAN in partnership with ASCCA and other consumer organisations is running a campaign to raise awareness with our politicians, political parties and government agencies about the need for good quality, comprehensible captions on all online video. Research tells us that more than 30 per cent of the population use captions some of the time.

Our own research tells us that the majority of video on politicians, political party and government agency websites routinely have poor quality captions which do not convey the correct information to people who rely on the captions for information. This campaign is designed to ensure that all Australians have the information they need in order to participate in our democracy.

Ann Howard

Ann Howard

Author

 

Ann Howard is an avid fan of ‘hidden histories’ and feels there are many marvellous unrecorded stories. The use of computers empowered her to publish books which have made both a difference to the telling of history, and to individuals who were affected by world events or gave their lives for what they believed.
‘Everyone has a story to tell’, she says, as an author of 18 books.
Her book , ‘ A Carefree War’, is her latest hidden history.  During WW2, Australian citizens feared for their lives and the safety of their children, as the fear of Japanese invasion grew.  Voting with their hearts and without government sanction, anxious parents, mostly women on their own, sent their children to ‘safety’ in their thousands, for up to three years.  The history of these voluntary child evacuees remains largely hidden and Ann Howard’s book strikes freshly afield in awareness of exactly what happened to the civilians.
Interviewing a hundred evacuees or their descendants, Ann paints a picture of the huge upheaval in WW2.  The history of WW2 is not complete without it.  The impact of war would change their lives forever.
Ann Howard records a time when governments did little for the civilian population, except lie to it through censored media.
Ann will put forward how to reach thousands if people through computers, whatever your favourite topic.

Computers and the Author

Ann will detail how she became an author, and how she researched, wrote, designed, sent to print her own work and promoted and sold it successfully until she was picked up by a mainstream publisher.  Everyone has at least one book in them!  Let it out!!  Ann resisted the thought of ‘word processing’ at first but now kisses her computer goodnight. (only if it’s been good!)

Michael Knight

Michael Knight

Opal Brand Ambassador

Transport for NSW

 

Michael Knight is one Opal’s most knowledgeable Brand Ambassadors and has been with the Opal campaign for 2 years.  He is bilingual, speaking English and Mandarin.  He has worked on our community engagement presentations and on our shopping centre and public transport Opal kiosks.

The Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card

The current Pensioner Excursion Ticket will no longer be sold from 1 January 2016.  This presentation introduces customers to the Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card, explaining what it is, the benefits, how and where to use it and who is eligible. Questions will be answered and the team can help attendees apply for the card there and then.

This reusable card will be the only way seniors and pensioners can access public transport from 1 January 2016.  It is important to note that travel on all public transport will still cost no more than $2.50.  Some customers can pay even less.

Tegan Kop

Tegan Kop

Community Engagement and Communications

Go Digi

 

Tegan Kop is passionate about social justice and the way technology can create a better world for everyone. She is a digital inclusion expert and thinks when we work together, we work best. She likes it when people refuse to be bystanders and tries her best not be one too.

Sharing skills and improving online confidence
with Go Digi

Go Digi is a program is designed to help 300,000 Australians realise their online potential and improve their digital skills and online confidence.

Work with the Go Digi team to learn about new resources and interesting ways to engage new or existing audiences in your calendar of events.

This is also an opportunity for clubs involved in the Go Digi program so far to give feedback to help improve the Go Digi platform for other Computer Clubs.

 Ron McCallum

Emeritus Professor
Ron McCallum AO

University of Sydney

 

Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO studied law at Monash University, graduating in 1972. In 1974 he completed a Master of Laws Degree and developed his interest and expertise in labour and employment law.  After teaching at Monash for eighteen years, he moved to Sydney in 1993 where he was appointed to a full professorship at the University of Sydney. Blind since his birth, this appointment made Ron the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any Australian or New Zealand university. He served as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School between 2002 and 2007. In January 2011, on his retirement, the Senate of the University of Sydney awarded Ron the title of Emeritus Professor. His expertise in labour law and occupational health and safety saw him appointed as chair or member of various federal and state inquiries.  The most recent was the 2012 inquiry into the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

Professor McCallum is a director of the Board of Vision Australia which assists blind and visually impaired persons.

Professor McCallum was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2006 for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice. In January 2011, Prime Minister Ms Julia Gillard designated Ron as Senior Australian of the Year for 2011.

Professor McCallum was nominated by the Australian government to stand as an independent expert for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when that Committee was first established in 2008. Ron served as inaugural member, then Chair of this Committee and then as a Vice-Chair until the conclusion of his mandate on 31 December 2014.  He also served as the Chair of the UN Committee of the Chairs of all of the UN Treaty Bodies in 2011-2012.

