The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-10-23T08:47:40Z Network Critical Joins Endace Fusion Partner Program 2019-10-23T08:47:40Z network-critical-joins-endace-fusion-partner-program Auckland, NZ and London, UK – October 22 2019 – Endace, a world leader in high-speed network recording, playback and analytics hosting, and Network Critical, which produces industry-leading network TAPs and packet brokers, announced today that Network Critical has joined the Endace Fusion Partner Program. The partnership brings together the EndaceProbe™ Analytics Platform and Network Critical's SmartNA PortPlus™ Packet Brokers, to combine maximum deployment flexibility and streamlined, scale-out expansion capabilities with simple management. The SmartNA PortPlus can scale from 54 to 194 ports and handle 1/10/25/40/100G traffic speeds, making it easy to match link speeds to sensor capability. Network Critical’s innovative Drag-n-Vu™ Graphical User Interface controls all deployment and management operations with simple drag and click functionality. Users can even develop and implement new filters and port maps in minutes, further simplifying and accelerating deployment and configuration processes. By combining Network Critical TAPs and packet brokers with EndaceProbes, customers can direct traffic to EndaceProbes for recording to disk and streaming to security analytics solutions hosted in the EndaceProbe’s Application Dock™ hosting environment. With a complete record of every packet on the network, security operations (SecOps) and network operations (NetOps) teams can quickly drill down to full packet capture for fast, definitive, issue investigation and resolution. Endace’s Director of Business Development, Michael Morris, says, “Network Critical’s solutions are a great complement to our EndaceProbe platform. They give customers powerful, precise control over how traffic is directed on the network, and make changing configurations and managing highly scaled, multi-appliance architecture simple.” “Endace’s ability to accurately record every packet off the wire at full line rate and scale to accommodate very large, fast, networks, and deep storage requirements is market-leading,” said Alastair Hartrup, CEO of Network Critical. “Combined with our solutions, it gives enterprise NetOps and SecOps teams true visibility into what’s happening on their networks.” Zealous System is recognized as a Top .NET Developer by! 2019-10-23T08:31:42Z zealous-system-is-recognized-as-a-top-net-developer-by-topdevelopers-co The month of June was exceptionally great for Zealous Systems as we have been recognized as one of the top .Net development companies in the global business arena by, one of the popular review and research platforms. The San Francisco based research platform has published a Press release recognizing the top .NET Development companies that stay best in the market and has been offering a remarkable service to the businesses. We are glad to know that the list of Top .NET development companies has Zealous Systems in. The spokesperson of the described that our dedicated search and the client-friendly attitude has gained the good will of our clients and hence we are positively reviewed and that has become one of the unshakable aspects to back a place in the list. Zealous System is an IT firm based in India with offices in the United States. We are a leading and pioneer Mobile, web and software development company that can read the pulse of the app users that we always craft the best solutions. The team Zealous System is known for our perseverance, technical prudence in cracking technical complexities that hurdle business growth, hence we are among the top .NET developers. The verity behind our success is our hard work and hard core technical expertise.  Our results and solutions are shaped out of our deep research, trend, exploration of technical viability and practicality thus they always stay futuristic d user friendly. We analyze our clients’ requirements and the business thoroughly before promising the timeline and product delivery. This way we make sure that we always promise right and offer the best to our clients. Our client base is one of the major sources of our success. Here is an excerpt from one of the interviews of our CEO, Mr. Pranjal Mehta “Client satisfaction is our first priority. And, to attain it, we take an extra care of every detail of our client’s project starting from conceptualization to design, development, deployment, and maintenance.”  Read the full interview here. We always strive to attain our client satisfaction no matter what we go through. Since we design, develop and deliver our products in-house, we maintain a good coordination and develop a rapport with our clients that we never miss to impress them. We are a team of 125+ experts who are internet savvy and technocrats. Apart from major service categories, we are also specialized in Augmented Reality, JavaScript Development, React JS, Node JS, Vue JS, Angular JS, Android, iOS, Flutter, React Native, Swift, Ionic, Kotlin, Xamarin, IoT, ChatBot, MVC.Net, Java, WCF – WPF, ASP.Net Core, PHP, Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Shopify, X-Cart, and Open Cart development. Our portfolio will reveal our growth, our technical specialty, our working methodology, and project management skill. We thank for recognizing us through their impartial research process and dedicated evaluation on the aspects. Zealous' profile on is a place where we meet our potential clients. We are quite impressed with their exceptional listing service and the hassle free methods they offer for the companies to promote their services on their platform. Who are TopDevelopers? is a directory and review platform for IT service providers. They are offering an unbiased service by listing the genuine and highly professional IT firms that can help the service seekers better through quality technical services.  The research team of TopDevelopers chooses the best firms by filtering a vast list of companies and introduces only the competitive names to the businesses, enterprises, and entrepreneurs to partner with. The company has a friendly team of researchers and a hassle free communication system. They provide the listing service for various technologies and services, which makes it a one stop destination to find your perfect technology partner. TopDevelopers.Co, a leading B2B research platform has recognized Zealous System achievements and currently features Zealous System as a Top .NET Developer. Computer Repairs Brisbane Offering All Round Computer Repair and Maintenance in Brisbane 2019-10-23T07:37:37Z computer-repairs-brisbane-offering-all-round-computer-repair-and-maintenance-in-brisbane Computer Repairs Brisbane is a firm that has nearly 20 years in experience. The firm is owned by Robert K. who has worked as a technical support with IBM and is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. The team at Computer Repairs Brisbane is able to meet all your computer repair, service and maintenance related needs. Services are available 7 days a week from 7 AM to 9 PM during weekdays and 7 AM to 7 PM on weekends. While laptops and PCs these days have great technology and usually run smoothly you never know when a laptop or PC might break down. Computer Repairs Brisbane offers emergency technical support remotely. The firm’s owner, Robert is himself available to provide support remotely all over Australia.  Please bear in mind that remote support is available only as long as your computer boots and you have an Internet connection. With Computer Repairs Brisbane you also have the option of drop off. If you are near one of their service centres, you can also choose to drop the PC/ Laptop to them. This can be a cheaper alternative if there are tests that need to be done, as they usually cap it at around the 3-hour mark. And then customers also have the option of scheduling an onsite service for your PC repairs in Brisbane or laptop repair in Brisbane. The computer technician will visit your home or office at the time of your choice and carry out repair, service and maintenance in your presence. This type of service is a good option if in case your computer is not working or there is an internet connection issue or there is a hardware problem of which you have a fair idea and the issue does not need running of various diagnostic tests. So whether it is a slow running PC, a computer virus issue, installing and updating computer hardware or any other technical issue the team of expert technicians are able to fix your laptop or PC in the quickest possible time.  