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Do you know an Australian innovation worthy of recognition? [Nominate for the SMART100, 2014]

Anthill’s ‘SMART 100′ Index was developed six years ago to identify and rank Australia’s 100 most innovative products, proving to be one of the...

Are you an aspiring author? Meet Publishizer. It’s kind of like Kickstarter for books....

Writing a book is hard. Really, really hard. First, you have to be creative enough to come up with something worth writing about (and more...

Anthill’s Smart 100: Readers’ Choice Awards (2013)

They embody the passions of earnest inventors and the dreams of budding business builders. They are the products of industries both old and new,...

If you got some Lego for Christmas, you’ll want to start building one of...

If you scored some Lego for Christmas, you may want to consider building this today. It sure beats watching the Boxing Day Test.

It’s still not too late to buy me a Christmas present [VIDEO]

All gifts can be presented (pun intended) at Anthill HQ. If you're stuck for ideas of what to get me, here's a suggestion. It looks like a lamp, but it's so much more. It's Lamp, with a capital L. It has a name and a personality of all its own.

Dear Santa, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to fit a 3D printer down...

Sick of boring family portraits? You know the ones. When it all goes horribly wrong, the photos end up on Awkward Family Photos. No more! 3D printing has come to the rescue.

Looking for your perfect tech developer? [VIDEO]

Developers are in high demand in any startup community. Without them, the great digital idea that you have remains just that, an idea. So, companies go to great lengths to find technology gurus.

Making science fiction a reality: a robot that transforms before your eyes [VIDEO]

A Japanese man who likes to build robots as a hobby has created the first, real robot that transforms from a car into walking, shooting robot. Yes, it's real. Well, it's more real than various part of Megan Fox in the second Transformers movie.

America’s young scientist of the year tackles one of the top world problems: access...

This remarkable 14 year old girl may prove one of the key solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing our planet: giving everyone access to clean drinking water. It's a simple problem and, her solution is simple and elegant.

To infinity and beyond. 100,000 ways to blow your mind [VIDEO]

I know it's Monday and you've got a full 'to do' list. But, if you're looking for a mind-blowing way to procrastinate, I've found it.

How to get your Google back [VIDEO]

Did you upgrade to Windows 8? Are you missing your Google apps and Chrome? Well, Google have done a little bit of sly marketing to help you get your Google back.

A bra that can detect breast cancer [VIDEO]

When breast tissue first begins to mutate, our bodies helpfully build a network of blood vessels to help these 'new cells' grow. This usually occurs in the first three years of cancer cell growth. Tumours are not often detected until after 12 years of cancer cell growth. One bra may be about to change all of that.

Apparently, women flush too much [VIDEO]

Apparently, some women flush the toilet to cover the sound of their bodily functions. This water wasting, multiple-flushing activity must stop. You guessed it! There's an app for that.

A suitcase that follows you everywhere [VIDEO]

If you travel a lot, you know the importance of having the right suitcase. You need one that can fit in far too much stuff. I'm a fully fledge member of over packers anonymous. And, it needs wheels for mobility. The hop! has a whole new approach to suitcase mobility.

Attention all entrepreneurs. Online retailer accounting just became a whole lot easier!

Xero's integration with AVS Networks online store platform allows them to use an Australian online store provider, paired with Xero, to conveniently and securely transfer their online store data to Xero's cloud-based software.

Six megatrends that will shape our future

Three years ago, the CSIRO, embarked on a "global foresight" project, not to enlighten the world at large but mainly to guide its own research. However, the CSIRO has identified six "megatrends" that indicate major shifts in environmental, social and economic conditions that will substantially change the way people live for the next two decades.

Are you unreasonable? If you are, you might be able to change the world...

The Unreasonable Institute doesn't really have a new formula for driving innovation and solving problems. What it does have, is a heart. And a dream. A big one.

FORUM VIDEO: Hessex Solutions

Hessex Solutions CEO, Boyd Walan has shared his pitch video in the Anthill GET PITCHING forum. Solar power is a complex issue to explain. In this video, Walan not only successfully explains the current pricing problems facing solar energy solutions, he also elegantly shows how Hessex Solutions has the answer.

CoDesign’s bid to rebuild ‘public spaces’ just got stronger

The Melbourne group was selected from a field of more than 40 applicant organisations. Among other things, the test included six months in an intensive business planning incubator program. The funding, and much more, will help CoDesign Studio attain business and other skills, and grow into a commercially viable social enterprise.

Digital disruption: 50% of Aussie economy on short fuse, 2/3rds face big bang

Digital disruption continues its inexorable march in many newer ways, and in many cases might even be gaining further pace. That, as much as the fact that most research has ducked estimating the “projected magnitude of disruption,” has led Deloitte to come up with a sweeping study (“Digital disruption – Short fuse, big bang?) of digital disruption on the Australian economy as a whole, not to mention individual sectors
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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...