Big Day In – Canberra


It has been a couple of years since I have been able to take part in the Big Day In at our nation’s capital, Canberra, This year, it was hosted by the Australian National University on May 30 and well worth attending.


Professor Genevieve Bell, opened the event with a wonderful message to the students about how she was just like them in her youth and how there is no limit to what they can achieve. Professor Bell is the Australian National University’s Director of the 3A Institute (3Ai), Florence Violet McKenzie Chair & Vice President & Senior Fellow, Intel Corporation. After a number of years living and working in the Silicon Valley in California, she still works for Intel while continuing her academic work at ANU.


Another highlight was hearing from Anntonette Dailey, Executive Director for the Australian Space Agency. Anntonette manages the operations & communications for the Agency.

It was so inspiring to hear about the work of these two amazing Australian women who have both made such a great contribution to STEM.

It was my pleasure to share a message about the skills required to thrive in the future and provide some guidance about how students can help brand themselves and give themselves a chance to get ahead of the game.

Other presenters included:

  • Dennis Prior, Department of Human Services;
  • WiseTech Global;
  • Adam Smith – Digital Transformation Agency, Australian Government;
  • Anant Vima, KPMG Technology Advisory;
  • Lieutenant Paul Coughlan, Aerospace Engineer, Royal Australian Navy; and
  • Mike Gardiner, Buzzygames

The final Big Day In events for 2019 will be in Melbourne on June 19 and Adelaide on June 20.