The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-23T23:29:48Z Hello Social founder launches new social media tool Rivuu 2017-03-23T23:29:48Z hello-social-founder-launches-new-social-media-tool-rivuu A new social media content approval and scheduling software, Rivuu, is helping marketers reduce the time spent working on social media by streamlining the workflow for faster turnaround times and some of Australia’s largest agencies and brands are already using it. Rivuu enables marketers to reduce the time spent using social media without compromising results. It has already seen over 1000 users sign up since its launch and boasts a client list that includes the likes of Mazda, Ogilvy, Carlsberg, World Vision, Brut, Leo Burnett and jewellery brand Pandora. Launched in January this year, Rivuu was founded by Max Doyle, who is also managing director of Sydney based social media agency, Hello Social,. The technology was launched after Max and his team of 16 were experiencing the bottleneck that many companies struggle with when it comes to getting social media content approved and scheduled. “We realised at Hello Social there were just too many people and tools involved in the content creation, approval and scheduling process. We thought if we could have the whole process in one tool it would significantly improve productivity. So, we created a platform that brings copywriters, graphic designers, community managers and clients/managers all together, making it possible to approve and schedule content with one click,” says Max. Once content is created and approved, Rivuu ensures users schedule it on Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram at the optimum time for maximum reach and engagement. Rivuu analyses the best time of day and the day of the week to find the optimal time to schedule each post. “We wanted to make the functionality of the user experience as intuitive as possible. All content can be viewed on one calendar and sorted by platform, category and schedule stats. The customisable workflow means users can also adjust their content approval process to fit any team structure, adding as many approval rounds as they need.” Social media is becoming an increasingly important tool for marketers to grow their businesses. A significant 63% of marketers use social media for 6 hours or more a week and 39% for 11 or more weekly, according to Social Media Examiner[1]. “We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our clients who all say they’ve noticed a considerable reduction in the time it takes get content approved and scheduled.” Rivuu is now looking to expand with Max heading to the US this month to meet with investors. “We’ve been in talks with several VCs who’ve expressed interest and have already received a series A funding offer,” says Max. https://rivuu.com/ [1] https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SocialMediaMarketingIndustryReport2016.pdf Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). MEDIA RELEASE: Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round 2017-03-21T20:30:00Z media-release-moneytree-completes-a-jpy-1-billion-funding-series-b-funding-round-2 MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp   New jobs website for Australian contact centres 2017-03-19T21:21:43Z new-jobs-website-for-australian-contact-centres Melbourne Australia 20 March 2017. A new jobs website has been launched specifically for the Australian contact centre industry. ItsMyCall has been purpose-built to provide a real alternative to those seeking a job in the Australian contact centre industry. Managing Director, Justin Tippett says that “for too long recruiting contact centre staff has been a difficult process with the current options not understanding the diverse nature of roles available within the Australian contact centre industry. Previously seen as a transient job, contact centres now offer a fulfilling career that provides international opportunities and a direct path to executive level positions”. To illustrate the point ItsMyCall has over 50 different job types reflecting the diverse nature of skills that make up the modern Australian contact centre with everything from working on Social Media queues, Training, Quality & Compliance, Workforce Optimisation and more. Partnering with Australia’s official contact centre industry body, Auscontact Association and Contact Centre Central, a website followed by thousands of contact centre professionals in Australia with the latest news, articles and support resources, ItsMyCall is able to launch directly into a ready-made audience of thousands of contact centre professionals already engaged with the industry. Fiona Keough, CEO of Auscontact Association added ‘we are really excited about partnering with ItsMyCall. Contact Centres are becoming increasingly complex and by showcasing the diverse nature of the roles available across the country, and providing access all in one location, delivering a laser like insight into the depth and breadth of career opportunities available within our industry today’. Tippett adds that “ItsMyCall has been developed by people actively involved in supporting and promoting the Australian contact centre community. We are extremely proud of the opportunities our industry provides people from all walks of life and through ItsMyCall we look forward to continuing to promoting the diverse career options within the Australian contact centre community.   