Mike Cannon-Brookes

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Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, an award-winning enterprise software company that helps teams collaborate, build software and serve their customers better. Nearly 40,000 large and small organizations – including Citigroup, eBay, Coca-Cola, Netflix and NASA – use Atlassian’s tracking, collaboration, communication, service management and development products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time.

Mike has received international recognition for his work, including the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ award in 2004, and ‘Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year’ in 2006. He’s also been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009, and is currently a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Outside Atlassian, Mike is an active angel investor, a non-executive director of Tyro, (a technology-focused Australian bank), and an adjunct professor at the University of South Wales.

Mike has headlined software, entrepreneur, innovation and business events around the world.

Nicole Forsgren, PhD

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Nicole is the lead investigator on the State of DevOps study. She is a knowledge management, IT impacts, and DevOps consultant and researcher, and the Director of Organizational Performance and Analytics at Chef. She is also an Academic Partner at the Social Analytics Institute at Clemson University. Prior to joining USU, she was a professor at Utah State and Pepperdine Universities.


She holds a PhD in Management Information Systems (with a minor in Cognitive Science) and a Masters in Accounting from The University of Arizona. She has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and her work has been featured in various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and InfoWeek.


She is best known for her work with IT operations professionals (also known as system administrators) and in DevOps practices and impacts.

Dr. Jason Fox

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Dr Jason Fox is a motivation strategy and design expert who shows forward thinking leaders how to influence culture and build for the future of work.

His adventures include working with the senior leaders of multinational organisations (to rethink leadership development, and make strategy happen), to the leaders of multi-million dollar projects (to keep things ahead of the game).

His clients include the likes of Fortune 50 companies like PepsiCo and other multinationals like McDonalds, Toyota and Gartner, through to companies like Suncorp, Optus, Telstra, Sydney Water, AMP and the International Institute for Research (along with a bunch of universities and other research institutions).

Jason is the bestselling author of The Game Changer – a book that unpacks the science of motivation and game design to drive change at work. His research has also been featured in the likes of Smart Company, BRW and the Australian Financial Review.

When not liberating the world from poorly designed work, Jason enjoys partaking in extreme sports like reading, coffee snobbery and fruit ninja.

Bernard Salt

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Bernard Salt is widely regarded by business, the media and the broader community as one of Australia’s leading demographers and social commentators. He is a high-profile Melbourne-based Partner with the global advisory firm KPMG, where he founded the specialist advisory business, KPMG Demographics.

Bernard writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper that deal with social, generational and broader demographic matters. He is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School and he holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University.