2014 Australian Mobile & App Awards

mobile, web, IoT, desktop, connected devices
design champion, best studio, best start-up & IoT
plus 20 specialist nomination categories

demand design, celebrate courage


Panel members are recognised voices in the design economy sourced from leading studios, industry bodies and design commissioners. The panel members curate nominations, rate programs, contribute content and provide advocacy. 

The panel is broad based as the programs cover multiple markets and design areas. Additional panel members are appointed throughout the year to provide specialised input and ensure diversity. Our reachout is driven through the advocacy of the programs by the panel. Panel members do this though mentioning the awards via social media, advocating to partners and speaking about the awards at forums or during private conversations. 

Glen Barry
Founder + Creative Director, Genius Group

Glen is a Brand Identity specialists with over 16 years of Global Brand Experience working for the top tier branding consultancies in New York (Siegel + Gale), London (Interbrand), Sydney (Landor, IdeaWorks) & Melbourne (FutureBrand / FHA)  


Mark Bergin - Experience Design

Courage is the root of all creative projects, courage of the sponsor, courage of the project team and courage of the creative team. design100 celebrates courage through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When I'm not advocating or celebrating design, I work as an adviser to projects on the client side, providing expert input on how to structure projects, develop creative ideas and engage the best of market suppliers to deliver exceptional project outcomes. At the heart of my work is a focus on experience design. Always with one simple question - are we making something that is Made for People? Specialties: creative direction, experience design, project guidance, project direction   


Ben Bickford
Consultant, Ecetera

Ben is a successful solution consultant, business strategist and software specialist with two decades of international experience across IT, communications and software solutions. As a passionate business and technology consultant, Ben enjoys analysing, creating, transforming and aligning information systems, people and processes with a proven track record for successful business and IT solutions, while meeting business and technical objectives. Working with leading companies around the world, Ben has applied innovation, information insights and IT solutions to achieve more effective decision making, develop new products and services, and deliver greater operational efficiencies for companies like Telstra, Australia Post, etc. Ben has extensive experience in solution consulting for Enterprise clients across complex IT projects and their operations including: • Content Management, • Web & Mobile Applications, • Digital Marketing & Strategy, • Business Intelligence, Reporting & Analytics, • Operational Intelligence, Big Data & Real-Time Monitoring Solutions. In addition, Ben is a regular host and commentator on digital strategy, applications and emerging opportunities in the Mobile industry through his leadership of Mobile Monday Australia, part of 120+ Mobile Monday chapters in 60+ countries, facilitating Mobile innovation through monthly networking events and connecting Mobile industry professionals worldwide. More recently, Ben has become an MLOVE Ambassador in the Asia Pacific region. MLOVE (http://mlove.com) is a global media publisher and event organizer that brings together CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of scientists, artists and other thought leaders. MLOVE events expose the mobile industry to the best minds outside of Mobile to maximize the opportunity of creating life-changing services and inspiring applications that can impact us all for the better.  


Greg Branson
Founder, Design Business Council

Greg has had 20 years experience in running a design studio, building it up from two people to 13. During that time he has assisted clients from organisations of all sizes and types to use design for a wide range of communication/marketing projects. In 2005 Greg established the Design Business Council to use his expertise in design management to train other designers and to help business owners use design more effectively. Greg, with partner Carol Mackay, has begun developing a series of eTutorials to take design management training online. Greg has extensive experience in developing design strategies and design audits. He has conducted design audits for a large number of public organisations such as TAFE institutes, service organisations and SME manufacturers. In 2010 Greg was given federal funding to show 12 design studios how to conduct design audits and develop design in business strategies. This resulted in 20 design audits being undertaken. Greg Is committed to design education. He is Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Communication Design in the School of Media and Communication RMIT. In 2013 Greg, with his business partner Carol Mackay, commenced work on a design management publication that shows the best practice for a successful Australian design studio. The publication is due for release in August 2013. Specialties: Design management, design audits, design strategy, design thinking, design management online learning  


Shala Burroughs
Founder & COO, CloudPeeps

Shala Burroughs is the COO and co-founder of CloudPeeps.com—a marketplace that connects businesses with experienced, remote, online community managers. Prior to CloudPeeps Shala was active in the startup world through Women Innovate Mobile, Quartz, and Lerer Ventures. She is a 2013 Startup Leadership Program Fellow, and a member of Barnard College’s Athena Management Masterminds. Prior to her foray into tech, Shala was a Senior Intelligence Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she coordinated the activities of 76 intelligence officers across the US. Working for the government was a natural extension of her earlier work as a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where she supported clients within Homeland Security while simultaneously pitching, building, and growing a Social Media Mentoring Program to pair social media experts with Senior Vice Presidents within the company. This idea brought her to the Aspen Ideas Festival to support Booz Allen’s emergence into new media platforms and her work was eventually published in one of the leading security industry professional publications. Shala Burroughs holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College where she was a 2007 Rockefeller Center Leadership Fellow and continues to serve her alma mater as a member of Dartmouth’s Young Alumni Advisory Board.  


