OpenStack Australia Day: Government

Held in Canberra on November 14, 2016 OpenStack Australia Day is set to be the region’s largest, and Australia’s best, conference focusing on Open Source cloud technology within the Government sector. Gathering users, vendors and solution providers OpenStack Australia Day is an industry event to showcase the latest technologies and share real-world experiences of the next wave of IT virtualisation.

Hosted by Aptira and the OpenStack Foundation, the conference will have a range of sessions on the broader cloud and Software Defined Infrastructure ecosystem including OpenStack, containers, PaaS and automation. The conference will also feature keynote presentations from industry leading figures, workshops and a networking event for a less formal opportunity to engage with the community.


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Venue: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton,
ACT 2600

Date: November 14, 2016

Located in the elegant suburb of Barton on the footsteps of Parliament House, Hotel Realm is just a few minutes walk from Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and the excitement of night spots such as Manuka and Kingston. Canberra Airport is only 10 kms away, Kingston Train Station is just 1km, and the City Centre is approximately 7 minutes drive.

Car parking is available within the Realm Precinct for hotel meeting delegates and event guests

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Who else will be there?


  • IT Executives / CIOs / Infrastructure Architects
  • Public & Private Cloud Operators / Sys-admins
  • OpenStack Ecosystem / Service Providers
  • Cloud Application Developers
  • OpenStack Contributors / Community

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Discount codes for The Realm and other nearby hotels can be provided to all attendees upon request.


Tristan Goode
CEO and Board Director, Aptira
David F. Flanders
Cloud Application Community Wrangler, OpenStack Foundation
Tom Fifield
Community Manager, OpenStack
Anthony Rees
Cloud Technical Consultant / Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Alex Tesch
APJ Cloud Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Michael Still
Senior Software Development Manager, Rackspace
Joanna Huang
GM, East Asia, Aptira
Vanessa Binding
Private Cloud Implementation, Department of Defence
Scott Coulton

Platform Engineering Lead, AutoPilot HQ

Avi Miller
Product Management Director, Oracle
Dez Blanchfield

Head of Technology and Cloud Platforms, Vault Systems

Rupert Taylor-Price

Chief Executive Officer, Vault Systems

Marc van Hoof
Technologist | Activist | Entrepreneur, Kumulus
Danny Elmarji

Director of Systems Engineering, DellEMC

Shiraz Qureshi
SDN & NFV Evangalist, Nuage Networks
Alexander Tsirel
Richard Northam

Director, Research Data Services Project (NCRIS)

Christoph Dwertmann
CTO, Vault Systems
Andrew Hatfield

Practice Lead – Cloud Storage and Big Data, Red Hat

Steve Kowalik

Developer, SUSE

John Martin
Director of Strategy and Technology, NetApp



Presentations will be split into two tracks:

The Main Track will be business oriented, including keynotes, case studies from Government and Enterprise, strategies and a panel. These talks will be held in National Ballroom 3 & 4.

The Technical Track will cover more in depth technical subjects, demonstrations and hands-on labs. These talks will be held in National Ballroom 2.

Registrations, breaks and networking will be held in the Sydney and Melbourne Rooms.

A brief summary of the day is as follows, with the full agenda detailed below. Please note that the full agenda may be subject to change until November 4, 2016.

  • 8am – Attendee registration
  • 9am – Sessions
  • 10.30am – Morning Tea
  • 11am – Sessions
  • 12.30pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm – Sessions
  • 3pm – Afternoon Tea
  • 3.30pm – Sessions
  • 5.30pm – Networking
  • 6.30pm – Close
Full Agenda
Main Track
Tech Track
Main Track
Main Track

8.00am-9.00am: Attendee Registration

Doors open at 8am for registration and arrival team and coffee.

9.00am-9.45am: OpenStack Foundation: We Are OpenStack

Audience: All levels

Topic: OpenStack Keynote

Abstract: Fresh from the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, David and Tom will conduct an interactive QA session, discuss several hot industry topics, including:

  • Containers and OpenStack being the fastest way for Enterprise to get their hands on them for testing.
  • Security and OpenStack being the leading cloud for this capability as per Linux award.
  • Multi-cloud and forthcoming cross-cloud applications.

