Category: 2015 Youth Mission

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Why I’m sending 20 young Queenslanders to Silicon Valley

[This post originally appeared on Business Spectator and has been reposted with permission] In April this year I wrote an article highlighting how Australia is creating a generation of workers, not entrepreneurs and how as a nation we are missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity. Our economy is still hugely reliant on stuff we dig out of the ground, yet we live in an age when next generation technology is creating opportunities to break into every industry sector.  Australia needs technologically capable and entrepreneurially inspired young people. If our future business leaders are going to succeed, they need to be...

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One week to go!

It’s a bit crazy to think that in just over a week’s time we’ll be touching down in San Francisco. I’m already bracing myself for the (relatively cold) weather. The most exciting aspect of the trip, for me, is the fact that SF is such a hub of activity in our space. Nowhere else in the world can compare. To get a feel for how much awesome technology is packed in there, I took a quick poll around the office for various software/services that we use every day. Most of them were in within a pretty small radius, and I...

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I’m Heading to Silicon Valley!

I’m heading to Silicon Valley! From the 16th of November until the 28th I will be travelling to the USA as part of a group of Brisbane based founders and tech enthusiasts as part of the Startup Catalyst program. We’re on a mission to soak in the startup culture of the valley and bring back lessons and experiences that we can use to help grow the startup scene here in Brisbane. I’m tremendously excited about going and the rest of this piece will be about what I’m hoping to discover and some initial thoughts. Hopes The main draw card for...

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Day 2: Singularity University (Original Post by Andrew Joy)

A Singular Experience Posted on 20th November 2014 by Andrew Joy [This post originally appeared on 2Bit Studios  and has been reposted with permission] Today was a good day. I should have known that any day that involved a visit to NASA (Ames Research Centre) would give me more than I bargained for. Pascal Finette It began with meeting Pascal Finette of Singularity Univeristy. Singularity University is a startup accelerator program that focuses on solving the ‘big problems’ with the world, from vaccine spoilage in third world countries to fabrication in space. Their campus at Ames is full of complex gizmos and...