ThoughtWorks Live Series - Executive Breakfast Events
ThoughtWorks Live Series - Executive Breakfast Events

The event series for business leaders and technology innovators

MELBOURNE, Tuesday 13 February

SYDNEY, Thursday 15 February

About the ThoughtWorks Live Series

Technological innovation continues to grow at an exponential rate with disruptors changing the face of many industries for good, forcing organisations to change the way they view the world, the way they use technology to tackle their biggest problems.

With technology augmenting the world around us and where the unimaginable is created in weeks, how can business leaders know what to do, how to start and where to go? How can leaders leverage their current digital foundation to seize the growth opportunities that exist in the realm of possibility?

ThoughtWorks Live is a three-part series that will explore how thriving businesses are taking advantage of this new world by adopting real time strategic planning and enhancing their market agility, focusing on their customers and developing technological excellence at the core.

Events in this series

MELBOURNE, Tuesday 13 February

SYDNEY, Thursday 15 February

Responsive Digital Platform

MELBOURNE, Tuesday 13 February

SYDNEY, Thursday 15 February

Join us for the third event in this exclusive executive breakfast series: Responsive Digital Platform. Until recently, business leaders treated technology as a commodity. Today’s forward thinking, visionary digital leaders place technology at the centre of everything they do. They understand that having a powerful platform is just as important as having a solid business strategy - both are necessary to drive growth. The business needs a clear vision, and the technical foundation to execute and unlock the value of that vision.

A responsive technology foundation is a defining quality of leading digital firms and fuels innovation throughout the entire enterprise. It can also be your ticket to exploring new channels for growth - taking the business in directions you might never have considered before. In the third instalment of this series, guest speakers will talk about responsive digital platforms that are changing the business world.


7:30AMRegistration and coffee
8:00AMWelcome & Introduction Dan McMahon, ThoughtWorks
8:10AMDigital Platforms: Shaping the economy, business and organisation of the futureScott Shaw, Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks and Zhamak Dehghani, Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks
8:50AMA client perspective on digital platformsIndustry speaker to follow...
9:30AMPanel DiscussionTom Varsavsky, Chief Engineer, REA, Scott Shaw, Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks and Zhamak Dehghani, Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks


Scott Shaw

Head of Technology


Zhamak Dehghani

Principal Consultant


Digital Platforms: Shaping the economy, business and organisation of the future

The rise of the digital platforms is transforming the principles of economic growth, how businesses compete and organisations are formed; essentially reshaping the world we live, work, and play in.

In this talk we will introduce the underpinning characteristics of a digital platform, explain why they both accelerate delivery within organisations as well as creating an ecosystem for positioning the organisation to compete and even shape the connected economy. We will describe the key differentiating approach in building a digital platform, the magic that happens at the intersection of product thinking, the technical pillars of the platform, and the organisational autonomy.

We will share ThoughtWorks’ global experience working closely with clients who are investing in building a digital platform, and we will leave you with a blueprint to establish a platform strategy unique to your business and a few actionable steps towards this.

Scott Shaw is the Head of Technology for ThoughtWorks Australia where he helps to foster and share technical innovation across a broad spectrum of projects. Scott is a member of the ThoughtWorks Technical Advisory Board. This global leadership group collaborates to create the bi-annual ThoughtWorks Technology Radar. This publication investigates the emerging technology trends in the industry.

Zhamak Dehghani works with ThoughtWorks as a principal consultant, with a focus on distributed systems architecture and digital platform strategy at Enterprise. She is a member of the ThoughtWorks Technology Advisory Board and contributes to the creation of the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar. Zhamak has worked as a software engineer and architect for 20 years in the areas of distributed computing communications, as well as embedded device technologies and she has contributed to multiple patents on embedded mobile sensing devices.

Tom Varsavsky

Chief Engineer

REA Group

Panel discussion

Tom Varsavsky is Chief Engineer at the REA Group. In this role, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for REA’s engineering teams across Australia and Asia. He has more than 17 years’ experience across a number of technologies as well as business domains.

Spaces are limited, please register your interest today.

Event Locations


Metropolis Events

Level 4, Southgate Shopping & Restaurant Precinct, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

Tuesday 13 February


Harbourside Room

Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George Street, The Rocks

Thursday 15 February