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Lifting the curtain on an electronic future of flying taxis and AI kitty litter

A mesmerising look into a future that includes flying electric taxis, bigger TVs with startling options, washing machines that can detect different fabrics and alter its cycles accordingly and an electric bike that can travel on water.

Bushfires take top spot on Google information searches

Raging bushfires that took lives and caused a billion dollars in damages as they horrifically scorched the face of Australia for decades to come, dominated searches on Google in 2019.

AI promotes more sweeping changes at supermarkets as check-outs replaced

Artificial intelligence is poised to make even more sweeping changes to already disrupted supermarket business principles in Australia, including reducing the number of check-outs, and using phone apps to charge customers when they take products from shelves.

The new on-demand transport for the elderly and disabled

Clive and Alison Vaz were driven by personal experience when they decided to create an on-demand transport service for the elderly, those with a disability and those in care.

Finder’s clever new app compares home loan and credit card deals from your mobile phone

Finder will release its new app in February 2020, which will allow consumers to compare loan, credit card, health insurance and energy packages from their mobile phones. 

Charitable merger hopes to reap new rewards

A newly announced merger between Good2Give and ShareGift Australia has the potential to release millions of previously under-utilised share capital to charities.

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NAB Global Australian Award Winner

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Dr David Putrino took out both the NAB Global Australian Award as well as the GE Healthcare Award.

The Arts Award Winner

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Angelica Mesiti lives and works between Paris and Sydney. Mesiti is a contemporary artist working in the field of moving image installation and performance.

Global Alumni Award Winner

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Before he joined the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (Corruption Eradication Commission), as Commissioner, Dr Syarif was a Senior Lecturer at Hasanuddin University, Faculty of Law, Makassar, Indonesia.

Advanced Manufacturing Award Winner

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Adam Gilmour is the CEO and Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies, a venture-funded rocket company in Queensland, Australia that is developing a new breed of hybrid launch vehicles for small satellite/payload customers.

Social Impact Award Winner

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Richard Fuller is a founder and president of the nonprofit Pure Earth (formerly known as Blacksmith Institute) dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk.

Sustainability Award Winner

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Hugh Whalan is CEO of PEG Africa, which uses pay-as-you-go technology to provide solar to millions of people in West Africa. 

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Podcast #376: Kevin Kelly

Author of What Technology Wants, Out of Control and The Inevitable: Understanding the Twelve Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, Kevin Kelly is a writer and a founding executive editor of Wired Magazine.

Controlling AI

AI can do a lot of specific tasks as well as, or even better than, humans can — for example, it can more accurately classify images, more efficiently process mail, and more logically manipulate a Go board.

Marta Dusseldorp in conversation

Marta Dusseldorp, highly respected star of screen and stage, in conversation with Holly Ransom on using one’s platform to drive the change that matters.

Liam Scanlan from Eat Your Water

Liam has been named one of the top 50 people in e-commerce in the whole of Australia.

Susan Anderson – Anderson on her Uber rating, the future of mobility, and road pricing

Adrian and Ilya talk with the General Manger of Uber Australia and New Zealand, Susan Anderson about her Uber rating, how the rider sharing platform has stayed ahead in the Australian market, and her reflections on the future of mobility and road pricing.

What Happens When a Billion Indians Finally Get Online?

The spread of internet-connected smartphones in India is upending everything from jobs and marriage to politics and education.

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Elbaite drives cryptocurrency trading to the next level

Stone & Chalk cryptocurrency startup, Elbaite, was founded in 2017; enabling Australians to exchange cryptocurrency with fewer fees, more trust and control, and better trade conditions.

Aussie company DigitalMaas rockets into the rankings as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Asia Pacific region

Australian digital marketing company DigitalMaas has rocketed onto the Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM Asia Pacific rankings for 2019 after reporting a growth of 235 per cent over three years

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar keynote speaker at seminar

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar, one of the most sought-after entrepreneurs in Australia, will be a featured speaker at this year’s Spark Festival.

The backroads of artificial intelligence and its challenge

Artificial Intelligence is seen as both a solution to intractable problems and a major challenge to social, political and economic life.

Building a brand just as important as building a business

Join Principals strategy director, Moensie Rossier as she shares her thoughts on how to build a brand, not just a business. 

The next seat: Bringing women into the start-up boardroom

Recruiting the wide-ranging list of diversely talented women for advisory or boardroom roles will be the theme when three promising start-ups publicly reveal their potential during the Spark Festival.