13th February 2019 from 12:00pm-2:00pm
Don Whiteside: Head of Emerging Technologies at ANZ
Originally an IBM Systems Programmer on Mainframes in the 1980’s, moved into Software Architecture and Emerging Technologies in the 1990’s and worked on a number of large software projects for The University of Auckland, Vodafone, Vero, Air New Zealand, IAG among others.
When Apple produced the iPhone in 2007, he quit his full-time job and wrote apps for a year before writing enterprise apps for Genesis Energy, IAG Insurance, Vero Insurance, Air New Zealand, Vodafone, and eventually ANZ.
Originally he wrote ANZ Fastpay with another developer and formed what is now known as Emerging Technologies after getting inundated with App requests and advice on new technology.
After writing a number of Apps for ANZ, and as these technologies advanced to things like voice and biometrics, the team moved into Voice environments like Google Home and Alexa and learned the skills that would eventually lead to conversational assistants like Jamie. AI and Blockchain are also areas of focus.
Simon Macdonald: Product Owner, Alliances & Insights at ANZ.
Simon’s role is focused on forming alliances with third parties, with the sole aim of connecting Business Owners with Digital solutions which are relevant to their business. Prior to joining the Digital team, Simon held several roles in the Product Management area and has managed teams across Credit Cards, Deposits, and Everyday Banking. Before joining ANZ in 2013, Simon was at Telecom NZ (now Spark).