Online giants will join leading Australian businesses at the Prime Minister’s Forum on the Digital Economy in Sydney this afternoon to discuss Australia’s role in the growing digital economy, and the significant opportunities this presents for Australian businesses. The rollout of the National Broadband Network will help businesses to capitalise on these opportunities.
More than 40 attendees from Google, Facebook, PayPal and Microsoft and leading Australian businesses such as Commonwealth Bank, Australia Post and Virgin Australia will join the discussion.
In addition to these major companies, several online start-up businesses including Shoes of Prey, Nicko’s Kitchen, and Birdsnest, will attend the Forum to share their success stories.
The Prime Minister will open the Forum, with sessions to address these key issues:
- The success of innovative digital organisations;
- the opportunities and challenges of a digitally enabled world; and
- thinking about work in the digitally engaged world.
The Forum will also look at ways to improve Australia’s competitiveness and productivity, building on the Government’s National Digital Economy Strategy and Productivity Agenda.
The National Digital Economy Strategy has set a goal for Australia to become a leading global digital economy by 2020. Find out more about the National Digital Economy strategy by visiting http://www.nbn.gov.au/the-vision/digitaleconomystrategy/
The forum will be held at the University of New South Wales and will be available through live webcast from 12.15pm AEST at www.pm.gov.au /digitalforum .
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List of attendees:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Nick Leeder, Google Pty Ltd
John Borghetti, Virgin Australia
Jason Wyatt, bikeexchange.com.au
Jane Brabham, Connecting Up
Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NICTA
Paul O’Sullivan, Optus
Tony Faure, Pollenizer
Suzanne Campbell, AIIA
Scott Farquhar, Atlassian
Michael Fox, Shoes of Prey
Andrew Lark, CBA
Llyr Roberts, Prysmian Cables
Ian Opperman, CSIRO
Kim Clarke, Vodafone
William Scott, Aussie Farmers Direct
Innes Willox, AIG
Lisa Paul, DEEWR
Minister for Employment, Bill Shorten
Jane den Hollander, Deakin University
Pip Marlow, Microsoft
Steven Pozel, Object
Ahmed Fahour, Australia Post
Chris Ridd, Xero
Andrew Stevens, IBM
Minister for Broadband, Senator Stephen Conroy
Peter Harris, DBCDE
Mia Garlick, Facebook
Mark Rantall, Financial Planning Assoc
Roy Green, UTS
Les Williamson, Cisco
Yiying Lu, Walls 360
Jeff Clementz, Paypal Australia Pty Ltd
Jack Heath, SANE Australia
John O’Mahoney, Deloitte
Rob Nixon, Nicko’s Kitchen
Brendan Riley, Telstra
Penny Winn, Woolworths
David Lamb, UNE
Phil Ruthven, IBISWorld
Tony Shepherd, Transfield
George Savvides, Medibank
Steve Vamos, Knowledge Economics
Paul Schreier, PM&C
Jane Cay, Birdsnest