Future-ready technology to inspire future generations


Cyclone ISNZConference 2022

We invite you to attend a hosted education 2 day workshop in Auckland. We have secured top industry vendors who will present current and future technologies that are focused on strategic directions in education for IT Directors/ Managers and e-learning leaders.

With the support of our partners we are pleased to be able to provide complimentary accommodation for those who do not live in Auckland and all meals will be catered for over the two days including our conference dinner on Monday night. Flights however, are at the responsibility of the individual.


Saint Kentigern Girls' School, Auckland

July 11th and 12th, 2022

Ko tōu ūpoko e titiro whakamua ana, ko ōu whakaaro e titiro whakamuri ana.

This year our theme is centered around looking to the future whilst not forgetting the lessons we have all learnt over the past few challenging years.
Hear from from Paul Stephens, Hohepa Spooner, Matthew Gausden and Hassan Baickdeli, who will bring real life experience and insights that showcase innovative and transformative technology in action.

Monday, July 11th

0830 Coffee on arrival
0900 Welcome from Cyclone
0915 Innovative Tech in Action – Hohepa Spooner
1015 Morning Tea
1030 Discovering Digital with Hassan Baickdeli
1130 Reinventing the Classroom with Chris Clark
1215 Tech that enriches teaching and learning with Commbox
1300 Lunch
1330 Welcome back by Cyclone
1345  Secure the future with Palo Alto Networks
1445  Presentation from Dell Technologies
1545  End of day wrap up
1600  School tour of Saint Kentigern Shore Road campus
1630  Shuttles to hotel
1830  Walk to dinner

Tuesday, July 12th

0700 Breakfast for those staying in Auckland hotel accommodation
0900 Coffee on arrival to Saint Kentigern
0915 Welcome from Cyclone
0930 Update from Paul Stephen, MOE
1000 Technology at Crimson with Matt Gausden
1100 Morning Tea
1130 Panel Discussion
1230 Final wrap up from Cyclone and Lunch
1400 Schoolbox user group meeting – optional

Hohepa Spooner

Hohepa Spooner is lecturer at Te Ara Poutama, The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development, and member of the Digital Media team at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT), Auckland University of Technology.

Hohepa has actively been engaged over the last ten years in the revitalisation of Māori language, culture and knowledge through digital media. By utilising Apple technology Hohepa’s current interests include developing digital resources for teaching and learning, and then utilising that digital technology to enhance teaching and learning in practice. This is made possible with the two roles that he has in Te Ara Poutama and CfLAT.

Chris Clark

Senior Partner Manager, Jabra

The landscape of education has changed. Whether you’re teaching students in a classroom, or delivering lessons remotely, a professional teaching environment is the key to a successful lesson. To ensure that educators and students can work productively and effectively, they need professional tools and equipment.

Join Chris as he discusses how Jabra’s state-of-the-art audio and video products help educators to make their content more attractive and engaging, while enabling equal participation in lessons or lectures – no matter where the students are.


Matthew Gausden

Global ICT Manager, Crimson Education

Matthew has worked in the IT industry providing services to sectors as diverse as banking, finance, tourism and mining before settling into Education. With over ten years experience in the public, independent and Vocational educational sectors, Matthew has an acute knowledge of how strategic decisions can add additional value and enhance educational services.

Matthew is The Global IT Manager for Crimson Education and Crimson Global Academy, a global online high school providing services to over 25 countries. Matthew is based in Brisbane Australia where the weather is warm and you can drive on the beach.


Hassan Baickdeli

Head of Emerging Technology & Solutions, Lenovo

Leading the emerging technologies and solutions business for Lenovo, Hassan works closely with educational institutions, their educators and students
to delve deep into problems and challenges we are facing with regards to transformation in education.

Hassan has worked with many Schools, TAFE’s
and Universities across ANZ, APJ and Globally to help not only understand what is available to them in terms of technology but to also show them what makes sense in terms of implementation and more importantly learning outcomes. Understanding the importance of getting the transition from “traditional” ways of learning to “digital” ways of learning is a key element in Hassan’s strategy.


Paul Stephen

Commercial Manager, Ministry of Education NZ

Paul Stephen is the Commercial Manager at the Ministry Of Education. Paul will discuss the MOE’s strategy around both software and devices for the New Zealand K12 education space. An opportunity to explore and align benefits for your organisation.


Mark Shaw and Lisa Sim

Cyber Security Advisor and Cyber Safe Kids Program Director, Palo Alto Networks

Digital transformation was accelerated and upended by the pandemic. This has since led to an increase in the education sector being a prime target for malicious cyber criminals, who seek to disrupt operations or to gain financially by compromising systems at schools, universities and colleges. It’s also crucial to protect students from harm.

Join us at this session as we discuss:

  • The security threat landscape in New Zealand Education
  • Cyber risks to schools, students and teachers
  • The expansion of the Attack Surface
  • The value of data and a duty of care
  • The role of “Zero Trust” and practical steps to improving your security posture
  • Online safety awareness is a shared responsibility