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

The event series for business leaders and technology innovators

SYDNEY, Tuesday 1 May

MELBOURNE, Thursday 3 May

About the ThoughtWorks Live Series

Technological innovation continues to grow at an exponential rate, forcing organisations to change the way they view the world and 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 transform their organisations to modern digital businesses and seize the growth opportunities that exist in the realm of possibility?

ThoughtWorks Live is a breakfast series that explores how thriving businesses are taking advantage of this new world by being responsive and enhancing their market agility, focusing on their customers, breaking down data silos to act on information faster, and developing technological excellence at the core.

The Data-Guided Business

SYDNEY, Tuesday 1 May

MELBOURNE, Thursday 3 May

Join us for the next event in our exclusive executive breakfast series: The Data-Guided Business. Around the world, massive amounts of data are captured every second. But data only powers the digital revolution and augments human capabilities with machine learning and optimisation when it’s dynamic. So how do today’s visionary leaders break down their data silos to get information into the hands of their teams and customers to make better decisions...faster?

A truly data-guided business understands the value of data, and works hard to create the necessary culture, technology ecosystem and governance to enable safe experimentation and rapid delivery of the right things. In the next instalment of our series, guest speakers will share stories about how they’ve made a step change in the way they work with data, and driven data and analytics to their core of their business.


7:30AMRegistration and coffee
8:00AMWelcome & Introduction Dan McMahon, ThoughtWorks
8:10AMContinuous Intelligence Mat Kelcey, Machine Learning Principal, ThoughtWorks (Sydney) David Colls, Data Practice Lead, ThoughtWorks (Melbourne)
8:35AMBreakfast served and discussion at tables
8:50AMDataDevOps: Creating a Data and Analytics Culture at ScaleDr. Sean Gustafson, Data Landscape Product Manager, Scout24 and Dr. Arif Wider, Senior Consultant and Developer, ThoughtWorks
9:20AMPanel Discussion


David Colls

Data Practice Lead


(Melbourne event)

Mat Kelcey

Machine Learning Principal


(Sydney event)

Continuous Intelligence

Today, every organisation has access to unprecedented resources for building intelligent solutions. But how they organise, identify and execute on opportunities remains a key source of advantage.

The wave of digital transformation reinforced the success of an iterative and distributed approach to change, yet many organisations have adopted a 'big bang' or centralised mindset for their data strategy. To navigate the Artificial Intelligence (AI) landscape we should look to continuously augment human abilities at scale - in terms of speed, volume or quality - rather than simply look for the next wave of automation. We must also drive organisational learning by executing in small, predictable iterations.

In this talk, we will help you to identify and deliver with confidence on opportunities to intelligently empower your business, customers, team members and other stakeholders, sharing our approach for building the right organisational capabilities.

David is an experienced leader of strategy, change and delivery initiatives, specialising in growing teams to solve challenging technology problems and build great products. David leads the ThoughtWorks Australia Data Practice, and in this capacity, he shapes and executes a vision for data-guided business with clients and ThoughtWorks technologists. David helps organisations to discover and exploit opportunities while managing uncertainty, and also brings strong technical leadership to hardware, software and data teams.

Mat is a machine learning specialist with extensive experience working for some of the key industry players. His most recent 5 years have been focussed on the training and deployment of large scale neural networks, including natural language understanding tasks such as information extraction and search ranking, and building the infrastructure to support petabyte-scale low latency and high availability systems. He is a passionate communicator and educator, frequently speaking about his experiences and sharing techniques.

Dr. Sean Gustafson

Data Landscape Owner

Scout24 Group (Germany)

Dr. Arif Wider

Senior Consultant and Developer


DataDevOps: Creating a Data and Analytics Culture at Scale

Data-driven product development delivers great customer experiences and valuable outcomes for the business. However, scaling and maintaining this approach across the enterprise comes with a whole new set of challenges.

To support the successful production, consumption and governance of data needed to establish a data-driven product team, Scout24 (Europe’s largest online marketplace for cars and real estate) and ThoughtWorks created a manifesto of seven principles for DataDevOps. This DevOps-like culture shift sees application developers owning their own data and taking responsibility for analytics, granting them the autonomy to be data-driven at scale, as well as improving the quality of the organisation's data asset overall.

Learn about our experience and effective practices when leading this cultural and technology transformation at Scout24.

Dr. Sean Gustafson is a Data Landscape Product Manager at Scout24. He believes in a data-centric approach to product development and loves when data forms the core of a new product offering. After years working as a software engineer in medical, telecommunication and e-commerce domains; and after obtaining a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, he put away his engineering hat to manage product development in the Scout24 Data Engineering group.

Dr. Arif Wider is a consultant and developer at ThoughtWorks Germany, where he enjoys building scalable applications, teaches Scala, and consults at the intersection of data science and software engineering. Before joining ThoughtWorks he has been in research with a focus on data synchronisation, bidirectional transformations, and domain-specific languages.

Spaces are limited, please register your interest today

Event Locations


Ivy Ballroom

Level 1, 320 George Street


Tuesday 1 May


The Pavilion

Arts Centre

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Thursday 3 May

Previous events in the series