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,…

Innovation Nation here we come

Twas just like the night before Christmas with the startup, entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem eagerly awaiting the Turnbull Government’s #InnovationStatement released today at 12.30pm AEST. We put out the cookies and milk, and we cleared the chimney of our battered expectations as we awaited the news that its our time for the Innovation Nation to…

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…

Join the Insurgency of TechFugees Australia

  Around 150 people descended on a suburban Library in the Western Sydney suburb of Liverpool on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of November 2015 to hack for better solutions to refugee settlement. In partnership with the Mayor of Liverpool City Council, Ned Manoun, two NGOs – Settlement Services International  and STTARTS and the…

Time to act. What women entrepreneurs want!

Enough talk, now its time to act and deliver on some practical outcomes for women entrepreneurs. In the last few weeks I’ve been privileged to participate in a number of initiatives around listening to women entrepreneurs. The first was Ministers Wyatt Roy and Michaelia Cash Female founders breakfast at Fishburners where I facilitated a panel…

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 PolicyHack Experiment – A Futurist vision

PolicyHack happened – just like that! It was the courage of a newly appointed Assistant Minister for Innovation the Hon. Wyatt Roy MPand his bold vision to hack for change that led to one of the most sought after event tickets in town. The Policy Hack experiment was about challenging the way bureaucrats collaborate and encouraging…

Accelerating a data driven future

I’ve had a love – hate relationship with data all my life. I was never any good at Math, yet as a social change advocate data was my ally and best friend. I also became increasingly frustrated that despite collecting volumes of data across government and NGOs, we don’t really make the most of 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…