The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at, John Wanna at or Stacey Toskas at +61 029415 4528 ART, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COMBINE FORCES TO EXPLORE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL 2019 2019-05-08T02:11:02Z the-big-anxiety-festival-returns ART, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COMBINE FORCES TO EXPLORE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL 2019 from 27 September to 3 November With New Funding from the Department of Health    The Big Anxiety Festival, the largest mental health and arts festival in the world, returns in 2019 after the success of the inaugural Festival in 2017.    The month-long biennial Sydney festival promotes mental health and wellbeing in exciting arts projects that combine science and creativity. Unlike any other arts festival, The Big Anxiety has a unique practical focus, harnessing creative expertise to improve our capacity to take care of ourselves and others.   In 2019 the Festival’s focus is on Empathy and Stigma; Care and Healing; and Suicide Prevention.   Winner of the Best New Event at the Australian Event Awards 2018, the festival is a world leading initiative of UNSW Sydney in association with the Black Dog Institute with more than 25 partnerships across mental health and community organisations – including remote communities – as well as leading arts and community venues.   Professor Jill Bennett, Artistic Director of the Festival said “The arts are the best means we have for sharing complex experience.  They show us what we don’t know about ourselves and others.  They shine light on the relationships and social settings that help or hinder mental health, and they are a means to transform those relationships.   Currently 65% of Australians with a mental health problem don’t seek help. The Big Anxiety Festival’s mission is to engage that 65% – as well as all those who feel ‘the system’ doesn’t yet deliver what we or our communities need.  The Festival is about “finding ways to connect, to hear and be heard, and to make change – breaking down the barriers people experience and building better futures”.     Professor Katherine Boydell, the festival’s Mental Health lead at Black Dog Institute says “Data from the 2017 festival shows how profound the health and wellbeing impact of art can be, influencing what visitors feel, think and do”.  As a result, both the Federal and State Government Departments of Health are now supporting the festival to develop even more innovative and targeted programs for 2019   The 2017 Festival successes included:- ·             140,000 Visitors ·             264,630 Website Views ·             75 Projects ·             32 Venues ·             200+ Artists and Presenters ·             270 Media Reports ·             100+ Volunteers ·             45 Partners ·             71 Free Events over 53 days ·             16 World Premiers ·             7 Festival Ambassadors   Already 4 major new Projects and a Conference have been announced for the Festival.   Uti Kulintjaku   The Uti Kulintjaku [UK] project of the NPY (Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantatjara Yankunytjatjara) Women’s Council is an Anangu-led social innovation for systems of change that strengthen wellbeing, led by Ngangkari traditional healers and senior APY lands artists.  In Pitjantjatjara, Uti Kulintjaku means ‘to think and understand clearly’.  The UK initiative works at the interface of knowledge systems and languages to better understand mental health.  They are currently working on a new Virtual Reality project for The Big Anxiety Festival 2019.   The Empathy Clinic   Unless we can imaginatively ‘step into someone else’s shoes’ we cannot empathise.  Neuroscientific evidence suggests that we direct empathy to people we perceive to be ‘like us’.  Some of us make a conscious effort to overcome bias and stigma – but are we really comfortable with difference and diversity?  This exhibition and program sets out to actively address the empathy problem.  A unique set of rooms, installations and virtual reality tools by international and Australian artists will enable visitors to shift perspectives, gain insight into other minds and diverse forms of empathy, and undertake ‘empathy training’ with measurable results.   The Course on Empathy   A purpose-built, app-based Course on Empathy has been designed to cultivate empathy by a research team of psychologists and artists from the Felt Experience & Empathy Lab [fEEL] -- a unique lab funded by an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, awarded to Professor Bennett. Dr Natasha Ginnivan, psychologist in fEEL says “this is exciting new research with immediate benefits for the community”.   Edge of the Present   How do you imagine a future when you can’t see it?  Edge of The Present is an arts-science community project developed in workshops with young people who have experienced suicidal behaviour.   Edge of the Present is a multi-user, mixed reality environment.  Visitors are able to transform the environment through their decisions, movements and interactions.  The project encourages curiosity and productive ways to imagine the future and envision change.  Informed by cognitive neuropsychology as well as lived experience, Edge of the Present is a partnership with The Black Dog Institute and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, supported by NSW Minister for Mental Health.   Anxiety, Culture and The Future – International Conference   Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 October, UNSW Art & Design, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.   This three-day conference brings together international and national thinkers to explore new ways to imagine the future through workshops and presentations that focus on the practical question of how we generate individual and collective responses to address anxieties, loss of hope and the general failure of future thinking. Confirmed keynote speakers include Renata Salecl [Slovenia], Author of ‘On Anxiety’ and ‘The Tyranny of Choice’, and Lynn Froggett [UK], an expert on the health and psychosocial impacts of art and culture.   The Big Anxiety Festival is pleased to announce that both Bridging Hope Charity Foundation and the Neilson Foundation have renewed their support for The Big Anxiety Festival 2019.   Media please note – in due course additional background information, images, biogs of key personnel and the full program will be availble via a media link. For access please contact Bruce Pollack or Alice Collins.   For more information visit   Report on 2017 Festival evaluation available upon request.   