Join us as we look to the past to invent the future on the twentieth anniversary of the commercial Internet in Australia.

Rewind/Fast Forward is an exclusive forum for intelligent discussion and debate on the impact of the Internet on our businesses and communities. It is only by retracing and reviewing the past twenty years of our collective experience that we’ll create the future web we want – before we know we want it.

Boasting a speaker line-up that reads like a roll call for Australia’s Internet Hall of Fame, Rewind/Fast Forward will attract 300+ attendees who are eager to learn and network.

Attendees will:

  • Rewind to review and understand the most significant trends of the last two decades.
  • Ask whether the early ambition for a free and open Web in the 90’s is reflected in the Internet we have in 2015.
  • Hear from the leaders who carved out their career at the coal face of the industry.
  • Fast forward to get a glimpse of the future from those who are inventing it.
  • Brace yourself for the next round of disruptive challenges and opportunities for your business.
  • Gain an insight into what future technologies will offer our communities.

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Wednesday 25 March, 2015
followed by drinks & networking till 7pm

Doltone House Hyde Park
3/181 Elizabeth Street Sydney

Standard cost: $330
With promo code: $220
* Price includes GST and are AUD amounts



2015 marks twenty years since the Internet went mainstream with the initial public offering of Netscape in August 1995. The sensational tale of Netscape’s epoch-launching web browser is emblematic of the highs and lows experienced by the multitude of businesses and industries that followed in its wake. Closer to home, Australian pioneers like eCorp, eTrade, LibertyOne, LookSmart, OzEmail, Sausage Software, and Spike went through many of the same trials and tribulations.

2015 also marks ten years since Google acquired Android in 2005; a move that signalled the beginning of another tech era. This brave new Mobile world was confirmed by the unveiling of the iPhone in early 2007.

It was also in 2005 that more than 350 of Australia’s most connected and innovative business people gathered for the inaugural Rewind/Fast Forward event, which took a look back at the first ten years of the Internet in order to look forward into the future of its rapidly developing business models and technologies.

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As much as things have continued to change rapidly in the intervening years, many of the topics that featured in the 2005 program remain relevant today. We discussed the ubiquitous computing that would become the “Internet of Things”, new modes of content and entertainment consumption, and braced ourselves for disruptive new business models.

What is clear is that the Rewind/Fast Forward approach of looking back to look forward still has plenty to offer. It is only by embracing the lessons of the past that we can invent the future. That’s why we want to mark the 20th anniversary of the commercial Internet with Rewind/Fast Forward. And besides, isn’t twenty years in the business worth celebrating?


Take a stroll down memory lane as we Rewind through the last twenty years, and Fast Forward to reflect on the next ten.

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The program for 2015 will focus on the major challenges and opportunities facing our industry now and in the coming years. Encouraging intelligent discussion and debate, and creating great networking opportunities are some of the primary goals of this event. The format for the day will reflect this desire, delivering short sharp presentations with plenty of time for you to grill our industry experts for their insights on the things that matter most to you.

We will explore:

  • How far we have come: remember dial-up?
  • Connected everything: personal devices, internet of things, wearables and augmented reality
  • Sharing economies: the new normal
  • Tasks, Gigs and Jobs: future workplaces and labour
  • The ‘Internationalisation’ of media, content creation and consumption
  • Super business models
  • The Digital Panopticon: privacy, data retention, and surveillance
  • Online citizenship and the future nation
  • Payments and cryptocurrencies
  • The reality of ‘real-time’: marketing, analytics advertising, collaboration, communication
  • Digital intimacy: making and maintaining our relationships
  • Optimising mobile
  • The Pipeline: NBN delivery, Neutrality and accessibility
  • The next killer app
  • The dawning age of gigabit connectivity
  • 3D printing
  • MOOCs and digital cultural collections
  • AI and robotics

Who will you meet?

  • Movers and shakers in the telecommunications industry
  • Innovation giants from the last two decades
  • Up and coming innovators doing exciting things with connectivity
  • Enterprise digital strategists being disruptive online
  • Industry leaders
  • CIO’s and Senior IT Management from across enterprise and government
  • Senior executives from advertising and marketing
  • Research and innovation leaders
  • Analysts and journalists
  • Industry associations and their members
  • Entrepreneurs and investors


The Rewind/Fast Forward speaker lineup includes more than thirty of Australia’s most significant business and government thinkers and leaders.

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David Spence
David Spence is Australian Internet royalty. He has been involved in more than twenty Internet businesses since 1995. He was OzEmail’s first CEO, then moved to Unwired, where he grew the company to one of the world’s largest portable wireless broadband carriers, servicing in excess of 70,000 customers in the greater Sydney and Melbourne areas. David has also worked for Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and is currently Chairman of Vocus Communications.

Leigh Jasper

Leigh Jasper is the CEO of Aconex, which he co-founded Rob Phillpot in 2006. The company, which provides online collaboration software for the construction industry, listed on the ASX in late 2014 and is valued at over $400 million.

Pippa Leary
Pippa Leary has taken on a new role as CEO at the Australian Premium Advertising Exchange – a joint venture between Fairfax Media and Mi9. Pippa brings great experience to the role from ninemsn and Fairfax, where she was most recently the Product and Marketing Director leading Fairfax Digital’s News and Finance sites.

Mark Scott
Mark Scott has been Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 2006, and is considered one of the most influential people in Australian media. On his watch, the ABC has launched two new digital television channels – ABC3 and ABC News 24 – and he has presided over the ABC’s reinvention online. Before joining the ABC, Mark worked for Fairfax, and before that he was Policy Advisor to the then NSW Minister for Education, Terry Metherell.


Rewind/Fast Forward is proudly hosted by Communications Alliance, the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia.

Communications Alliance was formed in 2006 to provide a unified voice for the Australian communications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services.

Communications Alliance offers a forum for the industry to make coherent and constructive contributions to policy development and debate. The organisation also creates and maintains the Industry Standards, Codes and Guidelines – technical, operational and consumer-related – through which the Australian telco sector operates its businesses.

By providing leadership on new trends and directions, Communications Alliance fulfils a vital unifying role on behalf of the industry and its members, particularly in areas of competition, innovation and industry development.

The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance.

CA_logoCommunications Alliance believes it is in the best interests of all participants, customers and government that the industry takes responsibility for devising practical, self imposed solutions that are developed by co-operative processes.

In doing so, Communications Alliance seeks to facilitate open, effective and ethical competition between service providers while ensuring efficient, safe operation of networks, the provision of innovative services and the enhancement of consumer outcomes.

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