Neal Cross
Vice President of MasterCard Labs - Asia, Middle East and Africa, MasterCard

Neal is an acomplished industry thought leader specializing in innovation for Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets with experiencein the management of new innovative payment solutions from ideation through to commercialization. Specialties: Industry thought leadership, sales strategy, technical acumen, accomplished presenter, architecture, sales, invention, innovation process management, payments, consumer behaviour Regular presenter at: Asian Banker Summit Next Bank Asia Microsoft TechED Asian Banker Indonesia EFMA roundtables Vietnam Finance FST  


Mark Dando
Head of Online and Mobile, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A digital business manager for some of the largest players in the media industries including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fairfax Media, Ninemsn, and British Telecommunications. Leading a team of talented product managers, producers, designers, editors and writers in ABC Innovation. You might recognise their work on abc.net.au, in the new flagship ABC apps or speaking to you via ABC social media @abcaustralia.  


Lloyd Ernest
CEO & Founder, CloudStaff

Technology Entrepreneur - Building businesses, using partner channels to leverage sales efforts and building strong teams who are passionate about customer service. Successfully managed exits from PowerUp, WebCentral, XtreamLok and served on the boards of Internet Industry Association, Pipe Networks (ASX: PWK), Event Zero Pty Ltd. Focused on China since 2004 with SinoCode, SonarLogic, Greentrac and Event Zero. Established operations in the Philippines in 2009.  


Rod Farmer
General Manager - Sydney, Isobar

Rod is recognised as one of Australia's thought-leaders in product and service design. He has led the strategic transformations of numerous Australian organisations, whilst building (and subsequently selling) a highly successful design agency. Over the past 10 years, Rod has led the design and delivery of hundreds of mobile and online services across all major platforms and devices from mobile, tablet, multi-platform TV, emerging gestural interfaces, and of course desktop. Rod is an internationally published author/speaker and a recognised expert on mobile and multi-device design strategy. Between 2011 and 2013, Rod was integral to the Apple versus Samsung trial in Australia, acting as the lead Human-Computer Interaction design expert witness. He is also a member of National Design Council, previously co-chaired the Australian Research Council committee on Interactive Interfaces and the Australian Human-Computer Interaction association, and is an active mentor within the business community.  


Rob Findlay
Customer & Innovation Culture Lead, DBS Bank

Oversee design and innovation development for new and established industries, bringing fresh ideas and creative approaches to corporate problems. Passionate about the power of design to solve any challenge. Excited by the Asia Pacific region and its potential. Specialties: Customer Experience, Direct Channel Strategy & Innovation, Online Advertising and Strategy, Brand and design execution, Digital Trends, Emerging Markets  


Ben Goldsmith
Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology



Erik Hallander
Director of Mobile & Innovation, Isobar Australia

Director of Mobile & Innovation @ Isobar Australia and part of the Senior leadership group. Heading up Front End Development, Mobile and everything else that's cool in the world of technology. I dabble in writing, do a bit of public speaking and try to prepare Isobar for the future, making sure we're always awesome and doing the right thing. It's a hard life. From a programming background, with pockets of experience in almost every language.   


Calypso Harland
CEO & Founder, The Developer Lab

About DevLab DevLab provides access to the latest devices for testing and exploring. Based at IDEALondon in Shoreditch, it is now the largest open device lab in London and will soon be rolling out a device rental programme across the UK and then subsequently Europe. DevLab also run events designed to connect the startup and developer community with brands to drive new channels of innovation. thedeveloperlab.com | Follow us on Twitter @thedeveloperlab Calypso Harland, CEO and Founder, DevLab Founder of DevLab, Calypso has been working in tech since 98, from the network layer to the application layer. She’s helped drive two acquisitions to date, Streaming Media for $100M in 2000 and Geo for £65M in 2008. She’s worked intensively with the developer community since 2011, firstly heading up global marketing at leading mobile software company Marmalade and then with AngelHack, whereas Global Marketing Director, she was in charge of promoting the world’s largest series of hackathons across 32 countries. She started DevLab in 2013, quickly establishing the largest device lab in London and in May 2014 successfully launched a new technology event called DevLab LIVE. calypso@thedeveloperlab.com | Follow on Twitter @calypsoharland   