For further media enquiries only contact:   Bruce Pollack, Pollack Consulting (02) 9331 5276  or Alice Collins, Insight Communications, (02) 9518 4744 Navigate Communication Expands into Sydney Market to Meet Growing Demand from Technology Clients 2019-05-01T04:29:42Z navigate-communication-expands-into-sydney-market-to-meet-growing-demand-from-technology-clients Navigate Communication Expands into Sydney Market to Meet Growing Demand from Technology Clients Appoints Peter Witts as Sydney Director, Technology Sydney, Australia – 1 May 2019 - Navigate Communication, a highly specialised communications firm supporting challenger companies, announced today it is expanding its presence in the Sydney market with the appointment of Peter Witts as Sydney Director, Technology. Since its founding in 2012, Melbourne based Navigate Communication has provided digital communications, public relations, investor communications, and crisis communications to more than 60 organisations, from multinational and domestic technology firms, to leading national consumer brands. The firm has a proven history of helping its clients achieve a desired commercial outcome, or to significantly remake a market environment through digital, regulatory, political or media driven influence. The appointment of Peter Witts, one of Australia’s most experienced corporate communications technology experts, will enable Navigate to focus on meeting demand for communications in the rapidly growing Sydney technology market. Peter brings more than 20 years of experience in leading innovative and successful communications strategies for some of the world’s most iconic technology brands, including Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks and Telstra. Peter has strong experience in public relations, issues management, branding, social media and employee communications, and has pioneered thought leadership reports into the economic benefits of the Internet and related technologies. Prior to his career in communications, Peter was a finance and technology reporter for more than six years, including for The Australian newspaper, where he was appointed the first columnist to report on the emerging Internet industry in Australia. Terry Alberstein, founder and Managing Director of Navigate Communication said; “We are delighted to have Peter join Navigate to lead and expand our technology practice in the Sydney market. Peter is one of the country’s most experienced technology public relations practitioners and will bring our team a very strong focus to support and expand our New South Wales based technology clients.” “After more than two decades working with some of the most influential technology companies in Australia and around the world, I am thrilled to join Navigate Communication at a time of significant change in the way technology brands communicate with their customers and stakeholders,” said Witts. “Sydney is home to many of Australia’s leading technology organisations, and also serves as the Australian base for a wide range of global technology companies. We look forward to helping them grow their businesses through comprehensive and targeted communications strategies.” About Navigate Communication: Navigate Communication is a highly specialised communications firm based in Melbourne, that practices in media relations, investor communication, crisis communication and digital communications. The firm was founded by Terry Alberstein in 2012. Alberstein has over twenty-five years of experience in international marketing and public relations in both the U.S. and Asia Pacific Regions. Prior to founding Navigate, he spent fifteen years at Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) and was Cisco’s global head of corporate public relations for the firm in its U.S. headquarters in Silicon Valley. Contact: Terry Alberstein m: 0458-484-921 Peter Witts m: 0477-274-412 New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Peak body seeking Top 25 Analytics Leaders for 2019 2019-04-23T03:09:21Z peak-body-seeking-top-25-analytics-leaders-for-2019 Sydney, NSW – 23 April 2019 – IAPA, the peak body for analytics professionals in Australia, today announced the 2019 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders program is now open for nominations. IAPA, the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia, is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating business analytics, data mining and AI across multiple disciplines and sectors. “After the huge success of the inaugural Top 25 last year, we are again on the hunt for the profession’s best and brightest leaders,” said Annette Slunjski, Managing Director of IAPA. “And this year, understanding great analytics talent is sought across the globe, we’re also recognising five Australian analytics leaders currently working overseas as part of the Top 5 International Analytics Leaders.” “Analytics leaders not only ensure the analytics team deliver value to the business, they champion analytics and insight-driven decision making with the c-suite. The best leaders also mentor junior talent to assist their team’s career progression.” The IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders will be judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders and recognise excellence in strategy and impact; influence and advocacy; innovation and improvement; and team growth and leadership. “The Data Science and Analytics talent landscape is both exciting and challenging due to its rapid growth and evolution. These awards are not just a recognition of the outstanding work the leaders in this community are doing, but it’s a testament to those that are truly at the forefront of organisational decision making,” said Dean Davidson, Executive General Manager, Recruitment Australia and New Zealand at Hudson. “Altair is a strong believer in the role of ROI to demonstrate excellence in analytics. For over 25 years we’ve helped analytics leaders show ROI through our end-to-end analytics solutions,” said Masatomo Ayame, Sr. Vice President – Asia Pacific, Altair. “With the analytics market rapidly expanding, analytics leaders need to master not only hard measures like ROI but also advocacy, influence, strategy, innovation and team leadership. As such, Altair is honoured to be associated with IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders to recognise the best amongst the analytics leaders”.  “Analytics leaders are the linchpin to the successful delivery of business value from analytics. It’s great to be recognising them for their leading-edge role,” stated Slunjski. The top 2 analytics leaders from 2018 were Matt Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC and Sandra Hogan, Group Head, Customer Analytics, Origin Energy. Nomination forms and further information is available from the IAPA website at with nominations ending on 30 April 2019. The IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders is supported by Hudson and Altair.   