To support these high level themes David and Tom will look to highlight two case studies:

  • The UK Tax office using OpenStack for all tax payments, and
  • The Australian Federal Gov’t investment in the NeCTAR cloud.
Speaker Bio: David F. Flanders, OpenStack Foundation

David F. Flanders is a wrangler of communities for the OpenStack Foundation, specifically growing the application developer community and University sector engagements. Previously having worked in University datacentres and Entrepreneurial investment funds, Flanders loves the challenge of understanding how brilliant people come together as a community to shape the future of the information sector.

Speaker Bio: Tom Fifield, OpenStack Foundation

Since gaining experience working to support an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider – the largest scientific endeavour in the world – Tom has been passionate about large-scale distributed computing.

Tom has worked alongside collaborators from dozens of countries to facilitate distributed computing design, reliable operations in minimal staff environments and interoperability between different technologies.

After working as a cloud architecture consultant and team lead to create clouds for several years, Tom is now tackling the most important part of distributed systems – people, as a community manager.

9.45am-10.30am: Dez Blanchfield, Vault Systems: An Open Approach to Government Cloud and how Government could deliver a Next Generation Shared Services on OpenStack using Application Orchestration and MicroServices

Audience: Beginner/Intermediate

Topic: IT Strategies

Abstract: As the Head of Technology and Cloud Platforms at Vault Systems, Dez will take us through the importance of Open Cloud Architecture and how OpenStack is being adopted by the broader community to deliver Services to Government.

Speaker Bio: Dez is a geek who wears a suit ( board room attire ) as comfortably as he wears a hoodie. He runs OpenStack, Docker, Hadoop & Spark on his laptop, and cloud bursts just for kicks. He’s a confirmed “cloud believer”, and it’s reported he has the ability to perform Jedi mind tricks with a whiteboard marker.  His professional career spans 25+ years experience in the IT & Telco industries, as a strategic leader in business & digital transformation, strategy & implementing business initiatives during the day, cutting coding through the night. His day job includes a mandate to develop, evangelize and drive key market segments including Cloud Computing, Big Data & Analytics, and Internet of Things.

10.30am-11.00am: Morning Tea

Morning Tea will be available in the Sydney and Melbourne rooms from 10.30 to 11.00 am.

11.00am-11.30am: Vanessa Binding, Department of Defence: Implementing OpenStack in a Government Environment: 90% Culture / 10% Technology

Audience: Beginner

Topic: User Stories

Abstract: As a manager of a team tasked with implementing Cloud Technologies, I will explore the issues around implementing such and Agile technology into a predominately waterfall enterprise.  I will provide recommendations around how to deploy cloud technologies into a Government enterprise and how culture of the cloud team is as important as the interactions with the rest of the organisation.

Speaker Bio: Vanessa Binding, Department of Defence

I am the lead for the team tasked with implementing a Private Cloud. I am an APS employee working for the Department of Defence. Before moving into management I was a Linux System Adminstrator.

11.30am-12.00pm: Scott Coulton, AutoPilot HQ: If it's in a Container it's Secure Right?

Audience: Beginner

Topic: Cloud Security

Abstract: In the talk we will look at the different layers of security that can be applied to a container eco system and the different teams responsibility in the eco system to deliver security.

From the sysadmins point of view how do i make sure the container daemon is secured, what official hardening guides are out there to follow. From an application developers point of view, how does secomp/appapparmor work? To make sure that only the process from the application have access to the host machine. Now that we have the local container secured, how do we make sure our deployments follow the same structure and security profiles. Can we add security checks to our container CD pipeline like we would quality gates? Lastly we will look at from the point of the security team. How can they have input to all the steps we have taken from beginning of the process and not the end. Allowing all the teams to work together breaking down silo to deliver a solution.

Speaker Bio: Scott Coulton, AutoPilot HQ

Scott Coulton is a solutions architect with 10 years of experience in the managed services and hosting space. He has extensive experience in architecture, and rolling out systems and network solutions for national and multinational companies with a wide variety of technologies, including AWS, Puppet, Docker, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft and Linux. His design strengths are in cloud computing, automation and the security space.

