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2017 Events

Take bold action: move from 'end of world risk' to 'untapped opportunity'

There are two questions everyone is asking and struggling to answer.

o    Where do we go from here? 
o    How do we confront the realities of today’s rapidly changing environment?

During today’s event we will explore the predominant perspectives on AI which range from utopian to dystopian, where labour is replaced by software and malevolent robots.  The reality is, smart machines and AI will enable all of us to do more than is humanly possible.

Today we will hear clear, useful, realistic frameworks for how companies, governments and individuals can engage with and prosper from the new systems of intelligence.  In a time of disruptive innovation, we need our leaders to think beyond their own organisational boundaries and embrace the future. 

Guest Presenters

Dr John Burgin – Region Vice President Australia and New Zealand & Head of Cognizant Digital Business Asia Pacific & Middle East

Dr John Burgin leads Cognizant’s operation in Australia and NZ and is also responsible for establishing Cognizant Digital Business in the Asia Pacific region.

With over 30 years of experience with leading global players in IT services, software and networking, John has led the delivery of market making IT services engagements to clients in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.  John also has extensive experience in R&D, product development and marketing and has managed business units covering the entire IT services lifecycle including: consulting, program management, enterprise architecture, systems integration, operations management and business process outsourcing.

More recently, John has played a lead role in building Cognizant’s digital capability across Asia Pacific, leading the acquisition of Odecee and the establishment of the Techquarium information sciences lab in Sydney and the Collaboratory in Melbourne.

John holds a PhD in The Statistical Modelling of Broadband Packet Networks from Monash University and a First Class Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Melbourne.  John is a keen cricketer and a life member of the Elsternwick Cricket Club.  His other major sporting interest is golf where John is continually trying but seldom managing to play to his handicap


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