Xerocon Day 2

Thu 5 September 2019

8:00 AM

Doors open

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome: Day 2

9:15 - 10:00 AM

Any Ordinary Day
Speaker: Leigh Sales, Journalist & author

Blindsides, Resilience, and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life.
The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? Dual Walkley Award-winner Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable.
As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories – and a terrifying brush with her own mortality – sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Always moving forward
Speaker: Kevin Fitzgerald, Managing Director, Xero Asia

In today’s rapidly evolving world, it is critical that we are constantly growing and challenged as an individual and a professional by pushing personal boundaries and stepping out of our comfort zone. From carving out a global career to leveraging a digital network to connect and give back to the community, this session will shine light on the rise of Asia and along with it, the vast opportunities that the technology world has opened up and how it can revolutionize our lives.  

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Customer. Centric. Approach.
Speaker: Rachael Powell, Chief Customer and People Officer, Xero

We believe a world class customer experience is delivered from the inside out so Xero supports and invests in people, technology and leading education programs to delight and deliver to our customers and partners. Rachael Powell, will discuss how Xero puts the customer experience at the heart of our business strategy and delivers this through a highly engaged and active employee community.

10:30 - 10:50 AM

How to transform your data to solve real world problems 
Speaker: Ros Harvey, Founder and MD, The Yield

Founder and self-professed techno-optimist Ros Harvey states a clear case for establishing data markets as a way to return power to the producer in the emerging AI economy. With data fast becoming a regularly mined resource, Ros believes in sharing the upside of combining our data, to provide real-world solutions to real-world problems. Her agtech business, The Yield, uses AI to crunch the data from corporate customers. Using artificial intelligence, The Yield predicts microclimate growing conditions to dates of harvest for crops at their date of planting. This knowledge can create step change when rolled out across an industry, dramatically reducing food waste as well as minimizing the overuse of water and pesticides. Good for us, and good for the planet. In a time when good news is scarce, Ros’ pragmatic approach is a breath of fresh air. 

10:50 - 11:35 AM

Morning tea

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM


This year, we’re excited to announce that a diverse group of partners from Australia, New Zealand and Asia will be taking to the mini stages in the Expo Hall to share their expert insights on a broad variety of industry topics with their Xero community.

Learn more about our Xero Partner Platform speakers here

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Speaker: Jaya Baloo, Chief Information Security Officer, KPN Telecom

Hear Jaya Baloo’s thoughts on the future of privacy, cyber-security and the impact of quantum computing on both. What motivates hackers and how can we use this to strengthen innovation? Jaya will also explore the future of hyper-connectivity of all of the things which will bring greater capabilities but also further dependencies. Finally she will address what we must do as individuals, employees, and as citizens.Jaya Baloo has been working internationally in Information Security for nearly 20 years. In the last few years, she has been named CISO of the year, top 100 CISOs globally, and top 100 Global Security Influencers. Her focus has been on secure network architecture where her work has ranged in areas from Lawful Interception, VoIP & Mobile Security, to designing national MPLS infrastructures, ISP architecture, as well as Quantum Communications networks. She has worked for numerous telecom providers, Verizon and France Telecom among others, and currently works for KPN Telecom in the Netherlands where she is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). A faculty member of Singularity university and a member of various infosec boards, she is always inspired about how much more there is to learn.

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Leadership Matters
Speaker: Peter Baines OAM, Company Director of Peter Baines Consulting

In times of crisis and disaster true leaders are identified by their actions and reactions not the positions they hold, it really is about leadership without authority.
We don't need to be in times of crisis to apply the lessons of leadership to come from the fields of crisis and during the keynote session Baines will share what he has learnt working in Bali after the Bombings, Thailand after the South East Asian tsunami and Saudi Arabia and Japan following disasters to hit those countries. He will discuss the importance of 'presence' of leaders and why too many leaders underestimate the significance of their presence with teams they are leading or clients they support. He will also focus on building engagement through shared experiences and how outcomes are achieved by focusing on the results not the excuses.

3:50 - 4:10 PM

Closing Keynote
Speakers: Steve Vamos, Chief Executive Officer, Xero
Rod Drury, Xero founder, Non-Executive Director

4:30 PM

Conference End and Expo closes

6:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Xerocon Wrap Party

*Schedule is subject to change

Thanks to our Xerocon Brisbane 2019 gold sponsors