The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-26T00:30:42Z “HiddenGems”: empowering WA’s Deaf community through entrepreneurship education 2019-03-26T00:30:42Z hiddengems-empowering-wa-s-deaf-community-through-entrepreneurship-education Tuesday 26th March 2019, Perth, Australia.  Adults with hearing loss are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed and they face many obstacles in their careers, from unexpected barriers, to attitudinal discrimination in the workplace. But a new entrepreneur and innovation program, HiddenGems, is set to change that, and will launch first in WA next month.   The first-of-its kind program aims to empower the deaf community through entrepreneurship education. At a time of digital disruption, traditional career pathways are changing, and people are approaching their working lives differently. The HiddenGems program will equip Deaf and hard of hearing people with essential skills that are required to not only start and run a business, but that are also invaluable to any future workplace.   Access Plus WA Deaf - a profit for purpose organisation known for supporting the Deaf and hard of hearing in WA since 1921 – is a recipient of a combined Commonwealth and Western Australian government NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant to increase employment opportunities for people with disability in WA.  Access Plus, has partnered with Australian entrepreneurship educator and consultancy, Gemstar, to co-create HiddenGems, a modified version of Gemstar’s very successful and internationally recognised, ‘YoungGems™’ Entrepreneur and Innovation Program, now an accredited Diploma with Kaplan in Singapore.   David Gibson, CEO of Access Plus WA Deaf said, “We’re excited to collaborate with Gemstar to bring this program to the Deaf and hard of hearing community in WA”.  “People with hearing loss can be socially isolated and economically disadvantaged with data indicating that the employment rates for people with hearing loss are 20.5% lower for men and 16.5% lower for women.”  Mr Gibson said that there is a global trend, buoyed by innovative technology, of deaf and hard of hearing people opening their own businesses or becoming part of the gig economy, however we haven’t quite seen this happen to the same level yet in Australia.   “The HiddenGems program will prepare deaf or hard of hearing people in learning ‘real world’ skills coupled with mentoring, training and strategic guidance, for deaf-owned or operated businesses to be successful based on their unique circumstances.”   Gemma Manning, CEO and Founder of Gemstar said, “We’re delighted to bring our international program to WA’s Deaf and hard of hearing community as a first in Australia. We are firm believers that entrepreneurship should be accessible by everyone yet unfortunately this isn’t the case.   “Entrepreneurship still lacks diversity and as leaders, we need to change this and open up entrepreneurship to all members of the community, especially those who are often overlooked and not given the opportunity to participate in such programs.   Being independent through skills to help you create and run a business is incredibly empowering and this is an area that Gemstar champions. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for all and can’t wait to assist Deaf and hard of hearing people in WA with solving real world problems and developing solutions with global relevancy.”     Any person who is deaf, culturally Deaf, or hard of hearing and wishes to learn more about the HiddenGems program can contact Access Plus WA Deaf at enquiry@accessplus.org.au or at 9441 2677.  For media enquiries, please contact Kate Bagnell on kate@gemstartechnology.com or at (08) 6381 9110  Additional background information:  • One in six Australians currently suffer from some form of hearing loss.   • In 2005, a study found that over 3.55 million Australians were living with hearing loss. Nearly half of them were working age (16-64 years).  • A person with hearing loss earns an average of $10K less than people with no hearing loss or treated hearing loss.  • Labour force participation rates decrease substantially as the degree of hearing loss increases.   • Hearing loss costs Australia a staggering $12 billion annually in lost productivity and other impacts.   • Deaf - with a capital "D" - is used to refer to people who are culturally Deaf. These people actively use Sign Language; they see themselves as being culturally Deaf and part of the Deaf community. The use of the "lowercase d" deaf simply refers to the medical condition of having hearing loss. Dale Carnegie Study Uncovers Four Leadership Blind Spots 2019-03-25T23:12:46Z dale-carnegie-study-uncovers-four-leadership-blind-spots It’s become accepted wisdom that long-term, sustainable profit and growth are derived from customer loyalty, loyalty comes from positive customer experiences, and those experiences are created consistently only by engaged employees. Success though, is ultimately driven by exceptional leadership, where leaders appreciate the importance of each individual employee, putting in place systems and creating a culture that delivers a positive employee experience. That makes it particularly disturbing when recent studies continue to suggest that leaders’ performance in many organisations still has a long way to go: • Only 13% strongly agree the leadership of the company communicates effectively with the rest of the organisation (Gallup, 2017) • Just 15% of employees strongly agree the leadership in their company makes them enthusiastic about the future (Gallup, 2017) • Only 23% say that their leaders, overall, are effective (Ketchum Leadership Communication Monitor, 2016). A Dale Carnegie survey of over 3,300 full time employees from a cross section of industries, company size and positions from 14 countries identified key four leadership characteristics that motivate and inspire people: Blind Spot #1: Showing Appreciation Leaders understand the importance of human capital and most undoubtedly feel they appreciate their employees. Yet fewer than half of the employees in the study said their own supervisor makes them feel sincerely appreciated most or all of the time. Often it is the frequency of praise or not being sincere where most leaders fall sort. Blind Spot #2: Admitting When Wrong A willingness to “admit when they are wrong” was the leadership behaviour that generated the largest disparity between its importance and supervisors’ performance. While 81% of respondents said it was important to their motivation to give their best, only 41% said their supervisors could be trusted do so consistently – a gap of 40%. Blind Spot #3: Truly Listening Asking isn’t the same as listening, and employees know the difference. Just 49% of respondents said they could confidently expect that