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The eight latest and greatest Internet of Things gadgets

5:35PM | Thursday, 28 May 2015 | Paul Wallbank

Too lazy to flick a switch, want a drone to follow your kids on the soccer field or connect your fridge magnet to the cloud?

The best onboarding is an intuitive product

5:01PM | Thursday, 28 May 2015 | Benjamin Humphrey

New user onboarding done well generates excitement about future use, provides learning by using the product, and takes care of basic configuration in an engaging way.

Tomorrow's battery technologies that could power your home

5:48PM | Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | Cameron Shearer

The recent announcement by Tesla of Powerwall, its new lithium-ion (Li-ion) based residential battery storage system, has caused quite a stir.

Scientists and engineers, not lawyers, will drive Australia’s prosperity: Jost Stollmann

5:24PM | Monday, 25 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

The world’s greatest challenges are being solved by scientists and engineers, not bankers and lawyers, according to the chief executive of Australian fintech startup Tyro.

Games by numbers: machine learning is changing sport

5:27PM | Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | Sam Robertson

The drive to improve performance means elite sport is inundated with data from wearable technologies such as GPS, computer vision and match statistics.

Apps tackling mental health issues and stress dominate Outware Mobile’s health hackathon

5:56PM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Apps tackling issues around mental health and stress dominated the winners of Outware Mobile’s recent health hackathon.

An equity crowdfunding framework and tax cuts on budget wishlist for Aussie startups

5:43PM | Monday, 11 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Startups are eagerly awaiting the Abbott government’s second budget after Small Business Minister Bruce Billson announced it would contain the “most substantial small business package this country has seen”.

Australia's transitioning economy and the myth of digital disruption

5:14PM | Monday, 11 May 2015 | Elizabeth Webster

Digital disruption is a phrase increasingly bandied about when it comes to the Australian economy, but how deeply do digital technologies really penetrate Australian industry?

Australia needs to create a media and entertainment accelerator – or risk falling behind

5:26PM | Friday, 8 May 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australian entertainment and media companies risk falling behind the rest of the world unless they organise startup accelerator programs focused on their industry, the author of an award-winning thesis examining US media giant Time Warner’s accelerator programs has warned.

Why Australia must embrace innovation

5:51PM | Thursday, 7 May 2015 | Stefan Hajkowicz

An emerging new “megatrend” is that Australia’s scientists and researchers need to be more innovative, particularly if the country is to play a significant role in the world’s economy.

Melbourne entrepreneur snaps up Victorian Young Achiever Award for collapsible shelters for the homeless

5:40PM | Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

A Melbourne entrepreneur who designed and developed portable shelters for the homeless has been recognised at the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

Uber launches more accessible service for seniors and Australians living with a disability

5:35PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Uber is looking to make it easier for Australians with accessibility needs to use its popular ridesharing platform.

The winners and losers in Tesla's battery plan for the home

5:12PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Craig Froome

Tesla’s plans to use its new battery storage system to power homes will provide households with more opportunities to reduce bills. But it will also cause headaches for the electricity distribution companies.

Act quickly on STEM jobs to solve the innovation drought

5:55PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Luke Sayers

Nearly half of current jobs are at risk from digital disruption, but shifting just 1% of workforce to STEM roles would add $57.4 billion to Australia’s GDP.

Space, the final (hackathon) frontier: Australian entrepreneurs encouraged to boldly go where no startup has gone before

4:50PM | Friday, 17 April 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

The 2015 SpaceApps Challenge Adelaide, a space-themed hackathon organised by NASA, has highlighted the growing potential of Australian space exploration startups.

Adapt or perish: Australia Post must embrace digital disruption

4:48PM | Tuesday, 14 April 2015 | John Hamilton Howard, Emmanuel Josserand and Roy Green

Most industries are vulnerable to digital disruption of established business models, including public sector services. The question is whether such industries use the opportunity to reposition in their markets by disrupting themselves.

Supporting grass roots entrepreneurship at UNSW

3:45PM | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 | Joshua Flannery

Now in its third year, the UNSW Startups Games has given over 80 individuals an intense entrepreneurial experience – four full weekends over one month – and essentially a platform to launch a startup for the first time or, in some cases, use the experience to become employees with an entrepreneur’s skillset.

Strong interest for Australia’s first health tech Startup Weekend

3:55PM | Friday, 20 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Brisbane is set to host Australia’s first Startup Weekend focusing solely on the health tech sector, with organisers expecting over a hundred participants including from interstate.

China changes from world's factory to innovator and Australia needs to keep pace

3:20PM | Tuesday, 17 March 2015 | James Laurenceson and Roy Green

Out of the 144 countries ranked by the WEF, the strength of China’s innovation environment now lies just seven places behind ours.

Intergenerational prosperity depends on supporting research

3:41PM | Monday, 16 March 2015 | Michael Withford

According to the Intergenerational Report (IGR) released earlier this month, Australia’s future productivity and prosperity depends on innovation and technology.

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