Dell Boomi Acquires ManyWho 2017-03-17T00:29:32Z dell-boomi-acquires-manywho ROUND ROCK, Texas, Mar. 16, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced it has completed a transaction to acquire ManyWho™, a unified cloud and low-code development platform. ManyWho simplifies workflow automation and allows businesses and developers to turn business processes into rich software applications to connect employees, customers and core systems. Workflow automation is a critical need for modern businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization. Adding the ManyWho low-code capabilities to Boomi’s market-leading integration platform accelerates the company’s ability to deliver workflow automation to customers on a unified platform, something no other company can match. The acquisition unlocks the ability for businesses to maximize best-of-breed cloud applications, driving efficiency, increasing time to value and building a competitive advantage. With the addition of ManyWho, the Boomi platform provides customers with the enabling technology to address the challenges of Hybrid IT. Now, the platform allows businesses to connect, manage data changes, ensure data quality and re-establish efficient business processes across your IT landscape. Boomi is the world’s leading cloud integration platform. ManyWho is rethinking the way businesses manage workflow automation. Together, the Boomi platform offers the only solution where customers can move, manage, govern and automate data and processes in a unified way. “Both Boomi and ManyWho were born in the cloud and are cloud native. Without an on-premises legacy to manage, Boomi provides instant access to services with no installation, effortless and automatic software upgrades and crowd-sourced ease-of-use to achieve short time-to-value,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Boomi plus ManyWho brings world class integration together with leading cloud workflow automation. This combination provides our customers with a connected workflow which is key to an efficient and differentiated business.” “Boomi is a perfect fit for ManyWho. Both companies are committed to delivering innovative ways to help companies move fast, be nimble and collaborate at scale,” said Steve Wood, co-founder of ManyWho. “Joining Boomi allows ManyWho to scale quickly, offering businesses the end-to-end integration solution they need to drive Digital Transformation.’’ ManyWho was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Boomi plans to keep ManyWho’s employees and existing operations, and will continue to invest in additional engineering, channel, marketing, professional services, support and sales capability to grow this business. To learn more about how these new Boomi workflow features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: www.boomi.com/workflow. About ManyWho ManyWho is an agile, enterprise-level, cloud-based, application development platform. Agility doesn’t have to mean compromise however – ManyWho builds social, mobile (including offline) and real-time applications that can run on any desktop or mobile device, operating system or platform. Headquartered in San Francisco and with a presence in Exeter, UK, ManyWho is revolutionizing the world of business process effectiveness by helping corporations get the best out of their existing applications and investments. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. ManyWho is a trademark of Boomi Inc., a Dell subsidiary. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # Sydney surfer startup founder is behind the world-hit contactless payment sunglasses 2017-03-16T10:34:39Z sydney-surfer-startup-founder-is-behind-the-world-hit-contactless-payment-sunglasses An Australian startup has been revealed as the key technology partner of new contactless payment sunglasses which have led to a world sensation after being unveiled at the iconic South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Global payments giant Visa unveiled the WaveShades sunglasses to an international audience at the festival in Austin, Texas. The unveiling has attracted television and online media attention across the globe. The fascinating and little-known back story however is that FinTech Australia member Inamo came up with the sunglasses payment concept and provided the near field communication (NFC) chip which is powering the WaveShades. Inamo founder Peter Colbert, a former agent for international surfing stars and still a keen surfer, thought of the contactless payment sunglasses after surfing with friends at Manly beach last year, near his home on Sydney’s northern beaches. “It was my turn to pay for a round of coffees with friends and I realised I didn’t have any wallet or cash to pay,” Mr Colbert said. “I had a light bulb moment and thought ‘wouldn't it be great if I could go surfing, even go for a run or bike ride and not have to carry my wallet or mobile phone’.” “Given that Australia is world-renowned for its beaches and surfing culture, it only makes sense that we are the leaders when it comes to inventing wearable, waterproof technology that does away with cash, cards and