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Local Leaders – Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya (Imagine Team)

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya Imagine Team

Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya, directors of mobile application development business Imagine Team, don’t like taking no for an answer.
In 2011, after the ACT Government refused to fund or assist them to build an app for tracking ACTION buses in real-time, the pair–still university students at the time–used the freedom of information act to access [...]

Australia’s new highly reflective soldiers

By 29 August 2014

It seems our government and the army are embracing the futuristic glam rock style highly reflective soldier concept.  Kind of defeats the purpose of all that camouflage, don’t you think?
Combined with the Joint Strike Fighter project (a 1990s design that was never adequate for Australia’s needs, to be delivered years behind schedule and way over [...]

Want to be Canberra’s first scientist of the year?

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was thrilled to announce the “ACT Scientist of the Year” award today when I officially opened the Canberra contingent of National Science Week.  This is the first award of its kind in the ACT and it will recognise the amazing work of Canberra’s scientists.  The “ACT Scientist of the Year” will be awarded annually [...]

Local wins big at the Eastern Region Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Datapod Managing Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr was announced as the winner of the Eastern Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 – Technology Category, at a gala event in Sydney overnight.
Mr Carr joined other outstanding entrepreneurs from across New South Wales and ACT and will now represent the region at the upcoming [...]

New Medical Research Fellowship for Gender Equity

By 23 July 2014

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today announced the establishment of the Judith Whitworth Fellowship for Gender Equity in Science at an event held at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University (ANU).
“This new Fellowship, which is believed to be the first of its kind at any Australian University, [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

Ingress – Now on iOS!

By 15 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For those who missed the conversation earlier this year, Ingress is a game you play in the real world. Rather than playing a game on a screen, or even a large grassy field, it’s a game where the whole world is your playground. Or should I say battleground? For in the game, two [...]

Canberra’s free public Wi-Fi one step closer

By 29 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today announced that Canberra’s free WiFi is one step closer with the first site
in Garema Place scheduled to go live in October 2014. The free Wi-Fi project is part of the ACT Government’s
commitment to Canberra’s future as a smart and digital city.
The Chief Minister has also announced iiNet as the [...]

Royalla solar farm – view from the sky

By 10 April 2014

Every so often I drive past the solar farm out near Royalla…

North Canberra Community Council public meeting 19 March

By 19 March 2014

[ 19 March 2014 at 5:30 pm; 19 March 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] The next meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will be held from 7.30pm to 9pm on 19 March 2014, at ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett.
The meeting will include:
National Broadband Network update – Michael Tyler, Community Account Manager, NBN Co.

Braddon Club update: Report on our appeal against the deconcessionalisation of the Braddon Club [...]

“Greener” Electricity in the ACT – At What Cost ??

By 11 March 2014

A while back, I recall the ACT Government proudly announcing that the feed in tarriff to make the Royalla Solar Farm economically viable, would add about $13 pa to everyone’s electricity bill in the ACT.   Doesn’t sound like much, does it.   But, multiply that by the number of Solar Farms planned ???  It [...]

Don’t panic about cleaning your phone

By 24 January 2014

The ANU has a slightly strange announcement debunking mobile phone sanitising products (which I have only just learned is a thing):
The popularity of smart phones has seen the emergence of products which claim to kill germs found on the devices because of everyday use. A quick search on the internet has found at least [...]

Bitcoin MyWay Recharge?

By 23 January 2014

Hey everyone,
We’re super excited to announce we’ve crossed the 50,000 active user mark for our MyBus 2.0 app.
We wanted to do something special to thank everyone for their support, and we got tired of waiting for the real-time feeds to become available (the launch date has been a roving target…), so we decided to [...]

Simon Singh on The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

By 15 January 2014

[ 17 January 2014 at 4:00 pm; ] Questacon have word on a pretty exciting talk this Friday:

Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his latest book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. He will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and [...]

Canberra, all covered in slime

By 11 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last week I let pestiness post a call to arms for Canberrans to join her faction in Google’s game Ingress.
Thus intrigued I fired up the copy of Ingress on my phone that I’d flunked out of training with a year ago.
The software has upgraded a few times since then, which I suspect is why it [...]

Canberra is not as it seems

By 7 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

…for many reasons.
Canberra is being over-run by the resistance. We are an enlightened city, full of enlightened people (mostly), but the ‘intel map’ is depicting that this is not the case. The enlightened seem to be losing the battle. We need more help!
If you’re over 16 and based in the Australian Capital Territory, have an [...]

Anne-Marie Schmidt goes national

By 28 December 2013

NineMSN is taking an unusual interest in Canberra’s playgrounds and protective parents:
A Canberra mum has named and shamed her 12-year-old daughter’s cyber bully after the sixth grader was caught inciting other students to call her a “b-tch”.

Happy Birthday Deep Space Network!

By 19 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

NASA is celebrating the 50th birthday of their Deep Space Network:
NASA’s Deep Space Network, the world’s largest and most powerful communications system for “talking to” spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.
Over the past 50 years, antennas of the Deep Space Network (DSN) have communicated with [...]

