15-19 June 2020 • Online

15-19 June 2020 • Online


Justine Lacey

Justine Lacey

Monday 15 June: 9:15am - 9:55am

Is responsible innovation the pathway to responsible tech?

We talk easily and often about responsible innovation and responsible technology but how are the two linked? And what do we mean when we talk about responsibility in these ways? Is responsibility something that is tangibly experienced and well understood? Or do we have different views on who should be responsible for different aspects of our innovation and technology processes, and how?
Attend this session to learn about a new program of research in CSIRO that is tasked with examining these questions as they relate to responsible innovation in areas of disruptive science and technology development.

Leanne Kemp

Leanne Kemp
Advance Queensland

Monday 15 June: 10:00am – 10:40am

Every organisation needs a Chief Entrepreneur

2020 has been a rocky year…But as we head towards recovery, it’s time to talk about the third axis – the Z-axis – and why every company, government, university and organisation needs a Chief Entrepreneur on their team.

Alicia Aitken

Kate Carruthers

Monday 15 June: 10:45am – 11:25am

Data Policy – why it is important in this new world of AI and Machine Learning

Kate Carruthers will share about how Data Policy is an important plank in the protection of personal information and data. How Data Policy can inform and direct the use of data in ways that can protect the personal information of people and help to avoid bias. She will also discuss some important Data Standards work that is currently underway internationally.

Alicia Aitken

Chris Cooper
Responsible Tech Australia

Monday 15 June: 11:30am - 12:10pm

Responsibility + regulation: taking on big tech

There is no doubt that technology improves our lives, it connects people and communities in unprecedented ways, makes our lives more convenient, and can strengthen civil discourse and democracy.
Left unchecked however, technology can also have the opposite effect. Increasing polarisation in society, the rise of fringe and conspiratorial voices, the proliferation of misinformation, foreign interference in democratic processes, screen-addiction and worsening mental health in young and old - the challenges are immense. So how do we identify the causes of these problems and solve for them without stifling innovation and undoing the best parts of our technologies? And where does responsibility lie for these issues? And who has the solutions?

Manita Ray

Manita Ray
Capital Human (cH)

Monday 15 June: 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Why do we still need to make a case for Gender? Is data and tech the solution?

Gender inequality across all facets of our work and lives continues to exist even today in 2020. There is an abundance of data and evidence as to why gender equality is not only achievable, but contributes to increased profitability, better systems and better decision making. Yet even today, investors and policy makers demand that we make a case around gender. How can we do things differently? What can we do to harness the power of technology to take ideas to action?

Matthew Beard
Matthew Beard
The Ethics Centre

Tuesday 16 June: 9:15am - 9:55am

The four horsemen of unethical technology

There are no shortages of good intentions when it comes to building ethical technology. However, what ‘ethical’ means when it comes to tech is often defined in self-serving or superficial ways.

And even when it’s not, getting the ethics right when it comes to technology can be undermined by a series of background beliefs, norms and myths that need to be unlearned before any genuinely ethical technology can be developed. In this session, learn how to bust the big myths that lead to unethical technology, and find ways of unworking them in your teams, organisations and thinking.

Laura Summers

Laura Summers
Debias AI

Tuesday 16 June: 10:00am – 10:40am

The elusiveness of ethics: encoding fairness in an unfair world

Join Laura Summers, Founder of Debias AI for an overview on the different kinds of bias in machine learning systems, as well as techniques to mitigate harm. She'll wrestle with the elephant in the room: How do we encode fairness into our models when we can't precisely define our ethics as a society, team or even as individuals?

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad
3A Institute, Australian National University

Lindley Edward

Lindley Edwards
AFG Venture Group

Tueday 16 June: 10:45am – 11:25am

In conversation: Bridging the gap between the roles in responsible tech  

Join Ellen and Lindley as they explore who is responsible for an organisation ensuring humans are at the heart of the products and services delivered and discuss how those at the executive, strategic and engineering levels can communicate with each other around delivering tech responsibly?
Em Campbell Pretty
Em Campbell Pretty
Pretty Agile

Tuesday 16 June: 11:30am - 12:10pm

Responsible Tech starts with teams, tribes and scaling culture

Culture is the shared attitudes, behavioral patterns, and values of human groups, teams and tribes. If we want our organisations to create sustainable products and services underpinned by integrity, trust and value, then we will need to build the culture to support this. In this session Em will explore how you can sow the seeds of a culture that supports responsible tech in your organisation.

Jon Whittle

Jon Whittle
Monash University

Wednesday 17 June: 9:15am - 9:55am

Let's get real: how can we actually embed values and ethics in software?

Software runs the world. There's a lot of talk on the importance of embedding values and ethics into software. There is precious little guidance on how to actually do this in practice. Discussions remain very high level and nebulous, making it impossible for software practitioners to actually do anything. In this talk, we'll share some concrete guidance for putting values in software, based on over three years of research at Monash University.

Amber Case
Cyborg anthropologist & UX designer

Wednesday 17 June: 10:00am – 10:40am

Designing Calm Technology at human scale

How is our relationship with computers changing the way we think and act? Ask Amber Case, a user experience designer and cyborg anthropologist who studies the interactions between man and machine.

Zena Asaad
Zena Assaad
Research Fellow, 3A Institute

Wednesday 17 June: 10:45am – 11:25am

The emerging safety considerations of robotics

Join this session to hear about the emerging safety considerations of robotics, with a focus on autonomous aircraft. This presentation will delve into commonly misused terminology, the complexities and limitations of unmanned aircraft, existing safety standards, current gaps in regulations and the reality of living in a world with autonomous aircraft flying in low-level airspace.
Phil Gadzinski

Phil Gadzinski

Tony Ponton

Wedneday 17 June: 11:30am - 12:10pm

Creating the next normal: remote Agile governance

The spread of COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the world. Social distancing and lockdowns have forced an unexpected shift to remote working, and many businesses have been caught unprepared.

