The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T08:02:55Z Logico Learning System: It's now available from School Products Australia 2017-06-22T08:02:55Z logico-learning-system-it-s-now-available-from-school-products-australia School Products Australia is now supplying Schools and Early Learning Centres across Australia with the Logico learning system. Logico is a powerful self-checking learning tool for children aged from 3 years to 10 years. Logico is a learning game designed for children to use independently. Consisiting of a compact and durable plastic board with moveable coloured buttons. Learning cards slide into the slot in the board and the coloured buttons are moved from the bottom of the board to beside the correct answers on the right hand side of the board. Then simply remove the card and reverse the card and slide it in to show where the buttons should be if the questions have been answered correctly. If the coloured dots on the card are showing beside the corresponding coloured buttons then you have answered all of the questions correctly! If the coloured buttons and the coloured dots aren’t matched up then this shows the questions that have been incorrectly answered. The beauty of this is that children are able to play the game and self-check their answers promoting self-esteem which motivates them and makes them look for further challenges. Even though it is self-checking, cheating is difficult as the entire card needs to be removed and re-inserted for the child to be able to view the answers. Besides being fun to move, the sliding buttons provide the added bonus of enhancing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The buttons are also non-removable which eliminates the chance of losing small parts. Logico has been a great success in many countries around the globe for over 2 decades and is now available through School Products Australia to schools and early learning centres right throughout Australia. No matter where you are located in Australia, Logico can be delivered to your home, school or centre for your children or students to learn from and enjoy. To find out more about Logico or to order Logico for your school or centre check out the School Products Australia website at www.schoolproductsaustralia.com.au today. MODE wins big at the 2017 NT Architecture Awards 2017-06-22T05:01:42Z mode-wins-big-at-the-2017-nt-architecture-awards Darwin’s architectural community gathered on Friday 16 June for the annual 2017 NT Architecture Awards, with MODE taking out the prestigious Tracy Memorial Award for the Bullocky Point Education Precinct. The project was dubbed “a work of the Northern Territory” and also picked up an Education Architecture NT Chapter Award and the Award for Interior Architecture, making it the most awarded entrant. MODE’s design of the Bullocky Point Education Precinct involved landscape architecture, interior design, architecture and wayfinding to deliver a cutting-edge environment for staff and students to advance their studies. The purpose-built, flexible distance education facility is located within the grounds of Darwin High School and provides a unique opportunity for students of both schools to interact. Fundamental to the projects mission, was improving outcomes for remote and regional learning, through a space that would offer state-of-the-art technology and an expanded distance education capacity. MODE’s Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar, was also awarded the 2017 Student Prize (supported by the Liveris Family) on the night, along with MODE receiving a commendation for the innovative Asbuild Office Fitout under the Small Project Architecture category. To view a list of all award winners, go to: http://architectureau.com/articles/winners-awards-2017-nt-architecture-awards/#img=2 ---End---   Award Details for MODE: ·         The Tracy Memorial Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Educational Architecture: NT Chapter Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Interior Design Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Small Project Architecture Commendations for Asbuild Office Fitout ·         MODE Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar won the 2017 Student Prize Award Big Switch Networks appoints Claudio Perugini as VP Worldwide Channels 2017-06-21T00:00:00Z big-switch-networks-appoints-claudio-perugini-as-vp-worldwide-channels MELBOURNE, Australia – 21 June 2017 – Big Switch Networks, the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced it has appointed Claudio Perugini as Vice President, Worldwide Channels.   “I’m thrilled to welcome Claudio to the Big Switch team to drive the expansion of our worldwide channel program,” said Mike Hoffman, VP of Worldwide Sales and Chief Revenue Officer. “He brings channel expertise, leadership experience and a proven track record in sales and channel strategy and I look forward to partnering with him as we continue to scale our global GTM efforts.”   Perugini has extensive channel and sales experience in the networking industry, which spans more than 30 years. Most recently Perugini was EVP, Worldwide Sales at LightCyber (acquired by Palo Alto Networks, February 2017). Prior to LightCyber, Perugini spent nearly five years at Gigamon, as VP of Sales, Americas. Perugini began his career as a founding member at Fluke Networks, a division of Danaher, where he spent more than 25 years.   “Claudio is uniquely qualified to expand our global channel program to support continued growth at Big Switch,” said Susheel Chitre, VP of Business Development, Big Switch Networks. “He will play a meaningful role at Big Switch as we expand our programs to further support our global customer base with differentiated technology and choice that will enable transformation of legacy data centres.”   At LightCyber, Perugini significantly contributed to the company’s overall growth and resulting acquisition, evidenced by a 2.5x increase in bookings as well as a 2x increase in customer logo count. Perugini was also responsible for the build-out of LightCyber’s worldwide sales and engineering teams to support growing demand.   During his tenure at Gigamon, the company’s revenue increased from $30M to $180M, and under his leadership, the Americas sales team contributed more than 80% of total company revenue per quarter and had the highest producing region per sales person for four consecutive years. At Gigamon, Perugini grew the Americas sales organisation from a 6 person to an 85 person, multi-tier leadership team, which had a 98% retention rate.   “As a veteran of the networking industry I was incredibly impressed with the technology offerings in Big Switch’s portfolio, which enable customers to experience benefits that are not delivered via other solutions currently in the market,” said Claudio Perugini, VP of Worldwide Channel Sales, Big Switch Networks. “Given my 30-plus years in sales and sales management, my success has always been in working with the channel and partners. I look forward to growing the BSN channel program so that partners and end-users around the world can experience the flexibility, agility and intelligence of Big Switch’s next-gen products.”  About Big Switch Networks Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data centre and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Melbourne, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow Big Switch on LinkedIn and Twitter, or visit www.bigswitch.com.   Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.Media contacts Espresso Communications for Big Switch Networks Amy Rathbone/India Bednallbigswitch@espressocomms.com.au Ph. +61 2 8016 2200 Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Educational Publishing Awards Australia Announce New Chief Judge: Angela Carbone 2017-06-20T00:57:02Z educational-publishing-awards-australia-announce-new-chief-judge-angela-carbone Melbourne, Australia–20 June 2017–The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Judge for the 2017 Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA). Angela Carbone, Associate Professor and Director of Education Excellence at Monash University, replaces the late Professor Mike Horsley, who co-founded the awards and was Chief Judge from their inception in 1994. In taking on the role, Angela will be responsible for upholding Professor Horsley’s legacy of ensuring the validity and reliability of the judging process so that EPAA continues to recognise pedagogical excellence and industry innovation. Angela brings more than 25 years of experience to the role and a number of accomplishments, including winning the highly prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year in 1998. She has a track record for driving transformational change focused on achieving academic excellence, and is an active member of the academic community, including chairing university panels for Vice Chancellors’ and Australian government awards. The APA's selection committee commented, “We chose Angela because we felt excited and challenged by her questions and ideas for the awards going forward, particularly her focus on proving the effectiveness of learning resources.” With a lifelong passion for improving education, and belief in the value of awards such as the EPAA, the role of Chief Judge was a natural fit. Angela said, “This role allows me to evaluate educational resources that are currently being used or will be used by the next generation, which is a crucial part in improving the learning experience of students.” The 24th annual EPAA will be held on 20th September 2017 at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne. The night celebrates excellence and innovation in the educational publishing industry, including cutting-edge digital resources. More information about the awards can be found at www.edpubawards.com. Keep up with the latest EPAA news @EPAs_Aus #EPAA17. AIIA Tasmania iAwards winners showcase Australian innovation 2017-06-18T23:42:36Z aiia-tasmania-iawards-winners-showcase-australian-innovation Hobart, Australia – 19 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, has announced the iAwards winners in Tasmania for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as startup of the year, research & development project of the year, and as outstanding infrastructure and platform innovations. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Tasmania and compete at the National iAwards in Melbourne. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, being attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians. Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos, Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and the Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, will make presentations on the evening. Winners and merit recipients of the 2017 Tasmanian iAwards are: Business Services: PopUp WiFi – PopUp WiFi (Winner) Community Services: Ionata Digital and Beacon Foundation – eBeacon (Winner) Consumer: BitByteBit - NoozeFeed, powered by LeakyFeed (Winner) Industrial & Primary Services: The Yield Technology Solutions - Agricultural Decision Support System (Winner) Sense-T, University of Tasmania - Sense-T Program (Merit) Public Sector & Government: University of Tasmania - eResearch Ecosystem (Winner) Student: University of Tasmania – Digitran [Undergraduate Tertiary Student] (Winner) Cross Categories: The Yield Technology Solutions – Agricultural Decision Support System [Big Data/Machine learning Innovation of the Year] (Winner) PopUp WiFi - PopUp WiFi [Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year] (Winner) University of Tasmania - eResearch Ecosystem [Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year] (Merit) BitByteBit – NoozeFeed, powered by LeakyFeed [Mobility Innovation of the Year] (Winner) University of Tasmania, CSIRO Data61 – Sense-T Data Platform [Research & Development Project of the Year] (Winner) PopUp WiFi - PopUp WiFi [Startup of the Year] (Winner) The Yield Technology Solutions – The Yield Technology Solutions [Startup of the Year] (Merit) “Whether they’re innovations coming from students, government or large corporations, we continue to see a high calibre of entrants for AIIA’s iAwards,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA. “Regardless of origin, size, scale, industry or social focus, all innovations are potential winners, and that’s what makes the awards so compelling.” Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’, the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions, NDIA, AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsor KPMG. -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/ Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Rian Newman Tel: (02) 8006 5740 rian@filteredmedia.com.au Australia's First Off-Market Property Match-Making Platform 2017-06-16T01:17:18Z australia-s-first-off-market-property-match-making-platform New Off-Market Property Match-Making Platform For Buyers and Real Estate Agents propertywhispers.com.au - the home of off-market properties Media Release - 16 June 2017 In an Australian first, online business Property Whispers has launched a unique property match-making service for off-market listings – properties for sale ‘on the quiet’ or ‘pre-market’ - designed for all buyers and real estate agents. In a changing marketplace where prices have reached their peak and auction clearance rates fallen, off-market is the new “on” market! Thanks to Property Whispers, no longer do buyers need to struggle or pay fees to access the off-market inner circle, and real estate agents will now be able to reach far more ready buyers, creating a more competitive off-market sales process so the property can sell more quickly. This off-market property match-making service is now available to buyers and real estate agents by simply registering at propertywhispers.com.au. Co-Founder of Property Whispers and former real estate agent Liane Fletcher says, “Traditionally buyers needed to be on many sales agents’ databases or engage a buyers agent to access properties being sold on the quiet or pre-market. Now, buyers finally have the tool to access off-market properties that specifically match their purchase requirements. At the same time, agents can now offer vendors not wanting to pay for expensive advertising or those wanting to keep the sale quiet a platform to do so. A positive result for all! It’s a no-brainer for real estate agents and buyers alike.” How Property Whispers Works: 1. Buyers register list their property requirements (property type, bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, price guide, suburb). 2. Real estate agents list their off-market property specifications (property type, bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, price guide, suburb) - only discoverable via a match. No street address is revealed to the buyer. 3. An instant match occurs when a buyer’s property requirements matches an off-market property and the contact details are immediately sent to both buyer and agent so they can make contact. 4. The buyer and real estate agent speak, arrange to meet to view the property and hopefully a sale follows! Online registration is free for buyers to join Property Whispers. A three month obligation-free trial period is available for a limited time for all real estate agents who register online; those who choose to use the website thereafter pay an annual subscription fee. About Property Whispers: Property Whispers is Australia’s first off-market property website, matching buyers and their property requirements with suitable off-market properties in their chosen area, as listed by local real estate agents. Launching in Sydney in June 2017, with the service to be rolled out nationally over the next 12 months. Register online to access Property Whispers in your local area: www.propertywhispers.com.au For more information or to set up an interview with Liane Fletcher, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – (02) 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au AIIA South Australia iAwards winners showcase the best of Australian innovation 2017-06-16T00:10:00Z aiia-south-australia-iawards-winners-showcase-the-best-of-australian-innovation Adelaide, Australia – 16 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has today announced the iAwards winners and merit recipients in South Australia for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as startup of the year, research & development project of the year, and as outstanding infrastructure and platform innovations. An independent panel selected by the AIIA judged all nominations.   At a gala event held last night at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, said:   “Innovation, risk-taking and exploring new horizons are embedded in South Australia’s DNA.   “In 2017, we have a terrific opportunity to further extend that leadership into the sphere of ICT and to build on the advances we’ve already made.   “I really appreciate the work this industry does to generate jobs, and to create smart and valuable products, and congratulate every individual and business that receives recognition here this evening.” Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent South Australia and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA 2017 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians.The South Australia 2017 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:Business Services: Pernix Pty Ltd - High Performance Sports Analytics Platform (Winner) Accodex – Accodex (Merit) Industrial & Primary Services: Resolution Systems – MaxMine (Winner) Public Sector & Government: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) Service SA, Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Whole of Government electronic forms platform (Merit) Student: Murray Bridge High School – Life In High School [Junior Students] (Winner) Murray Bridge High School – ImagineAR [Senior Students] (Winner) Community Services: DXC Technology - The Dandelion Work Experience Program (Winner) Mobility Innovation of the Year: LMZ Capital Pty Ltd - Golf Partner Connect (Winner) iCorp Digital - iCorp Digital (Merit) Startup of the Year: Life Whisperer Diagnostics Pty Ltd - Life Whisperer (Winner) Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year: Life Whisperer Diagnostics Pty Ltd - Life Whisperer (Winner) Pernix Pty Ltd - High Performance Sports Analytics Platform (Merit) Research and Development Project of the Year: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) South Australia Premier’s Award for Public Sector Transformation: Department of the Premier and Cabinet - South Australian Resources Information Gateway (Winner) Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’, the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents, is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions, NDIA, AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsor KPMG. The 2017 South Australia iAwards is proudly supported by State Sponsors the Government of South Australia, and Bronze Sponsor DW Fox Tucker.                                                                                                       -ENDS-About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/  Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn.  About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information.  Media Contact Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410joanna@filteredmedia.com.au   Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au     AIIA Victoria iAwards winners showcase the best of Australian innovation 2017-06-16T00:07:21Z aiia-victoria-iawards-winners-showcase-the-best-of-australian-innovation Melbourne, Australia – 16 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, has today announced the iAwards winners in Victoria for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, and Industrial & Primary Services. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as Startup of the Year, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure and Platform Innovations of the Year, Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year, and the inaugural Victorian Diversity Award. An independent panel selected by the AIIA judged all nominations. At a gala event held last night at KPMG’s Victorian offices in Docklands, Melbourne, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Victorian State Government, said: “Congratulations to the companies and individuals taking part in this year's 2017 Victorian iAwards. These companies are playing a vital role in growing our tech capabilities and creating new jobs here in Victoria. We are proud to be showcasing our very best digital tech innovations here in Victoria, Australia's tech and innovation hub." Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Victoria and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA 2017 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians.The Victoria 2017 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:Business Services: Conduct, HMR Referrals - HMR Referrals (Winner) LiveHire – LiveHire (Winner) Envato - Envato Market (Merit) Hivint Pty Limited - SecurityColony.com (Merit) Industrial & Primary Services: SensaData and La Trobe's Centre for Technology Infusion - Smart-r-Tag (Winner) Consumer Services: frank green - Smartcups and SmartBottles by frank green (Winner) BajaBoard – BajaBoard (Merit) Student: RMIT University - VICHyper Hyperloop Team [Undergraduate Tertiary Students] (Winner) Community Services: OnDigital Pty Ltd – SchoolTV (Winner) Scapegrace Pty Ltd - Quitch (Merit) Research and Development Project of the Year: Data61 (CSIRO) and Diving Australia - Dive Mechanic (Winner) Mobility Innovation of the Year: Scapegrace Pty Ltd – Quitch (Winner) Smileyscope – Smileyscope (Merit) Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year: LiveHire – LiveHire (Winner) Hivint Pty Limited - SecurityColony.com (Winner) Conduct, HMR Referrals - HMR Referrals (Merit) Startup of the Year: Scapegrace Pty Ltd – Quitch (Winner) Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year: Gooroo Ventures - Gooroo Hirer: Predictive screening of IT talent (Winner) Inaugural Victorian Diversity Award BeInSync Pty Ltd - LLULAS Universal Communication Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions and AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsors KPMG and National Disability Insurance Agency. The 2017 Victoria iAwards is proudly supported by State Sponsors the Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions and AuDA, National Category Sponsors KPMG and National Disability Insurance Agency and State Student Category Sponsor WiseTech Global.                                                              -ENDS-  About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/  Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn.  About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information.Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au   Rian Newman Tel: (02) 8006 5740rian@filteredmedia.com.au     Compliance training versus compliance performance: New SAI Global and Towards Maturity report tackles how to bridge the divide 2017-06-15T13:16:08Z compliance-training-versus-compliance-performance-new-sai-global-and-towards-maturity-report-tackles-how-to-bridge-the-divide The findings show that while more time is spent on compliance training than on any other formal learning and development, there’s a significant gap between the desired and actual outcomes; 95% of respondents want to change their workplace culture and 81% of the workforce is involved in mandatory training each year. Despite this, only 27% of organisations seeking evidence of a change in behaviour in their workforce, believe they are actually succeeding and only 15% believed their current approach actually achieved this. The survey results compare ethics and compliance programme goals and performance from 2013 to 2017, identifying what’s working and what the barriers to success are. Some of the key insights gained include: Targeted, position-based training to empower ethical decision making is essential. Respondent feedback indicated, on average, that 61% of employees in their companies receive the same learning content as everyone else in the company, despite the risk profile for each role being entirely unique with its own set of challenges. Extending compliance training to third-party network significantly reduces business risk. Evidence suggests the provision of third-party ethics and compliance training to contractors, vendors and suppliers reduces an organisation’s third party risk by up to three times. Despite this only 19% of organisations currently allow third-parties access to their compliance training. Mapping learning requirements to business process pays dividends. Mapping learning outcomes to business processes generates significant benefits including enhanced compliance with regulator’s requirements for training, reducing insurance premiums by 12% and, in the case of serious misconduct, reducing potential penalties a company faces by 16%. Workplace technology needs to keep up with the rest of the world. While 91% of learners own a smartphone and/or tablet, use of such technology to access learning and support content is surprisingly low. 43% of survey respondents rated learning on mobile devices as having the greatest impact on behavioural change but only 25% use mobile tablets and 7% use smartphone devices to access learning material. Engaging content and delivery methods are essential. 46% of respondents report a major barrier to learning was that content is dull and delivery is lacking in engagement. Securing and protecting data against cyberattacks is a top priority. A greater understanding of the exposure to risk from cybercrime and data loss or corruption has driven the largest increase (13%) in perceived risk between 2015 and 2017 compared to any other risk category. 81% of survey respondents rated cybersecurity as the number one priority. “Comparing data from 2013 and 2015 with this year’s results, it’s clear that culture isn’t shifting as fast as it needs to for organisations to be able to adequately respond to the new wave of technology driven risks. This research brings new evidence to the table; new insights that will drive more effective changes to ethics and compliance learning programmes and ensure success,” said Laura Overton, Towards Maturity. SAI Global, an international leader in providing ethics and compliance training, sponsored this independent benchmark study by Towards Maturity to explore methodologies and practices for improving the impact and effectiveness of compliance training. “There is no doubt that the field of ethics and compliance can be challenging, as there is nothing simple about influencing how people from different backgrounds and cultures behave. Our ability to come together as a community and collaborate on our collective journey to a future where ethical behaviour is instinctual and celebrated drives everything we do,” said Peter Mullins, CEO SAI Global. A free version of the full report can be downloaded here. Methodology Data for this report is drawn from: - A compliance audit with over 250 compliance professionals from 28 countries gathered between March and May 2017 - Data drawn from over 600 compliance professionals who participated in  the compliance studies in 2013 and 2015 - Group workshop held in April with Risk and L&D executives - Towards Maturity’s Learning Landscape™ research from a sample of 4,500 workers, The Learner Voice: Part 3 About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity is an independent research company that provides expert advice and support to help organisations accelerate business performance through learning. It leverages the data of its longitudinal Benchmark Study, the largest learning strategy benchmark in the world. Since 2003, over 5,500 organisations and 35,000 learners have contributed to the Towards Maturity Benchmark. Learn more about the Towards