On 21 August 2013, Professor McCallum was sworn in as a part time member of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in both its General Division and in its NDIS Division.

Computers and Vision Loss: The Marvels of Adaptive Technology

I have been totally blind since my birth.  The development of adaptive technology from the 1980’s to the present has enabled blind and vision impaired computer users to operate on a level playing field. Adaptive technologies have increased the employability of persons with vision loss, and these technologies have also opened up new horizons in so many aspects of life.  I shall unpack these momentus changes by recounting portions of my own story.

Alastair MacGibbon

Alastair MacGibbon

Children's eSafety Commissioner

 

 

Alastair MacGibbon's office is responsible for leading cyber safety education for children and for protecting those children specifically from cyberbullying. Australians can also report offensive or illegal online content to his office. Prior to taking up this position Alastair spent time in both public and private sector online leadership roles. He was previously General Manager Security at Dimension Data, a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra, as well as CEO of CREST Australia, a not-for-profit that certifies "white hat" ethical hackers. For almost five years Alastair headed up Trust & Safety at eBay Asia-Pacific. And before that he was a Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police for 15 years, with his final assignment as the founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre.

Keeping Children Safe Online

As Australia’s first Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Alastair MacGibbon will talk about his Office’s role in keeping children safe online and its role in reporting offensive or illegal content. Senior Australians often play a vital role in caring for younger family members. This new Office and the website www.esafety.gov.au provides up to date information and support for parents and carers to protect young people and encourage enjoyable experiences online for all.

Andy Malakooti 

Andy Malakooti

Windows Product and Marketing Manager
Microsoft

 

Andy Malakooti is the Windows Consumer Product lead at Microsoft. Responsible for driving Windows device adoption in the Australian market, he has held this role for the last 2 years.

Prior to Microsoft, Andy was the Head of Enterprise Product Marketing at Vodafone, managing a team that delivered innovative new Mobile products to the SMB market such as Vodafone Unite. A graduate from the University of Wollongong, Andy also held Product Marketing positions at Hutchison Telecoms, Optus and Gateway earlier in his career.

Andy is passionate about all things technology and when he isn’t spending time with his wife and 2 children he is playing with technology and exploring opportunities.

Windows 10

Hear about the Operating System that will power over a billion devices - Windows 10. Also includes a demo showcasing some of the new features:

  • Windows Hello
  • Continuum
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Cortana

Daniel Martin

Daniel J Martin

B.A. (Hons), B. Env. Des.
M. Arch., (UWA)

from Lund University Sweden

 

Daniel Martin is a design student from Western Australia with has a great passion for technology and the arts. It has long been said that Apple stands at this intersection. He has led workshops and supported Apple systems in Perth and the south-west of Western Australia, including many years involvement with the Walpole Community Resource Centre. He is delighted to witness how Apple technology has changed the lives of many, particularly seniors. He is currently completing a Master of Architecture in Sweden, in his spare time photographing Scandinavian landscapes and design.

Apple Photos

iPhones are now by far the most popular camera in the world, and the technology behind this tiny sapphire lens gets better every year. How we navigate, synchronise, backup, share, and ultimately enjoy these photo libraries has received an overhaul by Apple in 2015.

This presentation will offer an overview of the new Photos solution for the Apple ecosystem, in Mac OS and iOS on iPhones and iPads, as well as the new Apple Watch and AppleTV, giving a taste of the great integration of Apple platforms more broadly.

Video from Daniel Martin's Presentation

Divesh Narayan

Divesh Narayan

Multicultural Services Officer

Department of Human Services

 

Divesh Narayan has been a Multicultural Services Officer for the St George, Sutherland  Shire and Marrickville region. Has been in the role for 9 months and previous role was with CRS Australia as a Rehabilitation Consultant.

MyGov presentation and Online Services

The presentation will cover how to navigate around the Department  of Human Services website mainly Payment Finder, Information in your language and setting up a MyGov account.

David Num

David Num

Eurobodalla Seniors Computer User Group

and

ASCCA Board Member

 

David Num is a committee member of EuroSCUG (the Eurobodalla Seniors Computer User Group) and a member of their technical subgroup.  He has previously presented at ASCCA conferences and is a regular presenter, small group organiser and newsletter contributor at EuroSCUG.
David was introduced to computing in 1968, undertook a years formal training in 1971 and eventually became a senior executive in computing at a large Commonwealth organisation where he was responsible for technical aspects, contract negotiations and purchasing.  He was fortunate in being invited to speak at many Australian and international conferences on a range of computing issues.  David has also held senior executive positions in finance, corporate planning, research and training.
David has a long and active interest in personal computing and new technologies.
Using computing as a scientific tool in his early career has  given him a pragmatic approach to its use.  These days David enjoys helping others learn to use computing in ways that meet their needs.

