Australian Information Industry Association


The Return of the Roaring Twenties

Date: Thursday 6 August 2020

Time: 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Where: Virtual via Cisco Webex

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The Spanish Flu of 1918-19 was followed by the “forgotten depression” of 1920-21. However, this was followed by a decade of unprecedented economic growth and wealth creation known as the roaring 20s. Economic historians who studied the roaring 20s have found that science, technology and innovation were the underlying growth drivers. The most important technology of the time was the general purpose technology of electricity. Electricity transformed all industries in all geographic regions leading to productivity gains and wealth creation. Now we stand in the 2020s amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic depression.

There are many parallels to the Spanish Flu era. Today’s general purpose technologies include artificial intelligence, data science and a wide range of information technologies. When combined with innovative business practices digital technologies can give us the roaring 2020s. This presentation will explore a digital technology and innovation led pathway through the COVID-19 pandemic. Business-as-usual is over; but via digital transformation we can move towards business-as-better.


Stefan Hajkowicz

BA (Hons I), PhD, Grad Dip Econ

Research Group Leader, Insights

Senior Principal Scientist – Strategy, foresight and decision making


Stefan is a principal scientist in strategy and foresight at CSIRO’s Data61 - the digital arm of Australia’s national science agency. Stefan is also group leader of Data61 Insights - a team of researchers and consultants with expertise in data driven foresight, economics, strategy and policy analysis. Stefan is one of the world’s leading researchers within the fields of geography, economics and decision theory. He has published seminal works on multiple criteria analysis (MCA) and has applied this decision making technique in numerous research consultancies for government and industry customers. Stefan has authored over 100 research publications generating over 4,000 citations (google scholar). His book “global megatrends” is one of CSIRO’s best sellers. He has delivered over 200 seminars and keynotes at major conferences and is one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers. In 2015 he was listed by CEDA as one of Australia’s 10 most influential speechmakers. Over his 20 years at CSIRO Stefan has held a wide range of senior research and senior managerial roles. Stefan is a member of the OECD Government Foresight Community and previously the World Economic Forum’s Global Foresight Community. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from The University of Queensland and a graduate diploma in economics from the University of New England.

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