While some had no remote working capability at all, others were able to successfully enable their whole company to work from home. However, once the initial shift was made, few have clear processes or procedures in place for how to work together remotely over a sustained amount of time. With traditional Agile leadership and governance structures specifically designed to help teams excel when they are co-located, what can you do when that’s not possible?

As the ongoing impact of COVID-19 continues to emerge, organisations with Agile teams are among the best-positioned to succeed, given their ability to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment. With organisations focused on their ability to maintain profitability and survive, effectiveness and efficiency counts greatly. But to sustain the effectiveness of their Agile teams, leaders must now overcome a new challenge.

Attend this interactive workshop to learn:

  1. The compelling need for Agile governance
  2. Transitioning from onsite to remote governance
  3. Overview the pillars of remote governance
    1. Radical Transparency
    2. System of Work
    3. Leadership Intent
    4. Performance Data Science
  4. The remote obeya - tying it together
  5. The future of remote work - why it's here to stay!
Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas
RMIT University

Thursday 18 June: 10:00am – 10:40am

Responsible Automation: Understanding the social aspects of Automated Decision-Making

Automated decision-making (ADM) draws upon an expanding array of intelligent technologies – from deep learning to blockchains – which promise to solve challenging problems of coordination and resource allocation across many sectors, from healthcare and social services to transport and media. ADM promises to make essential services more personal and to enhance choice and control for citizens and communities. However, its widespread uptake also creates startling new risks of misuse, mistake and malfunction. This talk sets out the context and objectives for a cross-disciplinary research program designed to support the development of responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making systems.
Lachlan McCalman

Lachlan McCalman
Gradient Institute

Thursday 18 June: 11:30am - 12:10pm

Building more ethical AI targeted marketing systems

This talk examines some practical approaches to understanding and controlling the ethical impact of AI targeted marketing systems. Given the reach and potential impact of targeted marketing, it is vital to ensure that these systems do not perpetuate or reinforce systematic disadvantage or cause unintended harm.
However, translating a high-level requirement for ethical operation into specific objectives or constraints remains a difficult and highly context-sensitive endeavour that requires careful judgement and multidisciplinary expertise. The talk gives an overview of some of the harms and benefits these systems can create for the business and the customer, and provides examples of how these might be measured and responsibly balanced.
Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander
Digital Transformation Agency

Wendy Cole

Sek-loong Tan

Thursday 18 June: 12:15pm – 1:00pm

Rapid design and delivery of COVIDSafe

COVIDSafe was rapidly designed and delivered in a couple of weeks, to support contact tracing efforts of public health officials in Australian states and territories.
It was one of the early contact tracing apps deployed around the world, and has been widely adopted, with over 6 million users in Australia. Successfully developing and releasing the app involved many key design and privacy decisions, and a rapid delivery approach with a large stakeholder group, with work continuing to iterate and enhance the app. This session will share how COVIDSafe was developed and discuss its future plans.


Wendy Cole

Wendy Cole

Friday 19 June: 9:15am - 9:55am

Optimising focus & mastering distraction

Each of us have the same 24 hours a day, it’s how we spend our 24 hours that is key.

Have you ever felt that despite being organised, rested, reasonably in
control, and knowing what you need to do, that you still have untouched goals and uncompleted tasks?

This interactive mini-workshop invites you to dive into:

  • Insights from neuroscience: the brain’s hardwiring for distraction and novelty and how this plays havoc with our productivity.
  • Exploring the importance of deep work and strengthening our attentional intelligence.
  • Hick’s Law and implications for saving time with email.
Kim Ballestrin

Kim Ballestrin

Friday 19 June: 10:00am – 10:40am

Personal Kanban

If you are struggling to get through your ‘to do’ lists, or wondering why you tend to put off some tasks, come along to this session!

Personal Kanban has just two rules, visualise your work and limit your work in progress. This sounds simple, and it is.

During this ~45 minute workshop, you will create your own Personal Kanban to visualise your work.

The key learning objectives are:

  • Understanding why there are only two rules of Personal Kanban
  • Understanding how visualising your work can help you better articulate your tasks
  • Learning how limiting your work in progress can help you to get more tasks finished
  • Learning which contexts are best for
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    introducing Personal Kanban in the
  • The workshop is designed to introduce the key workplace.
Sandy Mamoli

Sandy Mamoli

Friday 19 June: 10:45am – 11:25am

Individual performance is irrelevant

The way we assess, evaluate and optimise individual performance is no longer relevant in the modern workplace.

The performance of an individual is much less important than you think it is.

The way we assess, evaluate and optimise individual performance is no longer relevant in the modern workplace. We need to look at different behaviours and skills and instead consider the performance of the team.

Attend this interactive talk to hear from a former Olympian on the distinction between team VS individual performance and why it’s important to optimise both for success!

Lachlan McCalman

Dr Lachlan McCalman
Gradient Institute

Friday 19 June: 11.30am – 12.10pm

Building ethical AI systems

How can we design, implement, maintain and govern ethical AI systems?

This workshop will explore the key considerations for individuals and organisations that want to embed ethics into their AI.

The key considerations include:

  • Quantifying Intent
  • Modelling Impact
  • Balancing Objectives
  • Testing and iterating
  • Responsibility and Governance.

Please note: This course does not require technical skills such as coding or statistical skills. It is designed for people involved in the development, procurement or oversight of AI systems such as managers, project leads, product managers, user experience designers and data stewards. The course will also be useful for data scientists and software engineers.

*Program is subject to change