Something Digital…

On the 1 November, the inaugural Something Digital festival was held at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Celebrating all things digital, the organisers worked with 64 organisations to bring fresh, up-to-the-minute information without any of the fluff/BS that can be thrown around the tech world at times.

After a welcome by Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the City of Brisbane, there were a series of presentations and International Keynote Speakers including Adam Bonnifield from Airbus, Mariana Dahan from World Identity Network, Caroline Sinders, and Justin Hendrix from NYC Media Labs.

Presentations ranged from:

  • Artificial Intelligence and how a collection of narrow intelligences will drive advancement, rather than a self aware, singularity.
  • Using blockchain as a way to help at risk individuals have a safe, secure form of identification.
  • How robotics is (slowly) gaining traction in Australia within manufacturing, agricultural and logistics industries.
  • The possibilities mobile 5G connectivity will bring us in the very near future. Expecting it to drive the “Internet of things” with 50 billion connected devices in the next three years. Bringing our digital and real life persona closer together through Augmented and Virtual Reality. Powering the disruption of even more industries – much like we have already witnessed by companies such as Uber and Airbnb.

The driving theme throughout the day wasn’t about technology for technologies sake. It was about using it for real world applications that will help us each and every day. The idea is not to replace people with these emerging technologies, rather enhance working experiences and free-up time for better customer service.

Ethics within the digital space was discussed at length as well. With scandals like the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data making headlines around the world, there needs to be better safeguards of our private information. he use of Blockchain technologies could be one way to address these concerns in the future.

It was an intense day of information to take in – but very engaging and positive! It was great to see the vibrant digital economy Brisbane has to offer. Showcasing that we are not only a digital force within Australia, we are a digital force on the global stage as well.

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Goals, dreams, passion … and robots! Women in Print 2015

Each year we have the opportunity to network with other female collegues within the print and design industries at a function sponsored by Heidelberg and supported by Printing Industries Australia. Each year the calibre of guest speaker is fantastic – and this year was no exception as we listened to the inspirational story of Marita Cheng.

What is Women in Print?

Women in Print, as just as the name suggests – is a collaboration of women in the print media industry. The group acts as a support team, offering opportunities to network while benefiting women from all walks of life, in and around the industry.

Effecting real-world change through engineering!

When you think of engineers the stereotypical maths/physics geek immediately comes to mind. But Marita Cheng definitely does not fit this mould! Sure she’s a brainiac – but she also has a heart and soul, and her passion to make the world a better place has driven her to achievements far beyond her years. Find out more about Marita via her website.

Robogals… one woman’s quest to get more females involved in Engineering
Noticing the low number of girls in her engineering classes at the University of Melbourne, Marita rounded up her fellow engineering peers and they went to schools to teach girls robotics, as a way to encourage girls into engineering.

While on academic exchange at Imperial College London, Marita expanded the group to London. Then, through innovation and sheer will, Marita expanded Robogals throughout Australia, UK, USA and Japan. In just 5 years, Robogals has grown to 18 chapters in four countries and has taught robotics to over 16,000 girls. Robogals now runs robotics workshops, career talks and various other community activities to introduce young women to engineering.

I am strong. I am invincible. I am WOMAN.

  • Always have goals no matter what age or stage your career is at
  • Make goals real by making them achievable
  • Inspiration is everywhere and within everyone
  • Girls can do anything!

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Thanks also to Roberta from Konica Minolta for the generous invitation to attend WIP.
The event was sponsored by

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Meet Hannah :: Designer, Salt Design

Hannah returned to our team after her proudest project – the birth of her son! Hannah has experience designing a diverse range of print based and electronic media. Her skills are strongly based on a passion for good design and clear communication objectives. Her attention to detail and commitment to delivering quality design make her an absolute asset in our team – we’re so glad to have her back!

Tasty morsels about Hannah . . .

  • Hannah just LOVES sport and is a huge fan of the Brisbane Broncos, Craig Lowndes and Matthew Hayden.
  • Tea lover and expert biccie dunker. An early morning cuppa tea on the farm at Nan’s was a perfect start to the day!
  • Enjoys late night blog exploring, getting lost in links and spending far too long on Pinterest.
  • Quad biked in Vegas, got engaged in NYC, and recently tried (& loved!) snowboarding in Queenstown. Can’t wait to travel again someday…
  • My salt shaker represents my love of cars but more importantly, the newest addition to our family, our son Cooper. He isn’t so mini anymore!

Quick-bites

Favourite colour: Navy blue
Favourite food: White chocolate and raspberry muffins
Favourite sport: Rugby league and Motor racing {all sports except golf!}
Favourite escape: Countryside with a view to the ocean
Cat or dog person: Dog.

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Meet Hannah Donaldson - Senior Design, Salt Design

{Inspiration images via Pinterest}