The Australian Computer Society will once again team up with Australia’s Telecommunications Association, TelSoc, to bring the annual Charles Todd Oration.

The event will be held for the eighth year running on Thursday 26 October at Sydney’s Doltone House.

Guests will hear from serial tech entrepreneur, Bevan Slattery, as guest speaker at the event.

TelSoc Executive Director, Tim Herring, encouraged members to take the opportunity to attend.

“We’re very pleased to be presenting the oration event as another collaboration with the ACS,” he said. “And this year we have a great presenter with a fantastic record of starting successful telecommunications companies.”

Slattery is one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs. Since starting his first company iSeek in 1997, which he sold for $16 million, he has had 20 years of business success.

In 2010, he sold his company PIPE Networks to TPG for $373 million.

He is currently Founder and Executive Chairman at ASX-listed connectivity services providers, Superloop and Megaport, both of which have performed well since their inception in 2013.

Just this month, Slattery launched the Cloudscene marketplace platform, which will allow for the buying and selling of cloud, infrastructure and internet services between customers and 5000 service providers globally.

With expertise across both the telecommunications and IT sectors, Slattery will speak to the audience about Australia’s developing role in a hyper-connected digital economy.

The Charles Todd Medal for outstanding contributions to telecommunications will also be presented at the event, of which Slattery is a previous recipient.

Also attending the event will be Emeritus Professor, Denis Cryle, author of biography Behind the Legend, the Many Worlds of Charles Todd.

Sir Charles Todd was an astronomer, meteorologist, electrical engineer, and one of Australia’s first ever tech innovators.

Responsible for the Overland Telegraph Line between Adelaide and Darwin, Todd was a pioneer in the creation of Australia-wide communications networks.

Known as the ‘Government Electrician', he oversaw a number of projects for the government, including adding electrical lighting to the original Parliament House in 1890.

Presenting the Charles Todd Medal on the day will be Barry Todd, the great grandson of Charles.

Further details and ticketing information are available here.