12.00am-12.30pm: Tristan Goode, Aptira: The Environment for Innovation

Audience: Beginner

Topic: User Stories

Abstract: What is OpenStack? Who uses OpenStack? How can OpenStack help Telco’s, ISP’s and Operators? What challenges are on the way, and what can you do?

This talk will discuss the benefits of OpenStack, with examples from some of the largest global companies currently using this platform. It will also cover a roadmap to identify new projects coming to the market (particularly around SDN and NFV), and the growing maturity of OpenStack and beyond.

Tristan will show the audience how to commit to a software defined strategy, how to build an innovation lab with a customer focussed partner, and more. This presentation will feature real world insights, industry leading trends, and use cases from compliance oriented cloud platforms with high compliance requirements.

Speaker Bio: Tristan Goode, Aptira

Over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry has given Tristan a solid reputation as an innovative architect in systems infrastructure and enterprise solutions. Forward-thinking with strong attention to detail, Tristan has been responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining solutions for the likes of BTR Nylex, NEC, OzEmail, Intel, and iPrimus.

Tristan has an unwavering commitment to exceed expectations for both the business and the customer, and is driven by his personal desire to create unique, effective solutions for any requirements Aptira’s customers may present. Tristan is a founding and 4 times elected Board Director of the OpenStack Foundation, an OpenStack Ambassador, and the founder of the Australian OpenStack User Group.


12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch

A buffet lunch will be available in the Sydney and Melbourne rooms from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

1.30pm-2.00pm: Alexander Tsirel, HiveTec: Moving to Cloud for Good.

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: User Stories

Abstract: Chase to be compliant when you work with gov systems.
– Planning your move from traditional infrastructure to cloud.
– Rolling out CoreOs and Windows in the cloud as a part of infrastructure. Tough journey.
– Security in Openstack. How we passed IRAP assessment to ISM. Always hard to explain why software replace hardware.
– Swift. Good and bad parts.
– When to complain about OpenStack or Infrastructure.

Speaker Bio: Alexander Tsirel, HiveTec

Senior Developer/Devops in HiveTec. Moved from Estonia to join a huge project about building software deeply integrated with government Employment Services. Specialising in infrastructure architecting, cloud automation, continuous integration.
Working on infrastructure scaling for resource-hungry applications grid bundling docker,windows server, swift in one in our mission critical system.

2.00pm-2.30pm: Danny Elmarji, DellEMC: Making Openstack Really Easy - Why Build Open Source When You Can Buy?

Audience: Beginner

Topic: Enterprise IT Strategies

Abstract: Delivering a a OpenStack platform is no small feat. Dell|EMC is now among a very small minority of vendors that have ventured into this space with a simplified IaaS model based on Open Source technologies to enable the building of next generation application.

Speaker Bio: Danny Elmarji, DellEMC

Danny Elmarji is a passionate technology advocate across Dell|EMC Australia and New Zealand. Danny joined EMC in 2005 and is responsible for running the Dell|EMC engineering community, focused on the both our Core Technology and Emerging Technology Divisions. From his original background in application development in Java and C++, Danny has further built extensive technical knowledge around cloud computing, third platform applications, DevOps and data science. Over the past 15 years he has received numerous industry certifications across virtualisation and Infrastructure solutions. Danny is originally from Canada where he completed his bachelor degree in Computer Science and Computing.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Avi Miller, Oracle: Push-button Composition of Oracle Application and Database Environments

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Enterprise IT Strategies

Abstract: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux simplifies deployment and management of OpenStack services, providing a cloud platform optimized for the enterprise.

Learn how Oracle deploys complete technology stacks with the Oracle Database based on building blocks defined in the OpenStack Murano application catalog.

Speaker Bio: Avi Miller, Oracle

Avi is the Product Management Director for Oracle Linux and has extensive experience across operating system, virtualisation and application stacks.

3.00pm-3.30pm: Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea will be available in the Sydney and Melbourne rooms from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.