wallets.” Mr Colbert then developed the Inamo Curl, a waterproof payment wearable that can be attached to watch and fitness bands and is compatible with any Visa PayWave terminals. The chip used in the Inamo Curl is the same chip embedded in the arm of the WaveShades sunglasses unveiled at SXSW. "I'm really proud as an Aussie startup that Visa chose our payment platform to promote their WaveShades sunglasses at such a prestigious event like SXSW,” Mr Colbert said. “I wish I could have been there but we are collaborating with Visa to promote the WaveShades at the WSL Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast this weekend. “Using Inamo's technology in sunglasses is a logical extension of our mission to move people's wallets to a variety of wearables that suit their lifestyle.” FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho welcomed Inamo being profiled on the global stage and said it reinforced Australia’s credentials as a world leader in contactless payments. “Inamo’s rapid growth comes on the back of the fact that Australia has the strongest market penetration of contactless payments in the world,” she said. “Australians are world-renowned early adopters of new technology and that helps make the Australian market such an exciting test and development location for new fintech products.” Earlier this year, hundreds of people attending music festivals across five Australian cities trialled the WaveShades sunglasses, as part of another collaboration with Visa. Visa’s media statement on this is available here. Inamo was a founding resident of the Stone & Chalk fintech startup incubator based in Sydney, Australia. Stone & Chalk is Australia’s only dedicated fintech incubator. Watch a Stone & Chalk video about Peter Colbert talking about how he started Inamo here. About FinTech Australia FinTech Australia is a national association for the Australian FinTech Startup community. Our vision is to make Australia the leading market for FinTech Innovation and Investment by working with both sides of Government, Industry and the Australian FinTech community to create a supportive environment and partner ecosystem in Australia and abroad. Media Contact Peter Colbert Founder & CEO INAMO Level 2, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Suite 203, 360 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301 (0418) 481 133 Email: peter@inamo.com Danielle Szetho Chief Executive Officer FinTech Australia Ph. 0414075423 Email: danielle@fintechaustralia.org.au Mark Skelsey Head of PR and Communications FinTech Australia Ph. 0403197523 Email: mark@fintechaustralia.org.au Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Nnooo joins the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association 2017-03-13T22:34:36Z nnooo-joins-the-interactive-games-entertainment-association SYDNEY, Australia: March 14 2017 – The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has today announced that Sydney-based independent video game developer and publisher, Nnooo, has joined the association as a member. Nnooo joins Australian games developers, Big Ant Studios and Well Placed Cactus, who have been IGEA members since 2015 and have made significant contributions to IGEA’s policy discussions on behalf of the video games industry. Nnooo has been making games for more than 10 years across a breadth of platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One and iOS. Nnooo has also partnered with PlayStation First and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to bring the games of talented Australian student teams to the PlayStation platform. According to Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, “Our members operate in a very dynamic industry. As a result, IGEA now participates and advocates on a wide range of policy issues that is vastly different to our remit when we started back in 2002. As we continue our work to advance the local industry, it is vital that we represent the broad views and needs of the sector at all levels, supported by accurate, timely and transparent market intelligence and data.” “We have worked closely with Nnooo for some time and have been fortunate enough to benefit from their experience both working in big games studios and corporate environments, and now as an independent developer and publisher. We admire the support and guidance they provide to other indie developers and students looking to enter the industry. We are delighted to welcome the Nnooo team to IGEA and look forward to their continued contribution to the industry,” said Curry. Bruce Thomson, Business and Marketing Director of Nnooo, said joining IGEA provides them with additional support, expertise and insight to help nurture and grow local talent. “We have been impressed with IGEA’s proactive attitude and their strong advocacy for all participants in the Australian and New Zealand video game sector, irrespective of size, industry focus or location. We look forward to formalising and strengthening our relationship with IGEA to support further growth wherever we can.”   -Ends-  About IGEA The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association proactively represents companies that publish, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content. IGEA aims to further advance the industry and the business interests of its members through informing and fostering relationships with the public, the business community, government and other industry stakeholders. IGEA is administered by a Board of Directors and supported by the CEO, Ron Curry. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. To read IGEA’s recent submission to the ECRC’s Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry, click here.About Nnooo Nnooo is a Sydney-based game developer and publisher established in 2006 by Nic Watt, a former lead designer at Electronic Arts in London. The company’s most recent game was Blast ‘Em Bunnies, an endless bunny shooter for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. Nnooo published Cubemen 2, the 3 Sprockets’ Steam and iOS hit game, on Wii U making it the first indie title on any Nintendo platform to offer both in-game cross-platform multiplayer and cross-platform user generated content. Nnooo’s most recent published game is The Legend of Kusakari on Nintendo 3DS from Japanese developer Librage. For more information, please visit nnooo.com. Confusing growth vs scale can lead to business disaster 2017-03-10T00:49:41Z confusing-growth-vs-scale-can-lead-to-business-disaster Businesses are paying the ultimate price by confusing growth vs scale when it comes to growing their venture. Mihir Thaker, director of The Missing Link, said for a business to be sustainable they need to focus on the four key stages. “These stages are launch, grow, sustain and scale. too often businesses confuse growth vs scale and consequently pay the price in the short and long run,” he said. “The repercussions are early burnout of much needed cash in the business leaving no room for long term growth, unable to hire good resources in the business and serious possibility of exiting the business in under 2 years.” “More than 21,000 new businesses started up over the past year, and many of these are not focusing on the basics. This can lead to a quick exit out of business.” Mr Thaker said regardless of the size of the business, the four stages need to be strategised and executed correctly to reach full potential. “People think that growing by (percentage a year) is a positive sign; and it can be but if there are not strategies to manage this growth; systems and processes in places and a vision for the future, it makes it hard to scale the business,” he said. “I run workshops to help people understand the difference between growth vs scale so they can stay in business longer and be more profitable. “Aspects of growth businesses need to consider are: key dimensions of growth (intangible vs tangible), key dimensions of scaling (intangible vs tangible) and when & how to scale?” Mr Thaker has been working with Fortune 500 companies and executives assisting with the development and execution of business strategies for medium and large enterprises and entrepreneurs and help them be externally and internally successful. Over the last 10-years he has worked extensively with clients in Fortune 500 companies across Australia and the USA such as Orange, Sprint-Nextel, Louis Vuitton, CBA and Telstra along with many smaller sized companies in an executive and business coaching capacity. “Growth is about adding revenue and growing the bottom line but that is sustainable for only so long,” he said. “If you grow too fast, it is like getting trapped in the wrong size body because the business is not ready for what comes next – increase demand, need for better structure, increase staff and resources. “Putting in place process to scale means putting in place plans for financial stability and for sustainability. “It is important to remember, building a successful company is not about growth, it is about scale.” Check out his upcoming workshop in Melbourne on 16th March at The Churchill Club at this link http://www.churchillclub.org.au/events/2017/3/16/growing-scaling-workshop International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Leading location-based social intelligence company hires former Cisco exec 2017-03-02T23:00:00Z leading-location-based-social-intelligence-company-hires-former-cisco-exec Sydney, Australia – 3 March 2017: Local Measure, the leading location-based social intelligence platform, has hired Peter Hughes as VP Strategic Alliances.   Hughes fills a new position in the technology company, one that represents the level of maturity the company has reached as it looks to grow its strategic partnerships.   Local Measure’s CEO and Founder, Jonathan Barouch, commented, “Local Measure’s platform integrations have developed significantly in the last six months, making this the right time for the company to develop and capitalise on its partnership and channel strategy.”   “We’re delighted that Peter is bringing his deep experience in technology sales and channel management to the company. As Local Measure continues to focus on its global routes to market, having the right strategic practitioners in place is essential.”   Local Measure’s platform partners include Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Hughes will be tasked with managing all channel partners, developing the reseller relationships and building strategic alliances.   