Oct 11-14 2020


Marvel Stadium Melbourne VIC


Expanded Trade Exhibition


For Excellence

MAV Technology ‘Champions of Change’ National Conference & Awards for Excellence will be held in Melbourne on 11-14 October 2020.

It’s all about how councils are transforming local government to serve communities in the digital era. Day one is about leadership and includes an amazing line-up of speakers including Dr Jordan Nguyen, David Bartlett, Denise Scott, Dr Sam Robertson, Guy Newman and Dr Susan Alberti AC; along with two Council CEO discussion panels facilitated by Peter Auhl. Day two is about innovation, collaboration and operational excellence and includes deep dives into drones, data, digital twins, social listening, grants transformation, AI and IoT – and the return of two of our most popular speakers, Simon Waller and Gus Balbontin!

This year’s Trade Exhibition is bigger and better with 47 specialist organisations on hand to demonstrate and discuss the latest in technology-enabled business solutions for councils. Extra special thanks to this year’s event sponsors: Salesforce, Microsoft, Telstra, HP, HPE/CSA/Intel, Thomas Duryea Logicalis, PMO365, Aussie Broadband, Olikka, Grace, TechnologyOne and OneBlink.

With our official Welcome Reception on the evening of Sunday 11 October, our celebrated Awards for Excellence Dinner on Monday night, a Networking Evening at Melbourne Aquarium on Tuesday night and Masterclasses or a walking tour on Wednesday morning – there are ample opportunities to share knowledge and experiences with colleagues from across the country.

Recommended for elected members and officers from across council business areas, the MAV Technology Champions of Change Conference is one of the best value local government events in the country!



Registration & Trade Exhibition

Registration & Trade Exhibition – Coffee Sponsor Thomas Duryea Logicalis

Welcome to Country


Introduction Lisa McAskill, Master of Ceremonies, TV Presenter

Leading passionate people through change to a better future

In this engaging talk David lists the dozen or so lessons he learned from reviving and refocusing an ailing professional basketball club to return to the National Basketball League, that can be applied in every leadership and change situation.

Beyond Superhuman

Technology for Humanity A confronting conversation around links drawn between the fields of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, new techniques in 3D human scanning, neuroscience, and the ideas of human consciousness. What is a moral approach advancements that are increasingly blurring the lines between the virtual world and the real world.

Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by Aussie Broadband

10.20am Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by Aussie Broadband

Enabling Innovation

Jacqui shares her personal approach for driving change and transforming organisations and workforce culture through implementing innovative solutions in complex business scenarios.

Leadership in Metropolitan Councils

Panel discussion facilitated by Peter Auhl, CIO, Central Coast Council

Modernising service delivery

Modernising service delivery

Lunch & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by pmo365

Lunch & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by pmo365

Leadership in Rural, Regional & Interface Councils

Panel discussion facilitated by Peter Auhl, CIO, Central Coast Council Martin Cutter, CEO, City of Greater Geelong Jessie Holmes, CEO, Yarriambiack Shire Council Michael Tudball, CEO, Southern Grampians Shire Council Tammi Rose, CEO, Yarra Ranges Shire Council Kerry Thompson, CEO, Municipal Association of Victoria

Tech Savvy Scotty?

Scotty has been and remains a favourite guest on many of Australia’s favourite TV shows, including Spicks and Specks, The Project, Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Please Like Me, Jack Irish and Studio 10.

Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by TBC

Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by TBC

Moneyball 2.0 – Transformational change in high performance sport

In complex and rapidly changing sports (and non-sports) landscapes, it is important that any new technology or innovation employed by organisations is not only valuable, but also adopted and supported by key stakeholders.

Challenge your thinking, for a changing future

Olympian, Circus Performer, and Entrepreneur, Guy will share his story of nearly giving up, to achieving world’s best – and how your mindset is everything. He will offer strategies for questioning the way you are thinking about a changing future.