3.30pm-4.00pm: John Martin, NetApp: Addressing Issues of Risk, and Governance in Openstack without sacrificing Agility

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Public & Hybrid Clouds

Abstract: OpenStack has rapidly moved beyond the “science project” label that many of its detractors’ use, but for many stakeholders there are still many uncertainties around governance, compliance, data security and data retention. These issues are the biggest inhibitors to adoption of any cloud technology and left unanswered will slow down the adoption of OpenStack, particularly within government and highly regulated industries such as healthcare. In this presentation NetApp outlines a hybrid approach that leverages the best of open-source and next generation technologies within an OpenStack deployment, as well as a way of unifying data management across OpenStack, HyperScale public cloud and traditional Enterprise architecture that addresses these questions while providing a solid platform for rapid innovation.

Speaker Bio: John Martin, NetApp

John Martin is NetApp’s Director of Strategy and Technology, working as part of the Office of the CTO. Based in Sydney, John is responsible for developing and advocating NetApp’s flash portfolio across the APAC region.

John is one of the driving forces behind NetApp’s continued expansion into flash and works closely with field sales, the channel and alliance technology partners to provide innovative solutions that solve customer business challenges.

While John is NetApp’s flash champion, he continues to provide technology insights and market intelligence to trends that impacts both NetApp and its customers.

Prior to his current role, John was NetApp’s ANZ’s principal technologist for over six years and has over 20 years experience working in the IT industry.

John joined NetApp in 2006 as a systems engineer. Prior to this, he was a principal of GRID IT, where he built relationships with a variety of major storage vendors while also helping to start two storage-related businesses. At GRID IT, John was involved in senior pre-sales, consulting and training for Legato, Veritas, and StorageTek.

In his spare time, John enjoys singing, writing and cooking. He also spends time researching modernist and post modernist philosophy, ancient history, social justice and global development.

4.00pm-4.30pm: Anthony Rees & Ales Tesch, HPE: The 'Untold' OpenStack Enterprise Customer Stories

Audience: Beginner

Topic: User Stories

Abstract: A real, unedited & uncut look into the untold stories of HPE’s enterprise customer journeys in OpenStack over the past 8 months.  Alex and Anthony will take the audience through a number of Australian and NZ based customers and their previously untold journey in OpenStack looking at both their use cases, positives, negatives and how challenges were overcome. Wrapping up, we will take a quick look at the new features of Helion OpenStack 4.0 and what makes it truly ‘enterprise grade’.

Speaker Bio: Anthony Rees & Alex Tesch, HPE

Alex & Anthony have been working with Open Source enterprise technologies for the better part of 15 years and have presented at events such as the OpenStack Summit in Austin and LinuxCon NZ.

4.30pm-5.15pm: Panel: Why Government Should Embrace Open Source Technology

5.15pm-5.30pm: Closing Remarks

Closing remarks and Thanks from Tristan Goode, Aptira CEO and Board Director.

5.30pm-6.30pm: Networking Drinks

Networking drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Tech Track
Technical Track

8.00am-9.00am: Attendee Registration

Doors open at 8am for registration and arrival team and coffee.

9.45am-10.30am: Christoph Dwertmann, Vault Systems: Securing Openstack in Line with the Government ISM and PSPF controls and how to deliver High Performance Openstack Cloud to address Government Legacy Systems

Audience: Intermediate/Advanced

Topic: Security, Infrastructure, Performance

Abstract: As the CTO of Vault Systems, Christoph will take us through the challenges of implementing ASD’s ISM controls within Vault’s OpenStack cloud to create a Protected Certified OpenStack Platform and give a technical account of some of the optimizations he has done around Ceph on NVMe Storage to deliver High Performance Storage.

Speaker Bio: Christoph Dwertmann, Vault Systems

Christoph is a full stack engineer with four years of experience in deploying and securing Openstack. Fully automated software deployment and self-healing microservice containers are amongst his current interests. As the CTO of Vault Systems he recently deployed the world’s first pure NVMe Ceph cluster into production. From his previous work in network research for the National Science Foundation (NSF) he gathered in-depth knowledge spanning software-defined networks across continents.

10.30am-11.00am: Morning Tea

Morning Tea will be available in the Sydney and Melbourne rooms from 10.30 to 11.00 am.

