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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 13:05

24th Annual Tech Conference for Seniors, via Zoom Thursday 10, 2022: Making Digital Life Safe and Fun - all ages welcome - please buy a ticket!


Yes, 42th Annual Technology Conference for Seniors is on again this Thursday, with a full day of top speakers, and plenty of info for seniors, future seniors, anyone with a senior in their life, plus great prizes to be won, with affordable ticket pricing - please read on!

ASCCA is the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, in operation for nearly 25 years as a non-profit charity that is the peak body for seniors' technology clubs across Australia, and a voice connecting industry, government and seniors.

With the pandemic having forced more seniors that ever into using smartphones simply so they could check-in with QR codes and be part of the modern world, the needs of seniors 20 years ago learning about the mouse, dial-up internet, browsers, double clicking and more has dramatically changed.

While those changes have made some things easier, some things have become harder. No longer are we just dealign with desktops and laptops running Windows, macOS or Linux (for the more adventurous types), but there's now so many more platforms.

Smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, voice dictation, voice commands, smart speakers with and without screens, smart TVs, home automation, VR headsets, CarPlay, Android Auto and more are used every day by billions of people.

So, how do you stay safe online in 2022? How can you become street smart and avoid all the scams? What happens if your identity gets stolen, what do you do? What is this thing called the Metaverse? What are some of the ways tech makes life easier? How can you have fun with technology?

These topics and many more are part of this year's conference theme of "Making digital life safe and fun!".

The conference agenda for 2022 is, as usual, absolutely jam packed with fantastic speakers, and we have some great sponsors who have provided excellent prizes, including ten copies of a 5-user license of Norton 360 Advanced, worth $257 each, along with a Nokia XR20 smartphone worth $879, and a Nokia XR30 worth $899. We also have two EFM 30w dual wall chargers worth $64.95 each.

The conference agenda is printed below.

Tickets are available here for $35 each

Please support ASCCA and seniors by buying a ticket. You'll automatically be in the draw to win prizes, and you're helping a non-profit charity whose focus is seniors and technology, and we all know seniors in our lives that need help with tech.

Here is the agenda, which you can see online here as well

Conference Speakers and Sponsors 2022

9:00am Housekeeping and Kahoot! Preparation

Please download your Kahoot! App from one of the App Stores and check out how to play before the conference!

9:05am Welcome to the New Digital ASCCA - Resilience and Rebuilding Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President

9:10am Acknowledgement of Country Jennifer Willcox

Winner of the Acknowledgement of Country video announced and shown

9:15am Official Conference Opening Nan Bosler, AM

ASCCA Emeritus President

9:20am Club Update Rebuilding after the Pandemic Computer Pals for Seniors Newcastle - Barry Keen

Barry has been a member of the club since 2008, filled several positions on the committee over the years, and has been the President since 2021.

He has had a long interest in computing applications and a background in teaching adults and children, as well as having been a community volunteer in service clubs, scouting and other organisations for 50+ years.

Barry maintains a positive and enthusiastic attitude and encourages others to be likewise, and not be frightened of change but to look for the opportunities and embrace them.

9:30am Office of eSafety Paul Clark

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative implemented in partnership by the Department of Social Services, the eSafety Commissioner and Good Things Foundation Australia, committed to improving the online confidence, skills and safety of older Australians.

The Be Connected website, managed by eSafety, provides free information, learning modules, webinars podcasts and more - visit

9:40am Accessibility What’s New for 2022 Dr Scott Hollier

There’s been a number of great access improvements to our everyday devices. Dr Scott Hollier will provide an overview of the new accessibility features we can now find in our Windows, Apple and Android computers and devices. There will also be some discussion on the potential of immersive environments and future accessibility support on the horizon.

10:00am Apple Workshop – Personalising iPad and iPhone Ellora Conn

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 16, is packed with great new features to help you get even more out of your iPhone and iPad. We can’t wait to share with you the new Door Detection in iPhone and personalise accessibility options, such as Dynamic Font in Control Centre, where you can quickly alter font size to meet your vision needs. This session is focused around how to use the built-in features on iPhone and iPad. Take away some practical tips for personalising your Apple devices with features like Live Text, Safety Check, Medication Reminders and more. Learn something new for you to use, as well as something to share with others.

10:30am Be Connected Update Jess Wilson, CEO

After five years of delivering the Be Connected program aimed at supporting older Australians to thrive online, we will look back at the successes, challenges and learning and look forward to what is next for the program and how much more there is still to do to fix the digital divide.



