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Sunshine Coast’s Xandra pioneers chatbot for Facebook Messenger


In April, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Messenger would offer businesses the ability to develop and integrate chatbots within the app. As one of the ‘big three’ mobile applications, the announcement was a significant move towards monetising Messenger, but more importantly provided a new medium ...

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Emerging Entrepreneurs to go nationwide with JCU and theSPACE

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In a move set to make the program more accessible nationwide, round two of Cairns’ Emerging Entrepreneurs program has coincided with the announcement that James Cook University will come on board as a key strategic partner. theSPACE is currently working with other regional centres to extend the reach of ...

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Advance Queensland announces funding for Indigenous researchers


The state government has announced two landmark funding programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) researchers as part of the newly launched Advance Queensland (AQ) initiative. The Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch announced both the ATSI PhD Scholarship and ATSI Research ...

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FunGIS spreads spatial data awareness

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A conference of spatial experts in Queensland’s far north has showcased the multifaceted world of mapping technology Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Far North Queensland GIS Group (FunGIS) held their 27th annual conference at Cairns’ Pacific International Hotel on June ...

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Emerging Entrepreneurs Program taps Cairns schools

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A recent push for budding entrepreneurs in Cairns has highlighted the importance of teaching innovation in schools, and the state of startup education in Australia. Together with the Department of Education and Training, theSPACE Cairns co-hosted a mega-site at the recent 2015 BLA Careers ...

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Unearthed Brisbane breaks the hackathon mould


More than eighty local developers competed in resource hackathon Unearthed Brisbane over the weekend, an event that diverged from typical startup competitions with set industry and government challenges. Hosted by River City Labs but run by RIIT, Unearthed Brisbane launched the ...

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We Are Hunted’s founder weighs in on the machinery of music

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The founder of one of Brisbane’s most successful startups, acquired music platform We Are Hunted, has shared his thoughts on the state of personal music app design. Released last week, Stephen Phillips’ “Why Do I Like This Song?” is a ...

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Toowoomba Startup Weekend set to educate industry


Signalling a trend towards more themed startup events in Queensland, Toowoomba is set to host Startup Weekend EDU in May 15-17th. A dual stream event, Startup Weekend EDU will operate with a Youth track, for budding entrepreneurs aged 18 and under, and an ...

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eResearch Centre mines tropical data

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Say you’re a developer scouting investment. You have motivation, a vision, and maybe even some early-stage funding. But what else could investors need before getting involved in a big project? According to Townsville’s Ian Atkinson, Director of the eResearch Centre at James Cook University, the answer is raw data. “If you want ...

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Roominate and the future of women in STEM

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Alice Brooks can pinpoint the moment her future career in engineering was set: as an eight-year-old, she asked her dad if Santa Claus would bring her a Barbie Doll. “He said no,” Brooks laughs. “And instead, I got my own ...

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