The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Parents twice as worried about cyberbullying than drugs 2017-02-03T00:05:55Z parents-twice-as-worried-about-cyberbullying-than-drugs AUSTRALIAN parents are more than twice as worried about cyberbullying and online safety than they are with drugs and alcohol, according to new research. Telstra's Schoolyard to Screen study found 40% of Australian parents ranked cyberbullying and bullying among their biggest worries, while 20% said they were concerned their kids would be unsafe using the internet. This compared to 9% of parents who were worried their child would consume alcohol or try smoking and 15% concerned their child would take drugs. Two in three parents (68%) said more help was needed to educate and empower young people about cyber bullying. Social Media Worldwide founder Corinna Essa said there had never been as many victims as now with cyberbullying because it was easy for people to create fake profiles. “Anyone with an internet connection can bully, without having to reveal their real identity,” Mrs Essa said. “They can bully their victims 24 hours a day and the bullying can follow the person anywhere with a few clicks. Even worse, the humiliation can be seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of people.” She said with the rise of the selfie and more teens asking for plastic surgery than ever before, children were more self-conscious than ever. “If you don’t get many likes on your social media, it can really shatter you as a kid,” Mrs Essa said. “It causes emotional and psychological distress, fear, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. The effects can be just as bad as child abuse.” One in 3 children worldwide reports being bullied, according to Dieter Wolke, a professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. How to spot if a child is being bullied. If they: Become sad, angry or anxious during or after using the internet or phone Avoid talking about their computer or phone activities Withdraw from family, friends and activities they normally enjoy Experience a drop in grades Are reluctant to go to school or to specific classes or activities Show changes in mood, behavior, sleep patterns, appetite or are depressive This is what parents can do about it: Not cut internet access or children will stop sharing if bullying occurs Teach their children the safe use of internet Spend quality time with their children so they can build their self-esteem and become more resilient Teach their children to report any bullying comments (within social networks, you can report abusive posts) and block the person Teach their children to ignore, not respond, as it will trigger more bullying Parents should also be good listeners, so the child feels it’s safe to speak openly about what is happening and trust the parents Save the evidence with screenshots Mrs Essa, 32, is known internationally as the go-to person when it comes to social media marketing. She has helped thousands of people and businesses from Australia, the UK, New Zealand, UAE, Switzerland and Cyprus get consistent returns from their social media marketing efforts. She has gone from being unemployed to a multi-millionaire in five years and now runs four companies with her internet marketing husband, aka The Webinar Guy, Steven Essa. Together, they run online marketing seminars and workshops around Australia three times a year and in NZ, the UK and US once a year. From their penthouse base on the Gold Coast, they manage 27 team members from around Australia, France, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Philippines and India and turnover $4 million per year. Mrs Essa’s book Money on Demand - the 16 Fastest Ways to Become a Millionaire Online – is due out on February 15, 2017. She has applied to be a foster parent through Anglicare and aims to be actively involved in helping children from dysfunctional families. “I want to see a family for every orphan and help to support foster agencies in Australia,” she said. For more details, visit www.socialmediaworldwide.com Mumsomnia: New Facebook group for Mums that encourages face to face connections 2017-01-10T04:31:26Z mumsomnia-new-facebook-group-for-mums-that-encourages-face-to-face-connections Emma Lovell is a Sydney Mum of two. The public know her from Shark Tank where she won over one of the sharks with her innovative sleep, sun and travel product CoziGo (formerly known as Fly Babee). She has also won various awards such as the AusMumpreneur Emerging Business for 2016 and the Optus My Business Award for Wholesaler of 2016. Emma set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free zone for Mums. This social media group encourages mothers to meet up face to face. Emma Lovell states: "For me, being a new mum was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been and I think there are so many women out there that need support outside of their immediate family and friends. I set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free space for women to connect and make a plan to meet up face to face. Social Media is making us all anti-social and we all spend far too much time attached to our phones." We’re hoping 2017 will see Mumsomnia connect more mums face to face and forge some lifelong memories and friendships. All we ask, is if you have nothing nice to say when in this space, don’t say anything at all! Emma adds: "You don’t have to be a “billy no mates” to come and join Mumsomnia, you may feel disconnected from your current friends at this new stage of your life, have moved to a new area or just fancy meeting a fresh face and make a new connection. Once there, in order to make it happen, you must make the effort to give a shout out to other members and make time for a coffee date with the kids or throw caution to the wind and make a plan to have a kid free dinner with a cocktail or two!!" *** Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Finally, a solution for January birthdays! No more receiving re-gifted Xmas gifts! 