Xerocon Day 1

Wed 5 September 2018

8:00 AM

Registration and expo opens

9:00 - 9:25 AM

Opening keynote
Steve Vamos, Chief Executive Officer, Xero

Recently appointed Chief Executive Office of Xero, Steve Vamos, opens Xerocon Brisbane 2018. Hear about his journey up until now, and about his vision for Xero.

9:25 - 9:45 AM

Welcome to Xerocon Brisbane 2018
Speaker: MC

9:45 - 10:30 AM

The AI Revolution?  Human-Computer relationships in the 4th Industrial Age
Genevieve Bell, Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University, Director of the 3A Institute, and Senior Fellow at Intel

As the Director of the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, Professor Genevieve Bell is at the forefront in exploring the ways in which we can best navigate the complexity of cyber-physical systems. In this fascinating and highly engaging keynote, Professor Bell explores the emergence of artificially intelligent technologies and systems and their impact. She also highlights the opportunities and risks that emerge from the development of AI and its continued presence in human decision-making systems. Find out whether AI is truly disruptive or whether it represents the beginning of a larger and more complicated transformation of how we think about and utilize computing - especially as it moves from a command and control paradigm to something more situational and contextual.

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Morning tea

11:15 - 11:55 AM

Keynote: What's new in Xero
Herman Man, Vice President of Product and Alliances, Xero

Hear from Herman Man, Xero’s VP of product, and step into the future of accounting. Learn how cloud technology has changed the scope of everything and the implications of connected accounting, machine learning and artificial intelligence. We'll also discover new functionality across Xero showing how practices can continue growing in a digital world and learn new innovations targeted in helping small businesses.

11:55 AM - 12:15 PM

Keynote: Unblocking the Blockchain
Jamie Skella, Co-Founder, Horizon State

The problem with understanding the blockchain opportunity ahead is that most explanations provide more detail than what matters to most people, using language that is foreign, which end up leaving people more confounded than when they started. Jamie Skella is the co-founder of Horizon State, a technology startup that has embraced distributed ledger technology to transform voting - be that shareholder or electoral - by creating an unhackable digital ballot box with it. There are multiple applications for blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency - but what are they and why do they matter? In this session, Jamie Skella brings you an up to date and energetic entry into blockchain, so that everyone can understand the vast possibilities that await.

12:15 - 1:00 PM

Keynote: What’s the worst that can happen?
Gill Hicks, London Bombings Survivor, inspiring advocate of peace

We can’t control certain events or dramatic change in life, but we can control how we react and respond. Dr Gill Hicks (MBE) is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. As a survivor of the 2005 London terrorist bombings and founder of M.A.D for Peace, she is known globally as an advocate for sustainable peace and a valuable resource in countering violent extremism. In this powerful keynote, Gill Hicks explores what ‘we’ fear. Imagine if we took fear out of living – what could we achieve?

1:00 - 2:30 PM


5:30 - 8:30 PM

Networking Drinks

*Schedule is subject to change