Justin Baird, Jumptank, wide shotJustin Baird is a founding partner of Jumptank and the Group Innovation Director at Aegis.

He brings over fifteen years of management and high tech experience to Jumptank, in areas ranging from research and development engineering, analog and digital signal processing, embedded systems development, product management, high speed digital networks, large scale entertainment systems, mobile and web application deployment, and interactive multimedia installation technologies.

He holds two U.S. Patents and has written a number of technical papers within these areas of research.

At Jumptank, Justin consults both internally and externally with clients and partners to drive change that adds value. He is focused on delivering change through the development of intellectual property and products for both consumer and enterprise applications. Additionally, Justin regularly presents on subjects pertaining to digital, media and marketing futures to both local and international audiences.

Justin is also a member of the 2013 CSCLeaders, a Commonwealth Government leadership group founded, sponsored and hosted by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, which is tackling the challenges that businesses, governments and society face today to build the global relationships needed by the leaders of tomorrow.

Prior to Jumptank, Justin was the Innovationist at Google. Justin launched local YouTube portals across Asia Pacific, supported the launch of numerous consumer product releases including Google Maps and Google Wave, helped launch the first Android mobile devices in the region, brought the Google Creative Sandbox event to Australia’s shores for the first time, was a member of Google’s Global Creative Council, and co-created DNA, a digital thought leadership series hosted in both Australia and New Zealand.

He also developed Digital Bytes, a technology event presentation format that has become the cornerstone of Google’s executive client engagement strategy across the Asia Pacific region.

Justin’s work was acknowledged by AdNews, Australia’s top selling advertising, marketing and media magazine, with their 2010 “40 under 40” award, profiling Australia’s leading talents across agencies, clients and the media. He has also actively supported the local creative and digital industries through sponsorship and lecturing at Award School.

Beyond work, Justin has a strong passion for music, digital audio, musical computing, live sound and recording.

He has worked with artists ranging from Elton John and Barbra Streisand through to Robbie Williams and the Dave Matthews Band in the technology and production of live performance.

As a musician himself, Justin enjoys playing bass and saxophone in local Balmain pubs, and also dabbles in the ukulele, the banjolin, and some ancient Chinese instruments such as the guqin and the erhu.

Originally from the United States, Justin worked in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Sydney, Australia in 2003.

Justin holds a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Music from the University of Miami, providing a unique background in both technology and the creative arts.

He applied this expertise in the professional live sound industry as a product management director at Dolby Laboratories Inc. and as a research and design engineer at Meyer Sound Laboratories in the fields of electroacoustics and hardware design, where he helped make stuff like this, and this, and this.

Justin additionally holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

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