when they spoke with their leader, they’d truly listen most or all of the time. Actively listening is critical, and part of that is showing respect for what the other person has to say. Blind Spot #4: Honesty With Self And Others No one wants to think of themselves as dishonest, and yet 17% stated that their own supervisor is rarely or never honest and trustworthy with others. While the veracity of this belief may be called into question, it’s the perceptions employees have that leaders must contend with in order to effectively lead. Additionally, 16% of respondents said their supervisor is rarely or never internally reliable, meaning these employees view their leader as behaving in ways that are inconsistent with their leader’s own principles and core beliefs. Why does this matter? Data suggests that the return on investment on efforts directed towards these areas is significant. Research has shown that a high level of job satisfaction is both correlated with, and likely necessary for, a high level of employee engagement. Globally about 17% of respondents reported being very satisfied in their job, but for those with supervisors who frequently exhibit these important leadership behaviours, the number of employees who report being highly satisfied more than doubles to 36%. What can leaders do about these blind spot areas? Jordan Wang, Managing Director of Dale Carnegie NSW, says that “simply having an awareness of these blind spots may help all of us better see the gap between our actual behaviour and our desired behaviour, when it comes to getting the best from those who look to us for leadership”. He continues, “Leaders who choose to actively work to identify blind spots in these four areas and learn to overcome them on a personal level have considerable potential to impact the employee experience of those who report to them and interact with them”. When it comes to evaluating the impact of our own behavior, the Dale Carnegie research encourages leaders to keep these tips in mind: 1. Assume that we are not objective when assessing our own capabilities. Utilise 360-degree feedback tools.2. Learn adaptive techniques that help approach and accept feedback constructively.3. Appreciate the intent. Getting feedback that reveals blind spots can be uncomfortable, remember that the constructive feedback intent is to help.4. Disrupt your routines. It is easy to become blind to things around us when we become set in our own ways and routines.5. Simply take action. Become aware of and work to improve one’s performance in these areas. You can download the Dale Carnegie survey findings in our free 7-page White Paper:Recognising Leadership Blind Spots and Discovering the Road to Motivating Your Employeeshttps://www.dalecarnegie.com/en/resources/recognizing-leadership-blind-spots Join us to uncover leadership blind spots that may be impacting your own organisation at the Dale Carnegie Training workshop:Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots and Discovering the Pathway to Motivating your EmployeesDate and time: Tuesday 2nd April, 5:30pmPlace: Workbee, 54 Chandos Street, St LeonardsTickets: $49 RRPBook early as this event is limited to only 30 participantshttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/uncovering-leadership-blind-spots-discovering-the-pathway-to-motivating-your-employees-tickets-56384063251 Rockingham Montessori School Specializes in Multiple Education Options 2019-03-25T01:45:18Z rockingham-montessori-school-specializes-in-multiple-education-options Educational curriculum in many countries is focused on one goal – preparing students for college in one specific way. Rockingham Montessori School Adolescent Program Deputy Principal, Tony Gillespie, knows that students also need high school alternative pathways that encourage independence and success in any endeavor. The school’s Adolescent Program for students age 12-18 has a strong emphasis on personal growth, with a focus on skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime. Public speaking, business, economics and entrepreneurship prepare them for college, operating their own business, or entering a trade profession. Rated one of the best schools Rockingham, the curriculum also encompasses internships to provide students with real world experiences. Seniors can enroll in graduate programs through Murdoch University and services are provided to assist students in the transition no matter what option they choose. The high school alternative pathways at Rockingham Montessori School offer students the ability to enter a vocational field, go straight into the workforce, or use portfolio entry as a pathway to university. Choice is one of the greatest gifts that academic institutions can provide to their students. It exposes them to information and options of which they may not otherwise be aware. The curriculum at Rockingham Montessori School encourages students to explore multiple opportunities, develop independence, and demonstrate respect for themselves, others and the environment, while acquiring social skills. Rated one of the best schools Rockingham, the school has an academic program that was developed in conjunction with Big Picture Education Australia. The non-profit company specializes in preparing students for employment fields that are rapidly changing worldwide and providing them with the necessary skills to function successfully in the real world. The independent school Perth provides multiple high school alternative pathways to college, the work force and vocational fields that capitalizes on student talents and interests about which they’re passionate. Every avenue at Rockingham Montessori School is designed to help students take their place in the world as competent and conscientious leaders. About Rockingham Montessori School Rockingham Montessori School is an independent school near the ocean in Rockingham, Western Australia. We are committed to Montessori philosophy and practice, providing Montessori education experiences for children from 12 months to 18 years of age. Media Contact Rockingham Montessori School Phone: (08) 9528 2118 Email – Primary School: reception@rms.wa.edu.au Email – Adolescent Program: apadmin@rms.wa.edu.au 7 Atwood Way, Rockingham WA 6168 Website: www.rms.wa.edu.au iWorld Introduces New STEM Products in ANZ 2019-03-25T01:36:57Z iworld-introduces-new-stem-products-in-anz Available May 2019 Melbourne – 21 March, 2019 – iWorld Australia launches a range of new STEAM Education products in ANZ that are aligned to both the Australian and NZ Curriculum to be used in schools or by parents to teach their kids coding skills. “We are really excited to start expanding our range more with strong STEAM brands in ANZ. We have a couple more brands to be launched soon that will showcase a comprehensive education and retail STEAM offering