Future-ready technology to inspire future generations


Cyclone ISNZConference 2023

We invite you to attend a hosted education 2 day workshop in Wellington. 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 Wellington and all meals will be catered for over the two days including our conference dinner.

Flights however, are at the responsibility of the individual.


Rydges Wellington Airport

May 11th and 12th 2023

Hear from from Mark Jobbins, Tara Fagan and Pankaj Gupta who will bring real life experience and insights that showcase innovative and transformative technology in action.

Thursday, 11th May

0830 Coffee on arrival
0930 Mihi Whakatau / Welcome from Cyclone
0940 Enriching learning through digital technologies – Tara Fagan
1040 Morning Tea
1125 Licensing update – Tracey Thomson
1155 Climate change and Sustainability in IT – Mark Jobbins
1300 Lunch
1415 AI roundtable discussion facilitated by Danny Bedingfield
1530  Ministry of Education Presentation
1550  Wrap up
1600  Drink with Logitech Racing
1830  Pre-dinner drinks
1930  Dinner

Friday, 12th May

0700 Breakfast for those staying in Wellington hotel accommodation
0815 Coffee on arrival
0845 Welcome from Cyclone
0850 eSports in the 21st Century Classroom – Logitech
0950 Reducing IT Fleet Complexity – Pankaj Gupta
1050 Morning Tea
1120 Challenges and strategies for the future threat landscape – Joshua Alcock
1220 Final wrap up from Cyclone
1230 Lunch

Mark Jobbins

Mark Jobbins is the Field Chief Technology Officer in Asia Pacific and Japan for Pure Storage, responsible for supporting organisations on their digital transformation journeys whilst working closely with the Pure Storage Product Management and Engineering teams.

Mark is passionate about creating exceptional customer outcomes and leading high-performing cross-functional teams to drive customer and partner success.

With nearly 30 years of international industry experience, Mark has held leadership positions at global technology companies including HP and EMC, and played a pivotal role in accelerating growth at system integrators Tripoint and CEANET. Prior to joining Pure Storage in 2014, Mark was part of the senior leadership team at EMC responsible for consulting and professional services delivery and customer service across Australia and New Zealand.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Computer Aided Engineering from Huddersfield University, UK. He is currently based in Sydney, Australia.


Tara Fagan

Tara Fagan is Principal Advisor Learning at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.  Tara is part of the Learning Team and is responsible for enabling innovative learning experiences for learners of all ages through engagement with Te Papa’s collections, exhibitions, cultural and scientific resources, and the Learning Lab.  

Tara designed and lead the four-year Raranga Matihiko programme which delivered innovative learning programmes to those with limited digital learning opportunities as a support for the revised technology learning area. Prior to her role at Te Papa, Tara held an education leadership role and is well regarded for her expertise in digital technologies and online communities to support learning.  Tara holds a MEd and BEd (Teach) ECE,  is an experienced project leader, speaker and author of papers. Passionate about life-long learning, she believes in innovative community learning programmes that provide a wonderfully rich context that can support all teachers and learners.


Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta is a highly experienced and successful IT Sales and Marketing professional with a career spanning over 28 years, combining experiences across direct and indirect sales, product management and marketing disciplines.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of South Australia, Pankaj has spent most of his experience understanding, learning and delivering advanced value-added enterprise-wide solutions and services to key clients in industries including architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing.

Having been with Lenovo now for well over 3 years helping to drive and grow the professional workstation business across the Australian and New Zealand region working closely with leading universities and colleges including the University of NSW and Sydney University.


Joshua Alcock

Joshua Alcock brings security strategies to life at both a business and a technical level. With over a decade in the cyber security industry, Joshua helps organisations understand their security challenges and risks, and then helps them architect the solution that delivers protection for their unique security dilemmas. Joshua then helps them communicate the problems and solutions to their internal audiences – from the C-Suite to the delivery teams.