If you use your mobile phone or the web to do most, if not all, of your money management, then you’re a part of the digital revolution that has disrupted the banking and finance world in the last couple of years.
You already know Ping Data won a hotly contested CeBIT PitchFest 2018, pipping runners-up Littlescribe and BenchOn to first place. But what about the other seven start-ups selected as finalists? What innovative ideas did they share?
CeBIT Australia 2018 came to an exciting close with PitchFest 2018. Ten worthy finalists (from 40 entrants) pitched their tech-related start-up ideas to the panel of expert judges: Adam Cook, Investment Associate, AirTree Ventures; Bradley Delamare, Chief Executive Officer, Tank Stream Labs; Rohen Sood, Investment Manager, Reinventure; and Noga Edelstein, Co-Founder, UrbanYou.
Some of the statistics around the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) are staggering. Speaking at CeBIT Australia 2018, Justin Nelson, Head of IoT APAC, Vodafone Global Enterprise, and Leticia Jennings, Country Manager IoT, Vodafone Australia, revealed the numbers from a specially commissioned Vodafone report, and showed how the real potential of Internet of Things lies in its benefit to people.
As providers of essential services with better access to resources, government bodies and their affiliated agencies are well-placed to be at the forefront of digital transformation.
Artificial intelligence (AI) used to belong in science fiction. But as Xiaofeng Ren, Chief Scientist and Associate Dean, Machine Intelligence and Technology at Alibaba explained at CeBIT Australia 2018, AI is not only science fact, it’s steadily transforming the way industries operate.
Traditionally, the chief information officer (CIO) role was about delivery, support and backend operations. In other words, their focus was on “keeping the lights on”, rather than innovation and business strategy. But as digital transformation continues to revolutionise just about every aspect of business, CIOs, as technology experts, are having to step to the forefront of their organisations in order to help them succeed.
Researchers at Purdue University recently demonstrated that a rudimentary form of "mind reading" is possible.
The NSW Government is leading on digital - here’s why
The NSW-Israel Research and Development (R&D) and Technological Innovation Program provides funding to assist NSW and Israel entities to cooperate on joint R&D projects. These projects will advance market-driven, new and innovative products for the global market and with the potential to contribute to economic growth, skills development and job creation. The program implements the agreement on bilateral co-operation in R&D and technical innovation between the NSW Government and the State of Israel.
No matter what business process you want to outsource, there’ll be a vendor to match your needs. But finding your perfect match offshore partner is like searching for a needle in a haystack, with hundreds of reputable vendors in the Philippines alone.
Niall Blair, NSW Minister for Trade and Industry
For businesses eyeing Asia-Pacific markets, Sydney provides the ideal gateway to the region.
For the second year in a row, Gartner has identified digital twins as one of its top 10 strategic technology trends,
“If there was one takeaway from this year’s Adobe Summit, it was that we have entered the ‘Experience Era.’
In July 2017, it was revealed that Medicare card details were being sold on the “dark web”, by a vendor who claimed to have access to every Australian’s Medicare card details, and could supply them on request, amounting to a serious data breach.
In a world with a fast-growing population and diminishing resources, a sharing economy model seems to make a lot of sense.
It’s here. Dubbed by some as the “Death Star” of retailers, it appears that Amazon slowly started adding items to their Australian site on 23 November – the day before Black Friday
If you thought the pace of digital transformation would slow down in the next few years, think again.
You’d think this digital day and age would be a golden time for chief information officers (CIOs) – after all, they should be more integral to an organisation than ever.
It seems Elon Musk is at it again. At a National Governors Association meeting on 15 July, he told the audience, “I have exposure to the very cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”
Did you know that on average, large IT projects run 45 percent over budget?
The report card for myGov is in, and the grades are … well, a mixed bag.
As Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) strategies become more prevalent among forward-thinking organisations, it is interesting to note that the strategy itself has been largely driven by users, rather than by IT.
Adobe recently announced that Flash will become completely obsolete as of December 31st, 2020; “specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to [sic] open formats.”
While there are some who would have you believe that artificial intelligence (AI) may spell the end of human civilisation as we know it, there are inarguably many benefits to AI, one of which is fostering better sales and marketing alignment.
A future with autonomous vehicles (AVs) is often touted as a sort of utopia.
In recent news, two of the biggest names in tech have been facing off in a showdown over the perils of artificial intelligence (AI).
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are playing a much bigger part in our day-to-day lives than most people realise. An algorithm could be deciding whether you get a bank loan or credit card, whether or not you’ll be hired for a job and even whether or not you’ll be granted parole.
‘Digital transformation’ is a term that has been bandied about a lot over the past decade. Now it seems it is back in vogue, with Microsoft pushing their digital transformation capabilities hard, under the stewardship of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
What qualities does an effective IT leader need to create lasting and dynamic change?
