Technology and Innovation - Now or Never



Change the way you think about new and emerging technology at RISSB’s Technology and Innovation Conference. Go deep on the very issues and challenges facing the rail industry in the digital age and hear from international and Australian speakers who are already implementing new, changing and developing technology in their own organisations.

Catering to everyone in industry from project managers to C suite executives, conference delegates will walk away with a greater understanding of how new and emerging technology and practices can be harnessed to improve safety, drive productivity and optimise performance.

Keeping a finger on the pulse of the Australian rail industry, this 2-day event will focus on areas that are growing in prominence in the rail industry with dynamic presentations on:
* Automation
* Sustainability
* AI
* Virtual Reality
* Augmented Reality
* Cyber Security
* Asset Management
* Condition Monitoring.



Keynotes include:

  • Matthew Griffin, Founder and Futurist in Chief, 311 Institute (UK) 
  • Stela Solar, Director National AI Centre, CSIRO
  • Kari Gonzales, CEO and President, Transportation Technology Center Inc (USA) 

Other speakers include:

  • Professor Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Institute of Railway Technology Monash University
  • Paul Murray, Program Manager, ACRI
  • Sandra Lang, Technical Director Digital Engineering, Systra
  • Simon Vaux, CEO and Co-Founder, DEOS Digital
  • Nicholas Daly, Manager Innovation, Yarra Trams
  • Ian Christensen, Managing Director, iMOVE
  • Ashish Upadhyay, Director APAC, Cylus (Israel)
  • Brendan Morris, CEO, Denova (UK)
  • Derel Wust, Owner and Founder, 4Tel
  • Paul McIlveen, Managing Director, Silver Edge Technologies
  • Mark Barrett, Co-Founder, Aquipa (Norway)
  • Professor Maksym Spiryagin, Deputy Director of the Centre for Railway Engineering, Central Queensland University
  • Darren Quinlivan, General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Bryony Outteridge, Principal Human Factors Advisor, Queensland Rail
  • Professor Anjum Naweed, Human Factors and Operational Readiness Cluster Lead, Central Queensland University
  • Dr Joel Ferguson, Lecturer, University of Newcastle
  • Zoltan David, Managing Director, Mage Consulting
  • Farid Shirvani, Consultant Systems Engineering, Systra
  • Rod Barber, Director Environment and Sustainability, Sydney Assets and Operations, Transport for New South Wales
  • John Vazey, Engineering Manager, EngAnalysis
  • Damien White, CEO, RISSB

All our speakers will be giving practical advice on real problems, using their businesses and research as case studies for you to learn from. There will also be dynamic panels and a speakers soapbox session, that will ignite discussions and encourage attendees to think strategically about innovation and technology in rail.  Get ready to hear some big ideas presented by influential leaders from some of the biggest names in rail!

In addition to the business sessions and presentations, the conference will give delegates a chance to relax, unwind and build their professional networks with a signature after-hours networking event at the end of Day 1.

Ticket Prices
What your 2-day conference pass buys you

* Access to two days of plenary sessions, keynotes and panel discussions
* Morning and afternoon tea and a buffet-style lunch
* Access to our after-hours networking event at Handpicked Cellar Door in Sydney’s famed Kensington Street.

(Ticket prices shown ex GST and booking fee)

Members $ 1495
Non-members $ 2195
*Young Rail Professionals (35yrs and under) $ 1095

*To receive the Young Professionals discounted rate, you must be aged 35 years or younger. Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Book and pay online with ease. Click on this hyperlink to purchase tickets for you and/or your team.

If you’d like to get your name in front of industry’s senior project managers, risk managers, IT managers and engineers, then consider an event sponsorship. We can develop a bespoke package for you that will increase visibility of your organisation and connect you with the right people. If you would like someone to contact you to discuss sponsorship packages, please send an email to with the subject line TIC 23

Accommodation Special
Our conference venue is offering delegates 15% off the best available rate.  To book and pay online go to

  1. Select Rydges Sydney Central, enter your dates from 07/03/2023 to 10/03/2023 (inclusive) and number of people and click ‘GO’
  2. Click ‘I have a code’
  3. In the ‘Corporate ID’ field enter your booking code: RISSBWEB
  4. Click ‘UPDATE’
  5. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen

More information
If you have specific questions, or would like more information about the event, please send an email to with TIC 23 in the subject line.

* Subject to RISSB’s 2023 Technology and Innovation Conference Terms and Conditions