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How to use data and AI to truly understand your customer

With most companies having made great strides in improving their customer experience (CX) across select digital touchpoints, industry leaders are now looking at how to scale experience across the customer function and entire business at large. Doing so requires organizations to become customer obsessed and put data at the center of all they do to

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Reserve Bank is looking at creating a national digital currency

The Reserve Bank today announced that it is partnering with Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Perpetual and ConsenSys Software, a blockchain technology company, on a collaborative project to explore the potential use and implications of a wholesale form of central bank digital currency (CBDC) using distributed ledger technology (DLT). This is part of ongoing research

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$1.3 million to support 700 Victorian tech-startups and entrepreneurs

Victorian Government funding to back the new generation of startup innovators will support programs for female entrepreneurs as well as aspiring founders from regional Victoria and Melbourne’s western suburbs. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced $1.3 million in pre-accelerator funding through LaunchVic to support up to 700 entrepreneurs,

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Mine 2020: resilient and resourceful

The impact of COVID-19 An event without precedent in living memory, the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging several long-held truths about mining. Many miners, some for the first time, are experiencing the downside of global supply chains, ultra-lean operations and specialisation. But the pandemic is also highlighting the sector’s resilience and the role that miners play

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Can an emerging tech sector drive Australia’s post-Covid economic reboot?

The Australian economy needs an “unfair advantage” to ensure a successful recovery post-pandemic, says Dr Larry Marshall the Chief Executive of CSIRO, the federal agency in charge of national science and innovation strategy.  Dr Marshall told the Finacial Review that in a world driven by disruption, science and technology are the keys to economic prosperity. 

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More crop per drop: Agtech in Australia

In an Australian first, ‘WaterWise’ is the only water-use efficiency product for irrigated crops that measures crop water stress and predicts future water needs in real time. The tech is set to help growers save water or produce more crop per drop. Goanna Ag, which produces agricultural sensing systems for water-use efficiency, will be delivering

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Government gambles on green tech investment to strengthen economy

The Australian Government is developing a national Technology Investment Roadmap that will drive investment in low emissions technologies to strengthen our economy and support jobs and businesses. This is a key priority on the road to recovery from COVID-19. The release of the Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper is the next step in the Government’s

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Blockchain to tackle supply chain failures exposed by COVID-19 and boost economic recovery

The pressure created by the COVID-19 outbreak on global trade systems highlights an urgent need for global cooperation to maintain and strengthen the resilience of international supply chains. To help organizations improve future pandemic preparedness and accelerate an economic rebound post COVID-19, the World Economic Forum is releasing today the Redesigning Trust: Blockchain Deployment Toolkit which enables

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Call to arms to fight COVID-19 receives huge support from tech sector

OVER 2000 HACKERS GET TO WORK TODAY IN ACS’ #FLATTENTHECURVEHACK ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, will host over 2,000 participants for the online ‘Flatten the Curve hackathon’ taking place this weekend. The event, running over 48 hours from 6pm today 9 April, will see more than 2000 competitors address 62 different challenges

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