ACIS 2023 / Programme / Industry Day

ACIS 2023 Industry Day

Tuesday, 5rd December 2023 LOCATION: The Atom (Rutherford House, groundfloor, opposite of “The Lab café”
12pm – 1pmOptional Lunch
1pm – 1.15pmOpen and Welcome
1.15pm – 1.50pmKeynote Sean Audin
1.50pm – 2.10pmAfternoon tea
2.10pm – 3.40pmPanel Discussion: “Developing sustainable community engagement strategies in the digital age”
3.40pm – 3.50pmBreak
3.50pm – 4.50pmResearch-industry collaboration
4.50pm – 5pmWrap up / lessons from the day


Sean Audain, Wellington City Council

Digital Cities & Decision Making.

Sean Audain is a leader and urban planner who brings together people and technologies to build capability and create action in realising the future of cities. He works across sectors focussing on Public Services, Digital Cities, Strategy and building systemic success. His major interests are in taking concepts like Open Data, the Internet of Things, Data Visualisation, GIS and making them pathways towards solving real world problems and helping people make better decisions. Sean has been Strategic Planning Manager at Wellington City Council since January 2022, and prior to that was City Innovation Lead (since 2011). He is a member of the World Economic Forum City Digital Twin Taskforce, and is on the Open Government Partnership Expert Advisory Panel and G20 Smart Cities Expert Advisory Panel on Privacy. He has won awards including the Global Mayors Challenge from Bloomberg Philanthropies (2022), Harvard University Global City Innovator of the Year (2021), and ANZ Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Leader of the Year (2020). 

Panel Discussion: “Developing sustainable community engagement strategies in the digital age”

  • Insights on building robust communities, nurturing meaningful connections, and how to leverage digital innovation.

  • Explore the future of community development, discover opportunities, challenges, and collaborative approaches to address pressing issues in our contemporary digital society.

  • Build more socially sustainable, connected, and resilient communities in our increasingly digital world.

Amber Joseph

Founder & CEO – NextWork

Amber is the founder of, a start-up that is changing the future of education. What started as an interest with Cloud technologies has grown into a mission to make vocational education universally accessible. She has a Bachelor of Software Engineering with First Degree Honours from Victoria University in New Zealand, and you can follow her journey here:

Sophie Chen

Technical Business Analyst at Westpac

Sophie is a Technical Business Analyst at Westpac New Zealand and the founder of the BA Career Meetup Group. Sophie switched from Electronics Technical Sales to Business Analyst in August 2021 before completing her master’s programme at Victory University of Wellington. Sophie is passionate about growing the BA community in NZ and assisting more people with career transitions into BA roles. With the help of 14 volunteers, Sophie and her team launched 20+ Meetup events, attracting nearly 1,000 members in nine months.  

Rohan Wakefield

Co-Founder Dev Academy Aotearoa

Rohan Wakefield has a passion for building better business models that create equity. In 2013 he co-founded Dev Academy Aotearoa, a Private Training Establishment that trains career movers in software development through an intensive 17 week, 800 hour bootcamp.

Dev Academy is highly focused on providing technical and employable skills or soft skills that set students up for a career in software development. They also attract a broader diversity of students than the more classical pathways like a Comp Sci Degree. 

Both of these factors make Dev Academy graduates highly sought after in the tech sector. Dev Academy has graduated over 1500 software developers with a 86% employment rate as software developers.

John Clegg

Co-CEO at Summer of Tech
John Clegg is passionate about making real change in the Tech industry of Aoteroa. John has had a series of career adventures across Business Analysis, Product, Leadership, Systems and Tech.John started Summer of Tech in 2006 to help students get their first tech job. Summer of Tech is the biggest internship programme in New Zealand and striving to build better pathways for all students into the tech industry. John wants to help lift up the next generation to ensure that we have a connected future that our children want to be a part of.


Malcolm Foo

Executive Director, PwC New Zealand & Executive-in-Residence at Wellington School of Business and Government

Malcolm has more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing enterprise-wide improvement initiatives that impact the workforce through organisation design, workforce transformation, change management, and business process improvement programmes. Malcolm works with organisations and executives to uplift business performance through their people and has assisted public and private sector organisations with their HR, workforce performance and change management initiatives in the United States, South East Asia and New Zealand.


The fee for industry day attendance is 50$ (before 1 December) / 100$ (from 1 December).  The industry day is not included in the full conference registration. The fee includes lunch and afternoon tea.  

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