March 11, 2014

Broadband for the Bush Forum III

Building a Better Digital Future

Wednesday 30 April & Thursday 1 May 2014

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs, NT


PDF of Forum Program available here


 Join us at this year’s Broadband for the Bush Forum and affect the digital future of remote Australia. Interact with key decision makers in government and industry, share your views on the digital challenges faced in the bush and access the latest communications and digital developments.

Focus topics:

  • Digital Inclusion: Improved infrastructure does not equate to digital inclusion.  Issues of access to ICTs, affordability, digital literacy and awareness limit usage for many people, particularly Indigenous, elderly, disabled and other vulnerable groups. During this stream, we will identify obstacles and possible strategies for ensuring the digital divide does not increase for remote and rural people under NBN
  • Technology and Policy: With the coming of the NBN satellite servicing remote Australia – a huge opportunity exists to draw down maximum value for the bush– what are the technologies, what are the benefits and what are the policies required to ensure the opportunity is not missed
  • Digital Economy: Re-vision your operations to benefit from the new digital economy. What are best practices?  Where do you start? What are the traps?
  • Digital Services: Addressing the impact of reducing face-to-face service delivery out bush and identifying the requirements and benefits of successful transition to online service models in teleHealth, teleEducation and eGovernment

Featuring speakers:

  • Rosemary Sinclair (forum moderator): FAICD CPA, CEO Immediate Solutions, Member ACMA, Board Member TUSMA, Board Member VASP
  • John Huigen: Chair Broadband for the Bush Alliance, CEO DKA
  • Daniel Featherstone: General Manager, Indigenous Remote Communications Association
  • Helen Hopkins: Policy Advisor, National Rural Health Alliance
  • Lester-Irabinna Rigney: Professor, University of Adelaide
  • Belinda Pearson: Principal, School of the Air
  • Tony Bundrock: CEO, Activ8me
  • Andrew Crouch: Senior Research and Projects Officer, Centre for Appropriate Technology
  • Ellie Rennie: Associate Professor, Swinburne University
  • Reg Coutts: Principal, Coutts Communications
  • Ray Heffernan: Executive Manager, Remote Area Planning and Development
  • Ian Burton: Project Officer, Regional Development Australia
  • Apolline Kohen: Senior Policy Advisor, Ninti One
  • Noel Ferguson: Mid West Development Commission
  • Darryl Clarke: Managing Director, Easyweb Digital
  • Rob Starling: Chief Information Officer, Remote Outback Australia Satellite Infrastructure Enablement for eHealth
  • Adam Leeflang: Operations Director, IPSTAR Australia

What can I expect?
The forum’s program will include keynote addresses from ministerial and industry representatives, interactive panel sessions and discussion workshops.

Here are significant outcomes resulting from the Broadband for the Bush Forum II in 2012:

  • Formation and announcement of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance
  • Building shared understanding on the technical and social issues involved
  • Bringing together a wide range of views, creating networking opportunities and linkages
  • Looking at technical challenges and real case-studies of remote communities using internet
  • Advocating further for broadband opportunities in remote communities around Australia

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  1. Lee Morgan (Power and water ) April 7, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Can you please indicate the cost of registration in the up-front details of this event?

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  3. Lee, I have added a note to view the Registration Page for details of costs as they vary depending on number of days and concessions – Liam

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