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Top law firm offers $500k for innovators in the legal scene, opens start-up accelerator

Launching the Mills Oakley Innovation Accelerator, Mills Oakley Chief Executive, John Nerurker, said the firm would provide up to $500,000 to support viable ideas through incubation and commercialisation.

Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines?

There is a saying, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”. The implication being that each member of the committee advocates their...

Australian Innovation: We’re doing it wrong

Last week, the Hon. Ian MacFarlane, Minister for Industry, launched the seventh Global Innovation Index (GII) report, highlighting Australia’s place in the top ten...

$43 million earth sciences collaboration gets under Australia’s skin

The government has pumped $43 million into an initiative designed to really get under our skin -- from a geological standpoint. The money is going into AuScope, a nonprofit company designed to help governments, universities, and research and science agencies collaborate in their efforts to better understand Australia's natural resources.

Green Car Innovation Fund pumps $63 million into Toyota. Commercialisation Australia gets $61 million...

Senator Carr's office announced last week that it will invest $63 million to bring production of Toyota’s next-generation, four-cylinder engine to the company's plant in Altona, Victoria. The Altona plant currently employs 320 people. By way of comparison, the much lauded Commercialisation Australia fund has been allocated $244 million over the four years 2011 to 2014. That's $61 million a year. Which option, do you think, will create more jobs?

One billion investment in Queensland innovation

In an effort to inject new life into Queensland's economy, the Queensland State Government has partnered with Zernike Group to create the Brisbane Technology Park, part of the state government's Smart State Strategy.

Snazzy Napper: Anthill's search for the world's most brainless innovation continues

The product developers describe the innovation as "the snazzy way to sleep while you travel". What they don't explain is how this innovation hasn't yet caused race riots in a country already irrationally fearful of similar headware and community centres. Could this be the most brainless innovation ever?

Snazzy Napper: Anthill’s search for the world’s most brainless innovation continues

The product developers describe the innovation as "the snazzy way to sleep while you travel". What they don't explain is how this innovation hasn't yet caused race riots in a country already irrationally fearful of similar headware and community centres. Could this be the most brainless innovation ever?

Anthill's SMART 100: Winners revealed! (2010)

They represent the spoils of skunkworks and the rigours of R&D laboratories. They embody the passions of earnest inventors and the dreams of budding business builders. They are the products of industries old and new, from organisations both large and small. They're innovative, Australian and they're changing the world, one idea at a time. Yes, it's time to reveal the SMART 100, 2010.

Anthill’s SMART 100: Winners revealed! (2010)

They represent the spoils of skunkworks and the rigours of R&D laboratories. They embody the passions of earnest inventors and the dreams of budding business builders. They are the products of industries old and new, from organisations both large and small. They're innovative, Australian and they're changing the world, one idea at a time. Yes, it's time to reveal the SMART 100, 2010.

Making plants "happy" lands Geomite Biomineral second place in Anthill's SMART 100

As the new century dawned, this inventor/innovator focused on sustainable agriculture -- farming techniques that strive to work with the environment, not against it. His latest venture in that discipline -- Geomite Biomineral Development -- has landed him the runner-up spot on the SMART 100.

Making plants “happy” lands Geomite Biomineral second place in Anthill’s SMART 100

As the new century dawned, this inventor/innovator focused on sustainable agriculture -- farming techniques that strive to work with the environment, not against it. His latest venture in that discipline -- Geomite Biomineral Development -- has landed him the runner-up spot on the SMART 100.

Innovation designed to assist other innovators scores top spot in Anthill's SMART 100

Caroline Hughes transformed her frustration into a business that boasts a suite of online tools that make the R&D tax claim process more accessible and far less intimidating. For that, Hughes and her company top the charts in Anthill's SMART 100.

Innovation designed to assist other innovators scores top spot in Anthill’s SMART 100

Caroline Hughes transformed her frustration into a business that boasts a suite of online tools that make the R&D tax claim process more accessible and far less intimidating. For that, Hughes and her company top the charts in Anthill's SMART 100.

Beer innovation hits the spot and gets served with third place in Anthill's SMART...

BeerVaults is the messiah of all adventurous beer lovers who wish to try exotic new beers but not at exorbitant prices. Its in-built reservoir with cooling carbonation technology not only maintains the temperature and freshness of beer but it also hit the spot with our maven judges.

Beer innovation hits the spot and gets served with third place in Anthill’s SMART...

BeerVaults is the messiah of all adventurous beer lovers who wish to try exotic new beers but not at exorbitant prices. Its in-built reservoir with cooling carbonation technology not only maintains the temperature and freshness of beer but it also hit the spot with our maven judges.

Service to audit doctors stacks up at number four in Anthill's SMART 100

A doctor will do a better job is he or she compares patient treatment and outcomes to those performed by peers. That's the core idea behind SurgicalPerformance, a website that allows physicians to audit themselves and see how their work stacks up against others in the field.

Service to audit doctors stacks up at number four in Anthill’s SMART 100

A doctor will do a better job is he or she compares patient treatment and outcomes to those performed by peers. That's the core idea behind SurgicalPerformance, a website that allows physicians to audit themselves and see how their work stacks up against others in the field.

Eye-opening driving fatigue technology takes fifth place in SMART 100

Researchers at Australian National University linked up with Volvo to help develop a vehicle-safety system that keeps an eye on the driver. And the eye-opening technology has scored the innovators the number four slot in Anthill's SMART 100.

Beam me down Scottie! New $63m nanotech research centre opens in Melbourne

When someone says "nanotechnology" to me, I get very Star Trekkie. My ears begin to taper elvishly. My eyebrows arch inquisitively. I embrace a peculiar affection for sticking my head into an upturned bowl. I develop a fondness for soaring arias and cavorting with semi-clad women of an emerald hue. But I have been corrupted by an unnatural relationship with television in my youth.

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