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IAA Convergent Online – It’s an Emergency!


Join our panel on 12 March as they discuss expectations versus reality in a major disaster. What are the priorities? What are the options? How do you build resilience into the system to ensure emergency comms work when they’re needed the most?

Title: It’s an emergency!
Date: Tuesday 12 March 2024
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm AWST | 4:00pm – 5:30pm AEDT
Venue: Via Zoom

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Meet the Panel

Simon Allard – Head Of Technology Architecture, 2degrees
Simon is no stranger to emergency management. As a coastguard volunteer of 15 years, and the Head of Technology Architecture at 2degrees, he has been involved with many major New Zealand emergencies, including the Christchurch Earthquakes, Kaikoura Earthquake and more recently Cyclone Gabrielle.
Simon truly understands the realities of emergency communications and the heavy responsibility that comes with delivering mission critical services across the country.In this session he will bring his deep experience and technical expertise to what will be a very real discussion

Chloe Harpley – Project Manager, ANU Tech Policy Centre Resilience Project
Chloe is a trailblazer in the realm of public policy. Currently spearheading the Telecommunications Sector Risk and Resilience Profile project at the ANU Tech Policy Design Centre, she’s leading the charge in shaping the future of critical infrastructure management.
Chloe’s commitment to resilience goes beyond the technical realm. As the founder of the Books for the Bush School Crisis Appeal, she’s made a tangible impact, supporting communities affected by bushfires and the pandemic.

Nick Jones – Founder of Omnitouch 
Specialising in bringing cellular connectivity to some of the most remote and challenging places on Earth, Nick’s work spans from the icy terrains of Alaska to the sunny shores of the Caribbean and across Australia’s distant territories like Christmas Island and Norfolk Island.Nick is no stranger to adversity. His expertise in emergency communications and ensuring service continuity in the face of nature’s fury makes him an invaluable asset in the tech resilience landscape.Join us as Nick shares his firsthand experiences, insights, and the innovative solutions he’s developed to overcome the challenges of providing communication services in extreme conditions.

Narelle Clark (Moderator) – CEO of IAA
Over her extensive Internet industry career, Narelle has facilitated many complex and informative discussions of the impact of technology on human beings. From debates on critical infrastructure to biomedical technology, regulation to service assurance, Narelle doesn’t shy away from the issues that have impact in the telecommunications and internet landscape. Her experience spans many aspects of standardisation, productisation and technology adoption.Narelle called for this panel discussion, following the media furore surrounding the Optus outage, where she was sought out for comment. Given the dramatic interactions between community expectations of communications services and the now frequent disaster scenarios we experience, she will preside over what promises to be a lively and cautionary session.

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