Introducing our O Week #Insiiders

iiNet has selected the five lucky winners of our Ultimate iiNet Experience.

These social media extraordinaires will be visiting iiNet HQ in Perth for our O-Week from 24-29 November. They’re going to get their hands dirty (in a geeky kind of way) with everything that makes the Internet awesome: from social media to cat videos, 3D printers to the latest in wearable technology, the NBN and more.

If you live in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide, you too can be part of our O-Week by signing up for one of our popular seminars. Or simply follow the adventures of our Top Five at home using #insiiders, following iiNet social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Instagram) or the Insiiders’ accounts below.

Samuel MacLachlan – @samuelmac



Sam is a web developer, and very happy newlywed, based in Geraldton. When he is not developing websites for the businesses of the region, he is playing piano as part of his local youth group.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?

Free stuff – what else? Seriously though, I wanted to meet the faces and technology behind the best ISP and support team I’ve ever dealt with. I regularly talk with the Domains and Hosting team in my role at work, and I had a very nice experience with the customer techs in getting my Naked DSL set up.

What role does social media play in my life?

I use Facebook to talk with family over East, Twitter to get fast tech support, and LinkedIn for my personal online resume. Use of Twitter won me a free helicopter ride courtesy of Microsoft once, so I consider it a very valuable tool.

Ben Aylett – @BenAylett

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Ben is a 21-year veteran of the technology industry with his interest in tech stretching back to the days of the TRS-80 and the Sinclair ZX80. He is a father of three, husband and a volunteer surf lifesaver. As a self-employed IT consultant he appears as technology expert for radio station 6PR. Ben is fascinated by cryptography, IT security, wearable tech and just about anything tech-related.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?

To see what iiNet is doing today and what is planned for the future would be one of the biggest things I would hope to get out of this experience as well as meet the team. Also as a long time advocate of iiNet I would also like to explore ways I could work with iiNet in delivering a great experience to the communities, individuals and businesses I serve.

What role does social media play in your life?

Social media has influenced society more than just about any other advance in technology. Social media to me is a great communications tool that helps me share important information with my clients and followers as well as provide me with a rich stream of technology news allowing me to keep up to the latest in tech worldwide.

Travis Symonds – @JudgeChucky



Travis is from Queensland, and some might describe him as a classic geek. We came to this conclusion after he mentioned his interests in Pool (8 ball), the Internet, collecting Star Wars and Hellboy statues, and Sci-Fi movies. To balance things out, in his spare time he hangs out as much as he can with his 15-year-old son, Alex.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?

I chat with the iiNet Social Media Team over Whirlpool, Facebook and Twitter so, to be honest, one of my main reasons for wanting to win this competition was to come to iiNet HQ and finally put some faces to the names.

What role does social media play in your life?

I mainly use social media to keep in touch with family and friends that I just can’t see on a daily basis. However I have also be known to use it to keep in touch with a company I’m interested in – like iiNet.

Mahmoud Rifiae – @Moudy82



Mahmoud is a Restaurant Manager from Sydney. Even when he isn’t at work, he’s eating out or enjoying a glass of red wine. A bit of a renaissance man, Mahmoud is not just a foodie, he is interested in media, arts, live music, loves watching sport.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?

As a workaholic, the idea of a visit to Perth for the first time was a big draw card. Previously I worked at a computer hardware retailer and I was always up to speed with the latest technology, however nowadays I feel slightly out of touch with the industry and really looking forward to reconnecting with it.

What role does social media play in your life?

Social media helps me stay connected but I also use it as an escape from reality. I’m interested to learn how I could bring my restaurant to the world using social media.

Kylie Purtell – @kyl21z



Kylie has taken a break from a marketing career to look after her two girls, and to pursue a love of photography. She loves reading, blogging and all things tech and gadgets.

What do you hope to get out of this experience?

I can’t wait to pick of the brains of the people in the know, learn a whole bunch of stuff about the Internet and social media, as well as hang out with some cool people who get as excited about the geeky side of life as I do.

What role does social media play in your life?

Through blogging, I’ve met a whole tribe of people I never would have had the chance to get to know offline. Despite the fact that I’ve not met some of these people in “real life”, I still consider them to be some of my closest friends. The power of online communication there is always someone there to talk to when I need it most, even if it’s 3am and everyone in my offline world is sleeping!


  1. congrats to O Week winners but my special good wishes go to friend & blogger extraordinaire Kylie Purcell! woot! I’m a long Time iinet user.. my blog & website are iinet based too. have fun everyone.

  2. david bird. says:

    Too advanced for me. At 86 I think I am doing well to actually turn on the IMac and get logged on to the internet.
    While I admire those people fortunate enough to understand any of it, it is not for me. I have a mobile phone which lives in a drawer. I sometimes take it out and look at it. I am still not too sure if it actually works. But thanks for the thought.

  3. Melinda Fitzpatrick says:

    How to get communications working effectively. Possibly develop a new product or device. I have missed so many opportunities. Really upset I believe Friends of Marketing Friend have Driven all the way from Adelaide and I missed then due to communication Stuff ups. Panicking cause I don’t have a phone Number to call them. It’s G20 and I think then are here for that too. Have No idea How to find them. It’s the weekend and No one Mans the Radio Station. Everyone is Waiting For Obama to Land. I just wish I cold find them. I have No idea were they are staying or if they have left already.

  4. Neeltje Kooy says:

    I have been a costumer of first
    now that this Inett has been with us I am still happy to stick with this firm as when I am in trouble they are always help full Thank you n.kooy

  5. Kevin Redman says:


  6. Steve says:

    The secret waits for the insight
    Of eyes unclouded by longing
    Those who are bound by desire
    See only the outward container

  7. John Halls says:

    Congratulations to ALL winners, and SO HAPPY that there is at least one female in the group. Having read what Kylie does and is still doing, it’s going to be a bit of a welcome break from her as well. Hopefully, through her blog, I will get to ‘share’ in her experience at iiNet home base. A ‘visit by proxy’ for me *smiles*

  8. anil kumar says:

    very impressed

  9. Cindy Taylah says:

    Id love a “NEW” Phone! My galaxy S5 is okay but in all seriousness It can be quite painful! The little clip has popped off where the charger goes in! I do a bit of promo work and so if I stick it my pocket it seems too light up the screen! By itself chews up the battery? The first One was dead on arrival! Yes I would be interested in an upgrade for sure! Does it come with an optional extra “Teenage Kid” lol