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Innovation Lunch
Business Lunch

18th October
TBA upon registration
Individual - AICC Member : $155
Individual - Non Member : $175
Table of Ten - Non Member : $1600
Table of Ten - Members : $1400
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The AICC, in collaboration with Optus and wattsnext, is delighted to invite you, your colleagues and clients to

Innovation Lunch

Thursday 18th October

We have all heard the phrase – “if you don’t innovate, you die” BUT

What is innovation in business?

How does risk and Innovation intersect and what are the current trends in developing risk policy around innovation, while maintaining a platform for agility & change within business..  while government has an increased expectation of risk minimisation, our business sustainability, and market attraction continues to demand high levels of innovation.

How does innovation intersect with compliance & risk minimisation?

Join our panel of speakers as they discuss the different approach and identify if there is such a thing as risk free innovation.

Keynote Speaker and Moderator 


Ian Smith, VP & Executive Lead for GC2018 Legacy, Optus

71720502_Ian_Smith.jpgIan is VP responsible for Optus’ GC2018 legacy.  He works closely with the Optus Government aligned teams to leverage the GC2018 experience and learnings in order to innovate, champion collaboration and improve business outcomes for our customers with their customers, employees and the spaces in which they work and live.

In June 2017, Ian was appointed VP & Executive Lead for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  He was responsible for Optus’ relationship with the Gold Coast Organising Committee (GOLDOCS), accountable for the successful delivery of the Games, coordinating efforts across all Optus units and key vendors. Ian had overall stakeholder accountability for the Games with local Queensland councils in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, and Townsville.

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Guest Speakers

Bevan Slattery, Executive Director, Superloop

Bevan SlatteryBevan Slattery is recognised as one of Australia's leading technology entrepreneurs having founded some of Australia's most successful technology companies including PIPE Networks, NEXTDC, Asia Pacific Data Centre Trust, Megaport, SubPartners and Superloop.  Bevan's entrepreneurial success is highlighted in having listed a record five (5) companies on the Australian Stock Exchange with a total market capitalisation of over $5B and received many industry awards including EY Champion of Entrepreneurs Award in 2016, National Charles Todd Medal, and the Pearcy Foundations Benson Award as well as recently inducted into the Commsday Australian Internet Hall Of Fame. 


Robbie Cooke, Chief Executive Officer, Tyro Payments

Robbie Cooke

Robbie is the CEO of Tyro, Australia’s business-only bank, which was established 15 years ago in the EFTPOS / payments space.

Before joining Tyro in March 2018, Robbie was the Managing Director and CEO of Tatts Group Limited for 5 years. Tatts featured in the ASX top 60 with a market capitalisation of $6.7 billion and held exclusive lotteries, wagering and gaming licences across Australia. This role concluded upon Tatts combining via a scheme of arrangement with its Australian peer, Tabcorp.

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Steve Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Transition Level Investments

Steve BaxterTech start-up investor Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became a technician working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home. Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

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Event Partners


Optus is an AICC National Sponsor and this relationship has been in place across Australia for many years. As a valued partner, Optus forms an integral part of the AICC’s strategy in the Australian & Israel business communities.

Right now, new technology is creating fresh business opportunities.

It’s why so many organisations are looking for someone who understands the spectrum of managed technology and services, from applications, security and cloud to collaboration and contact centres. Someone who delivers technology on premise or as a service, all connected by the power of locally owned 4G mobile, fixed and satellite networks. 

Today, thousands of companies entrust Optus Business to be that guide. Backed by the international strength of the SingTel group, we bring together the best partners to create the right solution. 
You choose the destination. We’ll help you reach it. Meet your business Navigator. 

Call: 1800 555 937 



Using people strategy as our tool, wattsnext take a different approach to business, we know what makes SME’s succeed in a rapidly-changing workplace.  With an emphasis on global education and desire to remain ahead of the pack, we balance risk and performance to get the most out of your people.  With clients across an array of industries, we  have a unique insight into all facets of business. Our small business lens means we wholeheartedly ‘get’ the peaks and valleys of your journey.

Phone: 1300 092 887



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