2017-01-05T04:01:54Z finally-a-solution-for-january-birthdays-no-more-receiving-re-gifted-xmas-gifts Over the last ten days, bins around Australia have been full to capacity with rubbish, packaging, gift tags and wrapping paper. Sydney Mums, Julie Tylman and Ali Linz, created Group Together to avoid waste from unwanted gifts, packaging and wrapping paper. Julie Tylman, co-founder of GroupTogether, explains: “Ali and I have seven children combined. We met for coffee one day after a weekend of ferrying kids to and from birthday parties. We were exhausted from the driving, parking, buying, wrapping gifts, drop offs and pick-ups involved in attending kid’s parties. We were also gob-smacked at the amount of money we had spent (7 kids’ x 2 parties’ x $20ish gifts + wrapping & card) only to find out that the birthday kids either already had the gifts, were given multiple copies of the gifts or didn’t love them.” They created GroupTogether, an easy online tool that makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. The business has grown and now has 20 000 users who have organized group gift collections through GroupTogether. One of the most popular types of collections at the end of 2016, was end of year teacher’s gifts. Ali Linz, co-founder GroupTogether, continues: “As well as cutting out the waste, we also felt that there was an opportunity to create a culture of mindful giving. That’s why we made it easy to donate a bit of the group gift to charity so kids can learn the joy of giving back.” Julie Tylman, co-founder, GroupTogether concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T03:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T07:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T02:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! My Emergency Dr App launches just in time for Christmas 2016-12-18T07:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au ThoughtWorks receives Australian government’s 2016 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation 2016-12-08T00:29:27Z thoughtworks-receives-australian-government-s-2016-employer-of-choice-for-gender-equality-citation December 8, 2016 – Sydney, Australia - ThoughtWorks, a global technology company with just over 300 ThoughtWorkers across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, has received the 2016 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, awarded by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). The citation recognises ThoughtWorks’ active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces and is aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, which acknowledges that gender equality is increasingly critical to an organisation’s success and is viewed as a baseline feature of well-managed and leading organisations. According to the WGEA, this year, despite more rigorous criteria, a record number of organisations have been granted the citation, indicating that commitment to workplace gender equality is gaining momentum. Trends in this year’s recipients include a focus on flexibility, greater support for women to progress into leadership positions and more sophisticated analysis of the causes of gender pay gaps. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our DNA at ThoughtWorks. We are passionate about addressing gender imbalance in the tech industry and have taken deliberate steps to align the issue with our business mission,” said Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific. “We invest in providing a workplace where ThoughtWorkers feel supported no matter their individual circumstances and strive to be a catalyst for positive change in the way women are viewed and treated. Our initiatives range from a focus on gender equality in recruitment to detailed gender remuneration analysis, internal policies and communities, and women in Leadership Development Programs. “We hire, support, and recognise all employees without penalty or privilege towards their gender identification, and are proud to stand out as a tech industry leader with nearly half our people in Australia identifying as female.” Since 2011, ThoughtWorks has set recruitment quotas with clear, achievable and measurable goals that are regularly assessed. Australian diversity figures for ThoughtWorkers who identify as female: - 49% ThoughtWorks Australia overall (Professional Services and Operations) - 47% ThoughtWorks Australia - Professional Services - 38% ThoughtWorks Australia – Software Developers A detailed bi-annual gender remuneration analysis has also become a primary focus for the company’s pay review process and helps identify differences in salary by grade, role and gender. Additionally, various internal initiatives ensure ThoughtWorks remains an inclusive workplace for all, including policies like flexible work, parental and other leave. “ThoughtWorks has a firm emphasis on supporting women returning to