Last week our director Brendan McColl attended the Local Government Information Technology South Australia (LGITSA) Rural Workshop, at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre in Hahndorf.

The annual workshop is designed for Local Government Information Technology and Information Management professionals, and this year’s ‘Adapt and Thrive’ theme saw the two-day workshop explore and share ideas on how to succeed in this dynamic environment by adapting your leadership, your thinking and your ways of working.

These workshops are always a great opportunity to connect with local government IT teams, to ensure we truly understand their working environments and trends, to adapt our solutions appropriately.

The program included a fascinating presentation about Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain, by Daniel Kiley, Senior Associate at HWL Ebsworth.

This session discussed what cryptocurrencies are, how they work, how the law is keeping up and how distributed ledger technologies like blockchain that underpin cryptocurrencies have potential broader application, including for public record keeping.

Our highlight from the workshop was the keynote from Dr Fiona Kerr on The Neuroscience of Adaptability.

Dr Fiona Kerr is an Industry Professor in Neural and Systems Complexity, and her keynote examined how we adapt and thrive in an ever changing environment.

She took us on a journey to explore the role of the human brain in regard to collaboration, resilience, complex problem solving and leadership, and even how we synchronize together and build new brain for our whole lives.

We also looked at how technology impacts these things, why it re-shapes the way we think and work, and how to ensure that we take advantage of its awesome capabilities whilst managing it as an enabler for people to do their best.

Many thanks again to LGITSA for putting on such a great event, we are proud to be gold sponsors of LGITSA.

Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Mason, Mason Digital