Future proofing – Passing it on before you pass on

Increasingly we are enlarging our digital footprints. More and more of our affairs are being managed and stored online.  Business and government expect us to do this now to access their services.  We are also sharing more online.

This presentation addresses some of the issues around:

  • How do you make it easy for your family to clean up and/or transfer your online accounts after your demise? 
  • How can someone else maintain those online files or get access to online content? 
  • Where are the important email and other contacts to be found?
  • Accessing your smartphone/tablet etc.

Nerida Packham

Nerida Packham

Phone Line Service Team Leader

NPS MedicineWise

 

Nerida Packham is a pharmacist with experience in hospital and community pharmacy. A mum of four children, she enjoys tennis, swimming and outdoor activities.

Antibiotics: handle with care

(Click the pictures in this presentation to see the YouTube videos)

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today. This Antibiotic Awareness Week (16-22 November) NPS MedicineWise will be raising awareness on this global health threat by collaborating with key organisations around Australia to spread knowledge about antibiotic resistance.

The reality is that antibiotics are losing their power – but we can preserve the miracle of antibiotics by handling them with care and by using them only when they are necessary.

To find out more about the campaign and to download a suite of Antibiotic Awareness Week resources visit nps.org.au/aaw

Laurie Patton

Laurie Patton

CEO
Internet Australia

 

 

Laurie Patton, as a television journalist, covered the historic CHOGM conference in London that applied economic sanctions ending apartheid in South Africa. He reported live from the streets of Los Angeles, a city under curfew, as the smoke descended from the riots that followed the ‘Rodney King’ verdict. He covered business and politics extensively for each of our three commercial TV networks. Laurie went on to create the acclaimed Foxtel World Movies channel and later run Channel Seven Sydney, the largest TV station in the country, and regional network Seven Queensland which won the ratings for the first time under his leadership. In his current role, Laurie is an evangelist for the Internet who believes that Australia needs a digitally enabled economy. He is also committed to Digital Inclusion, making the Internet accessible to everyone.

The Internet and our Digitally Enabled Future

The Intergenerational Report argues that we need to keep people working well past 65, and there are many in good health and active keen to do so. Yet a generation of “millennials” is about to enter the workforce. Where will we find 20th Century jobs except through Internet-driven innovation?

The theory of “creative destruction” essentially maintains that to build new kinds of businesses we must constantly be destroying existing kinds of businesses. However, history shows that this often leads to workers being displaced. Our challenge is to foster innovation while ensuring that there are suitable jobs for everyone who wishes or needs to work.

Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts

Assistant Director for Online Security

Department of Communications and the Arts

 

Amy Roberts is the Assistant Director of Online Security for the Department of Communications and the Arts, and has been involved with the Stay Smart Online program for the past four years. Amy recently worked with the four major banks, Telstra, Australia Post and nbn to produce a brief guide to online security for busy small businesses and organisations who aren’t aware that losing access to their information could significantly interrupt business productivity. The Stay Smart Online Small Business Guide was launched during Stay Smart Online Week in early October, and has received strong support from industry and the small business community. Prior to joining the Federal government, Amy worked for a number of small to medium organisations, including running her own small businesses in rural NSW for 10 years. Following the collapse of her own business as a result of the global financial crisis in 2008, Amy is passionate about helping organisations build resilience to internet threats to ensure that if an event occurs, they are well placed for business continuity and minimal disruption.

Staying Smart Online for small businesses and organisations

Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government’s online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps that can be taken to protect personal and financial information when using the internet.

Each year, the Government hosts national Stay Smart Online Week and this year’s theme is “Your business is your business” - whether you’re in business or managing someone else’s organisation, you can be responsible for its success.

Stay Smart Online is in its eighth year and proudly supports the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association in its efforts to empower Seniors Computer Clubs to use modern technology safely and securely.
     

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex
Zaharov-Reutt

Australia's Technology Evangelist

 

Alex Zaharov-Reutts father bought him a personal computer in 1979, an Exidy Sorcerer from Dick Smith Electronics, when Alex was four and a half years old, and he took to technology like an electronic duck takes to cybernetic water. Since then, Alex has been everyone’s tech guide, explaining technologies, solving tech problems and using every type of technology he could get his hands on.

