How Coronavirus is impacting the Mobile Economy – Webinar

How coronavirus is impacting the mobile app economy in the APAC region? A rapid spread of the coronavirus aka COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks has seen an increased in consumers’ demand for mobile apps, as governments around the world introduce radical measures to stop its spread, including social distancing, work from home and lockdown policies. Now we are seeing how these measures are bringing changes to the way consumers interact and consume mobile technology. "Starting from Asia, coronavirus has gripped the world, work and life has been dramatically altered in every country and region. China's city lockdowns began…

Mentoring for Growth Day: Free Program for Queensland Businesses

The Mentoring for Growth (M4G) program is a free initiative managed in partnership between the Queensland Government and the private sector to assist small businesses in rapid growth or with high growth potential achieve their commercial capability by surrounding them with experienced business mentors. Who are the mentors? How can they help my business? The program aims to match you with an experienced business mentor who can best help with the specific challenges or opportunities facing your business. For this reason, the M4G online application takes approx. 15-20 minutes to complete and mentors are then drawn from a Queensland-wide pool of…

App development: 5 awesome tips to get you started

  Are you thinking of building an app? Well, the truth is that the app development world is vast!  Whether you have a startup changing the world with the 'new bliss' or looking at bringing efficiencies or scaling your existing business,  finding the right app developer is only one part of the equation and deserves a blog post in its own right. Let's assume you have found an app development company that is the right match for you; What's next? How do you build your app success? Or in other words, How can you be better prepared to ensure you…

Identifying the Pain Point in your Startup

If you are a startup founder or being around the startup community, you must have heard of the term 'pain point'. But what exactly is a pain point and how do you go about identifying one? You've got an idea - either because you're trying to solve a problem for yourself or because you've heard other people and what they think they need or want fixed. When this happens, the important question to ask yourself is: "What is this pain point I am trying to solve?", and most importantly, "Is this really a pain point that I need solved right…

$10,000 QLD Small Business Digital Grants Program

Government grants are excellent funding opportunities for any business big or small. We are extremely fortunate here in Australia to have access to a number of government funding to assist businesses in numerous aspects. If your business is based in Queensland and require app development services, the good news is grants are now available to assist fund your project. The Queensland Small Business Digital Grants Program round 4 will soon be open to assist small businesses with the costs involved in purchasing digital technologies and software services for their Queensland business. How much funding could I get? Successful applicants will…

What are the costs of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Blockchain for Business Apps?

We are now at a technology tipping point where the application of blockchain technology is feasible for businesses and startups. The cost of implementing Blockchain applications has reduced through vendor support in the form of Blockchain as a Service (Baas) and open source libraries.  However, care should be taken before diving into implementing a project using Blockchain, as a number of hidden costs and variables must be carefully examined. What is Blockchain? You can read the comprehensive definition of Blockchain on Wikipedia; however, Dr Mark Staples (Data61) eloquently distills the essence of a Blockchain to simply, "A distributed database and…

Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain) Symposium 2017

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the SDLT 2017 at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.  It was an opportunity to 'nerd out' on one of the current most exciting areas of technology since the explosion of the Internet late in the '90s. The program covered technical, legal, regulatory and societal issues in Distributed Ledger Technologies (Blockchain). In this article, I have translated highlights of the Symposium from the computer science to business lingo. Dr Mark Staples of Data61 (CSIRO) opened the day with an interesting reflection on the history of software engineering; from its birth in the late 1960s to highlights on…

Intelligent Customer Service Chatbots – What do they do?

Many people confuse chatbots with the little windows that pop-up, like the one on this page. Contrary to popular belief, intelligent customer service chatbots that are based on artificial intelligence technology (AI) are capable of doing this and so much more. Instead of browsing a website, calling or emailing intelligent chatbots engage in conversations with your customers directly, mirroring the experience of a real person but in a more instant, accurate and reliable way. Benefits of integrating AI into Customer Service A conversational chatbot understands your customers, integrates with your existing database and handles your most common customer service requests. As explained in…

Myriad in Brisbane – Connecting the dot connectors

Last week I attended Myriad, a three day technology and innovation festival in Brisbane. According to their site, some of the highlights of this event were: * 50+ local and international speakers * Next generation technology & Interactive experiences * Workshops & Fireside chats * Global Investment and insights * Powerful and inspiring stories * Connections * Investor matchmaking * Sweet, sweet Queensland sunshine. It sounds great, right? However, personally the biggest highlight was the alluring atmosphere where community members, local & international speakers and investors gathered together to discuss inspiration, innovation and impact through a common theme: the use of…

DayNinja app recognised for innovation

The DayNinja app has been featured on More Gold Coast publication as one out of six most innovative apps designed and developed on the Gold Coast, Australia. The free-to-download app is based on the revolutionary Pomodoro Technique by Italian Francisco Cirillo, one of the all-time favourite methods to effectively manage time and increase productivity. Innovation results from the combination of mindfulness, gamification and To Do lists to help the user find flow, block interruptions and maintain focus during the working day. "The app allows you to name and prioritise tasks for the day, creates a calendar, and uses a timer to break up the…