Ben Hourahine
Head of Strategy, Amenesia Razorfish

Ben has been doing digital for over a decade. Born in the UK, Hourahine originally spent four years at the Future Foundation as Senior Analyst, before joining Leo Burnet in London. During his time there, Ben helped plan McDonald's next decade in business; launched Eidos' new Lara Croft videogame and built the pub of the future for Guinness' 250th anniversary. Over the years Ben has worked with Nike, BBC, McDonalds, Channel 4, Westfields, Microsoft, Nestle, Diageo, Kellogg's, P&G, Lloyds and First Direct. As strategy lead at Razorfish Ben is responsible for directing planning across all existing business. Since joining in 2010 Ben's strategies have helped secure major new client partnerships including Australia Post, Foxtel and Qantas. Ben sits on the board of the Account Planning Group (APG), is a regular awards judge for B&T, ADMA, AIMIA & the Effies and is an active industry mentor. Ben is also regular media commentator, with features in the Guardian, The Sun, The New York Times, as well as podcasting for The Wall Street Journal.   


Zac Jacobs
Director, Millipede

Zac is a director of multi-award winning Millipede, who are one of the the world's most experienced and talented game developers ,with a specialty in mobile and tablet applications across all platforms. Millipede has developed innovative projects for clients that include the Australian Government, the Navy, KPMG, Coles, Penguin, DDB, Clemenger, Australian Red Cross, Publicis and the ABC. He has over 25+ years in international sales and marketing in the ICT industry, working for multinational firms in Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and San Francisco. He pioneered Australian mobile content delivery in Japan and China with groundbreaking deals with OKI, Sony, DoCoMo and China Mobile. Zac is a regular presenter at seminars run by government and business groups on export marketing and mobile technology. As one of the founders of Mobile Monday Australia, which now has over 140 chapters globally and reaches hundreds of thousands of members, he is a strong advocate of the industry and empowering the use of the medium.   


Willy Lai
Director of User Experience & Creative Design, Samsung

Willy Lai is Director of User Experience & Creative Design at Samsung, where he leads the design of next generation music apps across various Samsung devices. Prior to Samsung, Willy led global user experience (UX) redesigns for PayPal, Intuit, eBay, AOL, and numerous start-ups in Silicon Valley. His designs are strategically aligned to meet user needs and business goals, and have garnered multiple industry awards. With a career spanning more than 18 years, he has had in-house, agency, and independent consulting experience across Mobile, Web, Tablet, Wearables, and TV. Willy has also taught UX Design at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley and currently serves as a member of its UX Design Board of Advisors, helping to shape and evolve the school's UX design curriculum. Willy holds a degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.   


Brendan Lewis
Managing Director, London & Partners

Brendan Lewis has setup greenfield professional services businesses around the globe – Investing in South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Romania. He also has extensive commercial experience in the UK & the US. His background includes qualifications in accounting and IT and his industry experience includes; Oil & Gas, ICT, Product Distribution, Engineering, Internet & Advertising. Well known for his commercial insight and extraordinary network, he also chairs the Churchill Club in Melbourne and runs Ministerial Dinners. As the sole representative of London in Australia for investment attraction, he personally generates up to 46 new investment projects per annum.  


Kirsten Mann
Director of Customer / User Experience (UX), Aconex

As Director of Customer / User Experience at Aconex, Kirsten and her team are dedicated to cultivating an increasingly engaging and satisfying user experience within the Aconex platform; the most widely-used online collaboration platform in the world for construction, infrastructure, energy and resource projects. Aconex has helped thousands of companies to manage project information and processes to the highest standard and Kirsten’s team helped design the experiences that support these processes.   


