Matt Barrie is an award winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer. Matt is serial entrepreneur, previously as founder and CEO of Sensory Networks Inc., a vendor of high performance network security processors. Prior to this, he founded a telecommunications hardware company. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, where for the last 13 years he has taught Cryptography, and from 2010, Technology Entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of over 20 US patent applications. Matt is a prolific speaker and has spoken at, or featured in; the Summit Series, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Atlantic, Switzer, BRW and The Economist. In 2012 he was selected out of a field of 600 presenters to be one of 20 featured speakers at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas (SXSW), which is one of the world's largest interactive, music, film and technology festivals.
In 2006, he was awarded the State Pearcey Award for contribution to the IT&T industry. In 2010 he was named Alumnus of the Year for the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. In 2011, Smart Company named him in the 10 most influential Australians in IT. In 2011 he was named inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year, by Australia's most prestigious business publication. He was also named the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011. In 2012 he was named in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia, and a 2012 Man of Influence by Men's Style Magazine. In this year he also completed the Executive Program at Singularity University. In 2013, he was named in the top 10 Australian entrepreneurs to watch in 2013 by Smart Company, Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by News Limited, and again in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.
Matt has first class honours degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science/Physics from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Applied Finance, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and Governor of of the Electrical and Information Engineering Foundation at the University of Sydney.
Matt is regularly invited to speak at the world's leading entrepreneurship, internet and business conferences/forums. He is also one of 100 worldwide Linkedin Influencers, along with Richard Branson, Barack Obama and Deepak Chopra, where he writes on the topics of entrepreneurship and technology.