11.00am-11.30am: Anthony Rees & Alex Tesch, HPE: Mission Critical OpenStack - Running Production Workloads in a Programmable Infrastructure

Audience: Advanced

Topic: Operations

Abstract: In this session we will demonstrate three advanced use cases as deployed in production for a customer in Australia using infrastructure as code by leveraging on Ansible and Jenkins.

1) Automated deployment of an enterprise load-balanced infrastructure that makes use of LBaaSv2 in the customer web farm. How to bypass the autoscaling limitation with LBaaSv2 / HEAT and Ceilometer.

2) “Data Cloning as a Service”, how to automate the cloning of a 24 x 7 Mission critical database from a Production tenant to a testing tenant. Ansible is used to place an Oracle database in backup mode, take a snapshot of the volume containing the Database, clone the cinder volume and get transferred to a development tenant who will automatically start a clone of the production workload for testing purposes.

3) Test Automation as a Service – Using Heat we will deploy a Jenkins CI/CD rig and Selenium Grid server on OpenStack to create a Test Automation service.

Speaker Bio: Anthony Rees & Alex Tesch, HPE

Alex & Anthony have been working with Open Source enterprise technologies for the better part of 15 years and have presented at events such as the OpenStack Summit in Austin and LinuxCon NZ.

11.30am-12.00pm: Andrew Hatfield, Red Hat: Multiple Sites and Disaster Recovery with Ceph

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Storage

Abstract: Ceph is the leading storage solution for OpenStack. As OpenStack deployments become more mission critical and widely deployed, multiple site requirements are increasing as is the need to ensure disaster recovery and business continuity. Learn about the new capabilities in Ceph that assist customers with meeting these requirements for block and object uses.


Speaker Bio: Andrew Hatfield, Red Hat

Andrew has over 20 years experience in the IT industry across APAC, specialising in Databases, Directory Systems, Groupware, Virtualisation and Storage for Enterprise and Government organisations.  When not helping customers slash costs and increase agility by moving to the software-defined storage future, he’s enjoying the subtle tones of Islay Whisky and shredding pow pow on the world’s best snowboard resorts

12.00am-12.30pm: Shiraz Qureshi, Nuage Networks: Linux KVM, Hyper-V, ESXi, and Bare Metals - Living in Harmony on a Single Policy Managed Network

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Networking

Abstract: A true cloud is not bounded by the type of underlying infrastructure. A cloud can aid in managing, migrating and accepting any type of compute – may it be running on virtualized platforms – Linux, Microsoft, VMware or with bare metal workloads and networking functions. For an unbounded cloud, a seamless network across all domains is required. We want to share with the OpenStack community a working solution where all workloads are participating harmoniously in a policy controlled manner.

Speaker Bio: Shiraz Qureshi, Nuage Networks

Shiraz Qureshi is the SDN and NFV evangelist for Nuage Networks from Nokia. He has 21 years of ICT experience leading R&D teams to deliver server virtualization and networking solutions. He is passionate about helping customers navigate thru their journey to the cloud.


12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch

A buffet lunch will be available in the Sydney and Melbourne rooms from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

1.30pm-2.00pm: Marc Van Hoof, Kumulus: Containers and OpenStack

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Infrastructure

Abstract: Containers are the new darling of the development world, and many are calling for an end of the IaaS world. But there are still key reasons that IaaS is important even as Container based development becomes the desired path for the development community. We will review containers in the context of their growth in popularity, and look at how OpenStack both continues to support and enable Container solutions, and the latest developments in OpenStack as a containerized solution directly.

Speaker Bio: Marc Van Hoof, Kumulus

Marc van Hoof has been in the technology industry for over 20 years, focused on developing, deploying, and scaling internet applications. He was part of a team that built the first internet data centre in Australia, has worked on some of the largest online real-time events, and advises companies on how to take advantage of the true benefits of migrating to the cloud.