About Computer Repairs Brisbane Computer Repairs Brisbane as the name suggests is a computer repair in Brisbane service. The firm offers a huge number of services like virus removal for PC & laptops, spyware removal, data recovery, hardware installations, operating system installation & repair and much more. World-leading SENEC launches new-generation hybrid solar battery 2019-10-23T07:12:42Z world-leading-senec-launches-new-generation-hybrid-solar-battery A new hybrid solar battery has been launched in Australia by SENEC that offers to provide households with up to 90 per cent solar power self-sufficiency and doubles the warranty of other batteries on the market. That means homeowners with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels may only need to draw 10 per cent of their current usage from the grid, potentially saving them thousands of dollars a year. SENEC, which is the largest vertically integrated energy company in the solar battery market worldwide, is 100 per cent owned by German-based EnBW, one of biggest gentailers (generation retailers) in the world. The SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid delivers a range of benefits that haven’t been seen in the solar industry before including a 20 year warranty, a combined PV inverter and battery inverter, PV over-voltage protection safety as standard, three-tier remote monitoring (every five minutes), unlimited solar recharging cycles and floor mounting rather than wall mounting for ease of installation. While there are 2.2 million or 20 per cent of homes with rooftop solar panels in Australia, only three per cent of these had batteries connected at the same time. In three years, the number of homes with solar is expected to be three million or 30 per cent of Australian homes. One of the key reasons why home owners haven’t been installing batteries that can be charged during the day when the sun is shining and allowing saved power to be used at night, is the warranty on batteries until now has been half that of the solar panels. Jaron Schächter Managing Director of SENEC GmbH, said people only had to do their maths and work out that in 10 years, they may have to buy another battery, which would be a major impost on capital expenditure and affect the payback period. “By doubling the warranty and integrating a raft of safety and other features into the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid unit, home owners will have a huge incentive to buy a battery when they purchase their solar panels. “This new hybrid battery can also be retrofitted to existing solar-powered homes,” he added. Solo PV inverter not required A key design feature of the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery is that an additional PV inverter isn’t required. Part of the storage system is a hybrid inverter, which converts both the current flowing from the PV panels into the storage system and the current discharged from it. This not only gives the battery 97.4 per cent efficiency, but saves the customer having to purchase and install a separate PV inverter. “This is another major advantage with our hybrid unit,” said Schächter. “Its space-saving design makes installation simple and quick. With a footprint of just 0.29 square metres, it is the most compact power storage system on the market. With its removable side panels, the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid is easily accessible to the installer and specialist tools aren’t necessary. “This simplified installation and the design aggregation are expected to deliver instant savings of around $4000 per installation.” The new SENEC battery is 100 per cent designed, engineered and manufactured in Germany, and exemplifies the most well-made battery in the world. Extra safety features as standard The safety features that come standard with the hybrid battery are unmatched anywhere in the world. They include: * An AC/DC customer integrated Residual Current Monitoring Unit (RCMU) that detects AC and DC residual currents. It filters and detects AC and DC false currents to protect components from hazardous currents. * Two DC-over-voltage protection units (one per MPP-SPD Type II) on the PV side, which saves the unit when lightning strikes the PV panels. The SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid is also one of the most intelligent storage systems available in Australia. It has available a three-tier remote monitoring (customer, SENEC Australia and its installers, and SENEC Germany) that can be delivered via the SENEC App, which monitors the PV production and house consumption every five minutes. Another unique feature is when an AC grid is offline or there is a power failure or blackout. The SENEC two-phase emergency power supply is still able to charge the battery with the PV panels, which is unlike any other renewable energy battery. It means the system is a real emergency power supply, which is important for people who need to use electrical and electronic medical appliances. In addition, the whole system is a lot more powerful: powerful in terms of output, charging rates and discharging rates. The backup power is also a lot more powerful. Like a traditional solar battery, the SENEC hybrid battery uses the energy generated during the day to charge the battery and any battery power can be used when the sun disappears. Of course, any excess power generated is pumped back into the grid for rebates. This system allows households to reduce power bills by up to 90 per cent. SENEC has won multiple awards for its products and over the past 10 years and reports that approximately 30,000 SENEC batteries have been installed around the world. Jaron Schächter said that all SENEC solutions aim to empower homeowners to supply themselves completely with self-generated solar power. “An essential component of this is the intelligent energy management system of the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid. It not only takes into account the individual consumption patterns, but can also charge the storage system based on weather forecasts. “This is based on very accurate forecast data, not only taking into account the site-specific weather forecast, but also plant-specific properties. So the system already knows how much power the solar panels will produce at what time, and controls the charging behaviour accordingly.” SENEC has a host of authorised installers listed on its website at ends About SENEC: SENEC is one of the world’s most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions. The company has been repeatedly honoured by EuPD Research as a Top PV Brand Power Storage. With its sophisticated memory-based energy solutions, SENEC gives people the freedom to generate, use and share their sustainable energy. Since March 2018, SENEC has been a wholly owned subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe. EnBW is resolutely focused on the transition towards a renewable energy future – with the tradition of the company always focusing on the customer. SENEC Australia was established in 2017 and is based in Perth. Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of SENEC Australia by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Karan Nagrani, Marketing Manager, SENEC Australia on 0430 954 922 or contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Glossary: PV = photovoltaic MPP = maximum power point SPD = surge protection device Selection of high res photos available. Refer to attached media release Nutanix Sees Strong A/NZ Growth 2019-10-23T05:41:34Z nutanix-sees-strong-a-nz-growth SYDNEY, Australia – October 23, 2019– Enterprise cloud OS leader, Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), has confirmed its Australia and New Zealand operations continue to see solid growth, driven by an increase in large enterprise and government deals. Nutanix noted that large deals were a strong contributor to the upswing, as the company expanded its portfolio and focus. Nutanix has been doubling down on its strategy recently, building on its core hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) offering with expanded value-added services and solutions. The company is now spearheading hybrid cloud adoption across A/NZ with a comprehensive portfolio and enterprise-wide solutions. This approach is already showing signs of success: Nutanix highlighted robust public sector credentials, including agreements with 30 government agencies as well as a number of the country’s largest financial institutions and other leading enterprises. As competition and uncertainty increases, businesses are seeking more strategic help in navigating the complexity and clutter in the marketplace. That clarity includes what investments to make to ensure they remain relevant and competitive in the future. “Our growth demonstrates the increasing influence in the market and positive impact that Nutanix is having on the businesses and economies of Australia and New Zealand,” said Matt Young, Senior Vice-President and Head of Asia-Pacific at Nutanix. “A/NZ is an important aspect of our Asia-Pacific strategy and business. We’re here for the long term and committed to helping boost the region’s economic and technological leadership.” The news came as the company unveiled its new flagship, Sydney-based office.The expanded facility highlights the growing commitment to its A/NZ customers and signals the enterprise cloud OS leader’s intent to develop a modern platform for its continued growth and expansion.The new state-of-the-art office is designed to provide the latest in efficient and empowering workplace environments and accommodate the company’s expanding workforce. Located in Sydney’s Barangaroo technology hub, the open plan facility has been designed from a people and environment-first perspective, achieving a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the most widely used green building rating system and a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement. “This facility is a perfect representation of who we are: a clean, simple and appealing environment on the outside – supported by the latest technologies to drive efficiency, productivity and scale on the inside,” said Jamie Humphry, Head of A/NZ at Nutanix. “We have one of the most passionate, professional and outperforming workforces anywhere in the country, and it’s our role to ensure a working environment and ecosystem that helps us continue to drive above and beyond expectations.” The opening of the flagship office follows a series of other new facilities across Asia as Nutanix cements its growing status and success across the region. Other announcements include new facility openings in Bangalore and Singapore, and the recent appointment of Asia-Pacific and Japan, Vice-President of Marketing, Jordan Reizes – who will operate from the new Sydney office. ### ADDITIONAL FACILITY INFORMATION The facility will provide: A large, open front-of-office area and refresh zone with café, pool tables, games machines, and more.Specially designed training rooms to enable open learning for staff and customers.Neighbourhood seating to support a flexible and collaborative environment.Intelligent programmable workstations to encourage staff to take regular microbreaks.17 meeting rooms fitted with the latest video conferencing solutions.Free meals – a universal benefit across all Nutanix offices. About Nutanix Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making infrastructure invisible so that IT can focus on the applications and services that power their business. Companies around the world use Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software to bring one-click application management and mobility across public, private and distributed edge clouds so they can run any application at any scale with a dramatically lower total cost of ownership. The result is organisations that can rapidly deliver a high-performance IT environment on demand, giving application owners a true cloud-like experience. Learn more at www.nutanix.comor follow us on Twitter @nutanix. © 2019 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Nutanix logo and all product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nutanix, Inc., in the United States and other countries. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s). HR Tech Insights Revealed! 2019-10-23T05:05:14Z hr-tech-insights-revealed Navigo, the Melbourne-based HR software company, has announced the completion of their 7th Australian HR Tech Survey. The survey describes how 126 organisations representing over 103,000 employees interact with HR technology, providing information to help plan, justify and execute HR tech projects. The respondent profile included professionals working in HR and IT sectors across Australia.  Key findings from the survey include: Adoption of Cloud applications has increased by 22% Organisations are moving core HRIS to the Cloud and decoupling payroll Large organisations (500+ employees) see data privacy and lack of control for upgrades as the main issues for moving to the cloud 81% of respondents indicated that their current HR reporting is based on limited metrics or basic list type reports Employee feedback and engagement was rated as most important to HR tech strategy, with process automation a close second The survey sees HR tech spend spread across upgrading new systems, implementing new systems and adding functionality. The main motivation for spending is to improve operational efficiency. HR Tech Survey co-author and General Manager of Navigo, Andrew Rees comments “After receiving feedback of the lack of research in the Australian HR tech space, the Navigo team committed to developing an independent report about its current state. Since our first report in 2010, We have made it a priority to help organisations find the best HR software to effectively meet strategic and operational goals.” The Navigo team would like to say a huge thank you to all our respondents. Their contribution has helped to raise transparency and awareness in the HR tech arena, providing organisations with information to plan their HR road map and feedback for vendors to improve.  Download your free copy of the 7th HR Tech Survey today.  About Navigo  Navigo specialises in cutting edge software to solve operational and strategic HR issues. Working with over 600 customers in Australia and New Zealand our solutions include: Organisational charting software (visualisation, workforce modelling, succession planning and HR analytics) HR Systems consulting HRIS integration For further information, contact: Andrew Rees, Navigo General Manager P: (03) 9879 4060 E: Executive Leader in Logistics Operations, Carly Cummings, joins FourPL 2019-10-23T03:48:39Z executive-leader-in-logistics-operations-carly-cummings-joins-fourpl Melbourne, Australia. Supply Chain and Procurement Specialists FourPL have appointed Carly Cummings to the FourPL Advisory Team. Carly is an executive leader and brings extensive logistics and systems knowledge to her role in Supply Chain Operations. Carly has 20+ years’ experience in managing large scale change across multiple industries in end-to-end customer supply chains. Her skills range across supply chain design and optimisation, fit for purpose supply chain technology and innovation, and network strategy. Carly’s engagements have included leading the planning and scoping of regional logistics networks and operational technology strategies for global organizations throughout Australia, Asia Pacific and India. Most recently she was with Coca-Cola Amatil in the role of National Network Optimisation Manager.  Prior to this, she was the CIO Asia for Linfox International Group. “FourPL is pleased to have attracted someone of Carly’s experience and calibre. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our customers as we continue our growth plans across the ANZ Region.,” said FourPL Australia CEO, Brett Findlay. About FourPL FourPL is a leading Australian owned supply chain and procurement solutions provider with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We define and enable ICT strategies in our domain specialities. Our domain specialities are procurement, supply chain execution systems, enterprise resource planning systems, and the logistics service provider industry. Our services range from strategy and advisory through to sourcing and evaluation, implementation, support and quality assurance. We work with global partners and leading-edge technology solution providers and take pride in our independence when choosing to work with solution providers. We actively support diversity in our business, the technology industry and our community. For more information, visit . Australian Trading Firm Launches “Fast Track Program” for New FX Traders 2019-10-23T03:46:13Z australian-trading-firm-launches-fast-track-program-for-new-fx-traders SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 23 October, 2019 – The award-winning trading educator Learn to Trade is once again making headlines in Australia for its success in the forex trading field. This time, the company has taken it upon itself to train 50 students from across Australia through what it calls the Forex FastTrack Project 2019. In short, Learn to Trade’s new initiative aims to take 50 students from all walks of life – teachers, carpenters, nurses, and others – and equip them with the tools and knowledge they need to successfully trade the foreign exchange (aka. forex) market.  The plan is then to carefully track how long it takes the students to reach $200,000 in profits – an almost unheard-of accomplishment for anyone outside of the world of professional trading. And best of all is that Learn to Trade is still accepting applicants for this year’s program, although spots are quickly being filled up. The whole initiative is sponsored by Learn to Trade’s founder, the legendary British forex trader Greg Secker, who will personally supervise the students’ progress.  In the course, students can expect to learn everything from currency market basics, to the difference between technical and fundamental analysis, as well as crucial risk management techniques. Lastly, the students will also get exclusive access to some of the best and most profitable trading strategies Learn to Trade has developed over years of research. Mr. Greg Secker originally founded Learn to Trade in London in 2003 after retiring from his job as Vice President at major Wall Street investment bank Mellon Financial. Since then, Mr. Secker has seen the company grow beyond what anyone could imagine. Today, Learn to Trade has offices in London, South Africa, and the Philippines, in addition to its heavy presence in Sydney, Australia.  Since its formation 16 years ago, well over 250,000 students globally have been through either the company’s introductory forex trading course, its one-to-one forex mentoring sessions, or its trader coaching programs. Additionally, Learn to Trade has won a number of awards over the years, including’s Most Transformative Forex Education Program award for the third consecutive year, and is now widely considered the world’s leading forex trading education company. To learn more about what Learn to Trade offers, or to sign up for the Forex FastTrack Project 2019, visit Learn to Trade online or contact one of their staff members via email at or by phone on (02) 8412 6000. SearchParty partners Australia's biggest youth festival 2019-10-23T03:00:21Z searchparty-partners-australia-s-biggest-youth-festival   SearchParty, the must-have app for music festivals, today announced its partnership with, Australia’s leading booking agent for Schoolies Week.   With over 30,000 Australian school leavers travelling to 17 destinations including Bali and Fiji with, the partnership marks a strategic investment for SearchParty.   “The youth audience is our core market, and while we’ve had strong initial success with music festivals this year, our partnership with will take SearchParty to the next level,” said Jade Mulholland, SearchParty co-founder.   Successfully partnering Gold Coast music festivals Circus Paradise, The Grass is Greener and Bondstock, SearchParty launched at Splendour in the Grass this year and is now in partnership negotiations with one of Australia’s leading festival organisers for the 2020 season.   Sponsoring exposes SearchParty to thousands of school leavers ahead of the summer festival season.   “Over 30,000 Year 12 students travel with each year,” said Jade Mulholland, “and the Gold Coast Schoolies Week alone is expected to attract 18,000 Queenslanders and 12,000 interstate visitors.”   “Schoolies represents a high-value opportunity for SearchParty to attract new users ahead of the major events being staged on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane this summer,” said Jade.   “Festival X, Sandtunes, Wildlands, Falls Festival and FOMO are all scheduled within a five-week period. We want all of those attendees to download SearchParty, to make their festival experience even better.”   SearchParty was designed specifically for music festivals and major events, with low-latency features such as interactive maps, group chat and being able to view friends’ locations in real time. Where text messages and social platforms fail due to congested mobile networks, SearchParty requires only minimal mobile service.                    A world-first one-click Alert button allows users to alert every person in their Party that they need help or direct-dial Emergency Services. Their location is then geo-tagged, so friends can get to them quickly.                                                 SearchParty is also releasing new features in time for Schoolies, tailored to the youth market.   “Since launch in March, we’ve attracted over 5,000 downloads, launched our Android version and released several new features including downloadable maps and push notifications to nudge your friends,” said Jade.   “For Schoolies, we wanted to provide even more valuable user features, so we’re releasing a Schoolies precinct map for the Gold Coast event, and adding a new feature to the app that allows users to pin their location.”   “Users can pin their apartment, meet-up point, carpark or other location of their choice so they can navigate back with our interactive maps,” said Jade. “They can share or hide their pins, so a group of friends can all view a meet-up point, while a user can keep their apartment location private.”                                                           “We want to make the festival experience safer across the board - for both music festivals and major events such as Schoolies,” said Jade. “Whether attendees are drug or alcohol affected, or are feeling vulnerable or being harassed, SearchParty provides a simple way to stay connected to friends and get immediate help.”     ENDS Rodeo 4 Life Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! 2019-10-23T02:47:36Z rodeo-4-life-announces-elite-bull-riding-superstars-in-australia-s-richest-bull-ride-rodeo-spectacular MEDIA RELEASE: 23 October 2019  “Rodeo 4 Life” Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! Today, Rodeo 4 Life announced its line-up of elite bull riding champions* who’ll thrill audiences when Australia’s richest bull ride and country music arena spectacular explodes at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong on Saturday 30 November to help save lives! In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life combines electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from across Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys who’ll fight the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money! Rodeo 4 Life’s cowboy line-up includes bull riding superstars Cliff Richardson (NSW), Troy Wilkinson (NSW), Wade McCarthy (WA), Mathew Bee (QLD), Troy Cross (NSW) and Toby Collins (VIC) who’ll be going for gold to take home the Rodeo 4 Life inaugural title and the grand prize! But these bull riding legends won’t have an easy ride! They’ll be challenged by young gun cowboys already with a string of titles under their belts including; Wyatt Milgate (QLD), Sam Woodall (VIC), Joe Down (VIC), Bryden Atkins (VIC) and Ty Thomson (QLD) - all aiming to smash records to win the Rodeo 4 Life title and the pot of gold! Producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “We’re thrilled to have such a fine line up of champions in this spectacular event that will keep the audience on the ‘edge of their seats’ when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong in a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.” While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI). Champion cowboy Troy Wilkinson who currently holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier, said, “Rodeo 4 Life will be massive and the competition as tough as it gets!” “We’ll all be riding our hearts out for this important cause and hoping to bring home the grand prize in Australia’s richest bull riding rodeo arena spectacular.” Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research conducted at the RPATI. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved. “Rodeo 4 Life champion bull riders and the audience will be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment - they’ll have the time of their lives while giving seriously ill people time to live,” Mr Vickers said. “By promoting the need to register to become an organ donor and funding this vital research at RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we’ll save more lives,” he said. Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said, “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” Book now at Ticketmaster or -ENDS- *Full list of Rodeo 4 Life Bull riding champions on page 3.   MEDIA CONTACTS INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Champion Cowboys 2.      Doug Vickers OAM - Rodeo 4 Life producer and RPA Liver transplant recipient 3.      Travis Collins - Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year 4.      John ‘Happy” Gill of JP Gill & Sons – Rodeo 4 Life stock contractor   RODEO 4 LIFE LINKS 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Website: 2.      Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: 3.      BOOK NOW at Ticketmaster: 4.      Organ Donor Register:   RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADS 1.      Photographs of spokespersons, cowboys, rodeo images and bulls can be downloaded here:     JOURNALIST NOTES RODEO 4 LIFE CHAMPION BULL RIDERS (IN ALPHA ORDER) 1.      Ben Atkins from Tongala, Victoria, is a long-time crowd pleaser in bull riding competitions and was a NFR Finalist in both 2007 and 2008. 2.      Bryden Atkins from Chiltern, Victoria, was 2 time APRA Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2009 NRCA Junior Bull Riding Champion. Bryden also holds the 2014, 2015, 2016 RSA Woodalls Series Ride-Tuff Bull Riding Champion title and was a 2015 United Bucking Bulls inc. (UBBI) World Series Qualifier. Bryden’s been an APRA Bull Riding Qualifier multiple times and his recent wins at Barooga and Chiltern APRA Pro-Rodeos. 3.      Mathew Bee from Tarome, Queensland, won the title of RSA Ridetuff Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 he was the RSA Rookie Bull Riding Champion and in 2016 and 2018 he took the title of NRCA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 4.      Brumby Brandenburg from Bloomsbury, QLD will be looking to take home his first bull riding title when he takes on some of Australia’s champions at Rodeo 4 Life. 5.      Joey Buckingham from Mossman Queensland, holds the titles of 2017 Great Northern Bull Riding Series Rookie Champion and 2016 Mareeba Rodeo Novice Bull Ride Winner. In 2015 he was an ABCRA NQ Zone Qualifier and in 2014 he was an Australian High School Rodeo Finals Qualifie 6.      Sam Champ from Meldale, Queensland holds the title of 2015 APRA Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Champion. 7.      Toby Collins from Maldon, Victoria is the 2018 Cloverdale Bull Riding Champion, a 2016 (PRCA) Texas Circuit Finals Qualifier and in 2011 he won the title of APRA Rookie Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Champion! 8.      Troy Cross from Boorowa NSW, has been a national finals qualifier six times and holds the title of 2009 Christchurch New Zealand World International Winner.  9.      Jonathan Couling from Singleton NSW, holds the 2014 and 2017 East to West Coast Bull Riding Champion titles and was a WRA and LRA Bull Riding Finalist in 2016 in Alberta Canada. 10.   Sam Daly from Cobden, Victoria has a string of rodeo titles to his name including 2010 and 2011 RSA Junior Steer Riding Champion, 2012 SCRS Rookie Bull Riding Champion and the 2016 Ride Tough Woodall Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion. 11.   Joe Down from Warrnambool, Victoria is a four-time Dalby Qualifier, the 2018 and 2019 APRA Rookie Bull Riding Champion. Joe holds the 2018 and 2019 RSA Rookie Bull Rider titles. 12.   Jesse Glass from Qurindi, NSW has been working the rodeo circuit since high school and was a two-time Qualifier in the RSA National Finals Bull Ride & Steer Wrestling, ABCRA NFR and was a National High School Finals Qualifier. 13.   Lane Howlett from Roma Queensland, finished in the top 10 in the 2018 APRA season and took 4th place at Mt Isa in 2018.  Lane holds the 2019 Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Championship title. 14.   Sean Lynch from Wagga Wagga NSW, is a National Finals Qualifier in both the APRA and ABCRA Championships. 15.   Kyle Maskiell from Longford Tasmania is an RSA Champion Bull Rider. 16.   Jack McArther from Cooyar, Queensland holds the 2017 APRA Bull Riding Championship title. 17.   Wade McCarthy from Muckenburra, West Australia holds the titles of 2018 West Australian All Round Champion Cowboy, 2018 West Australian Bull Riding Champion and 2014 ABCRA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 18.   Wyatt Milgate from Biboohra, Queensland is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest competitors with a string of bull riding titles to his name. Wyatt is a two-time NRCA Qualifier, a five time ABCRA Qualifier and in 2017 and 2018 he was the ABCRA NQ Zone Junior Bull Ride Champion. Wyatt holds the titles of NQRA 2018 Novice Bull Ride Champion and the 2017 and 2018 Great Northern Series Bull Ride Champion. 19.   Cliff Richardson from Gresford, NSW has represented Australia 3 times at the PBR Global Cups and qualified for the 2018 PBR Velocity Finals in Las Vegas USA. He was 2018 runner up PBR Australia Nation Champion, the 2018 PBR Australia Last Cowboy Standing Event Champion, 2018 ABCRA Runner Up Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Central Circuit Bull Riding Champion and in 2011 he was the ABCRA Rookie All Round Cowboy, Rookie Bull Riding Champion and Rookie Bare Back Champion. 20.   Dylan Richardson from Maffra Victoria, is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest bull riders. Dylan holds the 2016 National Rodeo Council Services Australia Junior Bull Rider title and the 2019 RSA Junior Bull Rider title. 21.   Anthony Ryan from Warrnambool, Victoria holds the title of 2011 RSA Novice Bull Riding Champion. 22.   Trefor Sproule from Singleton, NSW is a 3 time ABCRA National Finals Qualifier. In 2016 he was the XTREAM Bulls Runner Up Champion and in 2010 a ABCRA Finals Round Winner. 23.   Ty Thomson from Mt Walker, Queensland holds the titles of 2012 Calf Riding Champion (NRA), 2016 Junior Bull Riding Champion (NRA) and was named Novice Bull Riding Champion (NRA) in 2018. 24.   Troy Wilkinson from Upper Horton, NSW holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier. 25.   Sam Woodall from Heywood, Victoria holds a number of titles including the 2018 Australian Professional Rodeo Association Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2017 National Rodeo Council of Australia Bull Riding Champion, 2017 APRA Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2016 Rodeo Services Association 2nd Division Bull Riding Champion, 2014-16 Rodeo Services Association Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2012 - 16 RSA Woodall Rodeo Promotions Junior Bull Riding Champion.   RODEO 4 LIFE Giving the audience the time of their lives to give seriously ill people the time to live! Rodeo 4 Life on Saturday 30 November 2019, at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs with seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing live in concert. Rodeo 4 Life is the inspiration of Doug Vickers OAM, rodeo sports producer and liver transplant recipient. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with animal welfare standards, registration and licensing systems of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). An RSPCA representative will be invited to be on site to oversee the event and a veterinarian will be in attendance. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. DOUG VICKERS OAM Doug Vickers was born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1970 he joined the Australian military serving in the RAAF in Australia and overseas. In 1991, Doug Vickers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the military. In 1999, following his discharge from military service, Doug went on to teach at the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence until 2013 when he ventured into the world of business purchasing Loam and Stone Landscape supplies and establishing his engineering company which he operates today. On 23 December 2015, Doug underwent a life-saving a liver transplant at RPA. After receiving the gift of life and the lengthy recovery period that followed, Doug learned of the funding challenges faced by researchers at the RPA Transplant Institute and became passionate about creating a unique event that could generate essential funds for vital research that could save the lives of others. With a family background in rodeo sports dating back to the late 1940s and having produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia and served on the Judges Panel for both the APRA and ABCRA Associations, Doug initiated Rodeo 4 Life to generate much needed funds to support organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute.  On 8 August 2019, in an Australian first Doug Vickers OAM announced Rodeo 4 Life as Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert with 100% of profits dedicated to funding research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Rodeo 4 Life will be held on 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW. RODEO 4 LIFE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVIS COLLINS Rodeo 4 Life will star seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing some of his greatest hits including Just Another Girl, Call Me Crazy, and Hard Light. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. GLEN MORGAN - RODEO ANNOUNCER Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business. GENE MCDONALD - RODEO PROTECTION CLOWN Rodeo protection clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports - they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders.  Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena - to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety. BIG AL WILSON - RODEO CLOWN It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown.  A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times. For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia's largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos.  JP GILL & SONS CHAMPION RODEO BULLS Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s mightiest rodeo bulls, bred and trained by legendary JP Gill & Sons, our official stock contractor. “Happy” John P Gill, and his sons - John, Jason and Jarrod could easily be considered Australia’s “Rodeo Royalty” with a family bloodline of western-style performers dating back to the early days of Australia’s Wild West Buck Jumping Shows. From humble beginnings JP Gill & Sons have bred a bloodline of champion rodeo bulls beginning with Dr Jekyll and 007 purchased from Noel Cook of the Running N Quarter Horse Ranch at Nathalia, Victoria.   RPA TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE The RPA Transplant Institute was founded in 2006 to promote and support transplant research projects undertaken by scientists and transplant clinicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The RPA Transplant Institute is part of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Australia’s pioneers in kidney and liver transplantation research and surgery with organ transplantation one of the many miracles of modern medicine created at RPA. Ping Identity to Present the Future of Identity Security at IDENTIFY Asia Pacific 2019 Conference 2019-10-23T01:32:09Z ping-identity-to-present-the-future-of-identity-security-at-identify-asia-pacific-2019-conference Sydney — 23 October 2019 — Ping Identity (NYSE:PING), a pioneer in Intelligent Identity, today announced details of its one day IDENTIFY Asia Pacific 2019 conferences being staged in Sydney next Tuesday 29 October and in Melbourne on Thursday 31 October. With a focus on driving innovation across the enterprise, attendees will hear from CISOs and identity and access management (IAM) thought leaders at some of Australia’s leading companies, including: Amy Di Benedetto, Digital Product Manager, Bank of New Zealand Kate Crous, General Manager of Digital Banking, Commonwealth Bank Brad Blyth, Chief Technology Officer, Flybuys Mike Welsh, Digital Leader, Mercer Natalie Reed, Lead Product Owner – Consumer Identity, Telstra Garry Bentlin, Chief Security Officer - Corporate Service, Transgrid In their presentations, experts from Ping Identity, customers and partners will underscore how identity solutions can help drive revenue, achieve digital transformation and simplify cloud, on-premises and hybrid IT deployments. The discussions will explore a variety of themes and trends, such as: Methods to secure APIs, an exponentially growing attack vector. Ways to implement risk-aware, passwordless authentication. Paths to take toward a mature Zero Trust architecture. Approaches to simplify and automate cloud identity deployments. How the Consumer Data Right impacts Australian society Strategies designed to help meet the demands of data protection regulations and more. Key Ping Identity thought leaders providing presentations include: Richard Bird, Chief Customer Information Officer Bernard Harguindeguy, Chief Technology Officer Loren Russon, Vice President, Product Management Mark Perry, Chief Technology Officer APAC Kris Nagel, Chief Operating Officer In addition, Thor Essman, CEO and Founder at Versent, will provide a keynote address during which he will demystify the myths and urban legends around identity and federation. Ashley Diffey, Country Manager Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Ping Identity, said, “The IDENTIFY events will provide attendees with the opportunity to gain insights from industry experts, network with industry peers and identify opportunities to help solve their identity challenges. We’re looking forward to connecting our Australian customers and partners community and exploring the critical impact identity security continues to have across the modern digital enterprise.” Experience the Ping Identity Community Firsthand IDENTIFY events are exclusive for Ping Identity customers, partners and prospects. Register for one of the following locations: Sydney, October 29 at Pier One Sydney Harbour, 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Melbourne, October 31 at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne Partners Ping is delighted to welcome as sponsors members of its global Ping Identity Partner Network, including CyberArk, Delivery Centric, Google Cloud, Sailpoint and Versent. The sponsorship of these partners demonstrates their innovative work as critical members of the Ping Identity ecosystem to support the organisation’s customers. About Ping Identity Ping Identity is pioneering Intelligent Identity. We help enterprises achieve Zero Trust identity-defined security and more personalised, streamlined user experiences. The Ping Intelligent IdentityTM platform provides customers, employees, partners and, increasingly, IoT, with access to cloud, mobile, SaaS and on-premises applications and APIs, while also managing identity and profile data at scale. Over half of the Fortune 100 choose us for our identity expertise, open standards leadership, and partnership with companies, including Microsoft and Amazon. We provide flexible options to extend hybrid IT environments and accelerate digital business initiatives with multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, access management, intelligent API security, directory and data governance capabilities. Visit ### Ping Identity Contacts Ping Identity Corporation Follow Us on Twitter: @PingIdentity Join us on LinkedIn: Ping Identity Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: PingIdentityTV Like Us on Facebook: PingIdentityPage LOOK WHO'S TALKING WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA IN SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 2019-10-23T00:40:09Z look-who-s-talking-with-john-travolta-in-sydney-and-melbourne-australia GUESS WHO’S ON STAGE WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA? When it comes to Australian women John Travolta is normally associated with Olivia Newton John. However Olivia is being replaced for An Evening with John Travolta presented by Anthology in Sydney on Wednesday November 6 at The Star and in Melbourne on Sunday November 10 at the Palais Theatre by another famous Australian when Walkley Award winning journalist, author, TV presenter and radio host Melissa Doyle stars opposite John on stage as the MC for both events.  