A veteran technology journalist, Alex has appeared on all of Australia’s free-to-air and Pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, has co-hosted Internet Bright Ideas and Room for Improvement, has appeared on numerous ABC and commercial radio stations, in various print magazines and newspapers and on various websites in his capacity as technology expert and evangelist, editing publications, conducting interviews, writing news, reviews, how-to guides and plenty more.

Here Comes the Future!

Join Alex as he presents the tech trends, technologies and techniques that you need to know for today – and tomorrow!

Alex will share the latest new technologies to improve your life and/or give you cool new tech toys to play with, he will show us what’s in store for 2016 and beyond, showcase some snazzy tips and tricks in iOS, Windows and Android, and you’ll learn the techniques you need to keep your computers, tablets and smartphones running smoothly.

So, be sure to join us for the last presentation of the conference where Alex will take us back to the future!

Video of Alex Zharov-Reutt's presentation

 

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Speakers at the 2017 Conference

Included in this list are presentation slides that we have permission to use.

We were also given permission to video some speakers. Once they are edited, they will be uploaded to our YouTube channel ASCCAau and also linked to the speaker here.

The Hon. Tanya Davies

The Hon. Tanya Davies

Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women and Minister for Ageing

 

Tanya Davies. Prior to her election as the Member for Mulgoa at the 2011 NSW State Election, Tanya worked tirelessly for her local community as a Councillor on Penrith City Council. Following her re-election to Parliament in March 2015, she was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs and Homelessness. In January 2017, she was sworn in as the NSW Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women and Minister for Ageing.

Tanya’s vision is that all older people across NSW, regardless of age or ability, can experience the benefits of living longer and enjoy opportunities to participate in, contribute to and be included in their communities. Through the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020, she is committed to ensuring NSW manages the challenges and maximises the opportunities created by an ageing population.

In 1996 Tanya married her husband, Mark, and they are raising their two young children in Western Sydney.

Official Opening

   

Francesca Astolfi 

Francesca Astolfi

Acting General Manager, Digital Economy
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Francesca Astolfi has over 20 years’ experience leading strategic policy across a range of industries for the Australian Government, most recently in offshore petroleum environment and safety policy. For the last year Francesca has been Acting General Manager for Strategic Policy and Digital Economy and is currently leading the development of the Government’s national Digital Economy Strategy.

The Digital Economy: Opening up the Conversation

Rapid developments in technology and science are changing the way we live, work and do business and are influencing the way we interact with each other every day. These changes come with challenges for our industries, work places and communities. They also present opportunities to increase wellbeing and secure Australian jobs and prosperity. The Australian Government has announced the development of a national Digital Economy Strategy that will focus on ways governments, businesses and the community can adjust to and seize the benefits of digital transformation. The Government has opened up a conversation with all Australians and we’re asking for your ideas to help develop the strategy.

Francesca Astolfi's presentation

   

 Julie Beadle

Julie Beadle

PhD Candidate, The MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University

Michael Spikmans

Michael Spikmans

PhD Candidate, The MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University

Julie Beadle received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2015. Julie is currently a PhD candidate at The MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia. In collaboration with the Australian Hearing Co-operative Research Center, Julie is investigating how cognitive processes such as attention and memory are used when seniors try to understand speech in difficult listening circumstances, as well as how and when visual cues may aid understanding.

Michael Spikmans has completed a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology, and a Master of Science in Communication and Information Sciences at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Michael is currently a PhD candidate at The MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, where he is investigating whether non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, eye gaze behaviour, head rotation, and vocal affect can be reliable indicators of mental states associated with lack of understanding. The aim is to develop automatic means of assessing these cues.

Research Designed with Seniors in Mind

At the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University, we research changes in the way people understand speech and emotions as they age. At the 19th Australian Computer Conference for Seniors, we would like to share the interesting results we have found already and give individuals the opportunity to get involved.

   

 Jeff Brand

Jeff Brand

Professsor

Bond University

Professor Jeff Brand is an internationally recognised and nationally awarded career academic in the discipline of communication and media with expertise in quantitative research methodology, an intellectual interest in policy for the digital economy, and leadership experience in tertiary operations and governance. In 2013 he was awarded a national Excellence in Teaching Citation from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching for using Minecraft as a Virtual Learning Environment. He serves in multiple senior management roles and is the author of the Interactive Australia and Interactive New Zealand series of national computer games audience studies an over 50 other publications. 

Older Australians Should Play Video Games: Here’s Why and How

Older Australians play video games. This reality is it the intersection of new and profound knowledge about ageing well: challenging the brain with interactive games promotes successful ageing. Successful ageing is defined as engaging with life, maintaining physical and mental fitness and maintaining social interactions. This talk presents an interesting angle on debates about video games, shares research and provides examples of the opportunities for using games as we age. It demonstrates the wonder of technology when applied in proactive and unexpected ways.