from early learning all the way through to tertiary levels” States Chad DeClase, Director of iWorld Australia. Robobloq Qobo Smart Snail Robobloq Qobo is designed for kids from 3 to 6 to learn by coding for education. It can be easily coded by using Robobloq Puzzle Cards with different signs and meanings which can be recognised by the smart probe underneath the Qobo. It is easy and safe for kids to play with and get both educational and entertainment benefit. Intelligent Human-Robot interaction, Kids learn through playing, seeing and coding the Robot. VIEW PRODUCT OPTIONS About Robobloq Robobloq is a high tech pioneer in artificial intelligence study and STEM educational products development dedicated to provide end-to-end solution including STEM learning tools, teaching materials, robot competition and international exchange for educators worldwide. intelino Smart Train Simplicity and intuitiveness of the child’s first train set. Intelligence and sophistication of an advanced robotic toy. The intelino smart train augments the classic toy train experience to engage and entertain train fans of all ages. It has the simplicity and ease of use expected in a child’s first train set. Yet it has the sophistication of an advanced robotic toy. This smart train is intuitive, interactive and intelligent. Intuitive- ready to play right out of the box Interactive – built in sensors give you control Intelligent- smart train, smart trac, smarter kids Programmable actions Built-in sensors enable advanced interactivity App enabled mode with intelino App Bluetooth connectivity Recommended Age : 3+ About intelino The intelino smart train is developed and manufactured by Innokind, Inc. (dba intelino) under the leadership of its founder and CEO, Dr. Armen Kroyan. Prior to intelino, Dr. Kroyan was a member of the founding team and the CTO at Ozobot – the creator of a series of award-winning miniature educational robots for kids. Intelino is a consumer robotics technology company with an international and U.S. patent and trademark portfolio. The company’s product focus is on smart and developmental toys and consumer products under its intelino brand. VIEW PRODUCT OPTIONS micro:bit Pocket Sized Computer About micro:bit The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. It can be coded from any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more; no software required. We have over 200 different activities and resources to try, from easy experiments to creative coding challenges. How do I use micro:bit in school? Micro:bit is widely used in schools around the world, from Finland and Iceland to Singapore and Sri Lanka. We have dozens of fantastic activities and lesson plans geared towards primary and secondary school teachers. VIEW PRODUCT OPTIONS About iWorld Australia iWorld Australia is a leading exclusive distributor of STEM/STEAM Education products across Australia and New Zealand. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of STEAM education products within schools and households in order to prepare students for careers of the future. Our success is based on quality customer support and solid long term business relationships forged with major retail customers and high profile quality manufacturers. We are also an approved member of the Australian Toy Association (ATA). Common Reason That Lead to Refusal of Australian Citizenship in 2019 2019-03-22T04:51:12Z common-reason-that-lead-to-refusal-of-australian-citizenship-in-2019 If you are looking to get Australian citizenship than this process will not seem to be an easy task for you. But the point is the good consultation and advise from migration experts will make the applicant task much easier. There are a lot number of overseas-born living in Australia and they have made Australia there home and become official citizens. Today in this press release I am going to provide the readers with some of the common reason that can lead to dismissing of Australian citizenship in the current scenario. If there is a dismiss of Australian citizenship then there are many benefits that are available purely to the citizen are seized. Common Reason That Leads to Australian Citizenship Refusal 1.    The identity of The Person:  In listening to this seems to be very normal but this the most common reason the lead to refusal of Australian citizenship. The most important aspect of any application is verifying the identity of the person and if there is any mistake say suppose the photograph not proper or name and address not proper that may lead to refusal of citizenship so it is advised to be proper with identity proof. 2.    Criminal Offences on The Citizen: The criminal offenses on the citizen leads to the refusal of Australian citizenship. As per Australian law, A National Police Check is also required to become an Australian Citizen. And as we all know the Australian government is getting tough on those who are breaking law. If anyone wants to get Australian citizenship than they must demonstrate their good character. The only time you would not have to disclose a conviction is if it was a minor offense and has been spent and was committed ten years prior to your citizenship application.  3.    Availability at The time of Citizenship Decision: At the time when a decision regarding visa is made it is must for the candidate to present or else the decision will decline. Although there are circumstances in which the candidate can appoint someone else to be there in his place. 4.    Prior Australian Citizenship: The candidate application will not be approved if they have previously been an Australian citizen and relinquished it within the last year and in that timeframe reapplied for citizenship. So this point is also taken care of so that there is no visa refusal.   5.    Test Clearance may Lead to Refusal: There is a number of qualifying test which the candidate need to pass in order to qualify for Australian citizenship. Normally the test includes skills test, communication test, qualification test and much more. The main point is the candidate need to score the qualifying marks in these tests in order to avoid refusal of Australian Citizenship. 6.    