work, especially seeing as the fast pace of the tech world can sometimes mean people can feel left behind,” said Ange. This is supported by other initiatives including a Parents’ Community and a Womens’ Network, which identifies areas for improvement and greater equality within the business. Dedicated Women in Leadership Development Programs deliver tailored mentoring and support to ensure there is diversity within the company’s future leaders. Entrenched in the ThoughtWorks business, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of all decisions, and it encourages open and regular discussions about the issues driving inequities in the IT industry so all employees are aware of the company’s stance on diversity. “We want ThoughtWorks to be an attractive and inclusive workplace as an employer of choice, but also want to lead by example and hope others will aim higher with their own diversity initiatives. “After all, a more diverse and equitable tech industry is an improved tech industry, which ultimately will mean greater success for all,” concluded Ange. -ENDS- We want to hear from you. Continue the conversation on Twitter @thoughtworks Note to editors: ThoughtWorks in the US was recently awarded Top Company for Women in Tech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kffdp4aOdF0 - ahead of Google and Facebook - and was last week recognised in 19 Companies as Great as Google. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients’ toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. About WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The EOCGE citation commenced in 2014, replacing the predecessor citation, the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women. The citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), reflecting the change in focus of the legislation to promote and improve gender equality for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace. The EOCGE citation is a voluntary leading practice recognition program that is separate to compliance with the Act. Criteria for the citation cover leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes. Criteria are regularly strengthened to reflect best practice. How to stand out with online Christmas greetings 2016-12-01T06:38:50Z how-to-stand-out-with-online-christmas-greetings WITH last minute digital Christmas greetings taking over from traditional cards, it’s important to stand out with your e-card to have the most impact. Social Media Worldwide founder Corinna Essa said it was crucial to be original with your social media and online Christmas greetings or they would have a negative impact. “Because more and more people are sending online Christmas greetings via social media and email, it’s less special when someone receives one unless it’s original,” Mrs Essa said. “You have to be really creative with your greetings.” She said in the last three to four years, the amount of online Christmas greetings had ‘gone crazy’ on social media. “Before, people would prepare cards for months in advance. Now, it’s become a last minute thing,” she said. IBISWorld research has shown revenue in the greeting card industry has dropped 3.2% from 2011 to 2016. The $4.8 billion greeting card industry is expected to continue its decline, falling 3.8% annually from 2016 to 2021, it said. Mrs Essa has the following tips for people who want to make a lasting impact with their online Christmas greetings this year. Customise your e-cards. It can feel worse for the recipient thinking that the same message you sent was sent to many more people. Spend time putting together an e-card so it doesn’t come across as a last-minute substitute for a real card. Make them personal. Make them about you and the recipient to underline how that relationship is special. Don’t forget to state the recipient’s name in your e-card to make it more personal. Send them at the beginning of December as many people close for business a few weeks prior to Christmas. Remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so wishing someone a happy new year or happy holidays might be more appropriate. Use sophisticated graphic design so it doesn’t come across as a cheaper, cost-cutting alternative to a real card and Make the message trigger emotions (either make them laugh or move your recipient) to make it a memorable card that stands out from all the noise. Mrs Essa, 32, is known internationally as the go-to person when it comes to social media marketing. She has helped thousands of people and businesses from Australia, the UK, New Zealand, UAE, Switzerland and Cyprus get consistent returns from their social media marketing efforts. She has gone from being unemployed to a multi-millionaire in five years and now runs four companies with her internet marketing husband, aka The Webinar Guy, Steven Essa. Together, they run online marketing seminars and workshops around Australia three times a year and in NZ, the UK and US once a year. From their penthouse base on the Gold Coast, they manage 27 team members from around Australia, France, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Philippines and India and turnover $4 million per year. Mrs Essa’s book ‘Speed Cash – The Fastest and Easiest Ways to Make Money Online’ – is coming out in January 2017. She has applied to be a foster parent through Anglicare and aims to be actively involved in helping children from dysfunctional families. “I want to see a family for every orphan and help to support foster agencies in Australia,” she said. For more details, visit www.socialmediaworldwide.com Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX JOY EXPERT SPREADS JOY to HOMELESS 2016-11-27T13:37:42Z joy-expert-spreads-joy-to-homeless In the spirit of the upcoming holidays this year, Soochen Low, business entrepreneur of Happy.Positive.Successful, aka “ The Queen of Clearing Blocks to Joyful Living” was one of the recent sponsors for Sydney’s Helping Hands Carepacs for the Homeless Launch at Our Big Kitchen, at Bondi.  