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 [...]
Artist and designer Benjamin Shine hasn’t had much sleep in the past week. He’s spent up to 14 hours per day creating large-scale tulle portraits (pictured above) and three-dimensional sculptures for his first ever Australian exhibition, on display now at the Canberra Centre.
“I’ve worked with a lot of fashion brands overseas, and what they’re doing [...]
A social justice radio show, a school holiday music program and a website that aims to increase female sports participation are just a few of the Canberra-based projects that have received Great Ydeas Small Grants from YWCA Canberra this morning.
From YWCA Canberra’s media release:
Six Canberra women were this morning awarded Great Ydeas Small Grants by [...]
[ 17 April 2015 to 19 April 2015. ]
My name is Matt and I’m the General Manager of the Entry 29 coworking space in Civic. Tomorrow through Sunday we are putting on an event where volunteers from Canberra’s tech community are helping high school students prototype their first website, mobile app, videogame, 3D Artwork, or 3D Printed object.
We have 40 volunteers helping [...]
[ 15 May 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Be seduced by science at Questacon’s next SciNight as it delves into some cheeky, adults-only topics for one night only.
Is the Y chromosome disappearing? What’s the science behind who you’re attracted to? Why is latex so useful… and when is it not?
Take an intimate look into the science and technology behind genes, gender and reproduction. [...]
Airbnb is a business name that just keeps popping up. I’d heard a lot about it, but didn’t actually know any Canberrans who had used it or rented out their own place to travellers.
For those who have never heard of Airbnb, it’s a website for people to rent out their own homes or apartments to those [...]
Canberra entrepreneur and disability advocate Jessica May has achieved more in just six months than what many business owners do in years.
The former public servant founded disability recruitment firm Enabled Employment in September last year after experiencing first-hand the challenges of being an employee with a disability. She told her boss that she had a [...]
Canberra innovator James Long has this month launched what he believes is Australia’s first crowd funded hacking prize.
It’s called Hack the Lobby, and it offers a $500 prize for the best hack that brands the lobby TV and LED of startup co-working space Entry 29′s venue with a startup’s logos and brand colours prior to meetings.
James explains [...]
If you visited Canberra’s recent Night Noodle Markets and found yourself enjoying salt and pepper calamari at the National Library instead of doing battle with the crowds for meat on sticks, you’ll know that the Library’s Bookplate café is doing things a little differently than in the past.
Just weeks after Canberra hospitality veteran Tracy Keeley won [...]
The Startup Capital is a locally produced, biweekly podcast discussing startups and innovation.
In this episode, ScienceAlert’s Journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes, Mitch and Matt spoke to Chris Cassella, founder of media powerhouse ScienceAlert. This media news site has a legion of more than 6.4 million Facebook fans. We asked Chris how they did this and how [...]
Canberra technology prodigy Michael McGoogan founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14.
It was the early 2000s and Michael, a self-confessed computer geek, had identified an opportunity to make money hosting and designing websites for businesses. Within six months, he had 500 [...]
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will today launch the GRIFFIN Accelerator 2015 program intake at the Canberra Innovation Network.
“I look forward to watching a new group of innovators progress through GRIFFIN this year,” said the Chief Minister.
“The ACT Government has placed the acceleration of innovation central to its economic development agenda. We know that entrepreneurs and [...]
On a construction site, there are few things more important than ensuring that workers are safe. Canberra entrepreneur Mitchell Harmer and the team at SignOnSite have developed a smartphone app with the potential to save lives during a work site evacuation or building collapse.
Mitchell cofounded SignOnSite with Peter Marshall, David Linsell and Alexandria Garlan in [...]
A world-class activity centre on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin has been announced as the the winner of the Chief Minister’s Challenge.
Challenged to develop ideas on increasing interaction with Lake Burley Griffin in just six weeks, 55 young professionals forming 11 teams from over 30 organisations, entered the competition with the ‘Australian Centre to [...]
[ 5 November 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Autism spectrum disorder affects as many as 1% of all children but at the moment, there are no specific biomedical treatments available.
The next speaker in our Science Stars of Tomorrow series Dr Peter Enticott will discuss his work on brain stimulation techniques and how they could potentially treat the disorder.
When: Wednesday November 5, refreshments from [...]
It’s not everyday that you get to interview a rocket scientist whose invention is helping to make interplanetary travel a reality.
Dr Christine Charles is head of the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory at the Australian National University. For the past decade and a half her research has been focused on finding new, more efficient [...]
Canberra photo booth business Red Robot has been recognised for its innovation and growth in design and manufacturing of single operator photo booths by winning the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year award.
Hosted by Canberra innovation champion and CEO of ANU Enterprises Sarah Pearson at the National Portrait Gallery last night (25 September), the [...]
Canberra has again proved that it punches above its weight when it comes to technology, with local data centre company Canberra Data Centres (CDC) selling a 45 per cent stake in its business for $140 million last week.
The Australian Financial Review reports that the investor is Sydney-based private equity firm Quadrant. CDC, which was founded by Ken Lowe [...]
It’s half-time at a Brumbies home game and you’re craving a meat pie and a beer. The problem is that 20,000 hungry football fans also have the same idea, and you risk missing the start of the second half if you join the end of the queue.
Local mathematician Dr Priya Dev and IT entrepreneur David [...]
I would like to introduce to you a new Canberra startup company, it is a recently created social auction website named Snapknock.
We are celebrating this launch by giving away a Brand new PS4 with 4 games to the person who sells the most items on the site!
To know more about the team and the journey [...]
[ 27 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ]
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction but changing one kind of cell to act like another is nothing new. In fact, in some of the first experiments of their kind, our next public speaker Sir John Gurdon was able to do just that more than fifty years ago.
This work with frogs was later [...]