DAY ONE – Thursday 7 June 2018


9:00 | Chairpersons opening remarks

9:10 | Neuroscience meets technology: a vision of the future of classrooms learning and assessments

Prof. Adam Gazzaley, World famous Author, Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Inventor; Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry; University of California ; Founder,  Neuroscape (USA)

9:40 | Presentation by Microsoft

Anthony Salcito, Vice President Education, Microsoft (USA)

10:00 | Space for learning: a new language for school design

  • Learn about the global shifts in School Design from the world's foremost authority on the subject
  • How to adapt your school environment to maximise its effectiveness as a great place to learn and teach
  • Transform your learning environments to transform education itself
Prakash Nair, World renowned futurist, visionary planner and educational architect; Founding President and CEO, Fielding Nair International (USA)

10:20 | Morning tea & coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations

11:00 |  Opening remarks from Chair

Sue Matthews, Business Manager, Coromandel Valley Primary School



11:10 | Is the business of schools ripe for disruption?

  • Key challenges ahead
  • What trends are impacting the business of school
  • Disrupt or be disrupted

Bernard Salt , Broadcaster, author and columnist


11:30 | International keynote




11:50 |  School branding: how the need for a cohesive message comes first, and then the development of a school’s story

Dr Arnaud Prevot, Language & Technology Teacher, St Agatha & Visitation Catholic School, Author of A Perfect Fit (school marketing) and It's Who We Are (school branding) (USA)

12:10 |  School crisis prevention and management and how to protect reputation

  • How to identify potential crises and build a crisis management plan
  • How to boost reputation through relationships with media partners and influential stakeholders
  • Case studies on issue and crisis management
Barbara Pesel, Managing Director, Pesel & Carr


12:30 | It’s Who You Know

  • Networking is an essential skill; it’s the skill to success. So why are so many of our connections superficial and transactional? And why do they get us nowhere in our personal and professional life?
  • Maybe because we’ve lost sight of the fact that it’s not about the quantity of connections you make, but the quality of the relationships you build and nurture.
  • Why your network matters more in this busy and competitive world
Janine Garner, Speaker, Author & Mentor, Partner, Thought Leaders Global Founder & CEO - LBD Group author IT’S WHO YOU KNOW – how a network of 12 Key people can fast track your success

12:50 |  Lunch, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations



14:40 | Realising the benefits of social media for your school

  • What are your objectives and what are trying to achieve
  • What social media resources available are available and how to optimize them
  • Engage with your school community and parents through social media
  • Minimising the risks of social media and common pitfalls

14:40 | Photography – policy practice and procedure

  • What are the issues and risks for photography within the school environment
  • Scenarios for non-authorized photography: parents, students and teachers
  • Developing a policy and guidelines for permission
Susan McLean, Director, Cyber Safety Solutions

15:00 |  Exciting speaker to be announced


15:20 |  Exciting speaker to be announced


15:40 |  Afternoon tea & coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations



16:20 |  Outsource weakness, develop strength to reach for greatness

  • Focus on developing children's strengths instead of fixing their deficiencies
  • Teaching children to identify and solve problems worth-solving and create value for others through product-oriented learning
  • Make education personalisable for children, not personalized for them
Dr Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education University of Kansas (USA); Professorial Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University (AUS); Global Chair, University of Bath (UK). Most recent book: Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All

16:50 |  Learning from Singapore: the power of paradoxes

  • Examine an education system that embraces timely change and timeless constraints, centralisation and decentralisation, teaching less and learning more
  • Understand the key success factors of Singapore’s education system
  • Learn the eye-opening difference between acing an examination vs appreciation of subject
Dr Pak Tee Ng, Dean of Leadership Learning, Head of Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Singapore

17:10 | Exciting speaker and topic to be announced!  


17:40 | Networking Drinks


The annual EduTECH Gala Dinner is the perfect opportunity to relax, reflect on the day, and enjoy good food, wine and music with peers from across the country. Showcasing great entertainment, live music and flowing drinks for all, this is an EduTECH highlight you wouldn’t want to miss.

*The Gala Dinner is a ticketed event


DAY TWO – Friday 8 June 2018


9:00 | BREAKOUTS - Peer-to-Peer Roundtables

Choose between a wide variety of specific topics to discuss and debate with your peers. This is a completely open forum where you have the chance to split into smaller groups, and attend 3 x 25 minute discussion roundtables to swap ideas and leverage the knowledge and experiences of your peers.

10:30 | Morning tea and coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations

11:05 |  Opening remarks from Chair

Sue Matthews, Business Manager Coromandel Valley Primary School



11:10 |  How to keep schools building project on track, on budget and on time

  • Gain insights from successful project management and award winning buildings
  • How to get the project brief right in the first place
  • Assess stakeholder engagement and getting everybody on the same page
  • Managing building and design professionals: quantity surveyors, architects and builders
  • Keeping on budget key steps from tender process to the build sign-off
Leanne Smith, Business Manager, Ruyton Girls'; President, Association of School Business Administrators (VIC)



11:30 |  Effective school ICT management

  • Updating and upgrading school information systems
  • Application of data and analytics in schools
  • The latest apps and technology to improve efficiency
Exciting speaker to be announced

11:50 |  IT Governance and Procurement: How to ensure we don't get dazzled by the toys, but still get the best for the business!

Bill Corbett, Manager Information Services, Whitsunday Anglican School Dr Steven Austen, Member Board of Directors, Independent Schools Queensland & Business Manager, Whitsunday Anglican School



12:10 |  Duty of care on school camps, excursions and recreational activities

  • Key considerations: A school's duty of care; Risk Management; Use of external providers; Waivers and disclaimers; and Insurance
  • What are the risks and what schools can do to manage them?

12:30 |  Lunch, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations




14:00 |  Transforming education and school procurement

  • New initiatives
  • Best practices in tender management
  • Effective contract management
  • Supplier relationship management that adds value
  • Probity and preventing fraud in procurement at your school
Andrea Patrick MCIPS, Chief Procurement Officer, NSW Department of Education

14:20 |  Tackling Modern Slavery in the School Supply Chains

  • Pressure and increased awareness from students and parents for schools to behave responsibly
  • What business managers can do to identify and tackle modern slavery in their supply chains
  • High-risk categories your clients are concerned about
  • Establishing due diligence and best practices



14:40 |  Workplace Bullying - using an organizational learning approach

An organizational learning approach provides organizations with guidance in how to structure their response as well as the flexibility to respond to their own circumstance.

Dr Sara Branch, Research Fellow Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University

15:20 |  Afternoon tea and coffee break, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations




15:50 |  Bringing more “beautiful questions” into the classroom—and beyond

  • Addressing how teachers can be inquirers into their own practice
  • New models on the power of student-led inquiry
  • Understanding inquiry across different curriculum areas
Warren Berger, Questionologist, internationally acclaimed author of 'A More Beautiful Question'

16:10 | The great learning expansion

  • The story of personalised learning to experiential learning to mastery-based learning
  • Demonstrations of how A.I. and immersive technology will reshape learning forever
  • Give practical advice on what you think Principals and Teachers can do to take that step up to improve education
Lucas Rizzotto, award winning VR/AR creator, technologist, immersive experience designer, artist (USA)

16:30 | Building success on strong foundations (don’t miss Brennon’s live gold medal performance!)
  • Teamwork: everything is better when you have support and leadership
  • Foundations: Success builds from strong foundations and it’s never too late to focus on quality training
  • Brennon’s lifelong secret to success

Brennon Dowrick , Former Olympic Gymnast and multiple gold medal winner

16:50 | End of conference - closing remarks