Purpose of Australian Citizenship: The purpose for which the application for Australian citizenship is made must be genuine and if the purpose is not genuine then this will lead to a reason for refusal of your Australian Citizenship. These are some of the most common reason that leads to refusal of Australian Citizenship but no need to worry below I am providing you with a solution that may be useful for you to some extent. Whenever you apply for Australian Citizenship the main requirement is the all rules and regulation need to be fulfilled. In case if there is any violation of rules and regulation that can cost you with your Australian citizenship. If you feel that the reason for your visa refusal is not genuine then you can appeal for the same. i.e. If your citizenship application is refused, then you have the right to ask for it to be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. And if you want to avoid refusal of Australian citizenship than you can also take services of a MARA registered migration agent. They are expert in visa and migration-related service and can provide you with consultations as well as services for visa and Immigration. Hope this information will be of use for you if you are Australian citizenship. You are required to have a thorough look at these points in order to avoid visa refusal.  SAS partners with NVIDIA on deep learning and computer vision 2019-03-22T01:54:23Z sas-partners-with-nvidia-on-deep-learning-and-computer-vision-1 Cary, NC (Mar 19, 2019) SAS today announced it is partnering with NVIDIA to help businesses bring artificial intelligence (AI) into their organizations. The companies are collaborating across machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing, with NVIDIA GPUs and CUDA-X AI acceleration libraries, to support the core elements of SAS’ AI offerings – leading to faster, more accurate insights.  “AI is transforming business across industries,” said Gavin Day, SAS Senior Vice President of Technology. “At the heart of AI-based transformation is advanced analytics. Powerful GPUs help speed the analysis and impact of AI by processing millions of mathematical operations very quickly. By partnering with NVIDIA, we combine our strengths to augment human intelligence and realize the true potential of AI.”  For industries such as health care, life sciences, manufacturing and financial services, artificial intelligence delivers significant value. Here are some examples of how SAS and NVIDIA are helping customers accelerate their AI efforts: ●       Health care providers using object recognition to identify malignant versus benign cancer cells. ●       Manufacturers using computer vision to find defects before products leave production lines. ●       Financial institutions saving trillions of dollars with fraud detection. “Our collaboration with SAS will help enterprise customers extract the true value of AI for their company,” said Ian Buck, Vice President and General Manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “With NVIDIA technology, businesses will be able to accelerate their entire data science workflow to innovate, add new services and increase profitability.”  With expanded NVIDIA GPU support across SAS® Viya® – including products such as SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning and SAS Event Stream Processing – customers can take advantage of high-performance AI capabilities including image classification, object detection, speech-to-text, image recognition and sentiment detection. The companies are also pushing deep learning and decision-making capabilities to edge devices, which will drive greater IoT opportunities. For example, equipping an edge device like a commercial drone with AI technology will give it the ability to handle everything from infrastructure monitoring to predictive maintenance for industrial plants. With the GPU and analytics built into the drone, analysis can be performed where the data resides. Analyzing data in real-time results in faster and more accurate decisions.  The partnership with NVIDIA is one strategic element of SAS’ commitment to AI and machine learning. SAS also announced it would invest $1 billion over the next three years on AI software innovation, education programs and other resources. In addition, SAS Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer Oliver Schabenberger delivered a keynote titled “AI: Technology's Inevitable Consequence” at the NVIDIA GTC conference.  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®. AIIA celebrates ongoing government–industry collaboration on digital transformation 2019-03-21T02:06:25Z aiia-celebrates-ongoing-government-industry-collaboration-on-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 21 March 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, is celebrating the progress made by government and industry since a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) one year ago. Michael Keenan, Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation, was the keynote speaker at the AIIA hosted Ministerial Luncheon held on Tuesday 19 March at the National Press Club. The event marked the anniversary of the shared commitment to continue to deliver the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agenda. In his valedictory speech, Minister Keenan emphasised he is an ongoing supporter of the MOU between the DTA and AIIA, highlighting some of the positive outcomes benefiting the industry. The MOU was entered into on 13 March 2018 in order to facilitate practical ways for the DTA and AIIA to engage industry and government agencies in meaningful dialogue. During the first year, participating AIIA members have benefited from ongoing updates on the DTA’s activities relating to its digital transformation agenda. This included the opportunity for AIIA members to contribute directly to DTA on user research. Commenting on the anniversary of the AIIA and DTA MOU, Ron Gauci, CEO of the AIIA, said: “We’ve made great progress identifying opportunities for the parties to exchange information and draw on expertise to deliver better government online services for individuals and businesses. “Our members think this has been a ‘great start’ for industry and government agency dialogue. We hope this model will continue to evolve, and that it can be applied across other agencies.” Several initiatives and activities have been undertaken to support the opening of the dialogue. These include: Regular meetings between DTA CEO and AIIA CEO Cadence meetings between AIIA members and DTA Senior decision makers Being part of the October 2018 USA delegation visiting the following AIIA member offices: Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, Cisco, Infosys, Qlik, WIPRO, Singtel Innov8 and Oracle. The delegates also attended think tanks such as the World Economic Forum and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, as well as startup incubators at Berkley SkyDeck and the Australian Landing Pad, all showcasing innovative Australian technology start-up companies. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au The Krygger Technique Comes to Geelong 2019-03-18T04:38:11Z the-krygger-technique-comes-to-geelong The move to Geelong has created a buzz to not only the Geelong community but excitement for those in the alternative healing industry. According to the RACGP, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become an established part of healthcare for many Australians with an estimated use by up to 2 out of 3 Australians. One Surfcoast healer has identified the need for a space to encompass a breadth of natural healing modalities in the Geelong central area. Rebranded as The Healing Place, the new and exciting location will provide an umbrella center space for health practitioners, ranging from Yoga instructors to massage therapists, meditation classes and wellbeing workshops. The beautiful seamless finish of the new space reflects the mindful contemplation of what Jan's vision.  The center offers a broad range of alternative health services and experiences with the benefit of a central location. The studio style hub, designed with an interior that is best described as sophisticated; however, the warm and gentle atmosphere really whispers home. After running a successful practice in Barwon Heads, Jan Krygger decided it was time to grow her business model to support other practitioners and provide them with the space to enjoy a unified growth in the alternative health movement. Founder of the Krygger Technique, Jan Krygger believes that the health and wellness movement is increasing rapidly, but is restricted in the region from high commercial pricing. “There are so many practitioners, healers, and instructors in our area that are very gifted but are restricted by finding a room somewhere or are restricted by commercial real estate prices. My idea was to create an opportunity and platform for this community”. The Healing Place will be open March 21st, with the opening celebrations to be announced. For More Information Contact: Founder Jan Krygger Mobile: 0426 142 503 Email: Jan@thehealingplace.com.au Mentor first RTO to offer 10747NAT Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain announces Dr Mark Sinclair 2019-03-12T03:16:50Z mentor-first-rto-to-offer-10747nat-advanced-diploma-of-applied-blockchain-announces-dr-mark-sinclair-1 Mentor Education (Mentor) founder and principal Dr Mark Sinclair has announced the release of the first accredited course for Blockchain and is being marketed as the 10747NAT Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain.   Commenting further, Dr Sinclair advised the Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain was developed in partnership with Queensland headquartered Blockchain Collective.  He also confirmed that Mentor is the first RTO to offer the course.   Dr Sinclair said, “Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are being adapted into new and established businesses in most industries.  These emerging technologies address duplication, record keeping and international payment inefficiencies in today’s financial sector as well as providing better automation, traceability and transparency”.   “Blockchain development is now the hottest skill in the freelance job market and is seen as the new ‘cloud’ of the 21st Century reported Computerworld in a news analysis last year”.   Blockchain Collective Co-founder Austin Lewinsith said. “The Mentor team have demonstrated their commitment to work with Blockchain Collective to deliver to an industry-leading qualification which complements their successful course offerings in finance, accounting, business and planning”.   “We believe Mentor will be a key player in training future leaders of the blockchain sector”.   Mentor’s Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain course consists of eight modules, including six core modules and two electives.  Its complexity covers topics such as analysing performance of a business model deployed on blockchain, to preparing an organisation for transitioning operations to a blockchain network. The course includes topics such as analysing performance of a business model deployed on a blockchain, preparing an organisation for transition to a blockchain network, recruitment of staff for a blockchain project and the legislative environment.   As part of the study, course students will create a business model, functional requirements and specifications, an implementation plan for an innovative new concept or as a process improvement initiative for and existing enterprise.   Students will also complete a series of ‘real world’ deliverables which will culminate in the development of a white paper that can be presented to senior management for a go/no go business innovation and improvement initiative.   This qualification has meaningful job outcomes to meet the emerging needs of Industry 4.0 and will provide relevant and formative foundations for people leading blockchain implementation projects now and into the future.   Dr Sinclair concluded, “The Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain has been developed to ensure that this emerging industry has enterprise ready graduates with the knowledge and experience to apply blockchain frameworks in existing and new businesses”.   “We are passionate about offering emerging technology education to our students and are pleased to be the first RTO to deliver the course”.      ENDS      Issued by Mentor Education RTO 21683:      www.mentor.edu.au           Media enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd  Tel:  +61 3 9324 0362    Mob:  +61 412 112 545  Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au                    Notes to the Editor   Blockchain Collective   Blockchain Collective develops leading blockchain education to empowering enterprise, educators and students for a future in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. They aim to service the growing demand for qualified and skilled people in the application of blockchain, worldwide.   Their education is aligned to meet industry need of understanding the strategic approach to applying blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to new and existing businesses.   Web:   https://bccollective.io/   Robotic Education for Youth In Collaboration Between Space Center Houston and California Association of STEAM Education (CASE) 2019-03-11T08:16:38Z 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. www.thecase.net  Media Contact – CASE (California Association for STEAM Education): Elliott PorterEmail:  elliott.porter@actura.com.auPhone:  1300 303 402 | Mobile: +61 412 888 373 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Media Kits and Enquiries: http://www.actura.com.au/MEDIA/    Leadership – Conundrums & Consequences 2019-03-11T07:30:38Z leadership-conundrums-amp-consequences Has not enough been written about ‘Leadership’ already?  You might have thought that most people, properly inclined, would have already studied, assimilated and implemented the many words of wisdom pertaining to the multi-faceted aspects of leadership conundrums.  Perhaps? Well, perhaps not.   Today, trusted leadership is much harder to attain in an environment that is typified by the impatience that characterizes the era of instant gratification – just like the Queen song – “I want it all and I want it now!”   