The AWS Public Sector Summit brings together the cloud computing community to connect, collaborate, and learn about Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this action-packed, one-day event, you can choose from 20 different breakout sessions covering a broad range of topics and technical depth. Attend introductory sessions on new and existing AWS services, or participate in sessions that go deep into architecture and code. All sessions will be delivered by subject-matter experts from AWS, customers, and partners who will share their real-world experiences and lessons learned.


Teresa Carlson leads the Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes local, central, and regional governments; educational institutions and EdTechs; and nonprofits and non-governmental organisations. She also acts as an advisor to Amazon Public Policy. Teresa is responsible for driving both revenue and partnership strategy for Amazon’s cloud computing business across the public sector in all geographies. Since launching the business in 2010, she has grown it to serve tens of thousands of public sector organisations.

Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips is the Public Sector Country Manager for Amazon Web Services in Australia and New Zealand. He works with all corners of the public service including local, regional, federal, and government-owned corporations, as well as educational institutes and nonprofits. Andrew is an IT professional with more than 18 years of technology sales and management experience in the public sector. He is passionate about how technology can improve the way government interacts with citizens, and has helped customers navigate the journey from isolated physical IT hardware to virtualization and cloud computing.


Alastair MacGibbon leads the implementation of the Australian government’s cyber security strategy, transforming Australia’s cyber security landscape to realise the economic and social benefits of a cyber-resilient nation. As the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Alastair drives the creation and strengthening of partnerships between Australian governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations, and academia to deliver national cyber security capacity and capability. Prior to this, Alastair was Australia's first eSafety Commissioner. He also worked for 15 years as an agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre.



Andrew Walduck serves as Executive General Manager of the Trusted eCommerce Services business unit and is Australia Post’s Group Chief Digital Officer. He joined Australia Post in January 2012 to drive its digitisation and transition to a digital-age company. There, he is responsible for creating new businesses that drive commercial growth, as well as transforming employees’ digital experience. Andrew’s career spans more than 25 years and includes business transformation, digitisation, technology, and marketing roles at global corporations, such as Accenture and IBM. He’s also held leadership positions at small, growing businesses.

Antony Stinziani

Antony Stinziani is the CIO of Geoscience Australia (GA). He is also a member of the GA Executive and Portfolio Boards, Risk and Audit Committee, and chairs the WHS Committee. Antony has 25 years of experience in government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and a strong track record of leadership – particularly in strategic alignment and ICT transformation in science and research-based environments. He is involved in the national research agenda and has played a role in numerous executive and policy committees that lead the partnership of ICT and research across the government, university, and industry sectors.

You are quickly building and deploying exciting services on top of the AWS Cloud. As your deployment matures, you start to understand how each of these services has its own unique challenges when it comes to operations and security. This talk examines an overarching security strategy for your deployment, pulled from the real-world experiences of top companies around the world. Paired with services like AWS Lambda, this strategy can result in a unified view of your deployment and automatically respond to incidents – regardless of scale.

Speaker: Mick McCluney, Technical Director, Trend Micro ANZ

How can you architect your applications for regulatory and organisational compliance? How can you automate security, auditability, and governance controls using best practice? In this session, Accenture draws from real-world examples to showcase how the cloud can strengthen your security and compliance posture, while ensuring maximum agility – articulated through the lifecycle of an application moving to the cloud.

Speaker: Chris Fleischmann, Managing Director, Journey to Cloud, Accenture

Did you know that AWS enables builders to architect solutions based on their price tolerance? Beyond the typical challenges of function, performance, and scale, you can make your application cost effective. This session uses practical examples aimed at architects and developers. Using code and AWS CloudFormation in concert with services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, Lambda, Amazon RDS, Amazon SQS, Amazon SNS, Amazon S3 and more, we demonstrate the financial advantages of different architectural decisions. Attendees will walk away with concrete examples, as well as a new perspective on how they can build systems economically and effectively.

Speaker: Simon Elisha, Head of Solution Architecture, ANZ Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Efficiently migrating data and workloads to the cloud is one of the most significant technology challenges currently facing organisations. Veritas has a unique perspective on solving this dilemma, and brings to the table a wide range of enterprise-grade solutions capable of effortlessly migrating large-scale data and workloads to the AWS Cloud. Learn from relevant global scenarios spanning the public sector and corporate landscapes.

Speaker: Dave Hamilton, Distinguished Engineer, Veritas

AWS Organizations is a new service that provides more control around how to manage your AWS accounts. Examine how AWS Organizations enhances your account management by programmatically creating and managing your AWS accounts, and by applying organisational controls with familiar policies to meet your business needs. We'll also cover best practices and troubleshooting tips to get you started.

