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ACS Past President Yohan Ramasundara on how tech can respond to covid-19 and why ongoing investment matters

- May 19, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Yohan Ramasundara is an entrepreneur – the co-founder of Beta Launch and ISKOLE – and the Immediate Past President of ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector. After two years helming ACS through one of the most productive eras for the local tech industry, Startup Daily asked him for his views on the… Read more »

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ANZAC HACK: The Aussie and Kiwi defence forces are holding a hackathon this weekend

- May 13, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian and New Zealand defence forces are getting into hacking. Well, not cyber black ops, but rather the Australian New Zealand Defence Force Hackathon, a virtual event kicking off this Friday, May 15 and running until Sunday. Dubbed #Shockproof, the event is designed to look how supply chains and sovereign capability can be enhanced… Read more »

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ACS tells Senate inquiry there’s a $16 billion pot of gold for the financial sector if it embraces fintech AI

- March 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

The fintech sector has the potential to deliver up to $16 billion in efficiencies to the financial industry via artificial intelligence, new research commissioned by the ACS reveals. The IT sector professional body recently presented the research by AI analytics firm Faethm to a Senate Select Committee investigating fintech and regtech ACS CEO Andrew Johnson… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- December 17, 2019 3 MIN READ

ACS President Yohan Ramasundara and CEO Andrew Johnson at the ACS AI Hub. Photo: Supplied   Hello Tuesday. Hello to the select few still working. Just a reminder that this time next week, you’ll be putting out carrots for the reindeer. Here’s what’s happened in the meantime. 1. Blackbird sings VC fund Blackbird Ventures scored… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- December 12, 2019 3 MIN READ

It’s Thursday. And Redbubble’s probably looking forward to the weekend more than most.   1.  Bubble bursts Just seven weeks ago, ASX-listed online marketplace Redbubble (ASX: RBL), which sells t-shirts, mugs and art by independent artists, was on a high, announcing a 37% revenue jump  for Q1 FY20, and massive turnaround in its profitability on 12… Read more »

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ACS is putting $5 million into its own early-stage investment fund – and is seeking co-backers

- December 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Tech organisation ACS (previously known as the Australian Computer Society) is committing $5 million towards a new early stage tech investment fund and is now on the hunt for other investors to join the scheme. ACS President Yohan Ramasundara (pictured above) announced the fund in his closing address at the Reimagination Thought Leaders’ Summit… Read more »

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The ACS has produced a road map for privacy in data sharing

- December 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

Tech association ACS has produced a report on the way forward in a world of data sharing, outlining a basis for balancing the need for governments and business to share information while maintaining citizens’ privacy. The  Privacy Preserving Data Sharing Frameworks report, released at ACS’s Reimagination Thought Leaders Conference in Melbourne today, concluded Australia should… Read more »

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Australian Computer Society members just voted to make their association a company

- October 25, 2019 2 MIN READ

ACS members have voted to become a company in major overhaul of the organisation’s governance. The association for Australia’s technology profession held a Special General Meeting to vote on the changes today with 75.1% of eligible voting members backing the plan to move to change the governance  and the organisation’s name to the ‘Australian Computer… Read more »

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A Navy veteran has won the ACS’s $5000 indigenous scholarship

- August 30, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

  The 2020 Australian Computer Society’s indigenous IT student scholarship has been awarded to Warren Faulkner from the Northern Territory. The $5,000 ACS scholarship supports and showcases Indigenous achievement in information technology studies. Faulkner began a Bachelor of Information Technology course at Charles Darwin University in 2017 after 24 years in the tech industry, including… Read more »

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Sydney’s Harbour City Labs has a new head of growth

- June 12, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

  Sydney startups co-working space Harbour City Labs has a new Head of Growth, Dr Khimji Vaghjiani (pictured). A  30-year veteran of innovation and entrepreneurship in sectors as diverse as banking, telecommunications, defence, manufacturing, energy, government and academia, as well as in numerous startups, Dr Vaghjiani is a former Australian Innovator of the Year nominee.… Read more »