Co-founder of ACHIEVR
Roger Lawrence is a passionate traveller and professional geek in that order. He’s combining these interests as co-founder of ACHIEVR, a start-up that seeks to empower individual and organisational success through vocational training via immersive computing.
Roger is experienced enough to have programmed mainframe computers and travelled enough to have worked on complex IT systems, in over 22 cities, on four continents. Over the last five years, he was CTO for Innovation at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise across Asia-Pacific and Japan and has seen a thing or two about the impact of technology working well, and vice versa. He’s also slept his fair share of nights in an economy airline seat.
He’s a popular speaker, who holds both the lowest and highest recorded speaker scores at Microsoft TechEd. Of course, as a CTO and thought leader in innovation, his audiences have ranged from cynical engineers to sceptical executives and on occasion, simultaneously. However, little compares to when he was Manager for Developer Evangelism at Microsoft during the Vista years.
During almost 30 years in a profession, you’re going to acquire a bit of experience. Frankly, if you’re building an AR/VR start-up that is literally re-engineering the way we connect to information, every little bit of architecture, programming, design, project management, sales, consulting, team leadership and marketing experience is going to come in handy.
Roger will walk, sail, and fly, but currently his favourite mode of transport is his adventure motorcycle. He’s also a stand-up comic with a whopping 3 gigs to his name, and as a husband of 23 years with four daughters, has plenty of material to work with.
Roger holds a Master of Systems and Network Administration from Charles Sturt University and way too many industry certifications to list here.