Anthony Mansour
Founder Innovation Strategy, Alias Life

Recognised as a leading expert, speaker and contributor to the mobile industry, Anthony has built a 20 year career by successfully defining strategy and pioneering innovation for emerging digital industries including video games, ‘dotcom’ and mobile. Having worked for and consulted with major telcos, content providers, publishers, media companies, production houses, retailers, universities and technology companies in both Australia and overseas, Anthony has built up an invaluable amount of experience and insight to the ever changing digital media landscape. Along with various speaking and educational engagements, Anthony has been featured in publications such as the Financial Review and is currently a member of the Australian advisory council for the global interactive marketing event Ad:Tech. In founding Alias Life, Anthony has established an agency focused on connecting life's experiences via the ever broadening (mobile) digital and social media world in which we live. Alias combines Anthony's strategic insights and vision to deliver unique perspectives, with his tactical understanding of this emerging paradigm - providing innovative ideas and the development of sound commercial solutions for a wide range of industries. Anthony’s clients include: Hutchison 3 (globally), Telstra, Optus, Fremantlemedia, Westfield, Electronic Arts, DreamWorld, Warner Bros, Movie World, Amnesia Razorfish, Salmat, Kellogg’s, Coke, MasterCard, Macquarie Bank, V8 Supercars, NRL, Ubisoft Australia, Citrix, UNSW, UTS, Channel 9, Channel 10 and Samsung.  


Ben Pecotich
Director, Dynamic4

I work with people to create ideas and make them real for positive change… I use strategy, design and technology to design and deliver creative business, brand and service ideas. I design with and for people - always looking to deliver great experiences. Over the past 12 years I've been part of a lot of mobile and mobile commerce design and solutions. As a member of the panel, I'm looking forward to seeing some great work and helping support this work get recognised and visible to inspire others!  


Andrew Tarver

Andrew Tarver is the London-based founder and CEO of BOLDROCKET, a venture that is focused wholly on the needs of the end customer. BOLDROCKET is already working with a number of high profile clients to drive forward their end customer strategy, using new disruptive technologies, in partnership with the start-up community.  


Harriet Wakelam
Director Human Centred Design, IAG

I am a design strategist with experience across financial services, Fintech, insurance and health. Given that titles are meaningless…this means that I like to design better ways for humans to experience services that improve their lives and improve the business bottom line. I use design to transform the experiences customers use, using the tools, skill and mindset appropriate to enable organisational alignment and change. I am driven by the development of purposeful services whether in health, financial services or communications through the development of outcomes not outputs.   


Simon Walshaw
Global Markets Manager, MobileEmbrace

Simon is currently Manager BigPond Portals, Telstra Media (Web, Mobile, Tablet & T-Hub) and has been in this current role for the past 18 months. He is a seasoned multinational professional in the mobile sector and a top Marketing/Bus Dev Director. He has the in-depth knowledge and experience in New Media/Multimedia specialising in On-line & Mobile Technologies. A closer look at the specialist areas of experience are; E-Commerce, Marketing & Sales Promotion, Advertising, On-Line Marketing, Mobile Content, Mobile TV/Video, Development & Marketing, D2C & B2B. Overseas & International Business Development, specialising in Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Eastern Europe, China, Asia & Asia Pacific. Specialist knowledge of mobile gaming and gambling products and services including set-up.  


Oliver Weidlich
Founder & Director of Design & Innovation, Mobile Experience

Oliver draws on a background in psychology, experience in usability, and understanding of mobile technology to identify key issues for client business strategy and to recommend & design solutions. He has consulted to clients such as; Three, Optus, Telstra, MySpace, Westpac, ninemsn, and ABC. He has a wide range of experience evaluating and improving the end-to-end customer experience with mobile devices, including 2G, 2.5G and 3G devices, portals, applications and content. He has conducted field research into future mobile usage and the interaction between the mobile device and other technologies. Oliver is a judge, author and speaker on usability and the mobile customer experience. Oliver is a founding member of the AIMIA Mobile Industry Group and he plays a key role in the design and project management of the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, which looks at how Australians use mobile products, services and content. Oliver also helps run the Sydney chapter of Mobile Monday, an international mobile professionals networking night. Specialties: iPhone/iPad native apps & mobile web sites, mobile user interfaces, customer experience consulting, emerging technologies  


Jennifer Zhu Scott
Co Founder and Principal , Radian Partners

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the cofounder and Principal of Radian Partners, an advisory firm focusing on private investments in renewable energy, media, and disruptive tech with 'double bottom lines' - do well and do good. Prior, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters. She co-founded one of the first education companies in China and sold her shares in her 20's before moving to UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust. Jennifer is the chairman of Music for the Growing Mind, a charity inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, which provides free classical music education to underprivileged children in Hong Kong. In 2014, she was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum's think tank. In 2013, Jennifer was honoured by WEF as a Young Global Leader. Jennifer studied Applied Mathematics in Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School, where she earned distinction with her research on PE/VC in China and was awarded as a Distinguished Alumni. Jennifer is a China Fellow of Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  



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