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We’re proud to partner with AWS to bring you Break Through - a virtual series showcasing inspiring stories of innovation told by leaders and visionaries across Australia. Uncover how organizations put innovation into practice to fuel their growth engine, build greater resilience and redefine leadership.

Agenda - Thursday, July 29

4:00-4:30pm AEST, 11:30-12:00pm Bangalore, 1:00-1:30pm Bangkok, 2:00-2:30pm Singapore & Beijing

Bluestone: Not all innovation looks the same

Speaker: Jason Barry (Bluestone) | Hosts: Nic Smythe (Thoughtworks), Katrien Pagnaer (AWS)

In this upcoming talk we hear from Bluestone, a fast-growing lender in home loans, to explore the many sides of innovation. Embracing an innovation mindset was the catalyst for making some radical decisions that helped form new partnerships, build their future-readiness, and kickstart their digital journey - all in an effort to deliver on their commitment to helping Aussies from all walks of life. Join us for a fireside chat with Jason Barry, Chief Technology Officer of Bluestone, and hear how they are bringing innovation into the core of their organization.


Jason Barry
Jason Barry

Chief Technology Officer, Bluestone

Jason Barry is the Chief Technology Officer for Bluestone Mortgages, a fast-growing lender specialising in residential home loans. With over 20 years of international experience, Jason leads Bluestones’ technology and innovation teams across Australia and New Zealand. He is passionate about the role of technology as an enabler of business opportunity and customer outcomes. Having been involved in and led a number of innovation and core modernisation initiatives Jason has a keen insight into what it takes for non-digital and digital native businesses alike to succeed in the modern enterprise.

Nic Smythe
Nic Smythe (Host)

Director of Customer Experience, Product & Design, Thoughtworks Australia

Nic has been with Thoughtworks since 2013, specialising in product management, user experience, digital innovation, and strategy. He has over 20 years’ experience in digital and technology, including with some of Australia's biggest media organisations. Today, Nic leads the Customer Experience, Product & Design service line at Thoughtworks Australia.

Katrien Pagnaer
Katrien Pagnaer (Host)

Enterprise Sales Leader Greenfield for the BENELUX, Amazon Web Services

As a sales leader at Amazon Web Services, Katrien has been fortunate to combine her passion for innovation, building strategic relationships and leadership into one. She helps companies improve their performance by effectively applying new generations of technology to reshape business strategies. Katrien's overall goal is to transform the industries she works in and challenge them by using relevant business model innovations.

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