University hosts Web conference

Published 18 June 2007

How technology is changing the way we live and work, animation and the Web and the increasing use of the Web as a marketing tool are all topics that will be discussed at the annual AusWeb Conference in Coffs Harbour from June 30 to July 4.

The Australian World Wide Web Conference, hosted each year by Southern Cross University, brings together participants from the information technology, education and business sectors and will feature speakers from Australia and overseas.

The five-day event, at Coffs Harbour’s Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, will include a range of pre-conference workshops and tutorials which are open to all members of the public.

Conference chair Associate Professor Allan Ellis, from Southern Cross University’s School of Commerce and Management, said the conference and workshops would be of interest to people in a variety of fields.

The workshops will cover topics such as building better presentation skills, music and voice over the web, online communities and interactive software such as Elluminate Live!

The keynote speakers for the event are: Michael Ossipoff, director of capability Telstra; John Moss, academic director for Qantm College, a privately owned higher education and vocational education provider specialising in the field of creative new media; Ross Wilkinson, principal research scientist with CSIRO’s ICT Centre; and Stewart Adam, Associate Professor in electronic marketing at Deakin University.

Mr Ossipoff will be looking at the rapidly changing nature of Australians, their attitudes to and expectations of work, and how technology has changed the way people live and work.

In his role at Telstra he is responsible for explaining and interpreting the implications of new technology trends and developments to help customers take advantage of emerging opportunities.

John Moss, who has worked as a television producer and on a wide range of animation projects, will provide an in-depth look at animation and future developments in that field.

Ross Wilkinson will examine the massive volume of information available on the Web, and how the Web can be adapted to meet individual needs. He will also provide an insight into the research being done at the CSIRO.

Associate Professor Stewart Adam, will provide an overview of how the Web is being used in business.

“This AusWeb keynote will examine many of the earlier and current uses of the Web in business from a marketing perspective and focuses on Stewart’s current research into the marketing readiness of organisational websites by business and government,” Associate Professor Ellis said.

The conference will be held from June 30 to July 4. People can register separately for the workshops, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday and the special interest groups which will be held on Wednesday.

For information visit the website, email Norsearch Conference Services on or phone 02 66203932.

Photo: Associate Professor Allan Ellis.

Media contact: Brigid Veale Southern Cross University communications manager, 02 66593006 or 0439 680 748.