Soochen’s message to homeless individuals, “You are a spirit having an adventure here on Earth. This means you have the power to create anything you want here on Earth”.  Soochen Low donated 150 “Lizzie May the Immortal” illustrated books from her 50 Novella Handbook series, a total of $4500, all as part of her Happy.Positive.Successful Way of Being and mission for every woman, man and child to be happy.positive.successful here on Earth.  Soochen first knew about the Homeless Carepacs Launch at OBK through their program organiser Deb Meyer. Soochen made a connection with Deb and saw the need for her books in the homeless community.  It was Soochen’s wish that her books would give people affected by homelessness, domestic violence, illness and mental health the hope that they too have the power to create a life that is full of love and fun.  Soochen felt that the story of a Star Goddess who comes to Earth for a holiday, loses her memory and has to learn how to be happy, positive, successful from scratch would uplift many homeless women and children who are gifted with the books.  -ends- Soochen Low is passionate, motivated and spiritual creatrix of 10 year business Happy.Positive.Successful. She is dedicated to help passionate, motivated and spiritual women leaders like CEO's, business professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs and mums to unlock their best self through her 5 Step Formula. This formula was created when Soochen hit rock bottom in all areas of her life and rebuilt it from scratch.  To get started on how you can unlock your BEST self, visit  https://Soochenway.leadpages.co/yes-you-can-1 Australians raise over $100K for sex slave children 2016-11-24T03:59:26Z australians-raise-over-100k-for-sex-slave-children ABOUT 100 business people from around Australia raised $100,078 for the She Rescue Home in Cambodia for sexually exploited girls last night at the 8th annual La Dolce Vita Gala Charity event at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast last night. (23/11) Iconic Australian mindset mentor/ author Pat Mesiti, who is urging Australians to take the focus off themselves and contribute to others to help reduce high depression and suicide rates this festive season, hosted the event. She Rescue Home founder Leigh Ramsey, who is based on the Gold Coast, said she was completely amazed and overwhelmed by the generosity of people at the event and said this was the largest one-off amount raised since the charity founded eight years ago. The home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, provides a safe-haven for girls aged six to 15, who have worked as sex slaves, been prostituted, trafficked or had any form of sexual exploitation. “This will go along way in continuing the care and support of girls in our home at the moment, for those yet to come and for those who have been re-integrated and continue to be supported with social workers and schooling for three years,” Mrs Ramsey said. “One girl costs us $12,000 each year as they come to our home with nothing. We have to pay for things like social workers, house mums, for beds, our own transport, new sewing centre and education. “I’m incredibly grateful for this donation. It will make a huge difference to what we can do.” Pat Mesiti has raised more than $1m for charities over the last eight years including the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Day of Difference with Ron and Sophie Delizio, Teen Challenge, Vision Rescue, The A21 Campaign and the Irene Gleeson Foundation. From being dyslexic and told he would ‘never amount to anything’ by a few teachers from LaSalle Catholic College in Bankstown, Sydney, Mr Mesiti has gone on to publish nine books, translated in 12 languages, and sell 700,000 copies worldwide. He was raised in an extremely dysfunctional home in Sydney to Italian parents, rife with violence and alcoholism. He has suffered bouts of depression, had suicidal tendencies, divorce, misinformed media scrutiny, public ridicule and almost complete financial loss, yet has gone on to speak onstage before millions of people worldwide alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Donald Trump and Jim Rohn. “The only way I could turn my situation around was to contribute,” Mr Mesiti said.“There’s never been a monument erected to a taker. The highest form of greatness is what you give to other people - your time, your talent, your treasure. Think about your community this Christmas - what can you do? For example, can you put food packages together?” Mr Mesiti founded Youth Alive NSW, which attracted about 50,000 teens every year to a free event to help them find purpose and direction in life. He spoke to nearly one million high school students from 1990 to 2001. As the Director of Teen Challenge NSW, the father of three daughters took it from virtual bankruptcy to help thousands of young Australian men become drug and alcohol free. In Australia, suicide is second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 25, according to a report by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Last year, from November to December 2015, the Mind Charity trust conducted a study into the pressures of Christmas for those with mental health issues. The results founds that more than half of participants (52 per cent) have considered harming themselves at Christmas, while nearly half (45 per cent) have considered taking their own life. Mr Mesiti, now living on the Gold Coast, has five tips for those feeling the pain over the festive season. 