ENDS   About IAPA The Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA) is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating business analytics and data mining across multiple disciplines and sectors. Its mission is to unite, inform, support and promote analytics professionals in Australia. The 7,000 plus IAPA community represent a diverse range of industry verticals and brands including financial services, government, utilities, retail/FMCG and telecommunications as well as leading analytical consultants and software providers. The IAPA community holds regular meet ups in six cities. In 2017, IAPA became part of the Australia Alliance for Data Leadership (AADL), a network of associations with the common thread of data and the customer, representing the essential functions of data-driven business. AADL network associations include the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA), Data Governance Australia (DGA) and Digital + Technology Collective. 01001001 01000001 01010000 01000001   About Hudson Hudson is a talent solutions company with expertise in leadership and specialised recruitment, talent management and contracting solutions. We help clients and candidates succeed by leveraging our expertise, deep industry and market knowledge, and assessment tools and techniques. Through relationships with specialised professionals, we bring an unparalleled ability to match talent with opportunities by assessing, recruiting, developing and engaging the best and brightest people for our clients. We combine broad geographic presence across Asia Pacific, world-class talent solutions and a tailored, consultative approach to help businesses and professionals achieve higher performance and outstanding results.   About ALTAIR (Nasdaq: ALTR) Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. With more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates 68 offices throughout 24countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit SAS announces $1 Billion investment in Artificial Intelligence (AI) 2019-03-18T23:14:50Z sas-announces-1-billion-investment-in-artificial-intelligence-ai Cary, NC (Mar 17, 2019) SAS, driving the future of analytics, is investing $1 billion in AI over the next three years through software innovation, education, expert services and more. The commitment builds on SAS’ already strong foundation in AI which includes advanced analytics, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision. Educational programs and expert services will equip business leaders and data scientists for the future of AI, with the technology, skills and support they need to transform their organizations. “At SAS, we remain dedicated to our customers and their success, and this investment is another example of that commitment,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. “With our innovative capabilities in AI, SAS helps businesses deter damaging fraud, fight deadly disease, better manage risk, provide exemplary service to customers and citizens, and much more.” The $1 billion investment in AI will focus on three main areas: Research and Development (R&D) innovation where SAS continues to build on the success of its global AI efforts; education initiatives addressing customer needs to better understand and benefit from AI; and expert services to optimize customer return on AI projects. R&D Innovation SAS is investing in R&D innovation in all core areas of AI, with a special focus on making it easy for users with different skill levels to benefit – from business experts to data engineers to data scientists. SAS is embedding AI capabilities into the SAS Platform and solutions for data management, customer intelligence, fraud & security intelligence and risk management, as well as applications for industries including financial services, government, health care, manufacturing and retail. SAS continues to partner with innovative companies and leading technology providers like Accenture, Cisco, Deloitte, Intel and NVIDIA. This work brings the latest advances and practices in AI and machine learning to customers, and ensures SAS AI technologies perform optimally in customers’ hardware and cloud environments. SciSports, an innovative Dutch sports-analytics startup, is applying computer vision from SAS to data streaming from soccer, or football, matches. SAS AI technology running on NVIDIA GPUs delivers in-game insights to coaches and managers. By capturing and analyzing this and other data, football clubs can improve many aspects of “the beautiful game,” including in-game strategy, player recruitment and the fan experience. “The reason SAS tops the revenue list for advanced analytics for the last five years is that SAS solutions are built on a foundation of machine learning and deep knowledge of analytics. These are part of SAS’ DNA,” said Dave Schubmehl, Research Director for Artificial Intelligence at IDC. “Combining SAS’ knowledge and technology with its continued push to innovate in computer vison, NLP and deep learning will drive further adoption of AI across multiple industries. And it will help companies interested in AI – whether early in their AI and analytics life cycle or more mature.” Customer Education and Development Initiatives Customer education and development initiatives such as the new SAS AI Accelerator Program will focus on helping organizations and professionals get AI-ready at any level. SAS will offer: Tailored curricula to help organizations improve their AI skills. This will include e-learning like the SAS Academy for Data Science, and in-person training in AI technologies, best practices and more. Certification programs that help analytics professionals and data scientists earn the valuable credential of SAS Certified Professional in AI and Machine Learning. This will make them even more marketable to companies seeking AI talent. The SAS Analytics Center of Excellence, a group of PhDs and advanced experts in AI, machine learning, NLP, computer vision, optimization, simulation and related data science skills. These SAS experts are dedicated to supporting customer AI implementations – from well-established applications to first-of-a-kind innovation. Resources and talent are also part of the investment. SAS will augment its AI expertise through additional resources in Professional Services, Centers of Excellence, Education and R&D. AI and Analytics in Action As the latest addition to the SAS smart campus project, SAS’ newest headquarters building, a 420,000 sq. ft. tower which hosts the new Global Education Center, uses the latest innovations in AI and machine learning to connect performance with business results. The new building features thousands of IoT connected sensors – embedded in chillers, boilers