Good leaders, however, understand and appreciate that there are consequences (good and bad) for their actions and like master chess players consider the future many moves ahead.      I have highlighted in my recently released novel; the consequences of actions taken in the lives of ‘everyday’ people and explored the consequences of those actions across time, generations and from a spiritual perspective.   Now, I am fairly certain that there has not been a lot written (if any) to describe leadership through the prism of spirituality or what happens after we pass on.  So, let’s look at the leadership conundrum from this (unique) perspective.   Leadership, whilst given many definitions, is fundamentally about what people (aka employees, clients/customers) will follow.  What people believe is that which they will follow – all men/women want to believe, but very few can follow a dream – even a true one. But they will follow a man/woman with a dream.   Now, if I were a betting person, I would hasten to say that the consequences of a life well-lived can be found in the abundance of some things and the absence of others. Virtue is a prime example.   As a leader, I would want my many employees to work with and follow me because I was able to demonstrate an ability to act fairly and without prejudice or bias.   I would want them to follow me when I ‘led from the front’ and was ‘accountable for my actions’.  On the flipside, I would be loath to reflect actions of deception, where clients or customers were misinformed, mistreated or deceived.   Sadly, there have been many recent examples where virtue has been severely wanting from our so-called leaders of industry and community.   As a leader, many people follow by virtue of the trust they place in you.  After all, people’s livelihoods are at stake. They each have families and financial responsibilities to uphold.  If the trust they place in you is misguided the consequences of loss can be profound.   Trust is a treasured elemental to the leadership matrix and can only be earned not enforced.  They believe you – believe in you.    As a leader, I would not expect to get everything right.  Trust requires that others have confidence in your intentions.  Better, therefore, than being ‘right’, ‘strong’ or ‘competent’ is preparedness to be vulnerable.   Trust requires that we have confidence in each other’s intentions and have no reason to be protective or careful.  Trust is the foundation of great relationships (aka teams) and trust is the basis upon which all good teams (relationships) are built.  I would hasten to add that this applies both to employees and customers/clients alike.   In Bodies of Consequence, my main protagonist was an ex-sniper, WWII veteran, who had to experience the consequences of his actions in the hereafter.   He had to endure the consequences of his life and the choices he made under the duress and horror of war.     Ultimately, it told the story about the consequences of our actions on earth that go beyond the deeds themselves – and impact on people and situations that may never have been considered.   As a leader of men and women, whatever my system of belief, I would want to ensure that my own story was underwritten by both virtue and trust and that my legacy among the many that followed me was told in a story with a smile by those who placed the same in me.   Notes to the editor:     Stephen Chong’s applauded book, Bodies of Consequence is now available for purchase on Amazon, local bookstores (ISBN: 978-0-6484579-1-6) or from the website  www.stephenchong.com.au.   Issued by Stephen Chong      www.stephenchong.com.au   Media Enquiries:        Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                      T: +61 3 9324 0362                 M: +61 412 112 545  E: jperri@joeperri.com.au  New Childcare Management Software Enters the Australian Market 2019-03-09T21:41:30Z new-childcare-management-software-enters-the-australian-market Pocket Full of Dreams Pty. Limited, a leading digital agency in Sydney has entered the Australian childcare software Industry with its own software solution, Cubsta. Cubsta is a childcare management software that has been developed in-house by the agency and currently comes with 5 features and more to come in the near future. The company is led by Divij Mehta, who came up with the Idea of developing Cubsta after experiencing childcare services firsthand when he sent his 1 yr old to a leading childcare services provider in late 2016. Within a few months of his child being enrolled in the daycare, Divij started noticing that there was too much paper being used within the centre and this was leading to inefficiencies across the operations. Upon further research, he found that this was an Industry-wide problem rather than being a centre specific problem. Given that he had no background within the early education sector, he approached Industry workers and worked closely with them to understand the processes that they needed to undertake for fulfilling compliance requirements and their pain points. Taking in all the feedback, Divij hit the drawing board and started planning the architecture of the software. After countless rounds of meetings with the UI/UX designers and programmers, Cubsta finally came to life at the end of 2018. Cubsta currently comes with 5 features with more being rolled out in the near future, these include: 1.      Daily Sheets: Providing educators with the ability to share meals, drinks, nappies/toilet information with parents. 2.      In-class Activities: Allowing educators to share learning milestones as they happen using narratives and images. 3.      Newsletters: This function allows daycare managers to send out centre-wide notifications to parents via email. 4.      Notes: An In-app chat system that allows educators and parents to communicate in a private setting. 5.      Child Records Management:  Enables the recording of a child’s personal information including emergency contacts, immunisation records and medication. Some other features that the company is working on include: Enrolment, Billing, Checklist Creator and Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and more. Cubsta is currently a web-based software and comes with three user types, two of these are for the centre management & educators and the other one for parents. This allows parents to get better insights into their child’s early learning journey. From the meals being served to the educational activities being undertaken at the centre, parents can view all of this information using a simple dashboard. The vision is to make Cubsta a complete software solution that allows day care centres to manage the entire operations, from enrolment to graduation. This will reduce the Industry’s dependency on paper and create a more efficient system, overall. What sets Cubsta apart from other daycare software solutions in the market place is the ability to customise functions for daycare centres based on their unique needs. Rather than adopting one-size fits all approach, Cubsta has been architecturally designed to allow centres to make changes to the existing functions or develop completely new functions to meet their unique functional needs. The company also plans to explore other markets with their software solution and has a particular interest in the Asian countries where childcare services is an emerging Industry. For more information on Cubsta, visit their website.     