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The Australian Innovation Challenge

The deadline for entry in The Australian Innovation Challenge awards has been extended until 11 August. The awards, now in their fourth year, are helping to drive breakthroughs to commercialisation or adoption. This year, there is a Young Innovators category open to students under the age of 21 and carries a $5000 cash prize. Details of the awards, online entry form, category definitions, judging criteria, entry procedure, rules and stories on past winners, are available on the awards website. The five professional categories open to specialists (including scientists, engineers, technologists, educators and innovators in community services) are: Environment, Agriculture and…
Silicon Coast
July 30, 2014
Business Profiles

Sean Pringle

Any role or industry that communicates with others is going to be profoundly affected by changes in digital technology, according to Sean Pringle. “It’s something that has to be catered for, which means people are trained to use it and the technology is designed to be user-friendly and non-threatening.” “If we want to maintain our competitiveness and become a place with attracts industries and jobs, and have a vision for the future, then we need to address the technical aspects – with internet access being number one.”  As Wikimedia Foundation’s Database Administrator, Sean says he’s found a role that allows…
Silicon Coast
July 18, 2014
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Sunshine Coast’s characters captured through digital stories

THE stories of some of the Coast's colourful local identities have been captured in short digital stories as part of Sunshine Coast Council's 160 Characters project. Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay says 160 Characters shines the spotlight on the region's special characters of the past and present. "The 160 Characters project merges new technologies with the Coast's intangible heritage - using the visual format of the popular short film to capture the stories of places, people and communities." Read the full article in the Sunshine Coast Daily. Council has partnered in various projects to collect digital stories that tell…
Silicon Coast
July 9, 2014
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Coast-based program a finalist in the ANZIA awards

Sunshine Coast-based business The Training Collective has been announced as one of 29 finalists in the 2014 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) which recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community on the internet. The Training Collective’s Get Up To Speed program will go up against iiNET, The Deaf Society of NSW and the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Cybersmart Program in the Access and Digital Skills category of the ANZIAs, with winners announced at the gala awards dinner on 25 August. A spin-off company…
Silicon Coast
July 9, 2014
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Five scholarships on offer for digital skills program

Digital literacy is the new financial literacy, according to ICT Woman of the Year Yvette Adams who is offering five scholarships to her successful Get Up To Speed program. More than 650 people from around Australia and New Zealand have already completed the 12-week online program, but this is the first time scholarships have been offered to help people increase their digital skills. “Whether you are a parent wanting to keep up with your children and their use of technology, a professional wanting to ensure your skills stay current and employable, you want to start an online business or are already running your own business,…
Silicon Coast
July 3, 2014
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Google’s $2M Aussie NFP challenge

Global online technology giant Google is offering Australian Not for Profits a share in $2 million in grants to turn their technology-driven ideas into reality. Google’s Impact Challenge Australia will offer the four winning submissions mentoring and technical support from Google employees and $A500,000 grant funding to help bring their project to life. Applications are open for Not for Profits with DGR status who can apply online here. Google says it will announce 10 finalists in October. Australians will then be invited to learn more about the top 10 finalists and cast a vote for their favourite. “We believe technology can help…
Silicon Coast
July 1, 2014
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The next big wave of disruption says Deloitte

As large and small organisations across the world respond to the big bang of digital disruption, how they grapple with the reality of disruption within short timeframes is increasingly the new measure of success, or failure, for investors, customers and employees. A new Deloitte report singles out six industries, representing one third of the $1.4 trillion Australian economy, that will be subject to the next big wave of disruption. The latest report is a follow up to the Digital disruption – Short fuse, big bang? Building the Lucky Country series, where Deloitte mapped how exposed Australia’s key 18 industries were to disruption. “Government…
Silicon Coast
June 26, 2014
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IC Business Pitch Competition now open

New and high growth businesses on the Sunshine Coast are invited to pitch their innovative products and services for a chance to win a $20,000 prize package that could kick-start their early stage venture. The Innovation Centre Business Pitch Competition prize includes access to shared office space, business development services and consultations on legal issues, capital raising and marketing. There are two categories for the competition: Concept: businesses will focus their pitch on their venture's concept and business model. This category is for businesses who are looking to validate their concepts, test their models and gain some early stage feedback.…
Silicon Coast
June 23, 2014
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Queensland leads digital revolution

Queensland is on course to become Australia’s most digitally interactive state, opening up Government information and services for more Queenslanders, with the release of GoDigitalQld. Information Technology Minister Ian Walker said the Queensland Digital Economy Strategy and Action Plan mapped how Queensland would move ahead and stake its claim in the global digital market place. “This is about helping Queenslanders, particularly in rural and remote communities, to connect with their friends, family and broader communities, and to grow their businesses. It’s also about developing our local digital industry and creating a modern Queensland Government. “Developing the digital economy is integral to…
Silicon Coast
June 19, 2014
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NBN rollout gains momentum on Sunshine Coast

An additional  1255 premises across the Sunshine Coast are set to receive fast broadband with the roll out of fixed wireless technologies in the following areas: Doonan West (surrounds), Tinbeerwah (surrounds), Yandina (surrounds), Eumundi West (surrounds), Coolabine. The announcement follows the news of an additional 167,000 homes and businesses which were added to the ‘build preparation’ phase of NBN Co’s rollout maps earlier this month. Build preparation takes place after the start of design phase (preparation of maps, surveying and rodding and roping) and ahead of the physical build (build commenced). Detailed maps showing the areas to be covered by…
Silicon Coast
June 19, 2014
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