The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-24T05:48:03Z Spokesperson for in-home childcare industry 2018-01-24T05:48:03Z spokesperson-for-in-home-childcare-industry If you are looking for a spokesperson to speak on various subjects relating to childcare, you are welcome to contact Louise Dunham, a pioneer of in-home childcare in Australia and author of State of the Nanny | Telling it like it really is. Louise Dunham is someone who not only understands the issues backwards, but is articulate and can give human-interest responses usually providing first hand accounts that relate to the subject. She can provide comment on issues relating to: * Nanny/educators and the in-home childcare industry (employing them, being employed, expectations, etc.) * Child abuse training for in-home childcare workers. (It’s law to report on child abuse in NSW & has just been introduced in VIC). * Can a nanny be a contractor? (ie with their own ABN) * Nanny sharing where two families (up to 4 children) share one nanny and can halve the cost. * The NDIS and providing help for children and adults. * Government rebates on in-home childcare. In 2018, if you want a comment on any issue relating to these topics, please don’t hesitate to contact me or you can call Louise Dunham directly on 0425 548 643. Below is Louise Dunham’s brief biography for your reference. Regards Wendy McWilliams Managing Director WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd About Louise Dunham Founder & CEO Placement Solutions Louise Dunham is CEO of Placement Solutions, a Melbourne-based firm, specialising in nanny placement, which she established in 1988. She is also the CEO of Just Family Nanny Payroll and Nurture Training College, an RTO providing formal nationally accredited qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care. Louise served as Chair of the Ethics Board of the International Nanny Association (INA) for five years and was also INA's Vice President, being the first non-American on the Board. She has also been Vice President of the Australian Home Childcare Association, Australia's peak industry body for in-home childcare. Louise was on the steering committee that wrote the Australian National Interim In-Home Care Standards and she was instrumental in the development of the Working with Children Check in Victoria. Placement Solutions was the first agency of its kind to implement a Child Protection Policy, which was the first to be approved by Child Wise for the prevention of child abuse. Louise is a passionate advocate for the need for nannies to be recognised as childcare professionals, to be paid legally and have a valuable role to play in the childcare sector. www.placementsolutions.com.au Reptile Encounters finds new Melbourne home 2018-01-19T04:49:00Z reptile-encounters-finds-new-melbourne-home Reptile Encounters, Melbourne’s Mobile Zoo, have moved their business headquarters to a new Melbourne location. Located in Burwood, the new home houses over 200 animals in an exciting and innovative warehouse environment. The venue also provides office space for the company. The move was done over November and December, meaning there was little rest for the staff over the Christmas break, as they moved snakes, lizards, turtles, birds and even crocodiles to the new venue. Not to mention dozens of heavy enclosures! Reptile Encounters is known as one of the country’s best mobile zoos, specialising in educational wildlife programs for the k-12 market. They also perform regular shows at shopping centres, trade shows and corporate events. Now with the new location, they are planning to offer holiday programs, private parties and teacher workshops on premises, where you can go to them! “It is very exciting to be taking this next step”, owner Josh Cox said. Josh has always had a passion for animals and started the business in 2007. He loved the idea about being able to bring native animals into the classroom and seeing kids faces as they got to hold and learn about the various animals really inspired him. Back then, Josh only had about 30 reptiles including a few snakes, lizards and turtles. But now his entourage has grown to include not only reptiles, but amphibians, birds, insects and mammals. “Our ecosystem is all about diversity, which is why I want to offer an array of different native fauna at our shows”, Mr Cox said. The team has grown significantly too with Reptile Encounters now employing 8 regular staff who perform shows all over Victoria. Highly trained and equally passionate, they have helped take the business to where it is today. There are also many volunteers who come in to feed and look after the animals. School incursions are a big part of the business with reptile shows proving very popular with all age groups. Primary school shows are interactive and hands on, but also focus on making the students as comfortable as possible with their introduction to native wildlife up close. The secondary school wildlife programs are also hands on, and specifically tailored to align with the Victorian Science and Biology Curriculum. Reptile