Melissa will put John through his paces and his incredible career as his interviewer for both events and then moderate the q and a session with the audience. At this stage there is no talk of Melissa and John doing a duet to Summer Nights or You’re The One That I Want! John Travolta says “Hey Australia I’m coming your way. I’ll see you in Sydney and Melbourne for an evening of reminiscing, music, movies, you name it…and thanks Anthology!” For tickets from $99 and VIP meet & greet & photos with John Travolta book now at FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, TICKET GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONS, CORPORATE & MEDIA ENQUIRIES email or call Max Markson 0412501601     6clicks unveils new Executive Advisory Board, welcomes new members 2019-10-23T00:37:57Z 6clicks-unveils-new-executive-advisory-board-welcomes-new-members 6clicks, a leader in management systems and risk assessment software-as-a-service, today announced the launch of its new Executive Advisory Board (EAB), a strategic committee of industry professionals serving as trusted advisers to 6clicks on strategy, product innovation and growth.  “The Executive Advisory Board plays an important role in setting the strategic direction for our company, our products, and our ability to make our customers successful,” said 6clicks CEO Anthony Stevens.   “We’re thrilled to work with the senior executives on this board, whose deep experience in cybersecurity, sales, marketing and information technology will help fuel our growth and innovation agenda.”  The EAB comprises of a diverse set of executives, representing a cross-section of geographies across mid-market and enterprise organisations.   Their role is to provide strategic direction and guidance on the 6clicks product, branding and messaging, as well as share their perspective on successes in their respective industries.  The newly appointed EAB members include:  Abbas Kudrati, a long-time cybersecurity practitioner and CISO, currently serving as Microsoft Asia’s Chief Cybersecurity Officer for the Cybersecurity Solutions Group. Abbas also serves as an executive adviser to Deakin University, LaTrobe University and E-C Council ASEAN. He is also a part-time Professor of Practice at LaTrobe University, and a regular speaker on cybersecurity, cloud security, governance, risk and compliance.   Hamish McKirdy has over 20 years of technology sales and marketing management experience globally and is currently the Cyber Security Solutions Manager at Forcepoint. He has held senior management roles at global vendors, including HP Autonomy and Trend Micro, and has co-founded two start-ups. Throughout his career, Hamish has worked with enterprises and national governments to provide solutions in cybersecurity, homeland security, big data analytics and open-source intelligence.   Brett Perkins has over 25 years’ experience in executive, commercial and operations management roles across the Asia Pacific region. Brett is an approved adviser with the Advisory Board Centre and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brett is the former Group Chief Operations Officer at Cellnet Group Limited. He has also worked for companies such as Electronic Data Systems (later acquired by HP), Spark New Zealand and Dimension Data.  James Turner is the CEO of Qtec Systems & Coloured Lines, co-founder of Cape Bionics, former CEO of Inference Solutions and adviser to a range of high-growth B2B SaaS businesses. James has 30 years of experience, with a background in capital raising, US market entry and enterprise sales strategies. Portfolio interests include intelligent virtual assistants, legal tech, sports tech and advanced voice services.  “This is an exciting time for cybersecurity and advances in cloud-based software to enhance the maturity of cybersecurity for businesses who are delivering value in ways never before possible,” said Abbas Kudrati.   “Being part of the 6clicks Executive Advisory Board provides an opportunity to set the future of software in the cybersecurity market.”   About 6clicks  6clicks is the leading cybersecurity management and risk assessment platform in Australia. Since mid-2018, it has been solely focused on risk assessment, risk management and compliance, drawing on Stevens’ experience as former Partner & Chief Digital Officer at KPMG. 6clicks is committed to meeting the unique demands of the maturing enterprise market and service providers.  You can find more information about 6clicks here: , Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference,announces the launch of Pitch for $1 Million 2019-10-23T00:33:38Z startcon-com-australia-s-leading-technology-startup-corporate-innovation-amp-growth-conference-announces-the-launch-of-pitch-for-1-million Startups to battle it out for US$1 million! XFactor meets startups in this global pitching competition    StartCon, Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference, today announces the launch of Pitch for $1 Million, one of the world’s largest startup pitch competitions where entrepreneurs battle it out for a total of USD$1m in venture financing from trailblazing US investors, EDGE196™.   “The startup ecosystem outside of North America is increasingly showing promise, prompting us to partner with StartCon, which has a track record of success in running startup pitch contests before. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work together to give a shot to the next up and comers in these regions that are, as yet, unexplored by EDGE196™,” says Jay Patel, founder of EDGE196™.   The Pitch for $1 Million competition aims to surface highly promising companies outside of traditional venture markets but across regions where billions of people live. This year, the competition will be running in regions including China, Korea, Japan, UAE, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.   Submissions can be made online with entries encouraged from startups in all sectors including, but not limited to, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Adtech, Digital Media, Edtech and more.   The first regional final will be held in Shanghai, China on October 24th, 2019 in partnership with SOSV: The Accelerator VC. SOSV runs the Chinaccelerator, a seed-funding program in China that allows entrepreneurs to create startup companies in the tech industry. The event will be held at Hero Center, level 1, West Entrance, No. 28 Yuyuam East Rd. Jing'An District, Shanghai at 7pm.   The second regional final will be held in Seoul, Korea on October 30th, 2019 in partnership with Austrade, the Australian Government’s trade and investment commission, and KOTRA, the state-funded trade and investment promotion organization operated by the Government of South Korea. The event will be held at Kintex Exhibition Center Hall 8 at 10am.   The Australian regional finals will be held in Sydney at StartCon, Australia’s largest startup and growth conference on November 22nd and 23rd 2019.   Regional finals in other countries will take place following this with each country competing at the Grand Final for the US$1 million in investment in March 2020.                        