2017 Candidate Bios

James Riggall

James Riggall has been a member of the Startup Tasmania committee since 2012 and has been an active advocate for the startup ecosystem in Tasmania throughout the following years.  James has been one of the key drivers behind the Enterprize project and is currently supporting the Launceston Enterprize hub as its community manager.  James is also managing director of Bitlink, a Tasmanian company that focuses on tech education for young people.  As part of this role, James has also started a community hackerspace in collaboration with the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston.

Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional that seeks to translate research outcomes into new products and services by partnering with existing companies or forming new start-ups.  Kate is currently the Manager of Business Development of Technology Transfer at the University of Tasmania and has served on the Startup Tasmania board for the last 7 months. Notable accomplishments include involvement in the establishment of Enterprize Hobart & Launceston, UHack 2016 and the Hobart pitch nights. Kate enjoys sharing her knowledge and networks with local start-ups and equipping them with the tools they need to create their own success.

Ray Leonard

Ray Leonard has worked with the Australian Computer Society since 2010 and has been elected as Vice-Chair for the ACS Tasmania Board, Tasmanian Chair for the Pearcey Foundation, as well as being a Certified ICT Professional. For over 20 years he has worked with various stakeholders across government, education and private enterprise to facilitate understanding and the creation of strategies to deal with the transformation to a digital economy and effects of digital disruption. He is an advocate for digital leadership and governance, as well as innovative business techniques and the professional development of ICT experts and professionals in Tasmania.

Matt Dobson

Matt Dobson is the Chief Communications Officer at Savage Interactive, the developers of Procreate: the flagship application for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Matt has built relationships with some of the world's largest tech and creative companies, including Apple, Wacom, and Pixar. Procreate's community has grown significantly under Matt's leadership with record levels of followers and engagement, and he is excited about involving the local industry. Matt has also single-handedly built the Savage support department from the ground up, which now supports millions of Procreate customers.

Danielle Conlan

Danielle's experience working as a top-tier corporate lawyer and contract manager, as well as over 15 years working with various charities, has positioned her as an emerging leader in the Tasmanian community. Danielle is currently consulting and training in the areas of business management, corporate governance and managing for social impact, as well as growing a startup set to shake up the funeral industry. Danielle is excited to work with a dynamic new board at Startup Tasmania to continue to challenge archaic thinking, inspire creativity and promote startups as the necessary vehicle for change.

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commented 2016-12-19 11:32:25 +1100 · Flag
Hi Scott, we asked for the bios very late in the process and are adding them to this page as candidates send them through.
commented 2016-12-17 14:18:31 +1100 · Flag
Hi guys, I just got the “election buddy” email asking me to vote, but how do I find out about the candidates? who are they and where do I learn about them? how can I “vote” for people I know nothing about?