The Technology Council of Australia is the nation’s powerful new peak industry body, launched last month with ambitions as big as the sector it represents. Huge. In this episode of the Commercial Disco podcast, the Tech Council’s inaugural CEO Kate Pounder talks about the enormous job creation potential of the sector, and the role it will play in Australia’s economic recovery.
Martin Duursma is a partner at Australia’s premier deep-tech focused venture capital outfit, Main Sequence Ventures, charged with overseeing the firm’s space industry investments. In this episode of the Commercial Disco, Martin talks about the massive opportunities that exist in the space industry – and the massive ambition that is being applied to securing Australia’s share of it.
For years NSW Minister for Customer Service and Minister for Digital Victor Dominello has been the state’s chief advocate for building world-class digital government services. In this episode of the Commercial Disco podcast, Mr Dominello talks about how the maturity of the NSW digital infrastructure has helped deliver the health and economic response to the pandemic, and how the coronavirus has reshaped digital priorities. He also talks at length on using government procurement policy to build the NSW and Australian tech industry.
Karen Dewey had a long and successful career as an executive producer in commercial television, including lengthy stints as head of reality and factual at Nine Network Australia and ITV Studios, before jumping out into StartupLand as co-founder and CEO of Lumi.Media. It’s platform software for the global TV production industry, and it’s coming out of Australia. In this episode of Commercial Disco, she talks to James Riley about the exhilarating ride.
Australia’s Ambassador to the United States arrived in Washington in February 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading across the world. In this interview, he talks about a US economy that is now roaring back to life and the opportunities this presents for Australian companies. He also charts the progress of talks on a proposed Australia-US Digital Economy Trade Agreement.
There is a need for new policy structures and funding to stimulate innovation across the economy, especially during the COVID recovery period. In this episode of the Commercial Disco, ANDHealth chief executive, Bronwyn Le Grice, and Cicada Innovations CEO, Sally-Ann Williams, discuss Australia’s innovation ecosystem – and lament the growth of ‘innovation theatre’.
The National Archives of Australia is a literally a national treasure, the central store of the story of Australia and its people. In this episode of the Commercial Disco, James Riley talks to the archives’ director-general David Fricker about the technology challenges of maintaining access to material stored on ageing data formats – and the significant budgetary pressures that this puts on the institution.
In this episode of the Commercial Disco, James Riley talks to one of Australia’s foremost cyber security commentators and the CEO of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, Rachael Falk about building sovereign capability; what makes a successful research collaboration between government, industry and research institutions; creating innovative solutions for the ever-evolving problems; and developing great IP.
Max Kelsen is one of a growing breed of fast-growing Australian AI companies. In this episode of the Commercial Disco, James Riley talks to Max Kelsen chief executive Nick Therkelsen-Terry about the growth opportunities for the software sector – and the need to governments to better target industry policy.
Trailblazing mathematics scholar, Emeritus Professor Cheryl E Praeger AC, recently awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for her work in the field of mathematics talks to InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod on her long career in STEM, collaborating on international joint research by sea mail in the 70s and overcoming challenges as a female in the world of mathematics.