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…

Startup events in 2020

If you are lucky to live in one of the most entrepreneurial states in Australia, lead by Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Leanne Kemp, founder & CEO of the blockchain startup Everledger, then you may want to check out some of the awesome startup events coming up in 2020: QODE Pitch Black: As part of the Queensland's Innovation Festival you will have 3 minutes to pitch your idea to some of the most influential people in the investment and entrepreneurship community. When: 24-25 March 2020, Brisbane. Apply here. Gold Coast Startup Weekend: From idea to business in 54 hours. When: 21-23 February 2020,…

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…

Technology trends: Mobile apps set to double by 2020

Market researcher App Annie has predicted the app economy with mobile apps could double to $101 billion by 2020, making quality app developers high sought after resources. Image credit: App Annie The story featured in VentureBeat, the leading source for news on technology innovation suggests, "the growth will be driven by increasing usage of apps and by greater smartphone adoption around the globe." Read the full article here. Header image credit: Mobile App Daily

Why we don’t usually sign NDAs? And you shouldn’t worry about it

Client: "Hi, I would like a quote to get an app developed." Envisage apps: "Sure thing. Please tell me what you have in mind?" Client: "Do you sign non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements? You see, I would like to be able to talk freely about my app to ensure my idea is safe. Otherwise, how do I know you won't steal my idea?" Does this sound familiar to you? It certainly does to us. Well, here is the deal: There is not much new under the sun, and your idea may not be as novel as you think. Over the years we have…

Apps within apps – End of apps as we know them?

I wondered how long it would take for apps to start integrating with other apps.  The first app I noticed this occurrence was Uber - integrating Password1 to retrieve a filed Uber password.  Upon reflecting this really was nothing new in that Stripe and Braintree payments have been in apps for a long time via SDKs. With the arrival of the Apple Watch early 2015 users are likely to expect more than ever a consistent experience across all devices (smartphone, smartwatch, desktop and tablet).  The components in the fabric of the OSs are already supporting this concept through notifications across…

“Millions more needed for startups” – Dave McClure

Dave McClure, founder of leading US start-up tech accelerator program 500startups, recently spoke to Rose Powell of the Australia Financial Review. Full Article here Extract: ...it is the smaller end of the scale, the early seed stage capital investors, that Mr McClure said needs to shed their timidity and take more risks, for the sake of the ecosystem and their own wallets. Mr McClure said there should be less investments in the hundreds of thousands range, and more of millions of dollars. He warned that in a global game less daring players would soon be left behind. “Our biggest winners…