Stories by Rebecca Merrett


Australia to host RoboCup in June 2019

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and partners, UNSW and RoboCup Junior Australia, have won a bid to host RoboCup, the world’s largest annual robotics competition.

Written by Rebecca Merrett27 Nov. 15 13:57

NSW government finally gets serious about data sharing

NSW Minister for Innovation, Victor Dominello, has made data sharing between government agencies a key focus in the final update to the state’s ICT strategy, promising that problem solving and policy development will no longer be done in silos.

Written by Rebecca Merrett26 Nov. 15 16:27

How William Hill’s IT team avoided another painful Melbourne Cup

If the mobile apps supporting half your online betting business fail on the day of the Melbourne Cup, one of the biggest gambling events in Australia, then you can bet your heart would be racing faster than Phar Lap's.

Written by Rebecca Merrett25 Nov. 15 12:59

Australian quantum cyber security firm wins global award

QuintessenceLabs, built out of Australian National University, has been internationally recognised as a leader in quantum cyber security by winning a global Security Innovation Network (SINET) award.

Written by Rebecca Merrett24 Nov. 15 16:51

ICT corruption inquiry: Witnesses say contractors were ripped off

A public inquiry this week by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has revealed contractors awarded jobs at the University of Sydney, under the recruitment of Canberra Solutions, were substantially ripped off.

Written by Rebecca Merrett12 Nov. 15 16:44

Year 8 is the drop off point for girls in IT: Digital Careers

Encouraging girls to study IT towards the end of high school could be too late, according to research by Digital Careers, which looked at the participation of girls in this year’s Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge.

Written by Rebecca Merrett11 Nov. 15 15:57

Witnesses speak at University of Sydney ICT contractor corruption inquiry

A public inquiry by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) taking place this week revealed damning details over allegations that the University of Sydney’s former head of projects for ICT, Jason Meeth, dishonestly gained money from recruiting ICT contractors from non-accredited Canberra Solutions.

Written by Rebecca Merrett10 Nov. 15 15:33

ACCC proposes 'superfast' broadband regulation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a draft proposal to declare a Superfast Broadband Access Service (SBAS) in a bid to prevent any localised monopoly on provisioning.

Written by Rebecca Merrett06 Nov. 15 14:43

C-suite execs nervous about outsiders stealing their business: study

Airbnb, Uber, and the like are walking right up to traditional businesses and giving them a big slap in the face, a wake up call that their biggest competitors are from outside their industry. This is what IBM’s latest Global C-suite Study found is making many CxOs nervous.

Written by Rebecca Merrett05 Nov. 15 14:28

Predictive model selection – quick tricks

From simple to complex models – how do you find the sweet spot on that spectrum? This is a question that Daniel Marlay, director of Ernst and Young’s Actuarial practice, addressed at a recent Data Science meetup in Sydney.

Written by Rebecca Merrett29 Oct. 15 15:08

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