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Local leaders – Lachhu Thapa (Wheat and Oats, The Hungry Buddha, Buddha Odyssey)

By 15 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Canberrans taking a microscopic invention to the world

By 9 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Public talk: Metamaterials – invisibility cloaks and bending light

By 8 July 2015
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[ 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 [...]

How UC plans to become a world-ranked university by 2018

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Support a Canberra action camera crowdfunding project

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Local leaders – Aaron Clausen (Canberra Nature Map and NatureMapr)

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

2015 House of the Year revealed at Master Builders Awards

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 Grammar’s Snow Centre wins Project of the Year at Master Builders Awards

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Here’s how to build a green home in Canberra without spending a fortune

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

SignOnSite wins multiple ACT Digital Innovation iAwards

By 25 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

How should we select a modern transport system for Canberra?

By 23 June 2015
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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. [...]

Tired Telstra Tower has sky high possibilities

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Local leaders – Glenn Keys (Aspen Medical and Canberra Business Chamber)

By 10 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Bolster your business skills with an executive MBA

By 9 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Music camp to teach Canberra girls to rock in more ways than one

By 8 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Malcolm Turnbull opens new Canberra government cloud facility

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Local leaders – Lachlan Blackhall (Reposit Power)

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Payment splitting startup, QPay, reaches new milestone

By 26 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

A new platform for sharing Canberra’s social justice stories

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Karma – the website that reviews you!

By 7 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Local leaders – Phil Preston and Duncan Amos (Red Robot)

By 6 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Local leaders – Benjamin Shine

By 29 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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

By 28 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

hs.hact.io teaching ACT high schoolers to code

By 17 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 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

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 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?

By 7 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

departing.io – web app for ACTION buses

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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. departing.io 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)

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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
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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

By 6 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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)

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

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