Tag: INNOVATION

Hacking Panacea – Re-designing Hackathons

It’s no secret that I am a hackathon evangelist. Since attending my first hackathon, GovHack, in 2014 I have been fascinated by the adrenalin rush and have followed the holy grail of hacks for 18 months. As my friend, Nicole Williamson , says – I’ve ‘drunk the kool-aid’. It seems to me that I’m not alone,…

StartUps and the Innovation Nation

Tomorrow Malcolm Turnbull’s long awaited Innovation Statement is released with  huge promise, it is expected to cover five areas unlocking capital, access to Asia, greater collaboration across public and private sectors, growing the talent pool and government as exemplar in leading innovation culture. I am hopeful and a little optimistic that the statement encompasses definitive…

The Spirit of StartUp Bus

I’m a recently awakened entrepreneur. My journey started with a prod from my friend Nicole Williamson (a goddess and mentor of tech and startup) in 2014 to check in to tech and start up events, it changed my life. I found my people and I have never looked back. The spirit of start up is intoxicating, it…

THE AGE OF DISRUPTION IS NOW

This is an exciting time to be alive – we have unprecedented opportunities and developments presented before us in the age of disruption. Old structures are crumbling – the old paradigm of hierarchy, silo’s, status quo, control and power is being superseded by the new world order – collaboration, co-design, self determination and disruption.

IS AGILE GOVERNMENT AN OXYMORON

Times are changing – whether in government or private sector we need to act swiftly and respond to opportunities – and they are coming thick and fast. Take the start up community – growing exponentially in every corner of the globe, they are driving innovation and are becoming a force to be reckoned with in…

INDIGENOUS DIGTIAL

The complexities of Indigenous disadvantage are too great for any single solution, what I know in my heart is that social enterprise and digital are the future and well worth trying to address closing the gap. Where there are no jobs, create them, where there are gaps, there are opportunities to design solutions, tech can…

SPARKING SOCIAL CHANGE

Don’t you just love a crazy idea? It takes a lot of courage to try something new, especially something that you don’t know will work, yet entrepreneurs and start ups pursue crazy ideas every day and thank heavens they do. How else would the likes of Apple, Uber or AirBnB come about? I love and admire…

RAPID PROTOTYPING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

“We have enough, and we can do better, so why is it so hard to cause social change? “ I believe it’s because we wade through bureaucracy and stifling processes that take forever to be signed off and implemented. It’s no coincidence that I became fascinated with rapid prototyping, a process I’ve witnessed at Hackathons where participants…

THE ALCHEMY OF WORKING TOGETHER

In the world of social care and social disadvantage we are losing badly, despite countless efforts and $250 billion dollars spent annually, disadvantage is growing and we are seeing increasing instances of domestic violence, child protection, mental health and homelessness. In fact in this ‘lucky country’ one in seven Australians live below the poverty line.…

A SOCIAL INNOVATION EXPERIMENT

Twitter is a wondrous place, I believe it is more equal than Facebook and LinkedIn and it seems anyone can get traction on an issue with a little help from clever hashtags and virtual friends. I recently thought I would try a social innovation experiment, I tweeted “Who wants to help me organise a  Hackathon for…