   

 Kellie Britnell

Kellie Britnell
Program Manager, Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Kellie Britnell is the program manager for Outreach and Education for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. With over 25 years in education, Kellie is responsible for developing, implementing and managing national eSafety related training programs and resources for many audiences, including sporting and community groups, indigenous, corporates, tertiary students and law enforcement. Kellie provides strategic advice on new and emerging technology trends related to the government’s eSafety responsibilities and is a highly experienced and expert presenter in the field of well-being, eSafety, privacy awareness and digital citizenship.

Keeping kids safe online: the role of tech savvy seniors

Although you may not know the latest app the kids are using, and you might not be snapping photos of every cake you bake to share on social media, you possess an incredible asset in the digital age—your terabytes of life experience and wisdom. This presentation will give you the low-down on what young people are doing on their devices and where to find useful information to help you join their conversations and artfully share some tips to help them stay safe online.

   

 Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown
Technology Commentator

Charlie Brown is a leading commentator on the technology lifestyles of Australians.

He is the Today Show’s resident technology expert, and regularly appears on other Nine Network programs, including National Nine News. Charlie is also the executive producer of CyberShack TV, Australia’s only free-to-air, half-hour program dedicated to showcasing the latest in home entertainment and consumer electronics. In addition to Television, Charlie appears regularly across radio, print and the web. He hosts Life & Technology, a weekly radio program on Sydney’s 2GB, writes regular columns for TV Week magazine, publishes CyberShack.com.au and has an ever-growing social media following.

When Charlie’s not busy talking about the latest and greatest gadgets and innovations, he is the founder of CBN Media, a content production business specialising in helping the world’s best technology brands explain their latest technology innovations.

Tech Trends and Products

Charlie Brown's website is 

www.lifeandtechnology.com.au  

   

 Teresa Corbin

Teresa Corbin

Chief Executive Officer

ACCAN

Teresa Corbin is a co-founder of ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers. Ms Corbin worked in various roles at Consumers’ Telecommunications Network (CTN) before taking on the role there of CEO in 2003.

She has 20 years of experience in telecommunications policy and her community sector work spans a 25-year period and includes strong ties with consumer groups both nationally and internationally. Teresa is a director on the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG). She was appointed to the role of ACCAN CEO in 2010 and currently sits on many industry and government bodies including the ACMA Consumer Consultative Forum and the NSW Information Privacy Advisory Committee.

In 2015, she was awarded the Charles Todd Medal by the Telecommunications Society for having made an outstanding contribution in recent years. Teresa is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Linguistics from La Trobe University.

Consumer Top Tips on nbn, Internet of Things and Staying Connected

This presentation will outline key issues for consumers to be aware of when switching to the nbn, or when buying and installing connected devoces. There will be an overview about the Internet of Things, as well as a quick look at safety in the always-connected world.

Teresa Corbin's presentation

   

 Amber Dornbusch

Amber Dornbusch

Head of nbn Local

NSW and ACT

 

What you need to know about the nbn

With 3 million premises connected to the nbn™ access network across the country, it’s more important than ever to understand exactly what you need to know to make the most of your nbn™ connection.

Amber Dornbusch will explain the roll out of the nbn™ access network, as well as what you need to consider when making the switch to nbn™.  

 

Amber Dornbusch's presentation

   

 Keith Harvey

Keith Harvey

Computer tutor

Keith Harvey is an experienced computer user and trainer. He is a member of Westlakes Seniors Computer Club and a lifetime member of Muswellbrook Computer Club.

He and his wife Sandra live in Toronto NSW and both have been buying items online for many years. His foray into computers started many years ago with punched tape and has never stopped. He has a passion for helping seniors to learn how to use computers and the internet which he does as a tutor with the Broadband for Senior’s system and presentations at Westlakes.

In the last couple of years he has found some previously unknown sporting genes in the game of golf croquet.

24x7 Retail Therapy – Browse and Buy Online

Shopping, banking, paying bills, booking trips and venues etc online are rapidly growing. We also greatly prefer to continue living in our own home for as long as we can. Online shopping enables this. It is in the interest of all seniors (not just your spouse) to at least know what is available, how easy it is to do and simple precautions to take. This session will take you through the basics and some places to get your fix.

Keith Harvey's presentation

Keith Harvey's Handout

   

Warren Henry

Warren Henry

Author of 'The Ark in your Pocket'

Warren Henry was born curious. Small wonder then that he includes 24 years as a Private Investigator in a resume of careers that have included wine production, export, film making, management training and hospitality.