2.00pm-2.30pm: Michael Still, Rackspace: Big Data and OpenStack, a Love Story

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Storage

Abstract: Increasingly we’re being asked to build out clusters of machines to solve big data problems. These clusters can become quite large, reaching up to thousands of machines. Of course, our operational budgets don’t scale linearly like our machine counts do, and we’re asked to do more and more with less. This talk will explore how organisations around the world are using OpenStack to automate the management of their big data implementations, harnessing interesting characteristics of big data workloads along the way.

Speaker Bio: Michael Still, Rackspace

OpenStack core developer and former Nova PTL, as well as experienced software and reliability engineer. Part of the team that grew Google Mobile to being a billion dollar business. Director of 2013. Author of The Definitive Guide to ImageMagick ( and Practical MythTV ( from Apress, as well as a bunch of articles.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Steve Kowalik, SUSE: Crowbar and OpenStack

Audience: Intermediate

Topic: Operations

Abstract: One of the greatest challenges in implementing OpenStack is the complexity in deploying and maintaining all of its many components on what can be a wide range of different hardware platforms. To mitigate this problem, SUSE has developed Crowbar, an open source deployment tool that has led to SUSE winning the “Rule the Stack” deployment competition every time it has been run.

This presentation will take you through the basics of Crowbar as well as a demonstration of some of its features.

Speaker Bio: Steven Kowalik, SUSE

Steven Kowalik is a Sydney-based open source developer with over two decades experience contributing to major projects, including over 15 years with  Debian GNU/Linux, as well as significant involvement with  upstream OpenStack.

Steven is currently a senior developer at SUSE, working on primarily on SUSE OpenStack Cloud and related projects.

3.00pm-3.30pm: Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea will be available in the Sydney and Melbourne rooms from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.

3.30pm-4.30pm: David F. Flanders, OpenStack: Shade SDK Training


1°= Cloud Application Engineers and Developers
2°= DevOps and other technically-savvy people looking to advance their career as a future cloud application engineer.
3°= Usability Experts, Design Engineers, Technical Marketing Staff, Computer Science students, etc. (those exploring end-user customer focused application deployment).

Topic: Hands-on Lab

Abstract: Want to learn how to deploy cloud application across multiple OpenStack Datacentres with a single simple API (Python SDK)? The Shade library is designed to be super simple: no more need to worry about the names of OpenStack projects or how their APIs interact (at least for now). Shade is a ReSTful Python SDK which allows for interoperability with the majority of OpenStack clouds. Training for Cloud App Engineers: Cross-Cloud Application Deployment – how to deploy application in multiple open data-centres worldwide using the Python Shade SDK.

The Problem: Say “no” to cloud app lock-in. Assure your cloud application can work across multiple data-centre (clouds) worldwide. It’s what your customers/users will want both here and worldwide. Why would you develop an application for a single cloud operating systems? Demand the ability for your app to work across multiple clouds. The Shade SDK is currently the leading contender for a API which enables you to treat a datacentre like a resource and programmatically call the infrastructure (hardware) resources required in a simple and interoperable python library. “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.​”​

Pre-requisites: Laptop, basic understanding of python, basic understanding of SSH, an opinion on cross cloud interoperability, willingness to work in a team based learning environment, enjoyment of training which is about solving problems (no spoon-fed answers​ here​).

Learning objectives: By the end of this 90 minute training session you will know how to…

​a.)​… engage with a full-stack of developers to build cloud applications as a team.

b.)… be inspired to enable my cloud app to work *openly* cross-cloud (and the dangers if we don’t do something about cloud lock in). c.)…break stuff and then engage with the open source community to help fix the broken stuff.

​d.)…understand the importance of constraint over configuration for cloud application development. ​e.)…know where to go next to further your training as a cloud application developer.

Speaker Bio: David F. Flanders, OpenStack Foundation

David F. Flanders is a wrangler of communities for the OpenStack Foundation, specifically growing the application developer community and University sector engagements. Previously having worked in University datacentres and Entrepreneurial investment funds, Flanders loves the challenge of understanding how brilliant people come together as a community to shape the future of the information sector.

4.30pm-5.30pm: Tech Track closed

Tech track closed during panel and closing remarks. Please proceed to the Main Track in National Ballroom 3 for the panel.

5.30pm-6.30pm: Networking Drinks

Networking drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.