How to Take Advantage of a Revit Course in Melbourne 2019-03-08T11:05:54Z how-to-take-advantage-of-a-revit-course-in-melbourne Revit is a Building Information Modelling piece of software from Autodesk, the same company where AutoCAD came from. Learning and knowing Revit are two different things. You may have learned how to use Revit back in college while you were studying architecture, but you probably do not know how to utilise and implement the software. With a Revit course in Melbourne, you can learn more about specific features, functions, and other fundamentals. You can grasp more details about the software and how to use it correctly in just a short period. Certified industry experts teach Revit training courses where you can develop your knowledge in modelling or designing your construction projects. Aside from lectures, you can also improve your skills with the help of practical exercises that you can use in the real world. During the training, you will be able to enhance and streamline your regular workflow processes. The great thing about Revit courses in the city is that you can find one that is specifically intended for your skillset. You can visualise, design, and work with the training program that can either be basic for newbies or comprehensive for experienced users. Preparing Yourself for a Melbourne Revit Course Before you start the training program, it helps to be familiar with the software first. Begin by downloading Autodesk Revit, which offers a 30-day free trial. Install it and complete all the tutorials available. You should not wait to get to the firm to familiarise yourself with the interface. Open it and start exploring to understand even the most basic functions. You can practice modelling when you have the software and play with certain parameters. This way, you will find it easier to learn the program. When you are ready for the course, you will learn more about how to use the software. One of the most important things that you will discover is working collaboratively with other people. Using What You Have Learned from the Revit Course Taking a course can help you meet project deadlines easier, faster, and more effectively. You will understand many things, and you can use what you have learned to accomplish your design or modelling tasks. Here are more ways on how you can take advantage of the course, especially at work: No More Accidental Double-Clicks Revit is not for mindless clicking, which is why you should always pay attention to the buttons you hit. Although it is quite simple, many Revit users accidentally click the mouse twice, particularly on a component family, which can ruin the designing because it will go to the family editor. Slowing down the mouse clicking speed or adjusting the settings of the program through customising the double click options for families does the trick. From there, you can choose your preferred choice. Thinking Twice over Free Stuff Before users take the course, most would add in components from sources and other manufacturers who do not even understand their jobs. They expect these components to work until they realise those are not written with the same standards, so they have to rework on everything at the last minute. Other components are also not created to be repurposed so you are locked into something that may not work correctly. With your course, you will learn to pick the varieties of libraries and families that are designed specifically for you. These modules are proven to work and can be used automatically upon acquisition. Smart Object Selection With Revit, many users select objects they do not intend to, mainly when they are performing a crossing or window selection using the mouse. The training program will help you get to know and utilise your selection methods. This way, you can easily prevent selecting things that you should not. Additionally, Revit has tools that you can use for selecting objects. For instance, you can turn Select Links off. When your link is set to the right position, you can turn this feature off so you will not mistakenly select the link. Another is Select Underlay, which should also be turned off unless you will truly have to shift an underlay element. Enjoying the Constraints Placing constraints within your model’s components tells Revit and the members of your team regarding their relationships, which should be maintained. Often though, these relationships are difficult to visualise, particularly for the team members who did not design them in the first place. If you get an error or a warning message that tells you the constraints are not satisfied, the Reveal Constraints mode will allow you to determine the Revit model’s constraints as precisely as possible. Using Rendering Technology Finally, Revit courses enable you to take advantage of cool rendering technology and resources. These things are leaping fast where the tasks you can accomplish in just a few minutes would take days or at least a few hours before. The training programs allow you to keep abreast of the technology so you can use it with your work, especially in furthering your career. All the benefits above provide you and businesses a way to understand Revit as a Building Information Modelling application. You will grasp that the training is about the processes and the people using the software, not Revit itself. Fundamentally, learners fixate on the tool, which is a mistake. Instead of focusing on Revit, you should train based on your relevant experience and what you want to achieve, which are two of the compelling aspects of the learning equation. Many companies in Melbourne and even the rest of Australia invest in BIM technologies and training their employees to grasp the fundamentals of software applications, such as Revit. The amount of time needed to learn the ins and outs of the software depends on the person and his or her skills. You will not be an expert user unless you have started a project and finished it with a team of people. However, a Revit course is your best way to comprehend the essentials until you get to the intricacies of the powerful tools in the program. Empowering Women Through