The winner of the 2018 StartCon Pitch for $1 Million competition was Daitum, an Australian cloud-based AI company with a vision to make decision analytics available to everyone. Co-founder and CEO Luigi Barone says: StartCon was a watershed milestone for us at Daitum. Before StartCon, we were a seven person emerging business facing the perennial challenges of most bootstrapped start-ups: how to fund growth on a tight budget. With plenty of dreams and ambition, realising them was always constrained by the realities of bringing revenue into the business. Winning at StartCon allowed us to rapidly accelerate our story and bring forward those dreams, funding the next stages of product development and marketing and outreach endeavours. We’ve doubled the size of our team, brought on specialist staff to lead hard-to-fund functions like business development and customer success, and increased our marketing efforts from zero to significant. We’re extremely grateful to StartCon and the Pitch for $1 Million competition for giving us this opportunity and we’re envious of all the teams competing this year.  Good luck, and pitch hard!   “This year, we’re looking for startups with founders and a team who demonstrate their passion and commitment, can prove an ever-expanding target market for their product and service alongside realistic and aggressive projections, and convey their exit strategy for investors,” says Jay Patel, founder of EDGE196™.   EDGE196™ is a trailblazing company of experienced investors and technical experts in the fields of all innovative technologies, business development and global startup ecosystems and has previously invested in Jointer, OTPPAY, Funding Tree, Hackmania and EquityUp among others.   With the contest launch, Jay Patel, and Matt Barrie, Chief Executive and founder of the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace,, offer competitors their five top tips for a great pitch:   TOP TIPS TO WIN YOUR PITCH FOR A MILLION from Matt Barrie, founder and CEO of &  Jay Patel, founder and CEO of EDGE196™   1. It’s all about the team. Have you got the right team to help you succeed? No startup gets anywhere alone so demonstrate the passion, commitment and expertise of your whole team.   2. Show your investors the money. How are you acquiring your customers and what’s your revenue model? Are you making money yet? Be clear and concise about your pricing model, long term value of a customer and customer acquisition costs.   3. Prove your growth trajectory. Do you have an ever expanding target market for your product or service? Never undersell yourself: your business plan should be both realistic and aggressive.   4. Demonstrate your value. How are you changing or disrupting the world or your industry and why is what you’re doing better than what’s already out there. Give the answer to, ‘So, what?’ with everything you say rather than assuming your audience will create the link for you.   5. Practice your pitch. A thousand times. Have you really practised enough? Take previous pitch feedback on board, ask anyone who will listen to give feedback and remember to prepare for questions. “North American startup ecosystems have dominated for investors for some time now, yet vibrant ecosystems in the APAC region increasingly present a great opportunity for investment, says Lana Vickeridge-Smith, CEO of StartCon. “This type of opportunity is a real game-changer for startups looking to grow and scale and we wish every entrant the best of luck.”    Total prize pool is USD$1m (or AUD$1.5m) with three prizes to be awarded: 1st: AUD $1,000,000 investment 2nd: AUD $300,000 investment  3rd: AUD $200,000 investment   Entries can be submitted at   ENDS   About StartCon  StartCon (formerly SydStart) is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009. Thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. This year’s conference will be held on November 22nd & 23rd at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and an expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Asia Pacific. About EDGE196™ EDGE196™ is a trailblazing company of experienced investors and technical experts in the fields of all innovative technologies, business development and Global Startup Ecosystems. EDGE196™’s vision is to act as a catalyst between Startups, Investors, and Service Providers; to open avenues to a marketplace in a cross-border ecosystem; and to use the digital share economy to assist young companies to realize their potential through the 3-M solutions of EDGE196™    Regenerative Farming Dinner features award winning produce from Southern Highlands 2019-10-22T23:51:21Z regenerative-farming-dinner-features-award-winning-produce-from-southern-highlands Moonacres Kitchen will launch their summer night restaurant called Jimmy Nardello with a Regenerative Farming themed dinner in collaboration with South Hill Soil Farm and Tathra Place Free Range at Robertson on 2 November 2019. The event will feature a talk from Rod Chisholm, CEO of Soils For Life, a program that supports land managers to regenerate their land. The menu will feature locally sourced ingredients from Moonacres Farm as well as, neighbouring Southern Highlands producers; Jamberoo Mountain Farm, Living Earth Farm, Brillig Farm, Pecora Dairy, Taluca Park Free Range, Tahtra Place Free Range and South Hill Soil Farm. The humble menu was developed by Moonacres and Jimmy Nardello chef, Stephen Santucci and is inspired by the rich flavours of authentic Italian cuisine. Menu highlights include Venetian pasta of Bigoli with duck sauce and raviolini filled with Pecora Dairy’s Jamberoo Mountain Blue cheese. The wine list will feature locally sourced natural wines from Ari’s Natural Wine and Benson & The Mooch, in addition to Yarrawa Estate Chardonnay from Kangaroo Valley and Far Ago Hill in Canyonleigh. The food and wine will be served with short educational talks from experts including Rod Chisholm, CEO Soils for Life; Phil Lavers, owner Moonacres Farm; Luke Winder, owner Tathra Farm Free Range; Clara Bateman, farmer South Hill Soil Farm. Rod Chisholm, CEO of Soils for Life, is incredibly passionate about investigating good regenerative farming practices and sharing the results to ensure this effective sustainable approach becomes a national focus for Australia. “The integrated approach has already delivered consistent and scientifically verifiable improvements both in terms of productivity and drawdown of carbon from the atmosphere,” said, Mr. Chisholm, CEO, Soils for Life. Phil Lavers, owner of Moonacres Farm, is aiming to achieve these sustainable practices by implementing a three-year Soil Project aimed at unleashing the natural cooperation between microbes and plants. “We are in the planning stages of this endeavour, it is important to us to leave the soil more fertile than we found it and ultimately create better quality produce,” said Mr Lavers. Tickets are limited book here: -ends- Notes to Editor: Interviews with Stephen Santucci and Phil Lavers available. Media passes available upon request. About Moonacres: Moonacres, is a 140-acre organically certified farm organic vegetable farm, located in the Southern Highlands of NSW, 90-minutes south of Sydney, was established in 2006 when Phil and Lisa Lavers moved their young family back to Australia from Japan. Moonacres’ award-winning produce is favoured by some of Sydney’s and regional NSW’s best restaurants; is sold at several farmers markets and food co-ops; delivery is available to local customers. The Moonacres team are also embarking on an ambitious, long-term soil project at the farm. In 2017 they opened the fully renovated Moonacres Kitchen which includes a café, bakery and summer dining concept Jimmy Nardello. Moonacres Kitchen is committed to the ethical production of the best quality food from farm to table, in a manner which nurtures the land. The Bakery uses only stoneground flour which has been responsibly and sustainably grown to produce breads and pastries onsite. Moonacres Kitchen also runs a Charcuterie Program in their considerable curing room which is on display from the cafe; all meats cured in-house use locally sourced, sustainable animals. More information: For bookings: For media enquiries, please contact: Simone Gur, Account Director, ZADRO P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 417 778 511 | Oakley Grioli, Account Coordinator, ZADRO P: +61 2 9212 7867 | Images (High resolution available on request) Image: Produce from Moonacres Farm Image: Produce from Pecora Dairy Image: Head Chef Stephen Santucci