The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti

As co-founder and Managing Director of a large building company, the Chairman of her own medical research foundation, and the Ambassador for Women’s AFL, Susan will share her great story of professional and personal success.

Day one plenary & Expo closes

Day one Plenary & Expo closes (Awards for Excellence Dinner @ The Medallion Room commences at 6.30pm)

Awards for Excellence Dinner @ Marvel Stadium Melbourne

The MAV Technology Awards for Excellence recognise outstanding achievements by local government in demonstrating innovation, effort and outcomes; advancing the digital transformation of the sector; supporting council business objectives; and influencing or assisting other councils to improve service delivery.
7.00pm Pre-dinner drinks
7.30pm Seating & background music
7.40pm Entreé served
8.00pm Welcome song -  Casey Bennetto and band
8.05pm Introduction & acknowledgements - David Bartlett
8.10pm Sponsor address - Telstra
7.45pm Nominees and Award presentations Casey Bennetto & David Bartlett with Tim Neal, Shannon Bourne, Vincenzo Ruberto, Nick Karasaviddis.• Strategy & Planning Achievement of the Year • Collaboration or Partnership Achievement of the Year • Smart City Achievement of the Year • Customer Experience Achievement of the Year • The Victorian Award for Excellence • The Australian Award for Excellence
8.35pm Dinner served
9.15pm Live band and dancing
9.30pm Desert Served Live band and dancing
11.30pm Close

Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome and Introductions

Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome and Introductions

Cat herding tales

Council collaboration in 2020 Local, national and international opportunities and challenges for better collaboration between local government stakeholders. Lisa Bennetto, Executive Officer MAV Technology & Matthew Szymczak, Chair MAV Technology

A Practical Guide to Adopting Emerging Technology

What is the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent edge, and why are they important? How to bring Data to life in your council by leveraging existing investments. How to take advantage of artificial intelligence regardless of your technical capability.

Thrive on Disruption

For leaders to thrive in a world of accelerating uncertainty they will require a fundamentally different skillset than what they’ve needed in the past. In this brand new keynote Simon will take us on an immersive journey into the unknown and help us understand the skills and knowledge required to lead in the modern workplace.

Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by Aussie Broadband

Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by Aussie Broadband

Reimagining the Grants Experience at DJPR

Learn how the DJPR embarked on an experience-led approach to creating a frictionless internal and external experience, along with optimised operational costs, mitigation of risk with auditability and elimination of inter-departmental silos.

Rural councils shared services challenges & opportunities

Panel discussion facilitated by David Bartlett, former Premier of Tasmania Dr Fiona Gray, Program Director Regional Shared Services, City of Ballarat Vaughan WIlliams, Director Corporate Services, Northern Grampians SC Gerry Smith, Director, Sector Innovation & Performance at LGV Russell Bennett, Manager Business Systems, Southern Grampians SC Name, Title, Organisation (TBC)

How transformative people transform organisations

Organisations don’t transform themselves, it's people that transform them. In this session Angelo shares his research on complexity theory, psychodynamics and adult learning principles to explain the traits/characteristics of a transformative person.

Lunch & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by pmo365

Lunch & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by pmo365

Adelaide Innovation

Consistently punching above its weight, this session looks at outstanding achievements from two leading Adelaide councils.

Digital Twins – Collaborating for Communities

Digital Twins, Digital Cadastre

Thinking Cities – Catching up with the growing demand

To encourage collaboration and realise the Autonomous World vision, HERE Technologies, backed by Audi, Bosch, BMW, Continental, Daimler, Intel and Pioneer, is heavily invested in the development of an Open Location Platform.

Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by TBC

Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition – Brought to you by TBC

GitHub for Modern Councils

This session is an introduction to GitHub and how it can be leveraged for digital transformation in local government. Councils face many challenges from budget to talent restraints, in this session will discuss strategies to combat these challenges to deliver a positive citizen experience.