Encounters now also offers 2 different shows for VCE students. They integrate with VCE Biology Unit 1 Adaptations and VCE Biology Unit 4 Evolution which means the incursions are not only entertaining, but aligned to the curriculum. Teachers are also provided with material to assist with any follow up and further study on the topics. The animals are already feeling right out home in their new location and the team already has plans to build a new bird enclosure on site. Over 1000 Aprenticeships and Traineeships go begging 2018-01-19T01:18:25Z over-1000-aprenticeships-and-traineeships-go-begging MEDIA RELEASE 19th JANUARY 2018   Over 1000 apprenticeships and traineeships go begging   The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT (AEN NSW ACT) and its 23-member Group Training Organisations (GTOs) have over 1000 unfilled apprenticeships and traineeships across the Sydney metropolitan and regional areas. Jason Sultana, the Executive Officer of AEN NSW ACT said “this is our peak recruitment time of year for the industry. Members (GTOs) are indicating they cannot fill all the apprenticeships and traineeships they have available right now which target young people especially school leavers. Indications are that the current generation of school leavers don’t understand the long-term benefits of completing an apprenticeship or traineeship.” “There are some wonderful career opportunities available. We have a high demand for young people to work in the automotive, hospitality, electrical, construction and timber industries to name a few.“ GTOs are also funded to run short term Pre Apprenticeship programs to assist young people get a head start into an apprenticeship or traineeship. A large number of Pre Apprenticeships programs are commencing in the next few weeks with many graduates placed immediately into apprenticeships upon completion. NSW Deputy Premier, The Hon. John Barilaro, a qualified tradesman in his own right reached out to school leavers this week through Facebook to highlight the importance of considering vocational education as an alternative pathway to a rewarding career. He indicated 9 out of 10 jobs of the future will have a vocational pathway connect to it. John Liddicoat, AEN NSW ACT Chair and General Manager of Novaskill said “the demand for skilled trades people will continue to increase in the next few years. If the next generation of young people don’t take up apprenticeships we are faced with a massive skill shortage across key industries in the future. I encourage parents of school leavers to consider the benefits of apprenticeships and think long term about what is best for their child. AEN NSW ACT has created an easy to remember web address to assist school leavers find an apprenticeship or traineeship through a GTO. The web address is  www.iwantanapprenticeship.com.au For further information about the Pre-Apprenticeship programs and the contact details of our 23-member GTOs please visit www.aennswact.com.au About the Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT is a peak body for employers in vocational education and training in NSW and ACT. Group Training Organisations employ apprentices and trainees, then place them with a host, providing workplace coaching and support until the apprenticeship or traineeship has been completed. For media enquiries, please contact: Jason Sultana jason@aennswact.com.au 0419 466 584 Signmee Named in Capterra’s Top 20 Most Affordable for Digital Signature Software 2018-01-18T01:29:21Z signmee-named-in-capterra-s-top-20-most-affordable-for-digital-signature-software Melbourne based company Signmee announced today that it has been named a Top 20 Most Affordable Digital Signature Software product by Capterra, a free online service that helps organisations find the right software.   Commenting on Signmee’s inclusion and high placement in the list, Founder and Chief Executive Nicole Bouchier said, “I’m thrilled that Signmee has been recognised and placed in the Top 20 of Capterra’s  Digital Signature Software category. Our ongoing development, understanding of and response to our customers’ requirements has meant that we scored well for ease of use, features and functionality, customer support and value for money. We work to provide tangible benefits to our clients, whether they be a school, sports group, corporate or government department. We are also proud to be the only Australasian software development company to be represented in the Top 20.”   Top 20 Most Affordable Digital Signature Software is an independent assessment that evaluates standard features offered by a product, cost of these features, and customer reviews on feature fit, value and quality. The Top 20 Most Affordable Digital Signature is available at https://www.capterra.com/digital-signature-software/#affordable .   Signmee is an advanced online forms platform, complete with legally binding eSign using a smart, secure and simple password sign workflow. All types of forms and contractual agreements, including consent forms for students, registration forms for events, new customer contracts, surveys, order forms can be created and adapted using the simple and intuitive interface. Use forms from a bank of pre-created templates, or build your own.  