His curiosity now focuses on the issue of modern family, and how mobility and technology have come to undermine our ancestral connections and sense of belonging.

His new book, The Ark in your Pocket, addresses a dilemma facing modern family. How do we maintain bonds of intimacy and togetherness when we live ever further apart? He reveals new ways to preserve and pass on the best bits of family, the stories of who we are and where we came from.

Warren and his wife of 23 years live at Avoca Beach, New South Wales Australia. He has three adult children.

The Ark in your Pocket: How to keep your family connected for thousands of years

How are you going to pass on what’s been important in your lifetime to your children and their children?

Not just the property or the family valuables, but the memories, keepsakes, ancestral stories and traditions that made your family what it is.

The Ark in your Pocket is an easy 5-step process to assemble and produce a digital collection of family treasures in a way that today’s generations will love and future generations will be fascinated by. We’ll discuss data file formats, media types and other issues related to long term curatorship and archival.

Warren Henry's presentation

   

 Julie Inman Grant

Julie Inman Grant

eSafety Commissioner 

Julie Inman Grant has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.

Julie’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach.

At Twitter, Julie headed up Public Policy for Australia and South East Asia, managing a range of public policy issues, including online safety and countering violent extremism. Julie also built Twitter’s ‘Rules and Tools’ for safety, and conceptualised and piloted #PositionofStrength, which now serves as Twitter’s global female safety and empowerment program.

Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.

The new digital generation: older Australians online

Established in July 2015 with a primary focus of improving the online safety of Australian children, recent legislation has expanded the mandate of the eSafety Commissioner to now help all Australians have safer online experiences. As part of this expanded role, the eSafety Commissioner is working in partnership with the Department of Social Services to deliver the Be Connected initiative—helping older Australians obtain the skills and confidence they need to enjoy the benefits of digital technology, while staying safe online.

Julie Inman Grant's presentation

   

 

Apple’s

Accessibility

Story

Learn about Apple’s Accessibility Story and how devices are built to be accessible right out of the box.

Find out some practical tips for personalising your iOS devices with features like Siri, Health, Find My Friends, iCloud and more. 

This session is focused around learning how to use the built in features on iPhone and iPad.

You’ll learn something new for you to use, as well as something to share with others.

Notes from this presentation

   

 Patrick Hines

 

Patrick Hines

Community Coordinator 

Microsoft Store

Patrick Hines is one of the Community Coordinators at the Microsoft flagship Store in Sydney. As a Community Coordinator my role is to help Microsoft give back to local communities through the organisation and execution of events that bring the communities together in Store or at outside venues for workshops, seminars or other events. Prior to this I was studying to be a Primary School teacher but found I can do all the same things I wanted to do as a teacher in my current role at Microsoft!

Getting the most out of Windows 10

Is your computer not running as fast as it used to? Do you have a tonne of files sitting on your hard drive? Are you worried that you might have a virus? Do you want to learn more about getting your computer running the way it should?

In this event we’ll walk you through OneDrive, Edge and Windows Defender and how to keep your device and your data safe.

This is one of many workshops we offer at the Microsoft Store in Sydney and we invite everyone to come in to learn more.

The Microsoft Store is located at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall, next to Sephora.

   

Mr K and his Little Technicians

Mona Vale Public School

Matt Kelson

 Primary Teacher

Greg Jones

Principal of MVPS

and 3 Tech Savvy Students

 

 21st Century Learning in the Classroom

Matt Kelson will show how he uses technology in the classroom. Greg Jones will talk about the importnace of implementing technology in the schools. The students will demonstrate ho they use technology in the school, and in their daily lives.

   

 Sue Martin

Sue Martin

Avalon Computer Pals

Sue Martin has had a commitment for a number of years to demystify computers and empower people to develop the confidence to use technology in their everyday lives. Although now retired, initially Sue was an English/History teacher. She then became interested in I.T. and, from the late 1980s, taught English and Computing Studies to secondary school students. In the mid 90s, the NSW Department of Education appointed Sue to help teachers integrate computing into their teaching and learning. As a Senior Curriculum Advisor, she was the project manager for a number of educational websites including NSW HSC Online.

Your Digital Legacy

Recently a young person in his 30s died. He had not made a will and no one knew his passwords. It proved extremely difficult even to identify with whom he banked because he did everything online with no paper records.
Anyone with an email account now has a digital presence and digital assets. It is therefore important to create a record of your digital assets: email addresses, passwords, banking, images, accounts, online payments and all your devices so that your executors can easily access and finalise your affairs.

