ANZ-SDN Launch Event, Thursday 8 May 2014


When: Thursday 8 May 2014, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Where: University of New South Wales (UNSW), Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications building (map reference G17), Room G3 (ground floor).
Cost: $100 (includes GST) (please use this link for online payments; please leave the “Voucher code” blank).
Registration: Registration is automatic when you do the online payment using the link above. The administrative contact person is Nelly Taubman, email:, phone: +61 2 9385 6051.
Prerequisite: Interest in and awareness of Software Defined Networking
Program: The Program will consist of short talks by industry experts in the morning, followed by SDN demos after lunch. All attendees are invited for informal drinks (4-6pm) at King Street Brewhouse and dinner (6pm-onwards) at The Malaya restaurant in Darling Harbour.


Workshop agenda:

9:30am-9:45am: Coffee
9:45am-10:00am: “Opening remarks”, Vijay Sivaraman , (A/Prof, UNSW)
10:00am-10:45am: “Bursting the SDN Bubble”, Michael Costello (Director, PwC)
10:45am-11:00am: Tea Break
11:00am-11:30am: Operators: Steve Cotter (CEO, REANNZ) and David Wilde (Network Architect, AARNet)
11:30am-12:00pm: Enterprises: Paul Zanna (Founder, Northbound Networks) and Josh Bailey (Google)
12:00pm-12:30pm: Vendor: Allan Young (Juniper)
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch (provided by UNSW)
1:30pm-3:00pm: Demos of SDN Platforms (Aptira, Juniper, Luma) and Use-Cases (CSIRO, UNSW)
3:00pm-3:30pm: Tea Break
3:30pm-4:00pm: What Next? Discussion and Wrap-Up
4:30pm-6:00pm: Drinks at King Street Brewhouse, Darling Harbour
6:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner at The Malaya, Darling Harbour

What is this event about?

As Software Defined Networking (SDN) moves from hype to reality, industry needs to prepare for the transition. The ANZ-SDN alliance’s mission is to foster a community to understand, adopt, and evaluate SDN technology for the Australia New Zealand region.

This inaugural event is for company executives, network architects, operators and researchers who are considering SDN adoption. Talks from network operators, early adopters and visionaries will give you insights into the opportunities and challenges faced in deploying SDN. Live demonstrations of SDN use-cases will help you see and feel the technology in an interactive setting. Use the day to network with peers to form a local SDN community, and to share common concerns around adoption strategy, skills training, experimental evaluation, and technology evolution.

Why should you attend?

  • Meet ICT executives and practitioners to share knowledge about  best practices and pain points with peers,
  • Network with subject matter experts and discuss views on SDN, open source, and open networking,
  • Understand the evolving SDN eco-system and identify key criteria needed to evaluate platforms, and
  • Form a local community that can collectively shape the adoption of SDN technology in this region, and align it with global trends.


  • A/Prof. Vijay Sivaraman of UNSW,
  • Dr. Craig Russell of CSIRO,
  • Josh Bailey of Google,
  • Michael Costello, and
  • Alex Turner of Luma Networks.