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2017 Telstra-Akamai-BHERT Round Tables

The round tables, held in Sydney and Melbourne on 18th and 20th of January respectively, featured a peer-to-peer presentation bringing together senior executives and digital learning specialists of Australian universities with guest speakers Dr Tom Leighton (CEO and Founder, Akamai), Dr Hugh Bradlow (Chief Scientist, Telstra) and Dr Sharon Winocur (Executive Director, BHERT).

2017 Telstra Akamai B/HERT Roundtable

Dr Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai, a global leader in Content Delivery Network services and identified by Forbes as one of the best performing Cloud Service companies. Akamai carries 30 per cent of total global web traffic and is the 11th largest software company in the world. Customers include global and local brands such as Airbnb, Qantas, SBS, Domain, Tourism Australia, 3P Learning and Deakin University.

Telstra-Akamai-BHERT Round TableDr Leighton presented on the grand challenges the Internet faces today and the role that the higher education sector can play in fostering innovation and fuelling the digital economy. He addressed –

  • The grand challenges that the internet is facing today and possible solutions;
  • The importance of continual innovation;
  • The role higher education plays in fostering innovation;
  • The skills needed for current and future students to fuel the digital economy in 5, 10, 15 years’ time;
  • The new risks we’re seeing and what we should we do about them.

Download the Telstra-Akamai-BHERT Round Tables agenda.

See Dr Tim Leighton's presentation here.

See Dr Hugh Bradlow's presentation here

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