   

 Kara Owens

Kara Owens
NSW Learning and Development Consultant
Samsung

 

Joel Thornton

Joel Thornton
Learning and Development Consultant
Samsung

Kara Owens is a member of Samsung Australia’s Learning and Development team and works across the mobile category to travel the country and train Samsung staff, partners, media and the general public. Kara is an expert across all Samsung mobile products.

Joel Thornton has worked with Samsung Australia for more than four years as part of the Learning and Development program where he spends time presenting and training Samsung staff, partners, media and the general public on the latest in Samsung mobile technology.

Samsung Galaxy Tablets

Samsung Electronics Australia will be a presenter at the annual ASCCA Conference to showcase the latest innovations in its Galaxy tablet range.

Samsung Galaxy tablets offer a range of options for multiple purposes and support both Android and Windows operating systems.

Samsung trainers, Kara Owens and Joel Thornton, will present the 2017 tablet range and discuss how attendees can find the best tablet for their needs, which new features to look out for across the tablet range, and how to get the most out of their Samsung tablet.

   

 Shannon Roos

Shannon Roos

Conexu Foundation

Shannon Roos has an IT background, especially in accessible technology and new developments. He is very familiar with the needs of people with a hearing loss and is able to share valuable information as well as demonstrate what is out there that will assist people with a hearing loss.

Accessibility Communication Technology helps better access to community life

Conexu will show examples of how smart technology and apps can help make life a little easier. Especially when trying to communicate with others and your hearing loss makes it difficult. Conexu has created some accessible apps and there are useful apps and devices (eg; captel phones) in the mainstream that could be useful to many people as they get older.

   

 Yvette Sims

Yvette Sims

Branch Manager, Multicultural and Communities Branch,  Department of Social Services

 

Helen Milner

Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive

Good Things Foundation

Yvette Sims is an experienced and innovative leader with a proven track record in Federal Government. Her focus is strategic and she brings a balanced and practical perspective to challenging policy issues and organisational change. Her leadership style is about empowering team members, and connecting with internal and external stakeholders to influence change. Personally, she is a highly motivated individual with an on-going desire to seek out opportunities to add breadth and depth to her skills.

Yvette commenced her career as a graduate at Ernst & Young and spent a number of years in the private sector before joining the Australian Public Service, where she has held a diverse range of senior positions, predominantly in policy roles spanning whole of government administration and social policy.

Yvette has a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts degree from the ANU majoring in accounting, art history and anthropology.

Helen Milner OBE is the Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, a staff-led charity that works with over 5,000 hyper-local community partners in the UK, Australia and Kenya supporting people to benefit from everything the internet has to offer, and driving digital and social inclusion. Since 2010 her organisation and their local partners have helped more than 2 million people to cross the digital divide. Helen has over 30 years’ experience of developing internet education services and content in the UK, Australia and Japan. Helen was awarded an OBE for services to digital inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2015. In 2017 she won the coveted title of Digital Leader of the Year (UK).

Be Connected -- improving the digital literacy of older Australians

Be Connected is a new Australian Government initiative to help improve the digital literacy and online safety for older Australians aged 50 years and over. Older Australians have the lowest rate of online participation of all Australians and are missing out on important information and services that is increasingly only available online. People with low internet skills can also be isolated from their community and family at a time in their lives when feeling connected is vitally important. Through Be Connected, older Australians, their families and carers, and community organisations will be able to access a dedicated website with a host of basic digital information and learning tools and resources. Older people will also be able to get help through the Be Connected Network, a large group of community organisations being established across Australia to provide one-on-one, face-to-face coaching and support to older Australians.

Yvette will be providing an outline of the Be Connected Program and Helen Milner of Good Things Foundation (the Be Connected National Network Manager) will talk about the Be Connected Network and what it can offer to ASCCA members and other community organisations.

Yvette Sims' presentation

Helen Milner's presenation

   

 Ben Shepherd

Inspector Ben Shepherd

Acting Manager

Media Services

NSW Rural Fire Service

Ben Shepherd witnessed first-hand the devastation of the 1994 Sydney bush fires and helping his local community fight the fires. Ben joined the Terrey Hills Rural Fire Brigade on Sydney’s Northern beaches as a volunteer firefighter in 1994.

In 2006 Ben secured a full time staff position as an Operations Officer based at the NSW RFS State Operations Centre, fulfilling a long-time dream of turning his passion into his career.

In 2008 Ben was seconded to NSW RFS Media Services for a two-month period to assist with communications across the fire season. Ben remains in Media Services and has been the Acting Media Manager for the past four years.

