[ 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: [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
There aren’t many Canberrans who can say they own a café in Phillip, a restaurant in Curtin, a Himalayan tour company and a bed and breakfast in Pokhara, Nepal.
Lachhu Thapa has a surprisingly calm demeanour for someone who works full-time while running multiple businesses.
We’ve met for lunch at his latest business venture, a boutique café [...]
Hi fellow Canberrans!
We are three ANU engineering graduates who would like to share with you our invention!
In 2014, Dr Steve Lee from the Australian National University was awarded the ANSTO Eureka prize for most innovative use of technology. We spent the next 12 months designing a device that can make his plastic lenses in the [...]
[ 4 August 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
Magic ‘mantles of invisibility’ have appeared in folk stories through the ages, including a 900-year-old Welsh tale of King Arthur, and in Norse and German fairy tales. Now, new ‘metamaterials’ have brought invisibility cloaking out of the realm of fiction and into science fact.
Hear Professor Yuri Kivshar reveal the magic behind metamaterials and effects previously [...]
If the University of Canberra is to become a world-ranked university, we need to improve infrastructure in Belconnen.
I attended a public meeting late last month in which UC Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker explained his 15 year vision for the University of Canberra. I was impressed at the level of interest, with a packed auditorium that was standing-room only.
Bruce is [...]
We have just released a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a new smaller, lighter and tougher action camera, and we’ve called it the Barnacle.
We are currently the best performing offering from Canberra, but we need your support. Check it out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1220652418/the-barnacle-action-camera
Check out the website or find us on Facebook.
We think it’s a great product, and we [...]
When Aaron Clausen accidentally rode his mountain bike through a patch of critically endangered Canberra spider orchids, he realised more could be done to identify and protect the ACT’s endangered wildlife.
The IT consultant founded the Canberra Nature Map project, a citizen science portal for park care groups, volunteers and members of the public to report [...]
A country home built by Canberra business Select Structures has taken out three residential building awards, including House of the Year 2015, at the 25th Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards on Friday evening.
The home, Tutto Bene, also won Sustainable Construction – Residential, Custom Built Homes 250m2 to 350m2, ahead of 15 other finalists.
About the [...]
Canberra construction company Construction Control has won Project of the Year at the 25th Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards, held in Canberra on Friday evening.
Construction Control is the company behind the $8 million Snow Centre for Education in the Asian Century at Canberra Grammar School.
The Snow Centre, which was funded by Canberra [...]
If you think building an energy efficient home requires spending big on expensive green materials, building methods and technologies, you might have to think again.
Whether you’re interested in slashing your energy bills or reducing your family’s environmental footprint, you probably already know there are benefits to going green when building or renovating.
But what you may [...]
Canberra work health and safety startup SignOnSite has had a very successful night at this week’s ACT Digital Innovation Awards, taking out several awards, including the Undergraduate Student Innovation Award.
From SignOnSite’s media release:
Canberra startup SignOnSite has won the Undergraduate Student Innovation Award, and received a Certificate of Merit in the New Product category, while co-founder [...]
The ACT Government has opted for light rail for the next generation of public transport. This decision was driven by the desire to redevelop Northbourne Avenue, change the lease purposes and increase land values along either side of this “entry” road. A lot of Canberrans do not believe that trams are the best transport solution. [...]
The Telstra Tower is one of our most iconic Canberra landmarks. It is something tourists look for when they are lost, and a great relief for Canberrans to see when travelling on the Barton Highway after a seven-hour (or longer) drive from Melbourne.
The Telstra Tower opened on 15 May 1980 and there is something stylishly 1980s [...]
As Canberra slowly bounces back from savage federal spending cuts, the role of the Canberra Business Chamber as a voice for local businesses is more important than ever. We spoke to newly-elected chairman Glenn Keys about his vision for Canberra business.
The Canberra Business Chamber was formed last October as the result of a merger between the [...]
Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace.
True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious [...]
Would you be brave enough to learn a new instrument, form a band and write a song to perform at a live venue in just one week?
For some, the prospect is terrifying, but for the young women who participate in Girls Rock camps around the world every year, it’s an opportunity to develop creativity, teamwork and leadership [...]
A new Canberra government cloud facility is expected to inject over $1 billion dollars into the local economy.
Joined by Minister Marise Payne and ACT Senator Zed Seselja, Canberra Data Centre’s new Fyshwick 1 facility was officially opened by Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The data facility, which was purpose built for the federal public service, will reportedly save millions of taxpayer [...]
Lachlan Blackhall is co-founder of a Canberra technology startup supplying software to one of the world’s most innovative companies, Tesla Motors.
Founded in 2012, Reposit Power has developed a computer program and phone app that allow consumers to store, shift and trade energy to reduce bills. Using Reposit Power’s software, consumers can sell energy generated by [...]
Finding the right vertical has helped a Canberra startup taking the hassle out of split bills to this week surpass over $340,000 in total payments processed.
QPay is an app developed by Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya to minimise the inconvenience of splitting payments between friends.
“QPay started as an idea while were students in Canberra. Every [...]
When Lee Constable (pictured above, right) isn’t completing her Masters in Science Communication or traveling Australia teaching kids about science with Questacon, she produces and presents social justice radio program Soapbox on local community radio station 2XXFM.
Soapbox this month received a Great Ydeas Small Grant from YWCA Canberra, which is a grant of up to [...]
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely game and in the case of these young Canberran gents, it can be controversial too. Monish Parajuli and brothers Dayne Rathbone and Clyde Rathbone (pictured above) are in the latter stages of developing a website which’s primary function is to publically evaluate human beings.
As I sat to chew the fat with [...]
Canberra may not be a city renowned for its manufacturing prowess, but it is home to the largest photo booth manufacturer in the southern hemisphere, Red Robot.
Founded by Canberrans Phil Preston and Duncan Amos in 2007, the local tech start up produces portable, modular and pop-up photo booths which are exported around the world. Red [...]