Track open and response rates, send advices and reminders via email and SMS, then view and download response data to transfer into other business systems. Clients also have a record of their responses in their own, free, Signmee account. A free trial of the web based Signmee software is available at www.signmee.com .   About Capterra: Capterra is the world’s leading free software discovery and reviews platform, whee organisations of all types and sizes start their search. Founded in 1999, Capterra was acquired in 2015 by Gartner, Inc. Capterra.com features the largest online collection of software user reviews and research across hundreds of categories. Every year, Capterra helps millions of buyers find the right software solutions for their business.  Alternative options for back to school and back-to-work for busy mums 2018-01-18T01:02:15Z alternative-options-for-back-to-school-and-back-to-work-for-busy-mums If your maternity leave has finished and you are returning to work in 2018, a nanny/educator could solve a range of childcare issues. A nanny/educator can be employed full time or just one day a week on a permanent or casual basis and can even be shared with another family to halve the childcare costs. Some parents are eligible for childcare rebates when employing a nanny/educator, which also helps defray the cost. Louise Dunham, CEO of leading nanny agency, Placement Solutions, said nanny/educators are proactive carers who provide personalised care to children in their own home and can be live-in or live-out. "You can also opt for a combined nanny and household manager (HHM), who is able to help with things like meal preparation, washing and ironing, shopping, light cleaning, pet-walking and organising things that parents don't have time for or would rather not do," Ms Dunham said. "If one or more children are starting back at school, either a nanny/educator or combined nanny/household manager can be involved in the drop off and pick up if they are under 12, which can ease the stress for working mums and dads. If children are over 12, the HHM can perform this task." Using nanny sharing or multi-care for in-home childcare is simple but Ms Dunham recommends families find another family that shares the same values and ideally has the same aged children. "The way our agency operates nanny sharing is very simple," said Louise Dunham. "It involves one nanny/educator caring for the children of two families at once, up to four children in total." The children from two families come together in one home usually alternating between the two homes every week. Parents looking for quality in-home childcare service should investigate the options for a quality nanny/educator as they may actually be able to afford it. Families who employ a nanny/educator or household manager need to ensure it is done legally, which means the person has to have tax taken out, superannuation paid and they receive holiday pay and sick pay. An agency is usually preferred to organise this as they not only handle the nanny/HHM salary, but also find and vet suitable candidates. When selecting a nanny/educator, Placement Solutions' advises choosing one who has at least three years' childcare experience and demonstrable expertise. "In-home childcare is a profession not just a job. A nanny/educator's role involves being 100 per cent present and in the moment for the child/children they are looking after. "Children rely on this active presence and engagement; it's how young humans learn and develop. They rely on all their carers to be hyper-vigilant, enthusiastic and above all, kind," Ms Dunham said. www.placementsolutions.com.au Pioneer of the nanny industry, Louise Dunham, who is the author of State of the Nanny, a new book that provides a clear-eyed assessment of today’s nannying industry. If you would like a copy of the book State of the Nanny or would like to do a book giveaway, please contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 Special Olympics to Foster Leadership Development with Skillsoft’s Percipio 2018-01-18T00:20:33Z special-olympics-to-foster-leadership-development-with-skillsoft-s-percipio Sydney, 18 January 2018 - Skillsoft, the global leader in corporate learning, today announced Special Olympics will deploy Percipio to enhance its Leadership Academy. Special Olympics will use Percipio, the first intelligent learning platform, to improve the impact and performance of its leaders around the world through training.  Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance, and ending discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics. Through sports, athletes see themselves for their abilities and build self-confidence. To further enhance its leaders’ positive impact on the lives of athletes, their families and the wider community, Special Olympics sought a consumer-led experience to accelerate learning. Special Olympics chose Percipio to supplement and complement the pre-existing content used by its Leadership Academy. Through Percipio, Special Olympics will provide its leaders with access to Skillsoft’s Business and Leadership Skills, Digital Skills, and IT Skills and Certification training content. “The development of strong and visionary leaders is crucial for non-profit organisations that promote social change. We have leaders in 172 countries. Being able to offer Skillsoft’s high-quality content to such a geographically and culturally diverse group will enhance the value of our Leadership Academy,” said Denis Doolan, Chief of Organisational Excellence at Special Olympics International. “Percipio will make it easy for us to curate valuable learning material that is appealing to all our leaders, enabling them to be more authentic, strategic and effective.” Each leader within Special Olympics is responsible for self-development. With Percipio, administrators and leaders will be able to take advantage of over 500 pre-curated channels, hundreds of thousands of micro-learning videos, and the choice of where, when, and how to learn. Special Olympics’ Leadership Academy includes five workshops each year. Percipio is being rolled out to the leaders who attend these workshops across seven global regions representing 95 countries around the world. “We are honoured and proud to have been selected by Special Olympics to use Percipio for their leadership development - we are inspired by the athletes at Special Olympics who are role models for us all,” said Bill Donoghue, chairman and CEO of the Skillsoft Group. “We know the mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition, and key to that mission is the development of strong and visionary leaders in multiple geographies and across a culturally diverse group. Percipio addresses this requirement seamlessly, while providing a world-class learning solution on demand, anytime, anywhere.” “Skillsoft’s Percipio platform is extremely user-friendly. It guides you step-by-step until you choose a learning path of your choice. The courses are conveniently short, and the content is multimodal, which makes learning fun and easy,” said Babazile Langa, Special Olympics Swaziland Director. “I have also enjoyed using the online platform to measure the knowledge I have gained from the content.” Additional information        ·       Learn more about the Percipio platform         ·       Percipio is available for a free, 14-day trial About Skillsoft Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organisations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for today’s modern enterprise. Our 500,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, authoritative content chapters and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100 percent secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever. www.skillsoft.com   About Special Olympics Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Microsoft, Lions Clubs International, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, and Safilo Group. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our blog on Medium. blOOturtle Publishing announces new eco-friendly kids book 2018-01-11T22:38:13Z blooturtle-publishing-announces-new-eco-friendly-kids-book Sydney 12 January 2018 — The team at eco-friendly book company, blOOturtle Publishing, is excited to release their second book Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan with its lively storyline and a message beyond.  Her first book Darcy and the Dinosaurs a wonderfully fun story with stunning illustrations. The same creators deliver again with Ballerina Monkey not only a colorful jungle story, but one which encourages all kids (and adults) to find the courage to stand up for their dreams. The book is an “honourable tale of belief, dignity and determination that reminds us all of the value of being true to ourselves,” says Romy Sharp in her book review on justkidslit.com.  Inspired by life when Nicole’s older son had been going through an “unboyish” time at the age of 4, Ballerina Monkey was written after she observing the difficulties her son was facing in front of other children and the environment. Nicole’s intention was to help him, and to tell him that he is okay just the way he is.  “Even as adults, being true to oneself in the face of outside pressures can be immensely challenging. As a child, the opinions of others carry so much weight, and being able to shoulder that weight takes courage,“ reflects Nicole.  But the book also teaches that sometimes you need even more than just desire to pursue your ideas. Developing your skills can be often discouraging and only resilience and determination can help you progress. “Nicole has found with her book the core of our concern at blOO. We want to be there for kids, creating a joyful and lively world but also helping them in their development, in their future – just like our motto Thinking Kids – Thinking Planet," explains Nicola Ganaye, Creative Officer of blOOturtle Publishing, and Founder of its ground-breaking eco-friendly trOOblOO program.  