Education 2019-03-07T04:13:54Z empowering-women-through-education At this time of year, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and recognise the social, political and economic achievements of women throughout the world. With the International theme for 2019 of ‘Balance for Better’ and the Australian theme ‘More Powerful Together’ reminding us that when we better the gender balance so too, do we better the world. This week is a time for celebrating and recognising the exceptional contribution women make in their communities. Equally, at this time it is also important for us to consider areas requiring further action, especially female representation in government, as Directors on Boards and in Executive Management in Australia. We all have a part to play. This is not a competition between male and female. The planet needs us to walk together. The empowering of women through education is a collective responsibility.Dr Toni Meath There are some basic assumptions about the importance of the education of women that are well backed by research, including the higher educated one is the greater their earning capacity; if the mother of the family is educated then it is more likely that education will be valued in the home and that the children will be educated. In third world countries a higher percentage of the mother’s wage goes to her children than the wage earned by the father in the family. It is also widely recognised that educating women has the capacity to unshackle families from poverty and break the cycle. We are reminded by the youngest recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, of how precious education is — Malala was prepared to die for the right for an education. We know Malala as the Pakistan school girl who was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home from school on a bus on October 9, 2012. Taliban militants targeted Malala in retaliation over her campaign for girls to be given equal rights to schooling in a country where only 40 percent of adult women can read and write. Today Malala continues her fight and is a role model of courage. However, millions of girls around the world are being denied their right to go to school and realise their potential. This is especially true in over 70 countries around the world impacted upon by war or natural disaster. In Australia we are privileged to have the opportunity of education. Historically, Melbourne Girls Grammar has worked hard to actively promote leadership potential, so that it is possible for women to be more fairly represented. Our alumnae have always been trail blazers and from our earliest graduates there has been a diversity of talent. Essentially, it is this deep pervasive culture of sisterhood that empowers our women whilst at school and beyond. At Melbourne Girls Grammar we will be celebrating IWD in many different ways, throughout the whole School. On Monday 4 March I was fortunate to accompany a group of very impressive senior students to the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) IWD Breakfast at Queens Hall, Parliament House. The guest speaker, Ms Catherine O’Sullivan, CEO, RMIT Training was inspiring and encouraged us to be more powerful together, recognising the important role we all play. She urged us to work in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down perceptions of gender to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and equal opportunities. Our School Captain, Lexi graciously thanked Ms O’Sullivan for her address and presented her with flowers on behalf of AGSA. As Principal, I want our community to think about what we can do to empower our youth and especially our young women. We need to be aware of gender but also of the imprecision of pervading stereotypes. Above all, we need to attentively avoid prejudging any boy or girl. We need to think about the words and actions we use and hold each other to account – we need to have balance. We need to encourage advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. This year’s theme asks of us to challenge the position for women’s equality and to be responsive in bringing about positive change. We all have a part to play. This is not a competition between male and female. The planet needs us to walk together. The empowering of women through education is a collective responsibility. SaaS implementation saves Victoria University millions 2019-03-07T02:24:14Z saas-implementation-saves-victoria-university-millions Brisbane, 7 March 2019 -- Victoria University is set to transform its student experience by implementing a new student system for its vocational education (TAFE) division, VU Polytechnic. TechnologyOne’s Student Management Software was chosen as a Service (SaaS) solution through a 12-month implementation project that came in on time and on budget. Victoria University implemented the Student Management SaaS solution for its Polytechnic students to improve compliance reporting, reduce costs and enhance the student experience. The dual sector University inked the seven-year SaaS deal in 2018 for its Polytechnic, extending its existing 20-year relationship with TechnologyOne. VU Vice President of Engagement and Resources, Professor Richard Constantine, said the deal signified its confidence in TechnologyOne’s products and strategic direction. “It’s personally satisfying supporting an Australian organisation that has a world class software solution,” said Professor Constantine. “The implementation will net us millions of dollars in claimable revenue per annum. By more accurately managing and reporting student information, we can now focus on operational success. “We're using TechnologyOne’s software to make us quicker and more nimble, and to automate and standardise parts of VU Polytechnic’s student management processes,” Professor Constantine added. “The SaaS platform provides scalability and flexibility, giving us a commercially viable platform that will take us into the future.” TechnologyOne’s Chief Operating Officer, Stuart MacDonald, said the successful implementation builds on the vendor’s recent momentum in the sector, signing new Student Management SaaS deals with New South Wales’ Macquarie University, Western Australia’s Curtin University and South Australia’s Flinders University. “TechnologyOne's enterprise software provides a single platform to streamline administration, ensure profitability and manage the entire student lifecycle,” MacDonald said. “Our software is intuitive and user friendly, embracing consumer concepts and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, to provide an experience that today’s millennial students have come to expect. “With our industry preconfigured approach, educational institutions can accelerate implementation to ensure go live projects remain on time and on budget,” MacDonald added.