and air handlers – that monitor water and energy use. Through neural networks using SAS Event Stream Processing, the SAS facilities team will track sensors and systems performance in real time to enhance predictive maintenance (identifying equipment problems before they become major) and optimize energy and water usage. Underscoring SAS’ commitment to sustainability, nearly half of the new building’s power is supplied by the adjacent SAS Solar Farm. Among the many customers using AI and machine learning from SAS are: Connexions Loyalty – works with top brands on customer-loyalty programs serving more than 200 million people worldwide. The company relies on a SAS AI-powered personalization engine to better market to and improve the loyalty of its clients’ customers. Daiwa Securities – created a SAS AI-powered recommendation system for its sales representatives. The system analyzes and predicts changes for each customer, recommending the most suitable product or appropriate follow-up messages to engage customers and reduce churn. Volvo and Mack Trucks – uses AI solutions from SAS to analyze IoT data streaming from big rigs, and then offer predictive maintenance insights that help fleets to keep on trucking. More information on SAS and AI will be shared by SAS CTO and COO Oliver Schabenberger at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose on March 19, in his keynote “AI: Technology's Inevitable Consequence.” About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. HEMIDEINA RECEIVES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCELERATING COMMERCIALISATION GRANT FOR THE HERA WIRELESS IMPLANT 2019-03-14T23:34:16Z hemideina-receives-federal-government-accelerating-commercialisation-grant-for-the-hera-wireless-implant MELBOURNE, March 15, 2019: Hemideina, a hearing solutions company focussed on the development and commercialisation of the Hera Wireless Implant, announced today that it was awarded an $800,000 grant from Accelerating Commercialisation, under the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.   The funding will enable Hemideina to strengthen its Intellectual Property portfolio, plan market access pathways, and trial the Hera Wireless Implant device for safety and efficacy.    Dr Elizabeth Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of Hemideina said: “The Accelerating Commercialisation grants are very competitive. Receiving the grant is a significant milestone for Hemideina, and further validates our design capabilities and capacity to disrupt the established hearing implant market with a second-generation alternative.”   Dr Kate Lomas, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, describing the Company’s patented acoustic technology, said: “We have an opportunity to bring this technology to the market, which should seed further Australian-based technology innovations for people with unmet needs in hearing solutions.”    Andrew Maxwell, Chairman of the Board, said: “The Accelerating Commercialisation program is critical to the success of Australia’s well-respected innovation eco-system. Companies like Hemideina, undertaking early commercialisation of essential products for the global human health sector, urge all levels of government to continue to champion research and development incentives of this kind.    “Accelerating Commercialisation, coupled with the R&D Tax Incentive, are vital for Australia to build companies that will create a sustainable industry and jobs-based innovation in human healthcare. Together, we can be the architects of more Australian success stories by driving competitiveness and economic returns and accelerating sustainable progress with these incentives.”                About Hemideina   Founded in 2017 with a mission to revolutionise hearing for the profoundly deaf, Hemideina takes inspiration from biological systems to deliver solutions in human hearing. Hemideina’s Hera Wireless Implant is based on the company’s proprietary signal processing technology and is set to disrupt the hearing implant market currently worth $1.8bn.    Media contact:Georgie MorellMorell & Co0438 008   For more information, please visit Robotic Education for Youth In Collaboration Between Space Center Houston and California Association of STEAM Education (CASE) 2019-03-11T09:16:38Z robotic-education-for-youth-in-collaboration-between-space-center-houston-and-california-association-of-steam-education-case-1 HOUSTON, TX, 11 March 2019 The California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) and Space Center Houston have collaborated on more opportunities for youth to attend Space Center University®, a five-day hands-on education program. As a part of the collaboration, youth will have access to a newly developed robotic solution provided by CASE, including a special FlipRobot curriculum developed for Space Center University®. FlipRobot is a robotic education solution co-developed by CASE and Actura. Robotics is fast becoming an integral part of STEAM education as a field which involves coding, developing and operating robots and encourages a wide plethora of survival skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, computational thinking, design thinking, collaboration, communication and most importantly, curiosity and imagination. Educational robotics’ value also lies in developing and understanding the application of STEAM education in and out of the classroom. Many programs and courses, in and out of the classroom, have started to facilitate this form of teaching, and Space Center U is one of them. Combining classroom theory with cognitive and tactile tasks, Space Center University® simulates astronaut training and real-world NASA experiences. Students discover areas such as robotics, rocketry, thermal protection systems and space habitats. In this collaboration, Space Center Houston and CASE will provide an immersive robotic experience tailored for groups participating through CASE. The objective of the robotic challenge is to build a rover module to collect rocks from a Mars landscape in the shortest amount of time and most efficient way possible. A new option that will be given to a group of students is to use FlipRobot to complete that challenge. The FlipRobot curriculum, as well as the hardware and software solution, have been developed specifically for this challenge in close collaboration with CASE and Space Center University®. CASE Senior Space School students will be the first in the world to experience this unique programme in July 2019. David Sunton, Chief Officer at California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) Foundation says: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Space Center Houston on robotic learning applications. We share a commitment to provide interactive, engaging, and exciting STEAM programs underpinned by the foundations of the Seven Survival Skills by Dr. Tony Wagner. This helps develop students’ interest in the areas of STEAM, leading students to utilize STEAM skills after high school. A new and renewed interest in these subjects will prepare young people for leading occupations of the future.” “Students will need these skills to successfully navigate the fast-changing workforce shaped by automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and globalization, enabling them to become 21st century leaders.”  Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston Vice President of Education adds: “We look forward to collaborating with CASE on delivering hands-on robotic opportunities for CASE Space School students as part of their Space University program.” About CASE (California Association for STEAM Education) The California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Headquartered in Cupertino, California. CASE was established in 2017 by educators, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs to advocate excellence in STEAM education through the development and implementation of innovative in-classroom curriculum and extracurricular education programs. Our vision is to be the most inspiring advocate of STEAM education globally. Our Aims: ·To produce the most inspiring STEAM-based curriculum and learning programs. ·To be the global knowledge hub for STEAM educators to collaborate and excel in delivering enriched STEAM content. ·To offer students the highest standard of STEAM learning; collaboratively and globally. ·To equip students with the transportable skills for the 21st century. ·To support communities to close the global achievement gap.  Media Contact – CASE (California Association for STEAM Education): Elliott PorterEmail:  1300 303 402 | Mobile: +61 412 888 373 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Media Kits and Enquiries:    Sydney startup Q-CTRL announces new quantum firmware for improving superconducting quantum computers 2019-03-08T02:52:06Z sydney-quantum-startup-q-ctrl-announces-new-quantum-firmware-for-improving-superconducting-quantum-computers Media Release, Friday 8 March, 2019, Boston Massachusetts, USA - At the American Physical Society (APS) meeting today in Boston, Massachusetts, the team from Sydney quantum start-up, Q-CTRL, will present a series of new techniques with the power to drive big performance gains for superconducting quantum computers used by companies such as IBM, Rigetti and Google. “The work we’re presenting tomorrow focuses on custom solutions that target the errors limiting superconducting quantum computers. These developments help the community accelerate the path to the first useful quantum computers, capable of solving important problems in chemistry, drug discovery, and industry,” said Q-CTRL CEO and Founder Professor Michael J. Biercuk. Quantum computers take various exotic forms, with some of the world’s largest technology companies building specialized circuits out of loops of superconducting materials. These materials allow electricity to flow with no resistance, but also enable information to be encoded in a totally new way. However, this approach brings a major challenge – the hardware is unstable and extremely susceptible to error.  A typical quantum computer today suffers so many errors that it becomes useless after less than a thousandth of a second – an extremely short time before the notorious “blue screen of death” would appear. Q-CTRL uses quantum control engineering to stabilize this hardware, enabling it to do more, and remain useful for longer.  At the APS meeting – the premier technical conference for presenting new developments in quantum computing – the Q-CTRL team revealed a set of new techniques developed in-house that target some of the most serious sources of error in superconducting quantum computers.  In a quantum computer, the operations needed to perform a computation must ultimately be realized as actual manipulation of hardware.  Q-CTRL redefines what this manipulation looks like, using “modulation” concepts similar to the way radios and mobile phones work, such that the same computation is run, but with better performance.  Single-axis DRAG Quantum control is already used at a basic level by almost all teams to reduce errors. One popular approach, known as “DRAG”, facilitates the reduction of one kind of error called leakage, or loss of information, but is hard to combine with complementary techniques designed to reduce other kinds of errors. The team at Q-CTRL has leveraged its own custom research tools to invent a new way to simultaneously achieve suppression of leakage and other sources of error by building a new “single-axis DRAG”. This new solution is fully compatible with a wide range of known techniques to suppress other error sources, such as crosstalk and dephasing. Q-CTRL has also invented a suite of new error-reducing control solutions for two-qubit gates employed in these processors. Leveraging its expertise in quantum control, the Q-CTRL Quantum Engineering team produced novel modulation schemes to combat the imperfections that can limit the performance of the so-called entangling operations that are needed to make two-qubit gates functional.  “These research results are an example of our ability to address the most pressing challenges in quantum computing and also a demonstration of the powerful professional-grade products we have built and which we used to perform this work,” said Dr. Michael Hush, Lead Quantum Control Engineer at Q-CTRL. ENDS ABOUT Q-CTRL Q-CTRL was founded in November 2017 and is a venture-capital-backed company that provides disciplined control-engineering solutions to harness the power of quantum physics for next-generation technologies. Q-CTRL is built on Professor Michael J. Biercuk’s research leading the Quantum Control Lab at the University of Sydney, where he is a Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology. The team’s expertise led Q-CTRL to be selected as an inaugural member of the IBM Q startup network last year.  Q-CTRL is funded by Sequoia Capital, Data Collective, Horizons Ventures, and Main Sequence Ventures and was in February 2019 named one of the 10 top quantum computing startups to watch by tech publication Network World BLACK OPAL® AND BOULDER OPAL ® The software used by the Q-CTRL research team forms the basis of the BOULDER OPAL® product which is currently available for presale.  This product follows on the successful public release of BLACK OPAL®, which provides an intuitive graphical interface to help teams reduce decoherence, increase fidelity, and take control of their hardware.   