CeBIT Australia’s strategic panel “Streamlining and growing business with the aid of technology” brought together some dynamic entrepreneurs at various stages of their journeys to share their experiences in founding their business, and creating a fertile environment for growth. This blog post summarises some of the key findings from the session.
The workplace has changed a lot over the last few decades. It’s becoming increasingly common for staff to work from various locations and there’s a need to communicate with people from all over the world due to organisational globalisation and outsourcing.
The way customers are behaving is rapidly evolving. As Brian Kracik, Senior Director, Product Marketing Enterprise and Cloud Solutions, Oracle. Inc admits, ‘From 100 years ago we were concentrating on connecting to a billion different places. 20 years ago we were connecting with billions of different people. In the next 10 years we will be connecting with billions of different things.’
Delivering on organisational goals in a digital world that never seems to sleep is a challenge so many of us can relate to.
Data makes government agencies more dynamic, more responsive and more open to change.
News Corp started web publishing in 1988, and at the time, the online news division didn’t really have a sustainable business model.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
Identity moments are defined as the daily interactions when you prove who you are.
Keyboard stickers created for #chickenfries, logging into your accounts with emojis, taking a selfie for coffee art and virtual reality cooking. If you understood what any of these things are they aren’t just made-up gibberish; these are some of the latest trends marked by Randi Zuckerberg as the next disrupters in business.
Australia’s digital economy is experiencing a boom, with 40,000 ICT jobs created in just two years and ICT services exports up 12% to $2.8b.
Autonomous robots running a Japanese hotel and quantum computing solving our everyday problems are just two of the digital trends transforming our world according to WIRED Magazine Executive Editor, Greg Williams.
“The new systems of digital revolution are powerful, but they are also a bit scary because they have the potential to fundamentally change us as humans,” Nicholas Davis, Head of Society and Innovation at the World Economic Forum Geneva summed up one of the key dilemmas of our times.
Australians have high expectations of a digital government.
The lesson of the 2016 census was a serious one. It brought to light issues about big data, governance and the social contract. It also exposed how difficult it can be for governments to manage risk while striving for open and agile models of operation.
For the second time, over 400 senior C-suite executives and digital leaders from Australia’s prominent enterprise and government organisations gathered at the elite, invite-only event - CeBIT Black. On Tuesday night, attendees were treated to great food, wine, entertainment, and a dynamic presentation from the event’s sponsors Accenture and Commonwealth Bank, titled ‘Fast Forward Future’.
If you reach one person online you need to start thinking about yourself as a media company. This is just a snippet of the many insights American business women and former Facebook employee, Randi Zuckerberg shared during her Day 2 keynote at CeBIT Australia 2017.
Remaining competitive at a time when industry after industry is disrupted by start-ups that didn’t even seem to play in the same category when they first emerged can seem like a constant battle.
Empowering women in business technology will be a key success factor of the industry as a whole.
Darragh Kennedy is no stranger to cloud transformation. At his previous post at Lonely Planet and in his current role as the Platform Engineering Manager at Zendesk, he has seen how cloud technology has completely transformed the speed, scale and scope of how businesses operate.
Technology is key driver for digital transformation and businesses need to adapt to remain competitive in a changing environment.
NASA. Instantly our minds forge images of astronauts in white space suits, gigantic space shuttles and the great words of Neil Armstrong - “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
It was fitting that Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director Hannover Fairs Australia, commenced CeBIT Australia 2017 by taking a moment to commend its relocation to the beautiful new International Convention Centre. He acknowledged, ‘the rebuild of the ICC is a landmark project for the NSW government.’
It’s less than a week to go before CeBIT Australia takes place at the new International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the invite-only CeBIT Black VIP program, being held at Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf on the evening of Tuesday 23 May from 6.30pm till 10.00pm.
With three jam-packed days of CeBIT Australia 2017 right around the corner, it’s time to start planning out your days. With your Exhibition Pass you get access to a wealth of knowledge and insight at our free Showfloor Theatre presentations.
From bike locks that can be opened via an app to light switches that can be flicked off from your computer and phone, the Internet of Things is well and truly changing the way we do things. But it wouldn’t be possible without the innovation from companies far and wide. And one of the companies leading the way with IoT is telecommunications provider Vodafone.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin | English Naturalist and Geologist
For the first time, CeBIT Australia is featuring six strategic panels where some of the most successful leaders and greatest minds in the industry will debate the biggest issues in business technology.
Futurist Ross Dawson delivered an inspiring keynote presentation at CeBIT Australia 2016, and we've got his presentation for you.
Optimising your business to deliver on a promise to customers, keeping shareholders happy and finishing the financial year with a solid profit margin is challenging.
