Welcome to Cyclone ‘Connect’ 2021. The ‘connected’ theme is so relevant as it’s what we are about! Our approach and focus involves the close engagement and connection of our customers, our people and our business partners.


Holiday Inn, QueenstownAugust 11th - 13th2021

conference agenda

It’s been a hugely busy year with plenty going on and we invite you to join us for a busy 3 days to connect, collaborate and communicate.

This is an opportunity to catch up and gather insight into some core global learnings from the past 12 months. We have secured top vendors in the NZ technology sector who will share insights into how the tertiary sector has responded outside of NZ to cope and adjust in these testing times.

There will also be time for breakout sessions for attendees as a sector to come together and review their own New Zealand specific challenges as will some specific Professional Development opportunities aimed at developing your professional practice.

Facilitated by:

Gerald Khoury, InfoTech Research Group

Gerald is passionate about working with IT leaders and their departments, to achieve personal and organisational transformation.

This is supported by innovative research-based insights and guidance. As a strategist and thought leader, Gerald has advised the leaders of some of Asia Pacific’s largest brand names and government departments including: Qantas, Energy Australia, Mortgage Choice, Thales, Coates Hire, Fuji Xerox, Dibbs Barker, Allens Arthur Anderson, Baker McKenzie, Gilbert & Tobin, Servcorp, Bankstown City Council, University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University, NSW Dept of Commerce, NSW Dept of Community Services, NSW Dept of Education & Training, NSW Justice Health, NSW Rural Fire Service, and NSW State Property Authority.

Gerald has had numerous articles published in leading technology and business publications, such as CIO Magazine and Fast Thinking Magazine, and regularly presents to industry groups on the topics of strategy, enterprise architecture, technology planning and innovation. With a Bachelor of Science in Computing, a Master of Business in IT Management, and a PhD in Computer Science, as well as Executive Coach training from the NeuroLeadership Institute, Gerald can tailor individual or group development programs that will position you for success.

Gerald is a member of the UTS LiDA leadership and innovation “think tank,” a member of the UTS School of Computer Science Professional Advisory Board, and past Chair of the External Advisory committee for UWS.

Our Speakers

Conference Agenda


11:00am - 12:00pm

12:30pm - 01:00pm


01:00pm - 01:40pm

01:40pm - 01:45pm

01:45pm - 03:00pm

03:00pm - 03:15pm

03:15pm - 04:15pm

04:15pm - 04:20pm

04:20pm - 05:00pm



Guests arrive and check-in


Welcome from Noel Jack and introduction to vendors

Infotech briefing - Turbocharge your IT Strategy


Education is evolving - Presented by Carl Hansen, HP

Afternoon Tea

Reinventing the classroom - Presented by Chris Clark, Jabra


General Edu update and context by Alison and Michelle, EY

Depart for HP dinner


07:30am - 08:30am

08:30am - 09:00am

09:00am - 10:00am

10:00am - 10:15am

10:15am - 11:15am

11:15am - 11:20am

11:20am - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 01:10pm

01:10pm - 01:15pm

01:15pm - 02:30pm

02:30pm - 02:45pm

02:45pm - 03:25pm

03:25pm - 03:30pm

03:30pm - 04:30pm





Daily briefing - Te Pukenga separate brief

Building better campuses - Presented by Andrew Fox, Aruba

Morning Tea

Protecting your students, staff and IP - Presented by Paull Wilson, Mimecast


CIO Time Study


STOCKTAKE - Te Pukenga ISSP work, Wider view on TP operating model


PD Session with Jo Nicol, Cyclone - Part 1

Afternoon Tea

Session with Jo Nicol, Cyclone - Part 2


ISSP & Interim Digital Strategy workshop by Alison and Michelle, EY

Drinks in the bar with Phillips

Depart for dinner


08:00am - 09:00am

9:00am - 10:30am

10:30am - 10:45am

10:45am - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 01:00pm

01:00pm - 02:00pm



Education Transformation Framework - Bradley Mortensen, Microsoft

Morning Tea

Identifying alignment opportunities - Alison and Michelle, EY

Last words from Cyclone and Vendors


Polytechnic Wrap up and confirmation of actions and future plans

Thanks to our partners