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The Australian Digital Summit is back in 2014


I’m excited to announce that Telstra will be hosting the 2014 Australian Digital Summit again this year. It will kick off on Monday, October 20, at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Each year we hold this event, I see how digital is evolving and becoming even more pervasive and our 3rd annual event will look into the emergence of digital into the physical world. We’ll explore how new technology is disrupting traditional businesses, and the opportunities for corporate and start-ups to complement each other.

We know digital is changing the way we all work and how businesses operate. We’re experiencing this change every day at Telstra, and our digital journey has us moving rapidly to meet the demands of our customers – for example, our 24×7 mobile app or our payment partnership with PayPal. Adapting and evolving for the digital economy doesn’t happen by chance – you need the right culture, strategy and plan to future-proof your career and your business.


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Final weekend to apply for muru-D!

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With just a few days left to apply for muru-D, I thought it would be useful to talk about what will happen next after we close the application window on Monday next week.

I’d love to tell you we have an algorithm that reviews all the applications automatically and picks out the ones that best fit our requirements, but the truth is we do all of this manually.

Every fully completed application will get reviewed by at least three people to make sure there’s a balanced review. We then meet the top 40 or so teams face-to-face before we decide on the top 20-25 teams that we’ll invite to muru-D bootcamp.


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Aussies embrace ‘Screen Mania’


Ever sat down to watch TV in your living room with your tablet in hand to check your favourite websites and social feeds? Only to then pull out your phone to check a text message that’s popped in?

You’re not alone! In fact, ‘Triple Screening’ is actually a fast growing Aussie trend among connected smartphone owners, as revealed in the 2014 Telstra Smartphone Index released today.

The Index – our annual study with Nielsen on smartphone ownership and usage amongst Australians – reveals 42 per cent of us are triple screeners, with 69 per cent of 16-24 year olds leading the charge.

The most popular combo for triple screening is Smartphone+TV+Laptop followed by Smartphone+TV+Tablet – and women triple screen more than men.

So what does that mean for the everyday Aussie?


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Inside my 81 year-old dad there’s a tech-geek ready to bust out


Tales of a tech savvy senior this Father’s Day

I love the thrill of the new – I’ve always been attracted to working in emerging businesses and I realise that this trait of mine has come from the example set by my Dad, who has defied his age and generation to become tech-savvy.

When I was in high school, my father decided to change careers, so he taught himself to use a computer. This was no mean feat, as computing back then was pretty clunky and relied on a lot of commands for basic functions. And as technology moved on, so did my Dad.

Fast forward a couple of years and he got himself a mobile. Both my sister and I moved interstate and overseas, so soon he was Skyping us regularly. He accessorised his car with a navigation device. My parents bought themselves Kindle’s for Christmas. When he upgraded to an iPhone a few years ago, the FaceTime calls came regularly. Then came an Apple TV and recommendations for best viewing on catch-up TV services.

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IFA kicks off amid rumours and excitement


Europe’s largest consumer electronics show, IFA, begins in Germany today. For us Aussies it’s happening overnight, so we’ll likely awake to some exciting news about the latest and greatest gadgets.

But what, I hear you ask, exactly is IFA anyway?

Well, it’s one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany. It’s special to tech enthusiasts because, unlike other tech trade shows, it allows access to the general public — with 200,000 people expected to visit!

Hints and rumours have gone into overdrive and people from all around the world have been tweeting their excitement:


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