Catherine Thompson was happy and fulfilled in her role at a promising start-up when the Digital Transformation Office (now Agency) approached her to head up the Digital Marketplace.
In the lead-up to CeBIT Australia 2017, we had a chance to catch up with Gold Sponsor Australia Post to discover how they are innovating their services to keep up with today’s consumer expectations and demands. Read on as Regis Bauchiere, General Manager, Identity Solutions of Australia Post, tells us what we can expect from Australia Post in the next few years.
The buzz surrounding blockchain has reached a new level.
The Internet of Things – connecting everything to everything else.
Google’s Director of Product Management for Europe, ME and Asia, Rohit Dhawan is responsible for small to medium sized publishers who use Google Adsense. He delivered a Keynote presentation at the CeBIT Global Conferences in March 2016.
It’s almost that time of year. The mandatory two week shut down where you get to escape for a few weeks with your family.
We are looking to the future with the launch of our CeBIT Australia 2017 agenda. As the largest and longest running technology conference and exhibition in the Asia-Pacific, we pride ourselves on bringing together a diverse array of experts from around the world.
In 2015 Google told the world that it would not be charging developers to gain access to its revolutionary artificial intelligence engine TensorFlow.
When we last featured some of the great free online courses available, we got such an overwhelming response, we felt the need to revisit the topic.
Disruption is a deceptive notion. It seems all-encompassing.
Imagine you’ve developed this whiz-bang new app. You’re beyond pumped to launch next week. You’ve spent years (and your savings) on this one product and it’s D-Day — the marketing launch is ready to go.
In March this year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull shared a dream with various members of the media.
Social enterprise is growing at a fast pace. It’s estimated that more than 70,000 social enterprises operate in the UK and more than 20,000 here in Australia.
The term ‘cryptocurrency’ can conjure up some arresting images.
What do a Victoria’s Secret Model, Instagram’s CEO and the Black-Eyed Peas front-man have in common?
Out of all the fascinating and disruptive technologies that are emerging, 3D printing has garnered a significant amount of attention.
Canadian prime-minister Justin Trudeau made worldwide headlines a few months ago, when a journalist asked him to explain quantum computing.
If the technological rate of growth can be described as exponential, rather than linear, then the rate of buzzwords that accompanies these advances also feels… aggressive.
When it comes to emerging technology sometimes certain things can just be a bit too pointless to ever be successful.
Smart city is the topic du jour. Even the Prime Minister is getting in on the conversation.
Mark Sheppard, Chief Innovation Officer at GE Australia, says that one of the most common questions he gets in the course of his work is: is the industrial internet revolution actually real?
To gain a competitive advantage in the information age the Australian Defence Force will have to undergo a complete culture change in the way it approaches digital and information technology.
Ross Dawson, chairman of the Advanced Human Technologies Group, opened his CeBIT 2016 presentation with the following quote:
Dr Joanna Batstone, Vice President and Lab Director at IBM Research Australia, says that the potential of data has an enormous reach.
It’s not all gloom and doom in the cyber security space, as Lynwen Connick, First Assistant Secretary of Cyber Policy and Intelligence in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, sees it.
Luc Hennekens, Chief Innovation Officer at Qantas, says that truly knowing the customer at every stage of their journey is the key to weathering the changes the next few years might bring.
In the not-so-distant past, the Australian classroom was a very different place.
Most public service agencies know that they need to get must make digitisation a key priority and quickly.
The history of humanity has been marked by its progress.
Few technology-based companies can say they have a rich history of 87-years, but global visual displays and audio technologies giant Christie can.
Boxing day 2004: in the haze of post-Christmas indulgence, the news of a tsunami started to trickle
These days city planners have more access to data than ever before. Did you know that up until 2003 civilisation created only 5 exabytes (that’s a quintillion if you were wondering) of data? By the end of 2012 the same amount of information was being created every two days.
The pace of business change is so rapid now, that digital transformation has become more than a one-off initiative.
SMEs in today’s digital economy need to be proactive to remain competitive.
Virtual reality (VR) and marketing can be a powerful force when combined.
Government sectors stand at a crossroad.
MyNetFone is Australia’s leading provider of hosted voice and data communications.
Evolve or become obsolete. In a biological sense this is imperative to survival, but keeping ahead of the curve is becoming more-and-more applicable to businesses who haven’t yet adapted to the digital era.
IP telephony, cable modems and biometrics - those were the topics shaping the business technology landscape in 2001 when CeBIT Australia opened its doors for the very first time.
The software you choose can be a real game-changer for your business.
The Australian Government - along with many other governments worldwide - has recognised this imperative and made the digitalisation of public service delivery a top priority for 2015.