Technology, Innovation & Science

Shifting the goalposts

Overcoming short-term challenges about how we do our jobs can lead to substantial shifts in workplace culture.

Nuheara responds to COVID-19

Wearable technology company Nuheara says it will temporarily stand down employees in non-essential roles, while its senior executives have accepted reduced remuneration.

Perkins’ bid to #StopTheSpread

Canva chief executive Melanie Perkins spoke to Business News about the impact of COVID-19 on her business and the world.

VROC offers IT fix

Artificial intelligence and data analytics firm VROC has partnered with the City of Bunbury to develop and install upgrades to the city’s floodgates, using machine learning to help the town better prepare for an inundation.

Virus creates new ICT opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: WA ICT service providers have an important role to play as businesses rush to adapt amid the COVID-19 fallout, but there are challenges.

Cyber threats more complex than they appear: BDO

New research from BDO has found Australian companies are unaware of the cyber security threats they're facing, despite becoming more sophisticated in how they manage the issue more broadly.

FBR slashes spending, activities

Robotic bricklaying company FBR has slashed its workforce, saving $10 million per year, and postponed the construction of its first display home, which was due to commence in a matter of days.

Accelerating innovation in WA

Accelerator programs can help startups get moving, and WA is well placed to deliver.

Track’em secures Downer deal

Perth technology company Track’em has been awarded its second contract with Downer this year for the provision of its cloud-based asset tracking software.

VEEM receives $9m submarine parts order

Marine technology company VEEM has secured a $9 million order from the Australian Submarine Corporation for specialised parts for the Collins-class submarine maintenance program.

Singular Health to raise $1m ahead of IPO

West Leederville-based medtech startup Singular Health will raise $1 million ahead of a planned IPO in September, with PAC Partners appointed lead manager for the listing.

Orbital signs supply agreement with Boeing

Drone technology company Orbital Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing subsidiary Insitu to become its primary engine supplier.

RAPIDtech labels on the money

A Perth startup is hoping its electronic price tag technology can help bricks-and-mortar retailers cut costs and provide better customer service in their efforts to combat online competition.

Minderoo a major investor in rebranded ISP

Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Group has invested in corporate internet provider Cirrus Communications, which this week unveiled new branding as Swoop.

The business of mindfulness

People sitting on meditation cushions chanting ‘Om’ may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of big tech. For Perth-born Megan Flamer, however, the practice of mindfulness holds enormous potential.

DNA data puts Chironix on map

Perth startup Chironix has been selected to provide data analytics to the Aboriginal Heritage Project, an Adelaide-based effort to build a comprehensive genomic map of Aboriginal Australia.

Tech companies win $6.6m in govt contracts

Adelaide-based MGM Wireless has received a $3.5 million contract renewal with the Department of Education while Datacom Systems has secured a $3.1 million contract with the Department of Transport.

Collaboration key for research

SPECIAL REPORT: The female leaders of four major medical research foundations are using experience from their diverse backgrounds to improve medical research in the state.

WA stocks absent from tech index

The ASX has launched a technology index with 46 constituent companies and while several, such as Nearmap and ResApp Health, have a WA connection, none are based in Perth.

Tech takes on hospitality

For all the advances and disruptive opportunities available via everyday tech such as smartphones, Pubster founder Adam Mastey still sees opportunities in the hospitality sector.

Shooting for the stars in a smart WA

Ambitious entrepreneurs and sensible policies could make WA the world’s pre-eminent location for data analytics, remote operations and high-tech industries.