10:45am Google Workshop - Alex Lynch

Smart life Ecosystem

11:10am - Interactive iREST session Peter Coroneos

Restoring calm in a hypervigilant world

Learn about the neuroscience of stress, how the cyber world is challenging our ancient evolutionary defences and how we teach stress management to cyber teams, including a facilitated shift into a deep state of calm (practical demonstration)

12:00pm SPONSOR: NORTON 360 Advanced Mark Gorrie

Discuss the challenges of cyber safety in current environment

How your data can end up on the dark web and exposed to identity theft Steps to take if your personal information is compromised

How Norton helps protect consumers against identity theft and other online threats with complete cyber safety solutions

12:15pm SPONSOR: NOKIA Brenden Folitarik

The HMD Story and our mission The "love it, trust it, keep it" mantra. Our most ruggedised device yet Our most sustainable device yet



12:35pm Trends in Tech

Charlie Brown

1:05pm SPONSOR: YourLink Richard Scenna

YourLink partners with aged care providers, community organisations and businesses to deliver digital skills programs that build confidence, improve wellbeing and create social connection. We will share insights and how these projects come to life in a safe and fun learning environment. We will also provide examples of hope and change for seniors, carers and the care workforce. These projects with providers have been recognised as Finalists in Future of Ageing Awards 2022 and Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) Innovageing Awards 2022.

1:20pm Club Update Successful Programming Using Be Connected in Your Neighbourhood Centre

Willeton Technology Club for 50+ - Megan Grant

How to use Be Connected successfully in your Family or Neighbourhood Centre. What has worked for us and what hasn't. Tips for success. Adding a social element. Using your Digital Mentors effectively. Take advantage of available Grants and training provided by Good Things Foundation.

1:30pm SPONSOR: NBN Co

Scams Awareness 

1:45pm Services Australia

Hank Jongen Agency Spokesperson: Services Australia

How the Australian Government is making digital services simpler so people can go out there and have more fun. Hank will highlight some examples of work already delivered as well as work in progress (like the new myGov platform) and will also give you a glimpse of what the future holds. Be warned, there may be a few dad jokes thrown in for good measure.



2:00pm Scamwatch ACCC Update

Eti Abdulioglu and Mary Glykokalamos

Scamwatch, run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), receives around 600 reports of scams from the public every day. Eti and Mary will provide an overview of what scams are affecting Australians (particularly older Australians) the most in 2022, how they work, and what you can do to protect yourself.

2:15pm Quantum Reading

Peter Cracknell, Manager Vision and Blindness Technologies, Quantum RLV Many older Australians have embraced technology very successfully, particularly email, Facebook, online banking, genealogy programs and games. They have become very adept and connected! But what happens when age-related conditions such as macular degeneration affects your vision, making screens appear blurry, icons indistinct, and text unreadable? What do you do when the lettering on your computer keyboard appears to fade away? Peter will suggest some assistive software and hardware options that have helped many people with low vision to continue to use their computers.

2:30pm Amazon - Kate Gooden, Head of Product

Alexa smart life ecosystem

2:55pm Drone Pilot, Astro Photographer, Kimberley Expert Ben Broady

Ben grew up in Wyndham, Western Australia and remembers as a young boy, having his face pressed up against the window of the school bus, staring in awe across the mudflats at the Cockburn Ranges.

Today, he is privileged to be able to walk those ranges with reverence and humility in his heart and the gift of imagination. Focussing his collection from all around the East Kimberley, Wyndham, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, El Questro, the Ord River and Purnululu. His photography aims to raise awareness about this majestic, ancient, albeit fragile part of the world and inspires people to come and visit.

3:05pm eGaming and eSports

Brett Levy

3:15pm Kahoot!

3:20pm ASCCA Competition Winners!

Susan Jensen

3:40pm SPONSOR: MindSpot Clinic Priti Thadhani - Clinic Manager

Technology is everywhere and it is fast evolving. The pandemic accelerated development and adaptation of technology in many sectors including healthcare. At MindSpot, our passion for reducing barriers to mental health care took us on a decade long journey to learn about digital tools, how we can support the community across Australia to improve their mental health and wellbeing, and most importantly to connect people in need with trained mental health professionals who can support them - when they need it, where they need it.

4:00pm SPONSOR: NBN Co

New Seniors Program Robert Friedman

4:15pm Closing Keynote

The Alternate Reality / Virtual Reality Metaverse
Alex Zaharov-Reutt

4:30pm KAHOOT! AND Lucky Door Prize (Ticket Number)

4:45pm Conference ends

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