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Why we need smart cities

Chris Vein 21 Feb 2017 6 minutes

Building a smart city isn’t about firing up all the technology in your municipal arsenal, says Chris Vein. It’s about embarking on a process of endless reinvention.

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Infographic: Digital defines the student experience

03 Nov 2016 1 minute

From laptop ownership to online learning, technology is playing an increasingly important part in university education. This infographic reveals the relationship between students and their digital devices.

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Why buy when you can rent? Signing up to the subscription economy

13 Oct 2016 11 minutes

A new generation of customer prizes access over ownership – paving the way for subscription business models in everything from meals and motors to mobile apps.

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Empathy machines: Turning to tech to aid mental wellbeing

Suji Kanagalingam 10 Oct 2016 7 minutes

On World Mental Health Day, Suji Kanagalingam explores how cutting edge digital technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence are delivering a new experience in mental health treatment.

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Australia has world-class research capabilities. Why aren’t we sharing them?

Nick Spooner 22 Aug 2016 8 minutes

Nick Spooner unpacks the Productivity Commission’s recent research paper into digital disruption, including a suggestion that opening up research infrastructure could drive productivity growth. Would a sharing economy for science and innovation help transform the Australian economy?

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What we could really learn from online surveys

08 Aug 2016 8 minutes

The 2016 Australian census may have been touted as one of the nation’s largest online events, but the capabilities of any digitised survey mean the answers don’t always come from the questions. We could uncover a lot from how they’re answered.

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Introducing PwC’s Open Innovation Platform

Duncan Stone 04 Aug 2016 8 minutes

Procurement processes are limiting the growth of Australia’s startups and small businesses. Can they be empowered to win projects and turbocharge Australia’s innovation? Duncan Stone explains why PwC has launched the Open Innovation Platform.

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Silicon dragon blazes a trail for Chinese innovation

27 Jul 2016 8 minutes

With a huge audience of early adopters and a grassroots culture of entrepreneurship, China is fast becoming a global leader in digital innovation. What does this mean for Australian businesses?

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The promise of digital democracy

Nick Spooner 04 Jul 2016 9 minutes

From encouraging voter turnout to improving the campaign process, digital technology is playing an ever-larger role in democracy. Nick Spooner discusses this trend and whether fully electronic voting is on the horizon.

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