1. Get help, 2. Re-assess what’s important to you. 3. Plug into solid friendships 4. Remove toxic people from your life 5. Realise this is only a chapter in the story of your life. “If you’re feeling depressed, get out and help someone else. Get your mind off you and on to others. As hard as it is, I think it’s the greatest remedy of all,” he said. “Life isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about what you give. Money is like manure, if you hoard it, it stinks. If you spread it, it makes stuff grow. “Contribution has always been about helping others and is a huge part of my life.” For more information, visit www.mesiti.com. To donate, visit www.itsnotok.com or www.sherescuehome.org Mentor out to slash suicide rates this Christmas by helping others 2016-11-22T01:27:39Z mentor-out-to-slash-suicide-rates-this-christmas-by-helping-others TO help reduce high depression and suicide rates around Christmas, iconic Australian mindset mentor Pat Mesiti urges Australians to take the focus off themselves and contribute to others. Tomorrow night (23/11), about one month before Christmas, he is bringing together 100 Australian business people for the 8th annual La Dolce Vita Gala Charity event at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast with a target to raise $100,000 for the She Rescue Home in Cambodia. The home in Phnom Penh, founded by Gold Coast couple Mark and Leigh Ramsey in 2008, offers a safe-haven for five to 16 year old girls who have been or are at risk of being trafficked, raped or prostituted. From being dyslexic and told he would ‘never amount to anything’ by a few teachers from LaSalle Catholic College in Bankstown, Sydney, Mr Mesiti has gone on to publish nine books, translated in 12 languages, and sell 700,000 copies worldwide. He was raised in an extremely dysfunctional home in Sydney to Italian parents, rife with violence and alcoholism. He has suffered bouts of depression, had suicidal tendencies, divorce, misinformed media scrutiny, public ridicule and almost complete financial loss, yet has gone on to speak onstage before millions of people worldwide alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Donald Trump and Jim Rohn. He has also raised nearly $1m for charities over the last eight years including the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Day of Difference with Ron and Sophie Delizio, Teen Challenge, Vision Rescue, The A21 Campaign and the Irene Gleeson Foundation. “The only way I could turn my situation around was to contribute,” Mr Mesiti said.“There’s never been a monument erected to a taker. The highest form of greatness is what you give to other people - your time, your talent, your treasure. Think about your community this Christmas - what can you do? For example, can you put food packages together?” Mr Mesiti founded Youth Alive NSW, which attracted about 50,000 teens every year to a free event to help them find purpose and direction in life. He spoke to nearly one million high school students from 1990 to 2001. As the Director of Teen Challenge NSW, the father of three daughters took it from virtual bankruptcy to help thousands of young Australian men become drug and alcohol free. On the Gold Coast during Schoolies, he said if he was running for government he would ban Schoolies Week. “There is no discipline in Australia. We are too lenient on dealers and there is nothing recreational or party about drugs,” he said. “Wouldn’t it be great if we taught young people to contribute? “Look at the mess and havoc and tell me if that’s how we want to raise our children?” In Australia, suicide is second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 25, according to a report by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Last year, from November to December 2015, the Mind Charity trust conducted a study into the pressures of Christmas for those with mental health issues. The results founds that more than half of participants (52 per cent) have considered harming themselves at Christmas, while nearly half (45 per cent) have considered taking their own life. Mr Mesiti has five tips for those feeling the pain over Christmas. 1. Get help, 2. Re-assess what’s important to you. 3. Plug into solid friendships 4. Remove toxic people from your life 5. Realise this is only a chapter in the story of your life. “If you’re feeling depressed, get out and help someone else. Get your mind off you and on to others. As hard as it is, I think it’s the greatest remedy of all,” he said. “Life isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about what you give. Money is like manure, if you hoard it, it stinks. If you spread it, it makes stuff grow. “Contribution has always been about helping others and is a huge part of my life.” For more information, visit www.mesiti.com. To donate, visit www.itsnotok.com or www.sherescuehome.org