Maturity Benchmark and model at: www.towardsmaturity.org/benchmark Thanks to the support of Towards Maturity Ambassadors, annual benchmark reports, case studies and resources are available to download for free. Towards Maturity Ambassadors work together as agents of change, identifying and improving on effective practice, raising awareness and driving the learning profession forward. Towards Maturity Ambassadors include strategic partner the CIPD, publishing partner Emerald Group Publishing, the founding Ambassadors: Learning Technologies, LEO, Charity Learning Consortium, Acteon, Kallidus and Speexx, plus: Bray Leino Learning, Clear Lessons, Cognician, City and Guilds Kineo, CrossKnowledge, Degreed, Docebo, Dossier, DPG plc, getAbstract, GoodPractice, KPMG, Learning Pool, Lumesse, PurpleMedia, Raytheon Professional Services, Redware, Saba Software, Skillsoft and Workstar. Learn more about Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors at: www.towardsmaturity.org/ambassadors Towards Maturity is a part of the Emerald Group. About SAI Global At SAI Global, we make Intelligent Risk possible by helping organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. Our integrated risk management solutions are a combination of world-class tech platforms, services and advisory capabilities that operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Together, these tools and knowledge enable customers to develop a holistic, integrated view of risk. In Australia, we are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited’s head office is located in Sydney, Australia. We employ more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. www.saiglobal.com. UNIVERSITIES SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED AT TEACHING STANDARD 2017-06-14T04:21:45Z universities-should-be-embarrassed-at-teaching-standard According to some of Australia’s future journalists and public relations practitioners, “Australian Post” is a major newspaper group, Alan Jones is the CEO of QANTAS and the National Australia Bank sets the country’s interest rate. These are just some of the bizarre answers to a questionnaire completed by 17 journalism and PR graduates who were shortlisted from around 100 applicants for a graduate PR role. Lyall Mercer, managing director of Mercer PR which advertised the role, said the lack of both basic media and public relations knowledge, added to the overall disinterest in news and current affairs, should call into question what students are being taught at university. He revealed that of the 17 – who were the best of the applicants – less than half could name the two major newspaper media groups, and less than a quarter knew two Sydney newspapers. Despite all graduates attending Queensland universities, not one knew the state leader of One Nation and only 12 per cent could name Queensland’s opposition leader. Only one of the 17 could identify the high-profile CEO of QANTAS and less than a quarter knew Australia’s deputy prime minister. Answers to the question of which bank sets interest rates – of which only five answered correctly – included Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia. “I did not speak to one graduate who in three years had attended a real press conference or stepped out of the classroom, which really makes you wonder what they are learning,” Mr Mercer said. “While I understand that tertiary institutions represent the foundation of learning across many professions, in the area of journalism and PR, these results are embarrassing.” Mr Mercer said recent reports of universities controversially spending money on traffic plans and expansion could indicate that they have some of their priorities wrong. “Certainly in this field, graduates are paying for a piece of paper but they are not learning the skills and knowledge they need for employment. “And they know it; almost every applicant admitted they didn’t learn much at university!”________________________________________ Executive Profit for Purpose Scholarships Awarded 2017-06-14T03:36:44Z executive-profit-for-purpose-executive-scholarships-awarded The CEO of Media Centre for Education Research Australia, Cathie Brown, and Senior Manager, Disability and Mental Health Services, AnglicareSA, Kate Rush, have been announced recipients of Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) “Profit for Purpose” Scholarship in Adelaide for 2017. Following the receipt of an Australian Government Grant, BCD in 2017 has doubled the Scholarship offering with a matching Grant now in place. Founder and Managing Director of the respected professional development and mentoring company Donny Walford, said the 12-month Scholarshipwas awarded to a successful female executive in the Profit for Purpose sector to further expand and challenge current leadership and business practices. “Profit for Purpose organisations play a vital role in our society and are the social fabric that holds our community together.” Ms Walford said. Cathie Brown is an experienced leader with visionary thinking coupled with a focus on getting results. She has developed organisations and executed strategy, led major organisational change and performance optimisation projects, marketed organisations and brokered profitable agreements. In application for the Scholarship, Cathie said she was seeking to further develop her capabilities, networks and self-reflection to enable her to more effectively lead. “Being able to discuss ways to work successfully with the Board, with sponsors and deliver on the organisation’s plans will be of great benefit.” Ms Brown said. Kate Rush, who is leading six