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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
Nominations for the Hills Young Innovator Award are now open to outstanding achievers in the ICT industry under 25 years of age. The award recognises the most innovative ICT solutions and ideas with the greatest potential for impact in Mobile, Big Data and Cloud. Cash prizes of $5000 are awarded to the winner in each of these three categories. Nominate here: http://ow.ly/y9Ymt Submissions close Friday, 1 August 2014. Up to 15 lucky finalists will be selected and mentored by the industry’s top employers. They will work together to develop and refine their innovation or idea and then deliver a...Read more
Excerpt from the Unicorn Report, by Georges Nahon (CEO, Orange Silicon Valley San Francisco, CA) "The Digital Economy is creating tremendous opportunities across every industry while simultaneously shifting value away from many traditional players. The speed and size of this shift is phenomenal, fueled by new industry Giants with large accumulations of stock and cash, young Unicorns with billion-dollar valuations shaping entirely new markets, and a glut of private capital lubricating the engine. More often than not, the risk for Incumbents is to be left on the sidelines using old models to...Read more
In the last few years, virtually connected clusters have emerged in the United Kingdom, South-East Asia and everywhere in between – CNBC included Bangalore, Dublin, Hong Kong and Copenhagen on its list of up-and-coming global technology cities. Next Generation Clusters , a paper by networking and technology services firm Cisco, explores the idea that virtually-connected clusters shouldn’t be limited by geographical proximity. It also highlights the ways that these clusters can fuel the shift towards an open, borderless innovation and drive economic growth: Community trumps geography – Social...Read more
Most companies that live and breathe the online revolution are smart smaller firms that use online tools to run their core business better to cut costs, reach customers and suppliers, innovate and get more control. Many others, however, are falling behind, according to a new Grattan Institute discussion paper . If advanced online technology becomes the norm among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) - which employ two-thirds of private sector workers and contribute more than half of Australia’s private sector GDP - the productivity gains will spread through the whole economy. Businesses need...Read more
Steering committee members kickstarting the CoderDojo Sunshine Coast on 2 June.
Free weekly coding clubs are set to start on the Sunshine Coast, where children as young as seven will be able learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. Demand is running hot from children of all ages and the coding clubs, called CoderDojos, are due to start in August at the Institute of Professional Learning, based on the University of the Sunshine Coast campus. Demand is equally strong from Sunshine Coast parents, who want their children to have richer and deeper computer experiences than they can provide in the home or school environment. The CoderDojo...Read more
Article by Paul F Nunes and Larry Downes As business costs are driven ever lower, some companies are creating disruptive products that, right out of the gate, are simultaneously better and cheaper than existing products. The upshot? Success for those who play by the new rules of strategy and competition - and disaster for incumbents who can’t adapt fast enough. Nearly everything you think you know about strategy and innovation is wrong. The most recent round of improvements in information technologies has changed the game once again, driving down costs and prices over time. The challenge now...Read more

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