Speakers: Blake Chism, Global Practice Development Manager, Professional Services; James Kingsmill, Senior DevOps Engineer, Geoscience Australia

Finding the right identity solution can often be challenging. Amazon Cognito lets you easily add user sign-up and sign-in to your mobile and web apps. In this session, we will look at how Cognito can support a wide range of authentication scenarios affecting customers, employees and systems to help you make the right choices.

Speaker: Stephen Liedig, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

On the cloud, security is priority number one. In this session, you will learn the “best of the best” practices for operating securely at scale on AWS, taken from real customer examples. We introduce the AWS Security Best Practices whitepaper and covers a range of security recommendations for Identity and Access Management, Logging and Monitoring, Infrastructure Security, and Data Protection. We’ll incorporate practical examples found in the Center for Internet Security’s CIS AWS Foundation and CIS AWS Three-Tier Web Architecture benchmarks. Come learn how to "Just Turn It On!"

Speaker: Phil Rodrigues, Security Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Discover an easy five-step process for migrating virtual (VM) machines from VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V to AWS. See this through the lens of datacentre consolidation, disaster recovery to the cloud, and mass migration of VM data. Key highlights include how to replicate VMs and data without performance impact, testing the migration with no break in replication, and automation of the failover process.

Speaker: Jason Cowley, Systems Engineer (ANZ), Zerto

Understand AWS best practices for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) resiliency and how AWS Shield can assist you to protect your business. Uncover how this tool safeguards web applications running on AWS, and how always-on detection and automatic inline mitigations minimize application downtime and latency.

Speaker: Craig Lawton, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

As your use of the AWS platform matures and evolves, you need to be continuously looking at ways to improve your security posture, and taking advantage of new security services and features. This advanced technical session covers architecture patterns for different workloads, IAM policy tips & tricks, and how to implement security automation and forensics. Be prepared for a technically deep session on AWS security.

Speaker: Ankush Chowdhary, Head of Security, Risk, and Compliance, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Get a look under the hood: Learn tuning best practices for taking advantage of Amazon Redshift's columnar technology and parallel processing capabilities to improve your delivery of queries and improve overall database performance. This session explains how to migrate from existing data warehouses, create an optimized schema, efficiently load data, use workload management, tune your queries, and use Amazon Redshift's interleaved sorting features. You’ll then hear from a customer who has leveraged Redshift in their industry and how they have adopted many of the best practices.

Speaker: Ganesh Raja, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Explore the modern development landscape and the way AWS is changing how we think about designing and building applications. Discover how AWS is empowering developers to overcome challenges of the past by providing on-demand access to numerous IT resources once inaccessible. Learn about AWS's Mobile Hub, CodeStar, and Lambda, while witnessing the ways these services are increasing developer productivity and streamlining backend configuration. AWS is excited to play a role in this age of constant developer innovation.

Speaker: Stephen Liedig, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Experience how live, virtual 3D worlds rendered with Amazon Lumberyard – a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine – interconnect with IoT devices in the real world. This session illustrates how AWS IoT can be used to remotely control inanimate objects with Bluetooth, namely Sphero robots. By using AWS Lambda and AWS IoT, we will create bi-directional communication between moving robots that detect collisions in a virtual world created through Amazon's game engine. Discover how voice commands control physical and virtual robots using AWS IoT through Alexa Skills Kit and the Amazon Echo.

In this session, storage experts will walk you through Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier – bulk data repositories that can deliver 99.999999999% durability and scale past trillions of objects worldwide, and at a competitive price. Learn about the different ways you can accelerate data transfer into S3 and get a close look at new tools to secure and manage your data more efficiently. See how Amazon Athena runs "query in place" analytics on your data and hear about the new expedited and bulk retrievals from Amazon Glacier. Discover how AWS customers have built solutions that turn their data into a strategic asset. And bring your toughest questions straight to our experts

In this session, we cover three common scenarios that include Amazon CloudWatch Logs and AWS Lambda. Learn how to build an Elasticsearch cluster from historical data using Amazon S3, Lambda, and CloudWatch Logs. Discover how to add details to CloudWatch alarm notifications using Amazon SNS and Lambda. Finally, understand how to bring Elastic Load Balancing logs to CloudWatch Logs using S3 bucket triggers from Lambda.

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Researchers and IT professionals using High Performance Computing (HPC) and High Throughput Computing (HTC) need large-scale infrastructure to advance their research. This session provides reference architectures for running your workloads on AWS, enabling you to achieve scale on demand and reduce your time to science by examining a real-life example. We will also debunk myths about HPC in the cloud and show techniques for running common on-premise workloads in the cloud.

