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Why company tax cuts have to happen

By 11 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Let’s be honest, in Australia we don’t really like success and we don’t like people making money. This is no more evident than in our reaction to the way companies are taxed and how much they should pay.
However, we’re all looking to move away from our reliance on minerals and resources – which means we [...]

Being an innovator (Part 2: Doing)

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Process. A way of thinking is the core that underpins great innovation, but the active part of that process is just as important. The way any idea travels from conception to realisation is what will make it great, or not so great.
Good innovation is about taking an idea to do more than is being done, [...]

Being an innovator (Part 1: Thinking)

By 28 March 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Okay, okay. What is the big deal about innovation? It’s just doing new things, making them more high tech, isn’t it? Take something that is getting old, renew it, and you’re done – right?
Not really. True innovation is about taking steps into the unknown, as well as combining existing elements to build a more efficient [...]

It’s time to change the rules around investment

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s hard to do what you want with your money in Australia. It’s easy to spend it, but the ways you’re allowed to do so are really heavily restricted.
The way we think about money is based on a cash-based system. The way we spend it is based on handing money from one person to another, [...]

BarCamp Canberra returns for its 8th year

By 4 March 2016

[ 9 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] BarCamp Canberra is a free annual event that brings together hundreds of Canberrans for a day of ad-hoc presentations and workshops on topics from technology and government to education and art.

Returning to Canberra for the eighth time in nine years, the event will be held this year between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 9 April at [...]

Crowdfunding talk with the Light Clock guys

By 26 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With only seven days left of their Kickstarter campaign (it seems that we can’t stay away from the crowdfunding projects here at RiotACT this week), The Light Clock are one of the campaigns that have reached their goal. This isn’t always guaranteed.
The Light Clock is a decorative piece that uses light to tell the time. You can [...]

Five minutes with Abundant Water

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Today, we are talking to Abundant Water. Abundant Water is a local Canberra business started by engineer Sunny Forsyth that has created low-cost clay water filters for impoverished communities overseas. Sunny and the Abundant Water team collaborate with the communities to teach them how to make the filters themselves; and, more recently, they have been encouraging and empowering villagers to [...]

Follow our lead on Uber: Barr

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Minutes after taking his first Uber ride in Canberra today, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr called on his counterparts in other states to adopt his regulatory model for ride-sharing.
“I am calling on other leaders around the country to look at the ACT model and to put that in place across the country because it will [...]

New Chief Scientist a ‘why not’ kinda guy

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Scientists have welcomed the news that science entrepreneur and publisher Dr Alan Finkel is to be the next Chief Scientist for Australia, and with good reason.
Finkel is a successful businessman, science publisher, respected neuroscientist and university Chancellor. He has first hand understanding of the relationship between science and productivity, between research and creating good [...]

Look, McFly, it’s a hoverboard!

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As the world prepares for Marty McFly to come Back to the Future today, an ANU scientist has this morning demonstrated a prototype hoverboard.
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward to October 21, 2015 and experience amazing technologies including a levitating skateboard.
Dr Graham Walker from the [...]

Public talk: Robotics

By 5 October 2015
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[ 1 December 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

In December, Professor Mary-Anne Williams will discuss Robotics, as she works with her research team in the Magic Lab to bring science fiction [...]

ACT Government gives Uber the green light

By 30 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Rideshare business Uber has the green light to operate legally in the ACT from next month.
The ACT Government announced this morning that it will introduce reforms to regulate ridesharing operators and taxi drivers/owners in a bid to provide Canberrans with safe, flexible and affordable ridesharing services while reducing costs for taxi drivers, owners and passengers.
See [...]

Public Talk: Quantum computing

By 30 September 2015
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[ 10 November 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

This month Professor Andrew White will discuss quantum computing and his current research which aims to explore and exploit the full [...]

Science meets art at Westside Acton Park

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Science is often seen as a mystifying and complex subject. But one ANU science communications student is changing all that with a new event: Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art.
Small’s electrifying piece exploring Jason Whitfield’s research on chemical signals in the brain.
By pairing five PHD science students with five local street artists, Lee Constable took over Westside [...]

Ex-public servants speak: Lynda Leigh

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In this exclusive excerpt from Life without lanyards, former public servant Lynda Leigh shares her journey from unfair dismissal to a thriving career as a speaker and trainer.
It was the shock of my life, being told to come into an interview room outside the security environment of the building. I was walked down and there were [...]

Canberra – The city of digital opportunity

By 21 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government’s 2014 Digital Canberra Action Plan is an important part of the vision for Canberra’s future. But more can be done.
The city’s newly appointed Chief Digital Officer has been tasked with assisting in the roll out of the CBR free Wi-Fi network, encouraging a connected and inclusive community by improving digital access, and creating online tools [...]

Co-lab: Science meets street art

By 15 September 2015
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[ 19 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Come to Westside Acton Park this Saturday to see what happens when science meets street art.
Co-Lab is a creative collaboration between Canberran street artists and early career scientists.
Five local street artists have paired up with five PhD Science students from ANU to take inspiration from their research, discoveries and concepts integral to their field.
From this collaboration street [...]

Mind Body Business: Innovation and Wellness Night

By 10 September 2015
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[ 16 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Struggling to get the most out of your business? Want to activate your inner potential but feel stressed and overwhelmed?

What if you could learn simple techniques that could immediately help transform your work life and help you achieve greater balance and health?

Introducing Canberra’s first ‘Innovation and Wellness’ night! This event aims to provide business professionals [...]

Ex-public servants speak: Scott Monson

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In this exclusive excerpt from Life without lanyards, former public servant Scott Monson shares his journey from struggling with a stutter to professional speaker and trainer.
Joining the public service was my first real job. It was all a big adventure for me. I moved up from Tasmania to Canberra to train as a naval architect [...]

Local leaders – Camilo Potocnjak Oxman and Rish Ratnam (Implement Imagination)

By 2 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Implement Imagination co-founder Camilo Potocnjak Oxman (pictured above, right) describes teaching as a very rewarding chronic condition.
“The thing about teaching is that it’s not a job, or even a vocation. It’s a chronic condition. You contract it at a certain point and then you have to deal with it for the rest of your life,” [...]

Should we ban smart watches while driving?

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Using a mobile phone while driving has been an offence for quite some time now. But what about sending an SMS from an object that isn’t a phone?
My partner bought an Apple Watch on the weekend. Besides the fact that I think this product is a pointless piece of junk and a huge waste of [...]

Public talk: Nanoscience – are nanoparticles alive?

By 26 August 2015
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[ 6 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

In the world of science fiction, nanotechnology is often shown as swarms of micro-machines that act without the need for human supervision. Much like their biological counterparts, these imagined devices even sometimes possess their own intelligence.

In this talk, Dr Amanda Barnard will take us through the latest advances in nanotechnology and answer the fantastic question: [...]

Tailored Accounts wins Australian Business Award for Enterprise

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra bookkeeping and back office accounting firm Tailored Accounts has won the 2015 Australian Business Award for Enterprise.
The award recognises organisations that have achieved outstanding success while undertaking bold new ventures.
Tailored Accounts founder and executive director Harry Hoang (pictured above) says the business was recognised for its innovative use of cloud technologies.
“I saw the potential [...]

ACT entrepreneurs shine at EY awards night

By 14 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra’s Robert de Castella and Greg Boorer have won awards at the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Eastern Region awards ceremony in Sydney overnight. 
Greg Boorer from Canberra Data Centres won the services award, while Rob de Castella took out the social entrepreneur award for his work with the Indigenous Marathon Project and SmartStart for [...]

Public talk: Can we alter our genetic destiny?

By 1 August 2015
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[ 1 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Science fiction giant Phillip K. Dick’s 1956 classic The Minority Report raised disturbing questions about how society might behave if we knew that the environment could alter our genetic destiny.

The field of epigenetics is now very much science fact: the finding that we may carry in our DNA the legacy of our ancestors’ environmental conditions [...]

Innovation Connect grant recipients announced

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An online marketplace for health innovations, a mobile adventure game and a car performance monitoring tool are some of the projects that will share in $203,050 in the latest round of Innovation Connect funding.
The ACT Government’s Innovation Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra-based businesses develop innovative products and services. It has provided over [...]

Local leaders – Anna Petridis (Patissez)

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Patissez in Manuka is probably the most famous café in Canberra, and maybe even one of the most famous in Australia, after receiving international media coverage in the last few weeks. Most of this attention is attributed to its freakshow milkshakes.
Small business success on this scale does not just happen. There is no luck involved. Anna Petridis [...]

And the AHA winners for 2015 are…

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were applauded at the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards last night.
Following a record number of entries, more than 460 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding achievements of ACT hospitality businesses and employees. 
More than [...]

Renewing the renewable energy debate

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Regardless of whether you think that using clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar is the “right” thing to do for our environment, within a few years it’s going to be the smart thing to do financially.
Renewable energy has become a hot topic for both Federal and ACT politicians. The Federal Government has directed [...]

Local leaders – Harry Hoang (Tailored Accounts)

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When Harry Hoang (pictured above, second from left) moved to Australia in 2005 to study economics and accounting, he earned minimum wage. Today, his back office accounting and bookkeeping firm, Tailored Accounts, processes $62 million in customer transactions annually.
Harry founded Tailored Accounts (then known as Harry’s Bookkeeping) in 2009. The 25-year-old had recently graduated from [...]

Photo booth innovators snap up top ACT business award for 2015

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Red Robot, an innovative design and manufacturing business that has taken portable photo booths into the social media age, is the 2015 Telstra ACT Business of the Year.
Founders and directors Duncan Amos and Phil Preston took their first steps towards creating a successful export business back in 2008 when starting to build portable booths in [...]

Has NASA forgotten Canberra and the moon walk?

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first moon walk was on 20 July, 1969. I know Canberra was important – but who else remembers?
I found out a few months ago while on a holiday visit to Florida, USA. As well as the art deco delights of Miami South Beach and the alligators of the Everglades, Florida is home to [...]

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