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Catalysing serendipity

We reckon there’s a lot of tech-related awesomeness in this part of the world: startups, meetups, hacker spaces and research. But the stories of our tech innovators are not told often enough, and our fragmented and widely distributed tech community means there’s limited crosstalk between its different parts. The Tech Street Journal, or TSJ, aims to reduce this problem by shining a light on everything related to tech creation in Brisbane and the surrounding region. In a nutshell, we hope TSJ will catalyse serendipity in the local tech community in the absence of a physical location where entrepreneurs, researchers, hackers, makers, investors, bright-eyed university students and baristas come together at scale. That process is happening, in the natural, organic way that it should, whether we know it or not, but we’re not there yet.

Our core team of passionate tech writers and editors will deliver a steady stream of original local tech news, which will be augmented by opinion and thought leadership from tech luminaries here in Queensland and farther afield. You won’t see a massive flurry of stories from us; at least not to begin with. We’re focussed on delivering a deeper, more thoughtful account of the local tech scene than you’re used to seeing in the mainstream media. The Tech Street Journal will also seek contributions from you, our valued readers, especially when it comes to local event coverage  (we’ll let you know how that’s going to work soon).

TSJ does not cover IT management and implementation. We leave that for others. We cover tech creation, and we especially love things that seem impossible. So the best way to grab our attention is to tell us about the crazy idea you’re working on. Or better still, show us. We’re also a little bit contrarian at times; we won’t shirk from publishing op-ed articles from left field if we think it’s a view worth spreading.

Every article on TSJ is published under a very liberal Creative Commons attribution license. That means we have no issue with you republishing our stories as is or with modification. We only ask that you link back to the original story here on TSJ.

The Tech Street Journal is currently supported by ilab, Brisbane MarketingNICTA and the awesome people at the CitizenJ Experiments Fund. If you’d like to see more coverage of tech-related activities in your neighbourhood, please contact us using the email address below.

Contact: editor at tsj.io


Headshot Chris Woods
Chris (@tophermwoods) is the Tech Street Journal's Editor-in-Chief. A brazen young tech journalist who is going to shake this whole damn thing up, he lives in Brisbane, has worked in places like Sydney and New York (State of), and will someday update his media-news blog. He once caught a source out for lying and it was the greatest day of his life.
ricky Ricky Robinson
The dude that started this thing in 2013, ably assisted by TSJ's awesome founding team. Having spent eight-and-a-half years as a researcher then business development guy at NICTA, Australia’s tech Centre of Excellence, he quit that day job to focus on a startup he cofounded. That, um, didn't work out as planned, but, happily, he's still living the startup life full time and loving it. He's a Startmate alumnus. Ricky holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Queensland. He currently does the deals and performs part-time back-office duties for TSJ. OK, it's true; he also writes the Terman column.
Editor, Founder & MD
skye Skye Doherty
Skye Doherty is an editor, digital producer and media consultant with more than 10 years’ journalism experience. She has worked for media groups in Australia, South-east Asia and the UK, including the Financial Times, where she was an interactive producer. She is currently an industry consultant at the University of Queensland and is a member of AIMIA and the National Union of Journalists.
Editor & Founder
colin Colin Kinner
Colin is a startup coach and company director with twenty years experience in strategy development, business planning, investor readiness and raising and deploying early stage capital for technology-based businesses.
Ex-Editorial Board Member & Founder
karen Karen Henricksen
Karen is a researcher interested in ubiquitous computing and the design of technologies for everyday life. She is particularly passionate about tech creation by and for women. She is currently the Margaret Peel Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland and is a former UQ Graduate of the Year.
Ex-Editorial Board Member & Founder
william William Billingsley
William is a computer scientist with expertise in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and machine intelligence —"Smart Useful Systems". He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and has been a senior engineer with Australia's centre of excellence in ICT research (NICTA) and also in industry. William is also an honorary lecturer at the University of Queensland, where he teaches project management and software engineering.
Ex-Editorial Board Member & Founder
clinton Clinton Freeman
A compulsive tinkerer.  By day he works as a senior software engineer for NICTA, where he is part of a team creating structural health monitoring equipment being installed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  By night he embarks on projects of the DIY technology kind. While at The Edge, Clinton turned his attentions to 3D printers, investing time and care into getting a fleet of RepRap printers up and running. He shared his learnings at workshops like "Introduction to FreeCAD" and "Rise of the Machines". Clinton is the proprietor of the widely read RepRage blog.