Amazon Innovation Day: 30 April

“We’re at the beginning of a golden age of AI. Recent advancements have already led to invention that previously lived in the realm of science fiction—and we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible.”
- Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO Amazon, 20191

Amazon is a company of builders. We get our energy from inventing on behalf of customers. For us, this means that it is always Day 1. A world where past results do not guarantee future success, so it's always important to strive, innovate, and be open to change. Amazon Innovation Day 2019 showcases three technology tailwinds that we believe are transforming our world; Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Robotics. We’ve brought together global and local leaders from Amazon, industry, and science to share with you how they use these technologies to solve customer problems today, and how they see this evolving in the future.

Who should attend Amazon Innovation Day?

This event is for practical leaders who want to understand the latest AI, Machine Learning, and Robotics trends and equip themselves with the skills to drive change and accelerate innovation. You could be a CEO, Chief Marketing Officer, CIO, developer, engineer or IT Manager. The job title is not important. What you have in common is an ambition to use technology to innovate and solve real customer problems.

What will I learn?

Our morning event will deliver first-hand insights on how AI, Machine Learning, and Robotics are changing our world. You’ll hear how machine learning helps Amazon deliver the customer promise - from how and why Alexa was built, to online recommendation engines and modeling last mile delivery. Leading research and industry experts will help us ‘think big’ by showcasing how AI and Robotics can transform traditional industries such as agriculture, how drones protect surfers, and how technology protects people and autonomous vehicles in high density urban areas. We’ll also talk about the ‘how’ of innovation – stepping through models and processes that today’s innovation leaders use to guide their work. After lunch we’ve created a series of short workshops to help you build your own innovation leadership skills.


07:30 - 09:00 Arrival & Registration
09:00 - 10:20 Amazon Innovation Day
10:20 - 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 Amazon Innovation Day
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Amazon Innovation Day Workshops


Glenn Gore

Glenn Gore, Chief Architect, Amazon Web Services

As the Chief Architect for Amazon Web Services, Glenn is responsible for creating architectural best practices and working with customers on how they use the cloud and innovation to transform their own businesses or disrupt new markets. Glenn has worked in engineering, R&D, and technology leadership roles with customers such as Facebook, Twitter, NASA and worked on projects such as the Hadron super collider, interplanetary networking and large scale distributed systems. Prior to joining AWS, Glenn was the CTO of WebCentral where he worked on highly scalable web platforms and big-data systems for customers. He also held roles at Ozemail and UUNET, the world’s largest network provider.

Dr Jordan Nyguen

Dr Jordan Nguyen, AI Futurist

Dr Jordan Nguyen, is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, who is committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible, and to help become a driving force behind both human and technological evolution as we move into the future. An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Jordan designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business committed to bringing positive, sustainable and life-altering change, and shares his adventures through documentaries across the world. Inspired by human endeavour, Jordan has big ambitions to see our world step consciously and creatively into a better future.

Dominic Price

Dominic Price, Futurist, Atlassian

Born to Joy in the harsh Manchester Winter of 77, Dominic has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia PAC. Dom now has responsibilities spanning 5 global R&D centres, and is Atlassian's "Team Doctor" helping the business scale by being ruthlessly efficient and effective, with one eye on the future. Dom helped pioneer the Atlassian Team Playbook and has personally run hundreds of sessions with our teams globally. Dom was previously the GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte providing assurance and consulting services. Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, the home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business, as the Head of R&D and Work Futurist.

 Neil Lindsay

Neil Lindsay, Vice President, Global Marketing, Prime & Engagement, Amazon

As Vice President of Global Marketing, Prime & Engagement, Neil Lindsay is responsible for cross-category and cross-channel programs to grow active customers, accelerate engagement and build brand for Amazon’s consumer business, worldwide. Prior to joining in 2010, Neil was the Chief Marketing Officer at Sprint’s prepaid brands, including Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, where he led brand, marketing, portfolio and product-line strategies for the wireless telecom division. Before joining Sprint, Neil worked at a number of startups in the US and Australia and at Hewlett-Packard in Singapore and the United States. Neil grew up in rural Victoria, Australia.

Tye Brady

Tye Brady, Chief Technologist, Amazon Robotics

Tye Brady is a leading strategic thinker and engineering professional with more than 25 years of hands-on experience in team leadership, technical management, and system design for advanced instrumentation, autonomous vehicles, and robotic systems. Tye is chief technologist at Amazon Robotics, where he heads advanced technology and research efforts. Before joining Amazon, Tye spent 15 years with Draper Laboratory in a variety of technical and leadership roles, advancing robotics and spacecraft engineering. He holds a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from MIT. Tye is a founding partner of MassRobotics, a not-for-profit organization serving as a world-class platform for robotic innovation.

Rocco Braeuniger

Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager, Amazon Australia

Rocco joined Amazon in early 2006 and held a variety of positions at the company before becoming the first Country Manager for Amazon Australia, ahead of the launch of in December 2017. Since then, he has built and now leads a team focusing on growing the offering for Australian customers and businesses that sell on the Amazon marketplace, including launching products and services such as Prime, Alexa-enabled Echo Devices, Global Store, and Fulfilment By Amazon. Prior to his role in Australia, Rocco led the German Consumables team at Amazon which included responsibilities for FMCG product lines as well as programs such as Prime Family, Subscribe & Save, EU Prime Pantry and EU Dash. He also supported the India team subsequent to their launch.

Salah Sukkarieh

Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, University of Sydney

Salah Sukkarieh is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney. He was the Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics from 2007-2018, where he led the strategic research and industry engagement program in the world's largest field robotics institute. He is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems and has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining. Salah was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science, and the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year nominee. Salah is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and has over 500 academic and industry publications in robotics and intelligent systems.

Jenny Freshwater

Jenny Freshwater, Leader of Forecasting & Capacity Planning, Amazon

Jenny Freshwater leads Forecasting for Amazon’s consumer businesses worldwide. Jenny joined Amazon in 2010 and has held several positions during her 9 years with the company. Her career at Amazon started when she ran the software platform for the Amazon data warehouse, which stores petabytes of data used across the company for analytics and decision support. Jenny is currently responsible for forecasting long-range demand trends, fulfillment center capacity needs and demand for each product sold on Amazon sites worldwide. Prior to Amazon, Jenny built “big data” storage solutions for a variety of companies in the US. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Miami, FL. Jenny currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, son and daughter.

Eddie Bennet

Eddie Bennet, CEO & Chief Remote Pilot, Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver & The Ripper Group International

Eddie is the President, CEO and Chief Remote Pilot for the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver and The Ripper Group International which operates unmanned aircraft across ocean rescue, lifesaving, emergency response and disaster support. His team successfully conducted the worlds first drone ocean rescue in January 2018 and in cooperation with University of Technology Sydney developed AI algorithm based detection for sharks and other marine life. For almost four decades he has been involved in public safety, emergency response and law enforcement at all levels including as a helicopter rescue aircrewman, Crew Chief and Chief Trainer. He has presented on the topic of unmanned aircraft in ocean rescue, lifesaving, emergency and disaster response at national conferences in Australia, China, Malaysia, Canada, Italy and the United States.