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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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Unearthed Brisbane breaks the hackathon mould

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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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Pentaho does the trick for big data

Bizcubed's Zachary Zeus and Neeraj Khurana organised last week's data warehousing meetup at Brisbane’s Jade Buddha.

Events such as GovHack and Code for America have given open data a recent boost in popularity, but the technology behind data integration often goes ignored. Within Brisbane’s robust meetup community is the solution to this divide, the relatively-small Data Warehousing Brisbane run ...

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Hacking beyond GovHack

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As this year’s record-breaking GovHack finally winds down, organisers are looking to the event’s future. With a leap from two cities to 11, over 1300 participants and extraordinary media coverage, it makes sense that GovHack is looking to capitalise on ...

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Update: Bardon Bitcoin ATM ready to go

Bardon cafe Kobblers became one of the first Australian organisations to run a Bitcoin ATM.

Bardon cafe Kobblers has successfully installed one of the country’s first Bitcoin ATM’s after months of waiting. The Lamassu ATM arrived early in July and was installed later in the month after software developer Paul O’Keeffe conducted repairs. The installation comes ...

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GovHack tests Australia’s access to open data like never before

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Nationwide hackathon GovHack saw over 1,200 participants repurpose government data last weekend, pushing the boundaries of both the event and the accessibility of open data. Over 200 teams competed across 11 Australian satellite locations, with 109 participants creating seventeen submissions in ...

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Bitcoin ATM planned for Bardon

A Bitcoin ATM will soon be installed at Scott Duncan's Bardon cafe

Bardon cafe Kobblers is preparing to host one of the country's first Bitcoin ATMs.

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Three reasons Creative3 rocks

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The 2013 edition of the Creative3 Forum lived up to the high expectations that it has set for itself in previous years. It is, without a doubt, one of the premier events in Queensland for entrepreneurs and creatives. Anna Rooke ...

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The Queensland Government Open Data Mixer

Data is a platform, not a commodity

Rufus Pollock’s keynote was the highlight of the weekend’s Open Data Mixer event. Pollock gave an entertaining and inspiring talk about open knowledge. The key take away messages were that open data is a platform, not a commodity, and that ...

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