ABOUT PROFESSOR MICHAEL J. BIERCUK Professor Michael J. Biercuk is the CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL. He is also the Director of the University of Sydney’s Quantum Control Lab and Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. An award-winning experimental quantum physicist, Michael speaks with clarity and authority about science and technology, and is adept at making physics accessible for a lay audience, such as with his TEDxSydney performance in 2016 and articles in publications such as ABC Science, The Conversation and the Australian Financial Review.  Michael enjoys working at the intersection of science, technology, watchmaking and fashion, and can make difficult concepts entertaining, from what electricity is to how computers work. Michael is one of the world’s leading experts in the new emerging field of quantum technology; the work he is doing promises to be as transformational in the 21st century as harnessing electricity was in the 19th.  He also has an active creative collaboration with luxury watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne, focused on the links between high horology and quantum physics.    Cloud Analogy, a renowned Salesforce Consulting Company is opening up a new office in Australia 2019-02-25T08:21:13Z cloud-analogy-a-renowned-salesforce-consulting-company-is-opening-up-a-new-office-in-australia SYDNEY, Australia, Monday, February 18, 2019 - Cloud Analogy was founded in 2015 and is one of the best Salesforce Consulting companies. It has treaded on its path of high growth and attained an astounding success - in a matter of a few years. Since then it has established itself as a well-known brand for its global clients, and recently it has embarked on its ambitious target to open an office in Australia. This way it intends to relentlessly pursue the path of high growth, driving the startup ecosystem as usual. It has planned for an office In Australia in one of the prime and busiest locations. The Salesforce platform has endless possibilities and has a high potential for the transformation of your business. It is a technology bandwagon on which many organizations have found a resolution of all their complex to simple problems with customized solutions. All that these organizations had to resort to was to employ a certified Salesforce Consultant such as Cloud Analogy and register a path strewn by growth and higher productivity for themselves. The global clients have hand-picked Cloud Analogy-  for performing this task of using the Salesforce technology for their organizations. This way Cloud Analogy has placed itself far ahead of its competitors. Cloud Analogy has not only worked on Salesforce technology but forayed into other technology areas such as mobile app development. However, they have used the mobile app development landscape so far, without any monetization. These apps were used by their famous clients such as Honeywell and others. They have lot many apps to boast about such as Pintags, Drag and Drop and many others. In this endeavour, Cloud Analogy has worked in a wide array of domains such as retail, health and patient care, real estate and there is no end to this ever-growing list of clients.   Cloud Analogy has a team of certified Salesforce technology nerds as well as proficient mobile app development experts and employs the best practices of developing a customized solution - for the exact requirements of your business. So, Cloud Analogy has a high chance for working successfully with any clients in Australia. We are reminded of the exemplary service provided by them with their list of global clients as they are right on-time, extraordinary delivery of a solution. Expectation are high on Cloud Analogy to repeat the same success rate in Australia, with innovative solutions and maximizing the returns of your business or enterprise. So, if you are seeking for a trustworthy Salesforce Consultant or a mobile app development company, Cloud Analogy ought to be your right choice. They are sure to excel in their services to provide your organization - delivery on schedule as well as best-in-class communication with your esteemed organization. Please feel free to get connected to our experts without any further delay. Venue: Cloud Analogy Softech Pvt Ltd Level 33, Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia Ph: +61-2-8006-8515 Hut34 Goes Live with World’s First Google-Powered Ethereum Wallet and Enhanced Wallet-As-A-Service Offering 2019-02-20T06:54:59Z hut34-goes-live-with-world-s-first-google-powered-ethereum-wallet-and-enhanced-wallet-as-a-service-offering Sydney, February 20 2019 – The Hut34 team has gone live with the world’s first Google powered cryptocurrency wallet. With a single click, users can securely, quickly and easily access their Ethereum and cryptocurrency tokens via their own Google credentials. The Hut34 Wallet beta launched late 2018 and since then a raft of exciting new features and functionality have been added to ease the public adoption of emergent token economies. “We are excited about the future applications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, but as it stands access to and using the technology is too hard and time consuming. Only the highly motivated are willing to cross the pain threshold to enter the space,” says Tim McNamara, Founder, Hut34. “This discourages consumers and corporates and is a real barrier to broader crypto adoption. We want to help solve this problem and we believe the Hut34 wallet is a critical contribution to crypto infrastructure to bridge this gap.” Hut34 have developed a better way to provide users with secure wallets that are both user friendly and accessible across any platform, meeting enterprise grade requirements. In fact, they are confident that a better wallet experience will spur the next step towards mainstream adoption in the crypto space. “For consumers we’ve built a solution that removes many of the friction points people hit. We’ve made sign-in super easy - leveraging the power of the Google and OAuth; removing the need to understand the intricacies of private key management to get up and running,” continues McNamara. “They can then securely store their Ethereum and crypto tokens and take advantage of the user friendly and easy to use functionality. What’s really important is that we have no access at all to the users funds at any time. The most important question to ask is ‘who has access to the wallet's private keys?’ - the answer should never be ‘the wallet provider’. Leveraging Google’s identity and security models means users can enter the crypto space seamlessly, maintain access to their addresses without having to store complex details, and not worry about anyone within our, or any other organisation getting access to their information.” In addition the Hut34 developers have launched an incredibly easy to use token conversion tool. This allows users to easily convert between Ethereum and other Ethereum based tokens. A lot of innovative technology and engineering hours went into developing this feature via a ‘decentralised exchange’ protocol called 0x (“Zero ex”). The power of this tech cannot be underestimated as it has removed the need for crypto asset exchange to happen via any third party – which is a potentially risky undertaking. With the Hut34 wallet, your crypto assets remain in your control at all times. To complement the wallet, Hut34 has also released its “Wallet-as-a-Service” or “WaaS” offering to help businesses get up and running on the Ethereum blockchain quickly and securely with their own custom-wallet implementations. “As we launched the, free of charge, Hut34 Wallet for individuals, we were also approached by various organisations launching their own blockchain projects. It was immediately apparent that extending our wallet technology to other businesses, would help them alleviate a lot additional development work and expense,” said Peter Godbolt, Co-Founder, Hut34.   Under this model, wallet services can be white labelled and branded. Corporates maintain the consumer facing interface and features can be enabled at their specification. Using the Hut34 Wallet, businesses can access the strengths of blockchain technology without requiring their development teams to re-skill into challenging new technology.  WaaS is well positioned to enable more businesses and developers to rapidly adopt blockchain technology as this trend gathers momentum. Hut34’s first deployment of their wallet technology is with - creators of Australia’s first regulatory compliant fiat backed token or “stablecoin” called AUDR.  They are also working on other WaaS implementations with exciting new commercial, community, and open science projects including Frankl, TrigID, Solara and the recently launched SevenMile Innovation Lab. Increased API functionality, DEX connectivity and fiat borrow capacity are also in the development pipeline for release in early 2019. The Hut34 Wallet is available at About Hut34 The Hut34 Project is building the tools for the new open data economy. Technology to allow both consumers and corporates to more easily easily control, manage, share, exchange and monetize their data and information. Connecting humans, A.I., bots and IoT sensors towards an open global data and knowledge economy. Find out more about Hut34 Project here ​ Inaugural Australian Space Industry Conference 2019-02-20T04:37:28Z inaugural-australian-space-industry-conference The Space Industry Association of Australia is pleased to announce that next week we will co-host the inaugural Australian Space Industry Conference, being held in conjunction with the Avalon Air Show 2019. The event will take place in Melbourne on Monday 25 February and at the Avalon Airshow on Tuesday 26 February 2019. “This conference brings together many of the key players in the Australian Space Industry, offering a range of highly credentialed speakers, including an opening address from the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology the Hon Karen Andrews MP, and a keynote address from Mr Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency. Supported by a stellar group of subject matter experts, covering many key aspects of the space industry, we are confident that there is something in our program for every participant” said Rod Drury, Chair of the SIAA. “We aim to ensure that everyone who attends has the opportunity to hear the latest from a diverse cross-section of industry participants, generate some fresh ideas, and that they are able to capitalise on a number of networking opportunities being offered as part of the event program.” Although interest has been strong, there are still some tickets available. To register go to Sunshine Coast to trial eating disorder pilot program 2019-02-19T04:32:19Z sunshine-coast-to-trial-eating-disorder-pilot-program Brisbane eating disorder clinic, Centre for Integrative Health, will open a new clinic on the Sunshine Coast next month as part of a federally-funded pilot program to help individuals and their families affected by eating disorders.   Centre for Integrative Health Psychologist, Dr Kiera Buchanan, and Accredited Practicing Dietician, Kate Lane, will head treatment at their new Buddina clinic.   Under the pilot program, psychology and dietitian services will be extended for people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other specified eating disorders.   Dr Buchanan says according to treatment standards 20-40 sessions of specialist support is required to achieve recovery from an eating disorder. However, Medicare currently only covers 10 sessions with a psychologist and five sessions with a dietitian.   Under the changes, support will be extended to up to 50 psychology sessions per year and up to 20 dietitian sessions.   “It is hoped that through increased access to affordable treatment from specialist treatment providers, the prevalence of eating disorders in Australia will be significantly reduced,” Dr Buchanan says.   She says the changes, expected to be rolled out nation-wide as of November 2019, will directly benefit an estimated 30,000 Australians living with an eating disorder each year.   “Eating disorders and disordered eating together are estimated to affect more than 16 per cent of the Australian population, " she says.   "Eating disorders also have the highest rate of mortality of all mental-health conditions, highlighting the need to target this population."   Dr Buchanan says its anticipated access to specialist care for those living with an eating disorder will reduce the burden on the hospital system.   "Left untreated, the average duration of an eating disorder is seven years," she says.   "However, with the correct support, full recovery from an eating disorder is always possible."   Centre for Integrative Health’s new Sunshine Coast clinic will commence treating patients on March 1.   