Speaker: Adrian White, Sr. Technical Business Development Manager, Research, and Technical Computing, Amazon Web Services; Dr. Matthew Berryman, IT Architect & Director of the Internet of Things Laboratory, Wollongong University

The benefits of running databases in the cloud are compelling but how do you get the data there? In this session we will explore how to use the AWS Database Migration Service and the AWS Schema Conversion Tool to help you migrate, or continuously replicate, your on-premise databases to AWS.

Speaker: Craig Roach, Solutions Architect, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

IoT is powerful and pervasive. From public services to private businesses, from innovation to research and development, IoT plays a revolutionizing role. This session focuses on the business and strategic implications of leveraging IoT, and provides starting points in the AWS Cloud to accelerate your time to value. Learn how to build IoT solutions with AWS Greengrass to connect different types of cloud devices and reap the benefits of communicating your data across platforms to better respond to events, ensure secure communication, and reduce the cost of running IoT applications.

Speaker: Craig Lawton, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Join us for a look behind the curtain at GitHub Enterprise's new features, following its 2.10 release. Dive into an intermediate level auto-deployment scenario using GitHub, Node, Grunt, and Jenkins along with AWS Technologies including the AWS Command Line Interface, Lambda, Amazon S3, and Identity and Access Management. A basic understanding of these technologies is recommended.

Speaker: Daniel Figucio, Director of Solutions Engineering (ASEAN and ANZ), GitHub

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has developed prioritised mitigation strategies to help security professionals thwart cyber security incidents. Within this list of strategies, eight have been identified as essential for government agencies to implement as a security baseline starting point. This session offers customers practical guidance for meeting the ASD Essential Eight using AWS services to help them achieve compliance goals faster and more cost effectively.

Speaker: John Hildebrandt, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Geospatial workloads are often among the first to move to AWS in government. This session explores common topics in graphic information systems (GIS), including optimizing for license costs, leveraging native cloud capabilities, and running GIS “desktop" software on AWS cloud.

Speaker: Herman Coomans, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Achieving innovation requires many tests and also many failures. Ideating and iterating at speed requires the right environment and tools. Learn how Melbourne IT, Infoready, and Outware Mobile are leveraging AWS's services to gain a competitive edge. Find out how AWS is using artificial intelligence and natural language recognition to improve the customer ordering experience, adding a new dimension to data visualisation through virtual reality streaming, and engaging users through Chatbots.

Speakers: Tristan Sternson, Chief Customer Officer, Melbourne IT;
Gideon Kowadlo, Chief Innovation Officer, Melbourne IT

This session showcases how genomic research has leapfrogged to the forefront of big data and cloud solutions. We outline how to deal with “big” (many samples) and “wide” (many features per sample) data on Apache Spark, how to keep runtime constant by using automatically scalable micro services (i.e., AWS Lambda), and how AWS technology has powered research use cases at CSIRO.

Speakers: Denis Bauer, Transformational Bioinformatics Team Leader, CSIRO

Through the advent of cloud computing, enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) achieves great economies of scale and enables governments to deliver cost-efficient corporate services shared among their constituent agencies. This session delves into how TechnologyOne’s SaaS solution software, OneGovernment, enhanced the Department of Treasury’s approach to service delivery. We’ll also take a look at how AWS’s Shared Responsibility Model helped both parties collectively manage the security of and within the cloud, and acquire IRAP certification.

Speaker: Iain Rouse, Group Director of Cloud R&D, TechnologyOne

Level: 200

The Western Australian Land Registry began operating the crown jewel of its agency responsibilities – the Torrens system – in the AWS Cloud in July 2015. It was a journey of integration and transition that lasted two years, during which Landgate sought to transform its platform into an as-a-service offering for other land jurisdictions. How was this done? What is the agency’s security posture? How is the platform available? What was the business impact? Join us to find out.

Speaker: James Bromberger, Associate Director & National Cloud Lead, Ajilon

Terraform by Hashicorp, an APN Technology Partner and AWS DevOps Competency Partner, is an open source tool that enables users to create, update, and version their AWS production infrastructure. It arms operators with the ability to write infrastructure as code and reproduce configuration files to share among teams and reproduce in multiple locations. Geoscience Australia uses science and technology with tools such as Terraform on AWS to understand the geology and geography of Australia, focusing on securing Australia’s resources, building Earth Observation infrastructure, and analyzing geoscientific data. Join us for an inside look at how Geoscience Australia is taking advantage of this and other innovations – including Packer and CI/CD – to drive change, improve developer experience, and deliver value to users.

Speaker: Laura Stanford, Data Scientist, Geoscience Australia

Level 300