Hughes brings valuable experience from his 16 years at Cisco. His most recent role at Cisco was Global Director of Sales, where he managed a team across APJ, EMEAR and the US to establish new routes and channels to market for Cisco’s cloud software as a service (SaaS) collaboration product Cisco Spark. Previously Hughes led the APJ Collaboration team and prior to that the ANZ Collaboration team.   Hughes said, “The intersection of mobile, social and digital customer experience is now a boardroom discussion and Local Measure is uniquely positioned in its capabilities to help businesses develop customer engagement. I intend to continue to develop the existing alliances that Local Measure has, and to work with Jonathan and the team to create more opportunities at this junction between technology and customer engagement.”   Headquartered in Australia, with offices in Singapore, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles, Local Measure has proprietary technology that allows brands and businesses to deliver exceptional service to their customers, engage with them in real-time to resolve service issues, and acquire the rights to use user-generated content.   - ENDS - About Local Measure Local Measure is the leading customer intelligence platform in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Local Measure’s clients include many of the world’s largest tourism and hospitality brands. The company merges local content, social media and mobile technology to provide customers with live access to operationalise customer data, rich content and analytics at a local level. For more information about Local Measure, visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.   Read more about Local Measure’s integration with Cisco Spark and Cisco Meraki. Australian edtech business, Mathspace, lands deal with Hong Kong Government 2017-02-19T23:03:53Z australian-edtech-business-mathspace-lands-deal-with-hong-kong-government Mathspace (mathspace.co), one of the world’s fastest growing maths e-learning businesses, has been selected by the Hong Kong Government’s edtech arm, HKEdCity, as the digital maths resource for all schools covering the equivalent of grades 3-10 (P3-P6 and S1 - S4) in Hong Kong. A global tender process was conducted to source the best eResources for use in Hong Kong, and Mathspace was selected over many other competing eLearning maths platforms from across the globe. The selection process was managed by HKEdCity together with a group of experienced subject teachers. The Company’s large-scale implementation experience, in addition to the way the program supports learner diversity, were listed reasons for the product’s selection. “It’s a great reflection on Mathspace that HKEdCity has chosen our product as the digital maths resource for their schools,” said Mo Jebara, CEO of Mathspace. “Hong Kong continues to dominate international rankings for maths. The Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) released late last year placed Hong Kong second in the world for mathematics, behind only Singapore. This is clearly a region that prioritises maths education. The fact that Mathspace was selected above all other digital maths resources is a great testament to the quality of our product and pedagogical approach.” The deal will see HKEdCity cover the cost of the award winning Mathspace program for any Government school that wishes to take it up over the next three years, as part of their eResources Acquisition Project (hkedcity.net/ereap/en/). HKEdCity expects more than 100 schools to participate in the program. The purpose of the eResources Acquisition Project is to encourage teachers in Hong Kong to experience the latest application of technology in education. HKedCity’s goal is to use eResources to support learning and teaching, and develop pedagogy and lesson plans that can further enhance the quality of education in Hong Kong. Co-founded in 2010 by Mohamad Jebara, Chris Velis and Alvin Savoy, the Mathspace platform is a digital maths tutor. The platform coaches students through individual lines of working, and can identify when a student hasn’t mastered specific maths concepts and topics. This deal with HKEdcity is the second major international partnership for Mathspace, following the company’s exclusive deal with global publisher, Pearson, in the United States last year. The deal will see the award winning Mathspace program introduced to millions of students across mainland USA. “After six years of building and perfecting our product, it’s extremely rewarding to see Mathspace being rolled out across these new markets. “Our goal at Mathspace is to improve maths education for as many students as possible across the globe. We’re thrilled that thousands of students in Hong Kong will be benefitting from our product,” said Mr Jebara. - ENDS - WORLD-LEADING SYDNEY SCHOOL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL BOARD 2017-02-15T21:52:57Z world-leading-sydney-school-of-entrepreneurship-announces-inaugural-board The board will play a crucial role in shaping the academic framework for SSE members – all 11 NSW based universities and TAFE NSW – to deliver world-leading training, support and mentoring for students looking to establish and operate innovative businesses across NSW. “The SSE board, led by Chairman Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM FTSE, brings together remarkable expertise in