The book is available worldwide on the 18th of November via: http://blooturtle.com/product/ballerina-monkey/  You can find insights into the book and the author on: http://blooturtle.com/ballerina-monkey/index_bm.html  blOOturtle is very happy to release such a fantastic story following earlier books including Ogie (Ogopogo) about the (nice) Canadian sea monster, the first book by Nicole Madigan, Darcy and the Dinosaurs and also the first German book Die Wiese by Susan Bagdach.  New contracts with the international children's author A.H. Benjamin and the Amazon bestseller author Sarah Cannatta will be fulfilled in the upcoming months. For more information on blOO visit our website, www.blOOturtle.com or contact us at books@blooturtle.com . Launch of first Virtual Reality classrooms in QLD 2018-01-11T06:39:19Z launch-of-first-vr-classrooms-in-qld In a first for Queensland, Brisbane based company Redmako Learning is set to change the education system with the launch of Virtual Classrooms in 2018.  Redmako Learning is fusing Diplomas with an advanced virtual reality (VR) platform to enhance the process and maximise the potential of our Queensland students; the technology can “teleport” students to different environments all over the world to create real industry experience.  The technology uses Avatars and 3D Hologram models to give students a 360- degree perspective through their VR headsets on the places or environments they could encounter in the real world.  Redmako Learning CEO, Reuben Brennan, said he wanted to offer students more options by launching this cutting-edge technology into secondary schools and enhance their learning experience with this engaging platform to complete their diploma.  “We can teleport our class anywhere in the world and actually immerse them in a 360-degree interactive video,” he said.   “Typically, in a classroom environment, a minimum number of students would have to be required of a particular subject matter …  for a trainer to attend site.   “We have the opportunity with VR to formulate classes from all around the state and world to be in the same session at one time.”  St John’s College, Nambour, is among the first schools to trial Redmako Learning’s Virtual classrooms in 2018.  Careers counsellor and VET coordinator, Bernadette Natoli, ‘travelled to Antarctica’ during her demonstration of this platform and said she was very impressed with the simulated experience and is looking forward to students benefiting from this new program.  “I am always looking for creative solutions and opportunities for our students,” Ms Natoli said.  “This program piqued my interest because it was offering students cost-effective Diplomas, which hold more weight than most VET training, and will create more employment opportunities with the experience gained from this technology.  “This is the way of the future, our students are very excited to try virtual classrooms.”  Redmako Learning is offering a Diploma of Business, Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management and Diploma of Event Management in virtual classrooms and enrolments are still open for 2018.    Contacts:  Reuben Brennan, Redmako Learning CEO, 39  0412 331 883  reuben@redmako.com.au  Bernadette Natoli, St John’s College, Career counsellor and VET coordinator, 60  (07) 5441 2660  bnatoli@bne.catholic.edu.au  How new Australian startup founders are approaching Japan as a global market 2018-01-08T07:20:23Z how-new-australian-startup-founders-are-approaching-japan-as-a-global-market Tuesday the night of December 19th last year saw the second cohort of Innovation Dojo pitch to a packed house within the stunning level 17 space of PwC Australia at Barangaroo. It was a much different night from that of one year ago, with volume of community members, program style, partnerships and new elements of the program all ramping up this time around. PwC Partner and lead on the Asia business for PwC, Jason Hayes, opened the night with a reminder to some and a revelation to others on just how well placed Japan is as an innovation partner to Australia, outlining some of the lesser known facts including that Japan is Australia’s 2nd largest source of foreign direct investment, only behind the US as of 2017. Kaoru Nishinakagawa, another co-founder of the initiative, welcomed back the 2016 program winners, V-KAIWA, who delved into the challenges and progress since forming during the cohort #1 program 12 months earlier. Notable traction was described by co-founders Daphne Shen and Seiya Takeda including securing a Jobs for NSW Minimum Viable Product Grant, adding and element of AI to their technology via a partnership with an AI startup, PAT (the tech that powers Alexa), being accepted into the Founder 10x accelerator at UNSW and most impressively closing a major commercial sale with an Australian university. Their progress clearly validated the relevance and effectiveness of to Dojo program itself of creating and nurturing high potential startup companies. Next up Dojo team member and sprintlaw co-founder Tomo Hachigo introduced the five teams that were competing for prizes on the night; Baransu Baransu are all about reducing stress in the workplace with sights on the $4 Billion economic and social problem of work stress related death in Japan. The team, Zoe Marandos and Jason Zabakly have mechatronics, neuroscience and education backgrounds and are developing an IoT solution that integrates employee support with a data-driven response that provides insights to HR departments of employee stress levels. BeacoHealth Unlike the other four teams, BeacoHealth were formed 6 months before the program commenced so spent their time focused on validation for the Japan market with some of their early idea validation for the local market in Australia already underway. They provide an AI driven solution for the improvement of hand hygiene compliance in hospitals – a major reason for infections caused in hospitals costing Japanese and Australian governments 566B yen and A$2B respectively. With co-founders Saksham Yadav and Taiyue Tan having expertise in Data Science and Mechatronics, it was exciting the learn Dr. Go Yi Xiong, the third co-founder has first hand experience as a hospital CEO. Moshello Japan is bracing for a massive influx of first time tourists for the 2019 Rugby World Cup followed closely by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 so the theme of “inbound” related tourism solutions has heating up. Moshello, a play on the phone greetings “Moshi Moshi, hello?” is positioning itself as an Uber-like platform for on-demand language interpreting that will increase in demand as more foreigners interact with Japanese doctors, legal services and any other circumstance where Google translate and existing apps just won’t cut it. Co-founder Rena Oura, a Japanese national now settled in Australia has previously founded Gensen Japan and has partnered up with Mechatronic Engineer Luke Millstead and Sara Li who comes with a background in Chemical Engineering. Lighthouse The only purely social enterprise of the cohort this time, Lighthouse aims to drive social impact using a twist on the traditional student exchange program as the vehicle. The team has Japanese language skills and business savvy via co-founder Kate Anstee and engineering guts via Tokyo Institute of Technology student Yuma Ito, and local engineers Quan Nguyen and Minh Tri Luu. An example of their planned projects will kick off in February 2018 with exchange students teaching rural NSW communities particular technology development know-how. TSUNAGU TSUNAGU or “connect” in Japanese, is a team looking at linking the Australian and Japanese fisheries industries with a tech platform to increase awareness and ultimately trade between the two countries. With quantities of fish exports to Japan from Australia in decline since 2011 the TSUNAGU team are building relationships with the Professional Fishermans Association, Pacific Island Trade & Invest and others to seek out opportunities for Australian seafood unknown to the Japanese market to cross the waters for hungry Japanese consumers. With recent trade agreement benefits kicking into the space, it will be interesting to see how many waves this team can make in coming months. Before the winning team was revealed, I had the pleasure of announcing the Dojo+ program, a new stream of Innovation Dojo services that focuses on further developed startups and accelerates their market entry potential from Australia to Japan and vice versa. It was a proud moment to announce Australian Regtech startup of the year, Checkbox as one of two startups selected so far to go through the pilot program. The cost of compliance to regulations for companies is $1.2 trillion globally, so co-founder Evan Wong is keen to start investigating the potential for Checkbox for Japanese corporates. Japan has recently taken the market lead globally in particular areas of fintech. To kickstart te program for Checkbox, Evan has already been connected with his first Dojo mentor, Paul Chapman, a successful Australian fintech entrepreneur based in Tokyo who recently raised $9M from several Japanese financial institutions. The second startup to trial the Dojo+ program is OMECHA which is founded by Australian Karlos Ishac and 3 other PhD students he met whilst developing his LifeChair product at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Karlos and his team are initially wanting to launch a product called LifeChair , an IoT device that fits on most chairs and monitors and collects data on sitting postures before recommending healthier and more productive sitting postures. Karlos is using Dojo+ to connect with the Australian startup ecosystem, including investors initially, before following medium term plans to scale up into Japan with some local runs on the board. To wrap up the event, it was announced that Banransu had won 1st prize – a curated trip to Japan to meet with potential partners, customers and investors whilst BeacoHealth took home the second place prize; four consulting sessions with Australia-Japan marketing experts doq. All teams will receive 12 months of ongoing support from the Innovation Dojo