Utilising technology to access emergency information

Ben will provide an overview of the importance of using multiple sources to access important emergency information to stay safe. From websites to social media and smartphone applications, the use of technology is vital in providing and accessing emergency information.

Ben Shepherd's presentation

NSWRFS YouTube Channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/NSWRFS 

NSWRFS Website: 

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ 

Video of Ben Shepherd's presentation

   

 Shane Treeves

Shane Treeves

Head of Social Communications

Google Asia-Pacific

Shane Treeves completed a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Sydney and received first class Honours in Marketing.
At University, Shane was elected as a Board Director of the University of Sydney Union and was also the founding Vice-President of 180 Degrees Consulting. 180 Degrees Consulting started in Sydney in 2009 with just 40 consultants and has now gone on to become the world's largest student consultancy with offices in more than 30 countries around the world.

Shane has been working full time at Google for the last five years and was recently named as the overall Grand Prix winner in B&T’s 30 Under 30 awards.

Machine Learning at Google and Beyond

Shane will speak about how machine learning is being used to make Google products more useful and how Google is working to bring the benefits of machine learning to everyone — to help tackle important social problems such as health, the environment and more.

   

Dr Monica Trujillo

Executive General Manager, Clinician and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance & Chief Clinical Information Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency

Dr Monica Trujillo is responsible for leading clinical and consumer engagement ensuring consumer and clinician centred high quality and safety programs are developed across the Agency.

Her role ensures the implementation of a strategic approach to consumer and clinical engagement, clinical governance, safety, system design, functionality and usability of products and services, and contributes to broader development goals by ensuring Australia has a safe and robust digital health system.
Her approach to consumer engagement and patient experience provide valuable insight to the planning, design and implementation of the Agency’s work program.

Previous to this position, Dr Trujillo was the Chief Medical Information Officer at UnitingCare Health, Australia's first, as well as being the Regional Director of Medical Services for St Stephen’s Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. In this role, she was well known for her leadership and passion to fully and effectively engage clinicians in the design, implementation and sustainability of digital health solutions, in order to bring about high patient quality and safety outcomes.

Prior to her tenure with UnitingCare Health, Dr Trujillo worked in the public sector as Executive Director, Medical Services for Townsville Hospital and Health Service in Queensland, Australia.
She is also the vice chairperson of the HIMSS Asia Pacific Governing Council.

Dr Trujillo obtained her degree in Medicine and Surgery, Universidad del Valle, Colombia in 1998. She holds an AMC Certificate 2000, Masters of Public Health 2005, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators since 2009.

Australian digital health: What does this mean for you?

   

 Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Technology Editor Technology Evangelist iTWire.com

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is one of Australia’s most well-known technology journalists, appearing on TV, radio, in print, online and at YouTube. He is the technology editor at iTWire.com, and hosts his own TV technology program at his YouTube page and via iTWire.com. If you want to know about technology, Alex has the answers, showing us all how technology is our friend, and not our Terminator-like enemy.

Fantastic new technologies and cool tech tips with Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Want to see cool technologies available now and coming next year? What about some great tips on getting more from your smartphone, tablet, PC and Mac? For a fun, entertaining, informative and amazing presentation you’ll be telling your friends about, then Alex’s highly anticipated closing ASCCA keynote will be one you won’t want to miss!

Video of Alex Zaharov-Reutt's presentation

   

David Bennett

David Bennett

ASCCA Director

David Bennett has been a director of ASCCA since 2005. David worked in the computer industry from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He was involved in the design and manufacture of computer systems hardware, later specialising in software systems for manufacturing industries. He was a consultant and president of the UK “Just in Time” group, who worked to improve the manufacturing processes in large companies, such as Hoover, Sony UK, Nissan UK and Sunrise Medical.

After coming to Australia, joined Northern Beaches Computer Pals as a trainer and soon became involved in the organisation and development of the club. When Avalon Computer Pals was formed he became a founder member and spent three years as a trainer and member of the committee.

David wants to continue working on widening communication between member clubs, using webcam and internet links for interactive participation between member clubs and will allow them to get maximum benefit from their ASCCA membership.

David is MC for the Conference

   

 Nan Bosler OAM

ASCCA President

Nan Bosler has been heavily involved in volunteer community work for almost 60 years. She has worked with and for people of all age groups and levels of ability, with particular emphasis on the needs of older people and those with a disability. She is a published author and presents regularly at conferences in both Australia and overseas. She revels in the fact that she is a great grandmother.

Nan is the foundation president of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association and seeks to empower older people by encouraging them to use modern technology.

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

A successful conference should pose questions and challenge assumptions. It should open doors and inspire new ideas for the future.