Innovation (1170 Stories)

Local leaders – Benjamin Shine

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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 [...]

Canberra women rewarded for aspiring ideas

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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 [...] teaching ACT high schoolers to code


[ 17 April 2015 to 19 April 2015. ]

Howdy Rioters.

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 [...]

SciNight – X-rated science for adults

Questacon SciNight

[ 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 – more than just a tax dodge?

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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 [...] – web app for ACTION buses


As a frequent traveller on ACTION buses I find the current apps lacking – often I just want to know when the next bus will arrive at a stop. is a web app I have designed for this sole purpose, to see how long until the next bus arrives. It should look great on all mobile devices [...]

Local leaders – Jessica May (Enabled Employment)

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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 launches Australian first

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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 [...]

Local leaders – Tracy Keeley (Bookplate, National Library of Australia)

By 18 March 2015
Tracy Keeley bookplate NLA

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 [...]

Podcast: ScienceAlert’s journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes

Startup Capital podcast

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 [...]

Local leaders – Michael McGoogan (UberGlobal)

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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 [...]

GRIFFIN Accelerator launches 2015 program

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Local leaders – Mitchell Harmer (SignOnSite)

By 24 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Mitchell Harmer SignOnSite

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 [...]

World-class activity centre wins ACT Chief Minister’s Challenge 2014

By 27 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Brain stimulation and autism spectrum disorder – Public Talk, Dr Peter Enticott

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 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 [...]

Local Leaders – Dr Christine Charles (ANU’s Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory)

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

And the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business Award winners are…

By 26 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

$140 million investment for Canberra Data Centres

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Local leaders – Dr Priya Dev and David Elliot (Qhopper)

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Canberra Startup Snapknock – looking for feedback!

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hey guys!
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 [...]

Nuclear Reprogramming: past, present and prospects – Public Talk, Sir John Gurdon

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 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 [...]

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

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


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!


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


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 [...]

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