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Making technology work for you in the 21st century

Technology is changing the world, but has it changed the way you do business?

Whether you know it or not, the odds are that your company or organisation is benefitting from “Moore’s Law”, the observation that technology would dramatically increase in power, and decrease in relative cost, at an exponential pace. In practice, Moore’s prediction, made more than 50 years ago, has benefitted just about every facet of our high-tech society, and is a driver of innovation by companies from all industries, from Fortune 500 to ASX-listed, or suburban start-ups. 

Moore’s Law focused initially on growth in computing power, but it equally applies to the massive increase in communication and connectivity that stems from the creation of the World Wide Web. Whether your focus is how to effectively embrace big data as part your organisation, the security of your digital identity, or exploring how best to harness the transformative power of the Web to innovate, no organisation can be successful in achieving their objectives without a better understanding of what the Web can do for it, no matter its size.

Perth at the Centre of the Tech World

These are just some of the issues that will be explored at WWW2017, the 26th International World Wide Web Conference, coming to Perth this April as part of Perth’s inaugural Festival of the Web taking place at the Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre from 2-9 April 2017. This event is bringing the world’s Web experts to Perth.

Andrew Walker, CEO of Perth-based logistics management start up Fleet Engineering and co-chair of the Industry Track of WWW2017, said this was a massive opportunity for Perth, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from some of the most successful and innovative companies in the world. Global leaders such as Airbnb, Amazon, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Uber and Yahoo, as well as many others from around Australia, will be coming to Perth, sharing insights and research into what has made their own companies so successful, as well as how the Web can work for you. 

Here’s a taste of some of the events on offer:

Making data work for you

The Web has been and will continue to be a game changer in all industries, and for the resources sector in particular.

Stewart Snell, CEO of software solutions provider Atamo and co-chair of the DeepSensor conference exploring the Internet of Things in mining, oil and gas, said that the advent of IoT technology meant that analysis that previously was out of reach can now be achieved for a fraction of the cost. The benefits of being able to do sophisticated analytics and machine learning in the cloud mean that companies are able to switch focus to actions such as predictive maintenance, and monitor the state of their assets in real time better than ever before.

It’s not just multinationals that are driving and benefiting from these impacts, but small and mid-sized companies as well. This will be a theme of another Festival of the Web offering, BIG 2017:  The Big Data Innovators Gathering, which will bring academics and industry leaders together to discuss the state-of-the-art in Deep Learning and Big Data Analytics.

Safeguarding digital identity

This will be a key theme of a number of the Festival of the Web co-located events. At Bytes and Rights, curated by Electronic Frontiers Australia, participants will hear from Wendy Seltzer, legal counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium and international expert on the legal and social issues we face in our embrace of Web-based technologies.  The conference will investigate how the Web is governed; what is happening in cyber-security and how we can protect our personal information and data.

Another event, Trust Factory, is a curated forum looking at the social and technological impact of trust and identity in a time of rapid change. Trust Factory covers a series of topics examining modern society and the structured electronic definitions of identity that will be vitally important as more of our everyday life becomes entwined with the digital world. 

Embracing collaboration as a precursor to innovation

The Collaboration⇌Innovation conference will explore techniques for fostering and nurturing greater collaboration between industry, government and academia. The conference program has been developed to identify and demonstrate ways of improving your business by working with others.

To register for the Festival of the Web, or find out more about each of the events taking place, visit www.festivaloftheweb.com.au or www.www2017.com.au 

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