managers and more than 300 staff at AnglicareSA through a significant time of change with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) described the change as taking the organisation to a more commercialised, consumer driven and competitive market place. Kate stated in her application, “I am increasingly aware of the challenges and opportunities the NDIS represents for AnglicareSA and would value and seek to apply learning’s from my involvement with BCD. I look forward to learning from others with diverse viewpoints and shared experiences.” Ms Walford said “The BCD Executive membership will provide Cathie and Kate with a professional sounding board and support network where they can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encourage other members to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments,” Ms Walford said. BCD Executive Members meet with a small cohort of like-minded women 11 times a year with a highly skilled and experienced Facilitator and Program Director. Members are challenged to set goals, be held accountable and aspire for greater levels of achievement in both their professional and personal life. The two award recipients each receive a 12-month fully funded membership valued at more than $7,500. The runner up for the BCD Profit for Purpose Scholarship was awarded to Tamara Tomic, Chief Executive, Lifetime Support Authority. BCD has some 28 Scholarships to award across Australia in 2017. Applications are open now in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in the categories of Executive Profit for Purpose, Executive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Entrepreneurs and Luminaries (Managers). Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791 www.behindcloseddoors.com K-TIG's Belinda Latz Awarded Behind Closed Doors Luminaries Scholarship 2017-06-14T01:16:39Z k-tig-s-belinda-latz-awarded-behind-closed-doors-luminaries-scholarship South Australian welding technology manufacturer and exporter, K-TIG, last night achieved another success in the start-ups short history when Operations Manager, Belinda Latz, was announced the recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship. Announcing the winner at a Connexions networking event, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the 12-month Scholarship is awarded to a successful woman seeking access to insights, knowledge, support and high level networks in their journey to Executive and Board positions. “Belinda has been with K-TIG since start-up, with planned growth trajectory in the next three years the behind closed doors Luminaries membership will arm Belinda with the skills needed to match her career growth to that of the company.” “I extend my congratulations to our winner, Belinda Latz, as well as our worthy runners up, Sally Woolford, Senior Project Manager at SA Police and Danielle Hanisch, Acting Senior Manager Community Services at Uniting Communities,” Ms Walford said. Ms Latz, who has been a key member of the leadership team of fast-growing K-TIG since 2013, has developed leadership skills that are broad-ranging, flexible and creative. Her skills have developed in an environment that have been very hands-on as part of a growing team that has swelled from three to 12 in that short time. “I am aware that I still have much to learn and I am keen to find ways to gain knowledge which will give me a professional edge and further develop my value to K-TIG.” Ms Latz said in her application. “A start-up, particularly a male-dominated start-up, can be extremely lonely as each individual attempts to complete the work of three. On the flip side, a start-up provides an amazing opportunity for development of wider experiences.” In accepting the award, Ms Latz said the Luminaries membership would arm her with the best opportunity to maximize the opportunities at K-TIG. “It will enable me to seek advice from accomplished professionals, be challenged and grow my confidence.” The BCD Luminaries Scholarship offers businesswomen aspiring to executive roles the opportunity to further expand their leadership and management skills through a year-long membership to BCD Luminaries, valued at more than $5,500. BCD awarded a Luminaries Scholarship to Jasmine Richards of OZ MINERALS in February and was able to open the Scholarship up to a second round following the award of an Australian Government Grant allowing BCD to provide an additional 14 fully-funded memberships as Scholarships across Australia. BCD Luminaries was created in response to an identified need for motivated businesswomen to have a professional sounding board and support network where they can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encouraging each other to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments. Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for group mentoring, professional development and networking with like-minded women. Outside of this further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community. “One of its major aims,” concluded Ms Walford, “is to increase women’s representation on Boards, committees and in executive management roles and BCD has an enviable track record in successfully supporting our members to achieve these types of roles.” “I extend my congratulations to our winner, Belinda Latz, as well as our worthy runners up, Sally Woolford, Senior Project Manager at SA Police and Danielle Hanisch, Acting Senior Manager Community Services at Uniting Communities,” Ms Walford said. Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791 www.behindcloseddoors.com Vacancies Filling Fast at Eclipse Early Education’s Cranbourne East Centre 2017-06-13T06:42:03Z vacancies-filling-fast-at-eclipse-early-education-s-cranbourne-east-centre Eclipse Early Education is known for its commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to the community and children. Eclipse centres provide infant care for 0-2 year olds, toddler care for 2-3 year olds, kinder care for 3 year olds and a fully funded kindergarten program for 4 year olds. They have eleven centres across Australia and there are some new centres on the anvil too. This month they have placed the spotlight on the Cranbourne East centre. Eclipse’s Cranbourne East centre is a boon to the people who have recently moved there. Recent reports revealed that 4956 people had moved into the surrounding area last year. The sudden boom in the population of this area has made quasi-rural Cranbourne East Australia's second fastest-growing suburb. Just like all Eclipse group centres, the Cranbourne East centre also welcomes diversity and celebrates culture of all kinds. They use the KindyNow App and the Storypark App to give the children and their parents a better experience while being associated with Eclipse. Each centre has been provided with state of the art facilities. Parents who would like to send their child to Eclipse will find the KindyNow App useful. The app sends reminders regarding available openings at the centre whenever they happen. Parents of the children who are already enrolled are happy to use the Storypark App. This app helps parents and families to share images, video, audio and PDFs related to their child’s growth and the time spent at school within their family too. Children at all Eclipse centres are given nutritious meals which are specially prepared by qualified chefs. These cooks take into consideration the nutritional needs of the children while planning these meals. Parents of children with food allergies and special dietary requirements can inform the centre of any concerns regarding their child’s diet. Enrolments to the Cranbourne East centre are currently open. Parents who are looking for a centre for their child may rest assured that their child will be in good hands as the staff in Eclipse have many years of experience working with children. Parents may feel free to visit the centre and check it out for themselves during working hours. The centre is open every day from 6:30am to 6:30pm (excluding public holidays). Eclipse Early Education Group has centres across Australia at Brookfield, Clyde North, Craigieburn, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Epping, Eynesbury, Lyndhurst, Murrumbeena, Pimpama and Torquay. The Eclipse group takes pride in providing children with the best educational resources and exceptional learning opportunities. To get in touch with the Cranbourne East centre, parents may call 03 59955101 or send an email to cranbourneeast@eeeg.com.au. For more information on the Eclipse Early Education: eeeg.com.au Walking Can Save a Marriage 2017-06-13T02:30:56Z walking-can-save-a-marriage MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA — Walking is a low intensity exercise with great benefits, but did you know that by jointly participating in physical activity (outside the bedroom, that is) that couples also claim feeling more satisfied with their relationship?   According to Mind Body Green, “Pushing your physical body to the limit of what you believe is possible and sharing the moment with your partner is a great gift to treasure.” It’s positive reinforcement at its best and ripples throughout your relationship, fostering closeness and intimacy.   Walking daily increases your energy and self-confidence, gets you out in nature, improves your mood, adds years to your life, and gives you a more positive outlook on life. Each of these can also bolster a marriage. Why? Because due to its low intensity, talking simultaneously is an easy task and lends itself well to communication—the cornerstone of any good marriage. Walking gets you talking.   “Doing this can be a transformative process, it is so simple, yet again and again, I get reports of reconciled marriages and relationships due to the time the couple spend walking together. It can also bring romance into a relationship “ says Julia. “Think of long walks along the beach at sunset, bare feet on the soft grass in a park. You both receive the mental boost of physical activity, plus the renewed connection via communication in a gorgeous setting away from modern-day distractions like television and cell phones that can take attention away from our significant others during conversation.”   Walking takes a couple out of the normal day-to-day environment, where conversation tends to naturally flow—no expectations, no pressure. “I have seen firsthand the results of couples who walk together, talk together, and stay together,” says the Melbourne therapist who dedicates her life to transforming the lives of many in positive and long term ways.   About Julia Lorent   Julia is the owner and principal practitioner at The Melbourne Clinic of Hypnotherapy and The Melbourne QUIT Smoking Clinic. Julia not only offers hypnotherapy for quitting smoking, but she is a very successful therapist.   Having used hypnosis, and other complimentary modalities for many years through her private clinics, Julia has aided people in their efforts to quit smoking, lose weight and gain control of their eating habits, become self-confident, and increase their self-esteem. Julia is also a supervisor and mentor at The Australian Academy of Hypnosis (AAH) in Melbourne, where she is dedicated to ongoing training and enhancement.