Taking the census online

By 19 December 2013

Government News brings word of plans by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to do away with the messy business of talking to people when it compiles the 2016 census.
Tender documents released to the market by the ABS this week have called for bids from technology experts to undertake the Census 2016 ICT Capability Review, [...]

Driving to innovation. Because the bus is for losers

By 19 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Chamber of Commerce is getting word out there about next October’s Innovation Canberra drive:
Innovation will be the centrepiece of the ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s program next year with plans well underway for Innovation Canberra being held at the National Convention Centre, 29-31 October 2014.
“Innovation Canberra will send a loud [...]

Flood data added to ACTMAPi

By 17 December 2013

Simon Corbell is sharing the joy that we can now map flood data:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today launched new flood data on the ACTMAPi website aimed at advising Canberrans which areas are at risk from riverine floods.
“The ACTMAPi website shows the one-in-100-year flood level areas in the ACT,” Mr Corbell [...]

More spiv snouts in the trough as we go “Digital Canberra”

By 16 December 2013

The latest Summary of Cabinet outcomes has an entry that might make you feel ill:
Digital Canberra
Cabinet agreed the Digital Canberra initiative as a major government priority, which aims to promote Canberra as city of digital opportunity, create digital networks and partnerships, accelerate the digital economy, build a city of innovation and connected communities, and support [...]

A Microsoft office makes us a digital city?

By 16 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is reading a lot into her opening of a new Microsoft office here in Canberra:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, today opened Microsoft’s new Canberra office which is the latest major IT company to open a major office in the ACT.
“The ACT Government is working towards creating Canberra as a digital city and [...]

NBN 2.0: From engineer’s dream to political football

By 13 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Michael de Percy, University of Canberra
With unwavering confidence Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the consultants report showing Labor’s ambitious plan to provide fibre–to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband to the vast majority of Australian households would have cost A$73 billion.
Indeed, Turnbull suggests NBN projections to date have been “extremely optimistic” with the rollout significantly slower than expected, [...]

400Gbps trail between Sydney and Canberra

By 3 December 2013

Nextgen Networks have successfully tested a 400 Gigabit link from Canberra to Sydney.
Sadly the test was simply that, and there and no current plans to make this upgrade permanent.
“We installed, commissioned, tested – and then removed – a 400 Gigabit link from Sydney to Canberra and it worked,” chief technical officer Phil Martel told an [...]

You might think the World’s #1 storage OS could afford to advertise without vandalising Canberra.

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

As seen on Bunda Street this afternoon.
A real shame the world’s #1 can’t spring for advertising that isn’t at the expense of the rest of the city.

Canberra’s CEA Technologies kicked a goal that most of us missed

By 25 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Back in October The Diplomat had a story about Australia’s view of maritime strategy.
This bit had particular local resonance:
Operating in the firing range off Hawaii last August, Lee’s command, the ANZAC frigate HMAS Perth, engaged seven sea-skimming targets with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles. Perth demonstrated that it can take on the deadliest threats out [...]

Tweet to the top. The Chief Police Officer out for a Twitter frolic

By 24 November 2013

An intriguing tweet just in from ACT Policing indicating Canberra’s top police will be boosting their klout scores as the great unwashed get a chance to be directed to a series of tangentially relevant fact sheets (if previous such exercises are any guide):
Tweet to the top: @CPOACT will be joined by DCPO Quade & myself [...]

Joint Strike Fighter Seminar & Networking Function – Monday 2 December

By 21 November 2013

To celebrate the end of 2013, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents
WORKING AT THE LEADING EDGE OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY
by Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, AM, CSC – Program Manager, RAAF’s New Air Combat Capability
Date: Monday 2 December 2013
Time: 6:30pm till 8:30pm
Location: The Deck & Nottingham Room, Forrest Hotel & Apartments, 30 National [...]

And the winners of the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards are…

By 21 November 2013

Andrew Barr has announced this year’s Canberra BusinessPoint Awards.
The awards, which are managed by the ACT Government’s business advisory and mentoring service Canberra BusinessPoint, showcase the range and depth of successful businesses operating in the Canberra region.
They showcase the innovation and ingenuity of ACT companies who have taken the astute step of seeking assistance [...]

Competitive robot being assembled at ANU

By 19 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ANU students Shanae King, Matt Shadwell and Jessica Evers, along with their as yet unnamed robot (I suggest “The Subjugator 5000″) hope to compete in a tournament of robots.
Sadly this tournament is some sort of obstacle course instead of a frenzy of robots tearing into each other with hammers and saws like a real robot [...]

Site sign on? There’s an app for that!

By 18 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

UC is celebrating the work of Alexandria Garlan and Mitchell Harmer:
Creating an app for construction workers to sign on or off site using just their smart phone has won University of Canberra students over $35,000 in prize money at the Innovation ACT awards.
Mitchell Harmer and Alexandria Garlan were part of a team of four ACT [...]

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