education, start-ups, innovation and small business to help create an innovation powerhouse for NSW, driving our economy and creating exceptional job opportunities,” Mr Barilaro said. SSE was launched with a $25 million cornerstone investment by the NSW Government in 2016. Operations will commence this year with a ‘semester of events’ in Semester One 2017, including activities across rural, regional and metropolitan NSW. Launch of the Sydney campus and coursework is planned for Semester Two 2017. NSW Vice Chancellor Committee Chair and SSE Board Member Professor Attila Brungs said: “The board will lead SSE’s operations and pave the way for dynamic input from our academic partners as well as the broader entrepreneurial community via entrepreneurs in residence, guest lecturers, mentors and extracurricular activities.” TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black added: “TAFE NSW is delighted to join the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship. It will provide our students with direct access to the best in entrepreneurial education, strong connections with industry and build a powerful and diverse community across disciplines, locations and backgrounds. As a founding member of SSE, TAFE NSW is supporting the ambition of our rising entrepreneurial stars and will inspire the next generation of NSW entrepreneurs.” Board Chairman Wainwright is currently Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales and an Order of Australia recipient for his services to tertiary education and chemical engineering as a researcher and academic. He is joined on the board by Dr Raji Ambikairajah, Professor Attila Brungs, Professor Kevin Hall, Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, Ms Fiona Pak-Poy and Ms Liane Sayer-Roberts. Reporting to the board will be SSE CEO Nick Kaye, who most recently was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship for a decade. Kaye’s tenure also saw the school build its world-class reputation for educating students who have gone on to extraordinary business success including three start-ups worth more than US$500m each. When fully operational, SSE will provide access to practical training, support, mentoring and co-curricular activities for up to 1,000 high-performing students from a range of backgrounds, disciplines, demographics and locations from across NSW to enable them to collaborate and innovate in the development of new, innovative business ventures in NSW. Founding academic partners of the school include Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, The University of Sydney, The University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University. Follow @SSENSW on Instagram and Twitter. Ends. See below for biographies of Chair and Board Members   Biographies of Chair and Board Members Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM FTSE Chair – Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Professor Mark Wainwright retired as Vice-Chancellor and President of UNSW in 2006 having held senior leadership roles there for 15 years. He has more than 25 years’ experience as chair and board member of co-operative ventures in higher education and industry sectors including numerous co-operative research centres. Professor Wainwright holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University, Canada and a DSc by research from the University of South Australia. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by UNSW and Mahanakorn University of Technology, Thailand. Professor Wainwright is presently Chair, TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council; Chair, Intersect Australia; Chair, Smart Services CRC; Chair, Cancer Institute NSW Grants Program; and Independent Director, AARNet Pty Ltd. He is a member, Hong Kong Polytechnic University International Advisory Board and the International Academic Review Panel, Singapore Management University. Dr Raji Ambikairajah Board Member – Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Dr Ambikairajah holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, as well as an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of New South Wales. She is presently the Chief Operating Officer for Women in Banking and Finance and prior to this role spent her career working in the technology start-up sector.  Before joining the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship’s Board of Directors, Dr Ambikairajah was Chair of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Sub-Committee of the Sydney Division in Engineers Australia, and Sub-committee Member of the Mentoring Committee of the Centre of Engineering Leadership & Management. Dr Ambikairajah is currently a Board Member of UNSW Innovations and a Board Member of the Sydney Chamber Opera. She is also the Sydney Chapter Leader for global non-profit organisation, Room to Read.  Professor Attila Brungs Board Member – Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Professor Attila Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with the CSIRO and McKinsey & Company. Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. Some of Professor Brungs’ present key appointments include the Federal Government Research Data Infrastructure Committee; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; Convenor, NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee; Deputy Chair, Universities Admissions Centre Board; Advisory Board Member for NSW Data Analytics Centre; the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association; and Chair, UniProjects. His experience includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships in addition to many other government and institutional appointments. Professor Kevin Hall Board Member – Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at The University of Newcastle, Professor Kevin Hall, has a unique blend of higher education and private sector leadership experience, and is a lifelong innovator. He has been in his current role for three years and has held previous academic positions as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and External Partnerships, University of Guelph in Canada; and Head of School, Queen’s University, Canada. Professor Hall has more than 25 years of industry leadership experience, including 22 years as CEO and President of HCCL Engineering. He was also the Founder and Board Chair of Pathogen Detection Systems, a start-up that successfully sold to a multinational company. Professor Hall’s experience as an executive board member spans across 17 organisations in Canada and Australia, and he is currently a member of the Leadership Circle of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres. He is a member of the University Industry Innovation Network as well as a number of professional associations and Societies and is a Fellow of the New South Wales Royal Society. Professor Denise Kirkpatrick Board Member – Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Denise Kirkpatrick has been a senior academic in the field of education in Australia for 20 years with experience setting academic strategies in a variety of universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Before joining the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship’s Board of Directors, Professor Kirkpatrick was a member of its Steering Committee and Interim Board of Directors. Professor Kirkpatrick was conferred a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from the Edith Cowan University, a Master of Education from the University of Western Australia. Professor Kirkpatrick is presently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Academic at the Western Sydney University. She is also a member of the Senior Executive Group at Western Sydney University, as well as being Chair of the university’s Academic Planning and Course Approvals Committee. Professor Kirkpatrick is also a board member in joint venture and external partnership entities. She is convenor, NSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic group. Ms Fiona Pak-Poy Board Member – Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Fiona Pak-Poy has more than 20 years’ experience working with the start-up community as an investor, mentor, board member, and entrepreneur. Ms Pak-Poy has held directorships including chair in multiple companies in Australia and the United States. She has also been an investment manager and partner in an Australian venture capital fund, and a councillor for the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL), as well as a board member of Adelaide Research and Innovation. Ms Pak-Poy is a former member of the Innovation Australia board. Ms Pak-Poy has an Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Adelaide, and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia Pacific (SIRCA), iSentia Group Ltd (ASX:ISD) and MYOB (ASX:MYOB). Ms Pak-Poy is also a committee member for Innovation Australia’s Biomedical Translation Fund. Ms Liane Sayer-RobertsBoard Member – Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Liane comes to the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship’s Board of Directors from Sauce Communications, a public relations and events management company which works with organisations that are based in, represent, or need to reach audiences in rural and regional Australia. Liane established Sauce in 2004 in the rural town of Leeton NSW and over the past decade has grown the business from start-up status to include offices in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The company today has a national client base and has been named Australian Medium PR Agency of the Year for the past two years. With more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry in Australia and New Zealand, Ms Sayer-Roberts specialises in strategic counsel, crisis communications, and reputation management. Her dual practice is in delivering value for people and businesses in rural Australia, as well as ensuring regionally based practitioners have access to rewarding career paths, and are able to participate in forums that will assist their future. Ms Sayer-Roberts has previously been a Director of Riverina Citrus and Riverina Regional Tourism, is a Telstra Business Women’s Award finalist and one of Emerald Grain and Fairfax Media’s Top 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness. She is member of the Women in Entrepreneurship initiative of the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro.   Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T04:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA).