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Flood impact to be evaluated by CSIRO’s robotic glider

CSIRO will deploy a robotic glider to evaluate and monitor the impact of flood activity in Moreton Bay, on the eastern coast of Queensland. Its objective is to assess the damage done in the region's marine ecosystems.

500 interstate electricians to help in Queensland flood recovery

Over 500 electricians from all over Australia have joined the National Electric and Communications Association in a effort to help inspect more than 30,000 homes and businesses that were affected by the floods in Queensland.

ME Bank to suspend repayments for members affected by Queensland floods

ME Bank will waive fees and suspend repayments for customers whose homes and businesses have been damaged in the Queensland and NSW floods. In addition to donating $50,000 to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal, the bank will apply its Customer Hardship Policy to members that require financial relief as they rebuild their lives.

Future Fellowship research grants try to stem Australia’s brain drain

The government's Future Fellowships program hands out money to researchers at the midpoint of their careers. In other words, Canberra is trying its darnedest to put a plug in Australia's brain drain.

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.

Should employers dictate how much time we spend on social media at work?

123educateme has found that if an employee spends more than an hour a workday on non-work tasks, it could cost their employer more than $6,200 a year. If that figure is expanded to account for the population of Australia, the amount of lost productivity could amount to a staggering $5 billion.

Sippy Downs: Australia’s answer to Silicon Valley

Last month, Sippy Downs was profiled by cnbcmagazine.com as "Australia's no-worries answer to Silicon Valley." The monthly feature has, for instance, centerpieced an Amsterdam enclave that's now a fashion hub, a slice of Vienna that's thriving as an art mecca, and an investment renaissance in southern Sicily.

Sippy Downs: Australia's answer to Silicon Valley

Last month, Sippy Downs was profiled by cnbcmagazine.com as "Australia's no-worries answer to Silicon Valley." The monthly feature has, for instance, centerpieced an Amsterdam enclave that's now a fashion hub, a slice of Vienna that's thriving as an art mecca, and an investment renaissance in southern Sicily.

The treatment of innovation is a national disgrace (why I took my invention overseas)

In 2009, inventor Don Morgan was a finalist in Anthill’s Smart 100 competition. However, as he recounts in this passionate plea for change, his quest for grant funding at home has forced him to take his innovation elsewhere.

Pitch Club LITE is back in Brisbane!

Sponsored Message: Pitch Club LITE is back in Brisbane every month starting from 15th July. The Pitch Club LITE presentation will be given by Peter Christo (founder of Pitch Club), talking about ‘Evaluating your big business idea before the investors do, an entrepreneurs perspective'.

The Aurora Air Driven Fan Generator System “Aurora System” (SMART 100)

The inventor, Henk Van Harselaar, is Dutch born, came to Australia at 18 and has been a trainee pastry chef, car salesman, property developer in Hervey Bay and a pilot. The Aurora System had its genesis, in the great Australian tradition, under Henk's house and on his kitchen table. Henk is an incorrigable tinkerer and has invented a few other things along the way. The spark for the germ of the idea occurred in Henk's mind 20 years ago when he saw pictures of 15th-century windmills and initial prototypes looked very very different.

The Aurora Air Driven Fan Generator System "Aurora System" (SMART 100)

The inventor, Henk Van Harselaar, is Dutch born, came to Australia at 18 and has been a trainee pastry chef, car salesman, property developer in Hervey Bay and a pilot. The Aurora System had its genesis, in the great Australian tradition, under Henk's house and on his kitchen table. Henk is an incorrigable tinkerer and has invented a few other things along the way. The spark for the germ of the idea occurred in Henk's mind 20 years ago when he saw pictures of 15th-century windmills and initial prototypes looked very very different.

SurgicalPerformance (SMART 100)

... I read a book about how surgeons can do better. If medical doctors measured treatment results and received feedback about it, their patients did a lot better compared to patients who had treatment by doctors who did not audit themselves. I am a gynaecological cancer surgeon and responsible for the lives of a large number of women. The idea "how we can do better" is the passion of my life. I developed SurgicalPerformance mostly for myself and the thousands of medical doctors around the globe to enable them to provide better treatments for their patients and become better doctors.

TradeInsure.com.au (SMART 100)

I started my own financial planning firm in 2010, with insurance for tradesmen and women being our target market. Insurance for tradies is quite unique in that the minimum requirements are set by the various state and territory governments depending on the type of trade. As we started to field enquiries from tradies, we noted that many of them had no idea of their insurance responsibilities under the relevant laws. As we grew our own knowledge by doing research on our clients' behalf, we saw the opportunity to collate this information and create on online insurance resource for trade workers.

Joinlox (SMART 100)

Dean Cameron was given a challenge. Four plastics experts told him that it was impossible to transport plastic sewerage tanks in parts and assemble them on site. “Inventors don’t like accepting ‘no’ for an answer. So I set to work to come up with my own solution. I was intrigued by the way clams and other molluscs were able to use filaments – called byssus threads – to attach themselves securely to rocks. That’s when I realised that the way these threads work could be used to solve my problem of joining plastics and other materials.” The solution was Joinlox.

Neta Litre Meter (SMART 100)

A need became apparent during water restrictions in Australia. Water authorities now apply water restrictions in litres per day. There was a need for a product which measures litres and provides easy monitoring and control of water usage outside of the home. The Neta Litre Meter was co-developed by two Australian companies. In addition, a litre-based watering method was included to help save water. It provides an easy guide to the correct amount of water to use on the garden. This further enhances the benefits of the Neta Litre Meter. The guide is included on packaging and promotional material.

R&D Eligibility Wizard and R&D Application Wizard (SMART 100)

frustration as to the few Australian companies claiming R&D Tax Breaks led an R&D Tax Specialist (myself) with over a decade's experience to create a series of simple online tools to make the R&D Tax Claim process much easier and more worthwhile than is currently available. The goal is to get all the smart SMEs in Australia claiming what they are entitled to, without the need for hours reading tax legislation or expensive consulting fees. Currently only around 7000 companies in Australia claim R&D versus the 30% that claim to be innovative.

R&D Eligibility Wizard and R&D Application Wizard (SMART 100)

frustration as to the few Australian companies claiming R&D Tax Breaks led an R&D Tax Specialist (myself) with over a decade's experience to create a series of simple online tools to make the R&D Tax Claim process much easier and more worthwhile than is currently available. The goal is to get all the smart SMEs in Australia claiming what they are entitled to, without the need for hours reading tax legislation or expensive consulting fees. Currently only around 7000 companies in Australia claim R&D versus the 30% that claim to be innovative.

Clean Rain (SMART 100)

Our NPD team started to dream about a way to take Australia's rainwater collection experience to the world. As people globally begin to see how they can contribute to the water cycle through the collection of rainwater we asked, "How can we get Australia's learnings over the last decade, put it all in one product and make rainwater simple? Let's make a product that people won't need to worry about, will find easy to use and will let them contribute to our water system."

Continuous Mobile Mapping 3D (CMM-3D) (SMART 100)

A research team custom-built a 3D laser range sensor for mapping the environment from a moving vehicle. The research group had previous experience with 2D laser mapping and positioning, and when extending their work to three dimensions was required to overcome a number of challenges. Most significantly, acquiring a full 3D scan takes much longer than a 2D scan, and therefore the data is susceptible to distortions due to the vehicle's motion. A software solution was developed and tested with the sensor mounted on a Bobcat driven around our research facility.

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