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Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (AEDT)


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Type End Quantity
9am - 10am Opening Welcome 2d 5h 34m Free  
10am - 11am Keynote 2d 5h 34m Free  
11am - 12pm Case Studies 2d 5h 34m Free  
1pm - 3pm 'Working Backwards' Masterclass 2d 5h 34m Free  
3pm - 5pm Alexa Skills Masterclass 2d 5h 34m Free  
5pm - 6pm Networking function 2d 5h 34m Free  

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Event Details

A one day immersion in the cutting edge of technology.


Speaker and Subject


Opening Welcome

9am - 10am

Press Hall

Dominic Hatfield – Chief Information Officer News Corp Australia

Paul Migliorini – Managing Director ANZ, Amazon Web Services

Adam Spencer - Comedian, Author, Event MC


Opening Welcome

Dominic Hatfield and Paul Migliorini will set the scene for ‘Think Big’ by explaining the role data and technology will play in making News Corp a world- leading media organisation.



10am – 11am

Press Hall

Kate Burleigh – Country Manager, Amazon Alexa

Gemma Battenbough, General Manager Digital Development - News DNA, News Corp


The Rise of Voice

This is the age of the voice assistant. Playing your music, giving you directions, even getting you out of a tight spot in the kitchen, the last couple of years has seen an explosion in the number and power of voice operated devices. But trust us, this is just the beginning.


Join Alexa country manager, Kate Burleigh, as she discusses the vision behind Alexa and how voice experiences transforms the way we interact with the world. We will also have a Q&A session with Gemma Battenbough, GM Digital Development at News Corp, to discuss Taste’s journey as the go-to recipe provider for Alexa.


Case Studies

11am – 12pm

Press Hall


Prof Sanchia Aranda - Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Australia

Dr Brett Tully - Group Leader Software Engineering, Children’s Medical Research Institute

John Quinn - Academy Pathways Manager, GWS Giants


Meet two amazing organizations that truly do Think Big

Profiling two world-leading projects based here in Sydney that will change your understanding about the insights data can give.

At the Children’s Medical Research Institute they are looking more deeply into the structure of cancer cells than anywhere else on Earth.

At the GWS Giants they analyse player’s eyeball activity during virtual reality match simulations to see who really is the best of the best.

Come to the cutting edge of technology and data analytics as we explore these fascinating programs.

Experience Showcase

12pm – 1pm


General Audience


1pm - 3pm


Tyson Nutt - Innovation Advisory Consultant, Amazon Web Services


“How Amazon Invents on Behalf of Customers” Culture, Mechanisms and Working Backwards

The Working Backwards Workshop is the Amazon process to get from a spark of an idea and be ready for execution through an iterative customer obsessed approach. This process ensures we develop ideas which are big and compelling enough to customers before we invest in them. The workshop uses Design Thinking techniques together with Amazon’s own mechanism for innovation, the working backwards process. It includes writing press releases and FAQs help crystalize and filter the ideas.


Technical Audience Masterclass

3pm - 5pm


Azi Farjad - Alexa Developer Evangelist, Amazon


Alexa Skills

This workshop teaches you how to build your first voice skill with Amazon Alexa. This workshop will walk you through how to build an Alexa skill, how to implement an intent, deploying to AWS Lambda, and how to register and test a skill. You’ll walk out of the workshop with a working prototype of your skill idea.   Participants should have an Amazon Alexa Developer Account and AWS account established and available for use during the workshop and will need to bring their own laptop.

Networking Function

5pm – 6pm

Press Hall


Networking function 

Have questions about News Bolt THINK BIG? Contact News Corp Australia

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News Corp Australia
2 Holt Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (AEDT)

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