Thursday, 17 October 2019 22:40

30iGala: 2 weeks to go and event oversubscribed - waitlisting now available, plus Aidan Tudehope interview

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As Peter Coroneos releases the next in a series of video interviews leading up the the big event, with Peter interviewing Macquarie Telecom co-founder Aidan Tudehope below, the numbers have now reached the venue limit of almost 400 guests.

Peter Coroneos, the organiser of the 30th Anniversary of the Internet Gala Dinner, has announced that with two weeks to go, the event is now oversubscribed, and a waitlist is now open.

Peter proudly yet graciously noted: "The amount of support this event has received has exceeded all expectations. We achieved a full house in record time.

"I’m very grateful to the industry leaders, the pioneers and the volunteers who have thrown their weight behind the need to mark this significant occasion in Australia’s history."

Peter continued: "It’s extremely humbling to know that what started out as an idea just three months ago has captured the imagination of so many people, many of whom who helped make the Australian internet what it is today.

"From the policy wonks, to the technocrats, the political operatives, the business disrupters and the high end users - this is a community with many different perspectives, but a common vision – to see the internet develop to its full potential as an empowering, safe, open and secure communications revolution.

"Looking over the guest list tonight, I was struck by both the diversity, but also the seniority of the figures who will be attending. It’s particularly gratifying to see so many women attending – a marked shift from the last event I ran with the IIA in 2011. Obviously Michael Kirby’s admonitions didn’t go unheeded - see the interview with Michael filmed two weeks ago here.

"As we count down to the final days, we are redoubling our efforts to make this the best event yet. For those who were a little tardy in booking, we’ve opened a waitlist on the official site and encourage you to submit a request and we’ll notify you if there are any late cancellations.

"For those who did book in time, we look forward to seeing you on 31st October", Peter concluded.

Peter also took the time to interview Macquarie Telecom Co-Founder Aidan Tudehope, with the video interview embedded below.

Peter said: "It was great to sit down with Aidan Tudehope to recount his recollections of the past, and his hopes for the future internet.

"Aidan and his brother David, are highly regarded in the telco and internet sectors for their can-do attitudes and the way they’ve built a major telco group which now encompasses all aspects of communications, from scratch. Another great Aussie success story. But, as you will hear from Aidan, more needs to be done if Australia is to leverage its unique position in the region as we prepare to enter the third decade of the 21st century.

"Aidan is a thoughtful guy and so humble given the amazing success he's achieved with Macquarie Telecommunications Group which he founded with his brother David in 1992. It's always great to talk with him, but this time it was extra special as we gear up for the big 30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia Celebrations."

The original article announcing the 30iGala event is here: "INVITATION: Celebrate 30 years of the Internet in Australia with a special Gala Dinner on October 31 in Sydney". 

The following article was published earlier this week: "30iGala: Alastair MacGibbon to speak at Internet Gala Event, plus how to win a free ticket". 

This was then followed up with "6 WEEKS until 30iGala: Peter Coroneos and Peter Price AM talk icode, the White House and Internet history". 

After this came "30iGala - Remembering Internet history: Peter Coroneos video interviews Alex Zaharov-Reutt".

And this was followed up by: "5 WEEKS TO GO - 30iGala Net History: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and the 'Four Parables of Regulating the Net'".

After this came "Five weeks to go: Alastair MacGibbon shares insights into the big lessons learned in 20+ years of cyber security leadership". 

The video interview that came next is entitled: "VIDEO: 4 WEEKS TO GO until 30iGala as Michael Malone talks Net history highs and lows with Peter Coroneos". 

Then Peter interviewed Australia's Federal Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, entitled: "VIDEO: Comms Minister Paul Fletcher talks 30 Years of Aussie Internet history - 3.5 WEEKS TO GO until 30iGala".

This was followed up by Peter interviewing The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, who noted Mr Kirby's optimism about the next 30 years of the Internet in Australia, his pioneering work on privacy principles in the 70s and plenty more you'll see in the video interview.

The most recent article and video was then entitled "VIDEO: 16 days to 30iGala, Matt Tett and Anthony Bodin talk Internet history and innovation". 

To learn more and about the 30iGala event yourself, the event website is here - the waitlist is now open, thank you to all who have already booked who will help make history celebrating a great milestone in Australia's online history - there are just 14 days to go before it all happens on the night of 31 October, 2019!

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