team and friends. A huge thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and supporters for another year of growth. Special thanks also to the busy and amazing mentors for our Dojo teams this year: Jason Hayes, Jason Khoh, Anita Byrnes, team V-KAIWA, Tom Terado, Felix Kam, Nelson Zheng, Yoshi Sakuno, the X-Lab team, Yumi Millan and everyone else that has been involved. We can’t wait to take these teams on their next part of the journey, and also to accelerate Innovation Dojo’s growth, expanding and diversifying – watch this space in 2018! Protecting children and young people online 2018-01-08T00:07:28Z protecting-children-and-young-people-online Ensuring the safety of children and young people online is one of the most significant issues facing parents, carers and educators today.   Children and young people are targeted for illegal and harmful activities such as: o   sexual exploitation o   radicalisation o   bullying o   money laundering o   drug running o   scams o   terrorist activities o   activism   The Chat Safe Online app is simple to download.  It includes an assistance tool for parents, carers and educators to support children and young people as they learn about the subtle and subversive ways perpetrators can easily gain their trust and do harm.   Predators are highly sophisticated and use many conniving means to gain the trust of vulnerable children and young people to lure them to harms. It is essential to be aware of the hidden dangers of being online.   Key messages in this app and linked manual include: o   Online interactions are completely different to friendships offline. o   No one knows if the person they are talking to is who they say they are.  o   You don’t have the same senses online that you have offline. These senses and your intuition offline are essential to let you know if you feel good about the person, if you feel safe with them or if you sense something isn’t quite right.  It is impossible to tap into these senses online.   This newly released app takes parents, educators and children through a range of scenarios to highlight just how easy it is to lure a child into the web.  Parents and educators are assisted in their conversations with children and young people and given a range of strategies. Media release preview available at https://www.kcomputerco.com.au/chatsafeonline/ My First Words Crosses 300K Downloads 2018-01-04T06:08:28Z my-first-words-crosses-300k-downloads-1 The strong track-record of Teksmobile in the domain of children’s apps has got yet another validation. The Android version of My First Words (MFW) - a beautifully conceptualized audio picture dictionary for kids - recently went past the 300K downloads mark. Released in 2011, the app has received multiple accolades over the years - and this achievement is the latest proof of its widespread popularity. In an exclusive interview, the visibly pleased CEO of Teksmobile credited the overall layout of My First Words as the principal reason for its success. He was quick to point out that making a kid-friendly application - a software tool FOR toddlers, which can be used BY toddlers - was the objective from the very outset. Within weeks after its launch, the app had started receiving thumbs-up from parents and teachers alike. The team had set out to create a bright and colourful word-learning app for children, and that’s precisely what they managed to come up with. Several factors have gone into the sustained success of My First Words over the years. The neat categorization of the different words (‘Game’, ‘Animals’, ‘Spot The Item’, etc.) has gone a long way in keeping things easy and streamlined, while the relatively slow in-app navigation ensures that the young learners do not accidentally skip words or screens. The use of large, vibrant images and illustrations has also played its part. According to a well-placed source from the mobile app company, a lot of pre-development research had been conducted for the My First Words application. There was a lot of hard and skilled work - and the results are showing. Elaborating on the MFW success story, a senior Android developer from the team stated that the app’s capability of blending learning benefits with fun elements has endeared it to kids and guardians. There is built-in HD native audio support in the application, to help the learners get familiar with the correct pronunciations of each word. On tapping the pictures of animals, cool animal sounds can also be heard. The app is regularly updated by the Teks team. Clearly, they know that MFW is a winner - and they are intent on keeping it that way. Teachers have also given their approval to the My First Words application, as a useful early educational app for children. In order to make the learning process systematic, MFW has a user-friendly slideshow feature - which helps the young ones to learn words one after the other. The preferences of kids have also been taken into account - with toddlers having the option to mark the pictures they love in the app as ‘favourites’. 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