The objective of the 30iGala event was simple: a major celebration marking 30 years of the internet in Australia – remembering the heroes who made the Internet what it is today, and thanking those whose passion and vision live on in the services that most people take for granted.
There is a history here that deserved remembering, which event organiser Peter Coroneos did, and did it in style.
The event took a retrospective and prospective view of this amazing journey. Leading industry players contributed to making this the biggest and best event so far, and it was another iconic event in the spirit of the days when the Internet Industry Association ran annual gala dinners.
They were asked: How well does the Internet in 2019 stack up against our early vision and what challenges do we see going forward?
The Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts The Hon Paul Fletcher MP gave the opening keynote address,
This was followed by an expert panel of Alastair MacGibbon (former prime ministerial adviser and cybersecurity leader), Kaaren Koomen AM (Director IBM Australia), Michael Malone (founder of iiNet) and Sandra Davey (Chair, CHOICE). It was moderated by cyber security author and leader- in-waiting, Shamane Tan. The main course was followed by a keynote address by CEO of Roy Morgan, Michele Levine.
The event also included some fun as it demonstrated the world’s first use of a quantum computer to draw a lucky door prize.
Full videos of the event can be seen here.
Here is the official event wrap video, which ably captures the event in style:
Below are a range of videos from 30iGala attendees during the pre-event drinks on the deck, where I wandered through the packed crowd and asked people what their first memory of the Internet was.
Before those videos, here are two testimonials, followed by a video of event organiser Peter Coroneos giving his thoughts of the event three weeks after the event's conclusion.
Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director Macquarie Government and Hosting said:
"Congratulations for pulling off an amazing celebration tonight for the 30th anniversary of the Internet in Australia. The Macquarie Government table had a ball".
Kaaren Koomen AM, Director, Govt & Regulatory Affairs, IBM Australia said:
"Congratulations on a herculean achievement in bringing off this event. From everyone who attended, (and those that wished they had attended!), a huge thank you! It was a night to remember... at least until you organise the next one?!"
Here is Peter Coroneos giving his final thoughts on the Internet event of the decade, 3 weeks after the event's conclusion:
30iGala: Chris Poulos, Vice President APJ at Securonix shares his first Net memory:
Walking through the crowd and seeing Andy Yang, MD of Realme Australia:
30iGala: Andy Yang, MD of Realme Australia, shares his first Internet memory:
30iGala: Andrew Matler, CEO iTWire, and one of the event's media partners, shares his first memories of the Internet:
30iGala: Ted Egan, Co-founder TrustDefender and VP Lexis Nexis shares first memories of the Internet:
30iGala: Kevin Zuccato, GM of Group Security at Australia Post, and a 30 year AFP veteran, along with Kaaren Koomen AM, Director, Govt & Regulatory Affairs, IBM Australia share their first memories of the Internet.
30iGala: First memories of the Internet - a gentleman whose name and title I didn't get, apologies:
30iGala: Teresa Corbin, CEO at ACCAN, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network shares first Internet memory:
30iGala: Alastair MacGibbon, Chief Strategy Officer at CyberCX, shares first Net memory
30iGala: Peter Coroneos talks about the event just before the main proceedings begin
Following these videos, the event began - you can see it in full here!