ENDS Impact Innovation and LSQ team up to boost bioeconomy 2019-02-19T00:49:29Z impact-innovation-and-lsq-team-up-to-boost-bioeconomy The growth of Queensland’s bioeconomy is set to accelerate with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between two champions of innovation-driven entrepreneurship. Specialist innovation and commercialisation company Impact Innovation Group and key industry body, Life Sciences Queensland Limited (LSQ) have formally committed to collaborate on activities for boosting innovation outcomes across the state. Impact Innovation’s managing director, Brian Ruddle, said working together will allow more knowledge-based start-ups and existing enterprises that are solving life science-related problems to access the right expertise and resources when they need them. “Queensland’s position in the global biotechnology industry has been expanding over the past decade, with new ventures emerging and seeking support to scale up every week,” he said. “But many of these innovators are so focused on developing the technical viability of their ideas that they fall behind on the process of getting them ready for the market. “This is where the combined strengths of Impact Innovation and LSQ can make a real difference.” Acting LSQ CEO Clare Blain said the cooperative agreement would enable both parties to introduce new opportunities to their networks. “LSQ, through its new business development initiative led by Deputy CEO Dr Nagaraj Gopisetty, will provide members and life science start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs with the tools to accelerate their business growth and connect them with even more market outreach and skills development options,” she said. “Our members are innovators in a wide range of industries, from human and animal healthcare to agriculture, marine technologies and bioenergy. We are working closely with Impact Innovation’s diverse expertise to offer greater engagement across more disciplines.”  The MOU recognises the mutual interests of Impact Innovation Group and LSQ in working with entrepreneurial ventures to advance clever and commercially viable ideas from Queensland research centres, start-up communities and other existing businesses. Activities that are expected to emerge from this agreement include training, engagement and collaboration events; access to specialist advisors, trade mission delegations and other global connections; extended promotion of relevant funding schemes and other investment opportunities; and exploring new initiatives for collaboration. ENDS FASTER, MORE ACCURATE SKIN CANCER TEST ON THE HORIZON 2019-02-05T14:11:07Z faster-more-accurate-skin-cancer-biopsy-test-on-the-horizon 5 February 2018 -- New research, published today, in PLOS ONE shows that the Melaseq™ test can also be used on skin biopsy tissue. -- Retrospective analysis of patient data suggests that Melaseq may be able to identify good/poor prognosis patients at the time of diagnosis - allowing doctors to individualise treatment plans. -- Investigation into the biological role of the 38 Melaseq microRNAs revealed significant regulation of genes cruicial to melanoma development and metastasis. Research identifying a new way to get more accurate results from skin cancer biopsies has recently been published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE). The new test, Melaseq, liquifies tissue taken from a suspected melanoma and runs it through a genetic test created by Melbourne start-up company, Geneseq. Currently, melanoma biopsies are diagnosed through visual assessment of microscopic slides by pathologists, resulting in up to 15% uncertain or incorrect diagnoses.  The Melaseq test is a more objective testing method that relies on uniform data and information for diagnosis. This will improve melanoma diagnostic accuracy, where uncertainty exists due to the challenging nature of skin lesion pathology. This means more potential for earlier diagnosis and less room for error. The research also showed that Melaseq may also predict a patient’s length of survival. Patients with a genetically ‘high risk’ Melaseq result have a more aggressive form of melanoma may choose to begin treatment earlier, potentially preventing the cancer from spreading. Geneseq Director and creator of the test Dr Ryan Van Laar said that Melaseq had the potential to be the new ‘gold standard’ of melanoma diagnosis. “By using established science and existing data we can provide a more accurate test result that doctors and patients can rely on, rather than the subjective visual assessment by an individual pathologist.” “The difficulty of accurately diagnosing melanoma from visual assessment only is demonstrated in the fact that up to 15% of samples sent to pathology for assessment come back without a diagnosis at all,” said Dr Van Laar. According to the research paper, the worldwide incidence of melanoma skin cancer has continued to increase at a rapid rate over the last 30 years. In 2015, approximately 351,880 melanoma skin cancers were diagnosed globally. This is the second application of the skin cancer diagnostic test developed by Geneseq, first published in the British Journal of Cancer in 2018.  The Melaseq test can identify disease-specific microRNA expression, in either biopsy tissue or blood. This assists in the diagnosis and prognosis of melanoma more accurately, and at a much earlier stage, than previously possible.  “To our knowledge, this is the first time that this method of testing has been applied to genomic profiles of both blood and solid tissue,” said Dr Van Laar.  “While a blood test may be the first option for doctors in diagnosing melanoma, Melaseq-FFPE will help pathologists looking at tissue samples that have already been sent it in for assessment.”  “We look forward to this research becoming clinically available and helping healthcare professionals identify the disease in its earliest and most curable stage,” Dr Van Laar said. About Melanoma Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime, of which melanoma is the rarest but most deadly form. Worldwide, the incidence of melanoma continues to increase, outpacing the rise of any other malignancy in the Caucasian population over the last 30 years.  Despite being curable if diagnosed early, four Australians die each day from this cancer, resulting in more deaths than the road toll. If not diagnosed early and accurately, melanoma grows quickly spreads through the lymphatic system and bloodstream to other organs such as the lungs, liver, brain or bone. There are currently no specific solid tissue, blood or genetic tests available to help doctors diagnose melanoma or monitor for recurrence.   In 2018 there will be an estimated 14,320 melanoma diagnoses, 1,905 deaths and over 50,00 people living with the disease. Over 2 million Australians have one or more high-risk characteristics for developing melanoma in their lifetime.   About Geneseq Biosciences: Geneseq Biosciences is a Melbourne based biotechnology company, pioneering the development of new “liquid biopsy” tests to help doctors individualise cancer diagnostics & treatment options. Founded in 2016, their first test Melaseq, is designed to accurately detect the genetic (microRNA) fingerprint of active melanoma in blood.  Geneseq Biosciences was selected to participate the 2017 Melbourne Health Incubator program and published their first study in the British Journal of Cancer in January, 2018.  For more information please contact Dr Ryan van Laar, Geneseq Biosciences, +61 (3) 9028 2992   Email:| Web:  | Twitter: @geneseqbio   Publication link: