Speakers – Regional Innovation Strand

Regional innovation – from digital isolation to digital revolution

Regional development is a key issue for rural and remote areas of Australia; however, innovation is often hampered by poor access to reliable and adequate telecommunications and a lack information on how to access and exploit digital   technologies to ignite business growth. Many businesses not far from major urban centres have extraordinary tales of digital isolation. This stream will look at examples of digital innovation across primary and creative industries, tourism, community services, health, education, and other sectors.

Session Chair:  Brendan Fitzgerald – Broadband for the Bush Committee

Mini Menu: Featured Speaker, Main sessions and workshops, ProgramDelegates – accommodation info, Registration

Andrew Findlay

Abuse your illusions – critiques of existing options for connectivity.

 Andrew Findlay, Executive Director, Vertel WA.

Andrew joined Vertel in 1996 and has led the evolution of the business from a provider of two-way radio site and networks to a licensed telecommunications carrier with a focus on critical network services for Government, Enterprise and Service Provider organisations. He is driven by the belief that Australia’s most pressing social issues are a result of the inequitable delivery of and access to quality education, health, community and emergency services. He works with a team that is passionate about the enablement of dramatically better education, health and community outcomes through the innovative use of ICT services in underserved metro, regional and remote Australia.

While the world marvels at (and in some cases is aghast with) the ‘disruption’ caused by ‘web scale’ companies with challenger ‘platform operations’, very little has changed for those individuals and businesses living and or operating in regional and remote areas of both developed and undeveloped countries.

In the Australian context, the ongoing failure of the NBN to effect meaningful change to those in regional and remote Australia coupled with the unrelenting dominance of Telstra has resulted in a scenario where the ‘digital divide’ as never before been so significant.

In our dealings with both Government and Enterprise organisations, we are continually surprised (if not stunned) by the range of dearly held ‘knowledge’, beliefs and assumptions around the technical, commercial and social aspects of delivering infrastructure based competition for broadband services. It is these ‘illusions’ that need to be challenged and discredited if any meaningful change is to be experienced by people living in these underserved regions.

Andrew will identify and deconstruct the most relevant aspects of these broadband ‘illusions’ and provide insights and effective steps for Government, Business and Communities to take to secure converged, assured and secured network services for these regions of Australia.

Daniel Sacchero

Free Public WiFi in 4 Remote Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory.

Daniel Sacchero, Business Manager, Easyweb Digital, NT

Daniel is a veteran of the ICT industry with more than 30 years experience working for small, medium and large corporates. In the last 20 years, Daniel has focussed  building  wireless broadband communications for corporate and government clients in cities and remote areas.  In 2015 he joined Easyweb to promote Public WiFi as a platform to breach the digital divide and provide access to disadvantaged communities.

 In April 2016, the NT Office of Aboriginal Affairs approved four grant submissions by Easyweb to deploy Free Public WiFi systems at four indigenous communities: Ntaria, Imanpa, Mutitjulu and Kalkutatjara. The systems were deployed in June 2016.  In November 2016 I toured the communities to meet with local people and discuss the impact of the service. In this presentation, we show the usage of these systems and discuss our learnings of these projects. We will use an actvity to invite our audience to share their findings and suggest the ways that we can support the inequity gap in remote communities.

Rongomai Bailey

Wifi Net trial in Wingelllina. Potential solution to better public Wi-Fi.

Rongomai Bailey

NG Media, WA




Mae Connelley

BIRRR: Update – the WA stories – important lessons and things still not right.

 Mae Connelley, BIRRR






Sue Sameulson

Sue Sameulson

Tele-Veterinary – Diagnosing remotely

Sue Samuelsson