Drones for Good

Drones in 2020 (regulations, LG case studies, context) and future applications (robotics, size, lidar, 3d modelling etc). Drones vs fireworks - Learn how a drone show is put together. Drone Show – LED drone show over Marvel Stadium!

UNREALISTIC? – An Innovation Masterclass

What are the barriers to innovation and change? Why is collaboration difficult? What is the future of work? How ready are you to change paths?

Announcement of Trade Expo winners

Announcement of Trade Expo winners

Plenary & Trade Exhibition closes

Plenary & Expo closes (Networking evening @ The Melbourne Aquarium commences at 6pm)

Networking Evening @ Melbourne Aquarium

Enjoy drinks and contemporary canapés influenced by Melbourne's culture and cuisine in an underwater world of wonder, surrounded by hundreds of fish, great and small, as well as sharks and stingrays. At SEA LIFE Melbourne, we strive to inspire love of the oceans and are committed to conserving natural habitats, ensuring that all seafood is sustainably sourced.
When What Where
6.00pm Drinks and food service commences
The Fish Bowl @ Melbourne Aquarium King Street, Melbourne
8.00pm Welcome – Lisa Bennetto & Matthew Szymczak, MAV Technology
8.05pm Sponsor's address
8.10pm Aquarium commentary
8.15pm Food, drinks and networking continues
9.00pm Close

MASTERCLASS – Low-code digital forms & mobile apps

A ‘hands-on’ session – Build your own digital form or mobile app

The OneBlink Masterclass is a 'hands-on' session to empower users to build their own selection of digital forms, work guides and mobile apps, to engage citizens and/ or serve as productivity tools for Council employees and contractors. Attendees will gain access for their Council to a 60 Day Free Trial, and will be able to extend access to their colleagues and expand on the solutions developed when they return to work. The Masterclass is recommended for both IT professionals and/or tech-savvy 'line of business' managers.  

Attendee requirements:
  • laptop
  • common paper-based or .pdf forms
  • common work guides / safe work practices

  • Intro to OneBlink SpectrumLC Platform
  • Demonstration of low-code SaaS builder
  • Creation of Council Trial Accounts
  • 1on1 mentoring to create custom forms/apps
  • Review point - Q&A + group discussion on pros/cons
  • Further 1 on 1 mentoring
  • Wrap up

9.30am - 12.30pm @ MAV Level 11, 60 Collins St, Melbourne (Max 25 people)

MASTERCLASS – Digital transformation like a boss

Helping you steer your organisation's digital transformation journey

TechnologyOne and Amazon Web Services (AWS) share the learnings from organisations who have undertaken large scale transformation programs. Cut through the technology hype to focus on real business outcomes!  

  • The new role of IT: Steering the course of your digital transformation journey to ensure the best outcomes
  • Preparing for change and managing expectations: A focus on people, process and strategic direction
  • The business case for digital transformation: Practical benefits and examples of adding value throughout your council's digital transformation journey.
  • Deciding what to do with legacy systems and processes: The 6R’s.
  • We’ve digitised, what does it look like: Lessons learned and real world success stories.

What to bring: An idea of your organisations systems, processes and digital transformation agenda.  

Presenters: Julie Ember, Cloud Transition Specialist, TechnologyOne Anneleen Naidoo, Practice Manager, AWS.  

9.30am - 12.30pm @ MAV Level 11, 60 Collins St, Melbourne (Max 25 people)


2020 Melbourne's Innovation and Start-Up Scene.

A walking tour of the Melbourne Innovation District in City North, including the City of Melbourne's 5G and IOT Testbed and an introduction to some of our leading start-up communities in the Docklands region.

Depart: 9.30am from Marvel Stadium. Return: 12.30pm. (Max 45 people)

Event Location

Marvel Stadium at Docklands
Victory Room
740 Bourke Street
Docklands VIC 3008

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