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Getting to know Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and FinTech
Date: 17 January 2018
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm

The night will be an informative discussion looking at the world of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology, also known as “blockchain”. The session will take a lens to cryptocurrencies from three different perspectives: Fintech, Business and how this affects individuals. The speakers will explore the impact of block-chain based technologies on different industries with some use cases and real-world examples, focusing on the financial, banking, trading and real-estate markets.

Speakers include:

John Hansen, CEO and Founder of Global Ledgers
Abhishek Satpathy, Lead Programer Global Ledgers

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Women in Engineering Day
Date: 24 January 2018
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

This event is for female students in Years 9-10 in high school. Macquarie University has partnered with Power of Engineering to host a full day of activities and workshops to let future leaders learn more about how engineering can change the world.

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A neurophysiological based coding strategy for cochlear implants
Date: 8 February 2018
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am

Hear from Dr. Waikong Lai, senior research scientist at the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

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Get switched on to the future! IT Industry Sector Forum
Date: 28 February 2018
Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm

As a founding partner of MPID, City of Ryde invites you to an event that will take you on a journey into the IT knowledge economy – an explosion of creation and innovation to build a successful and sustainable business.

Get switched on to:

  • Accessing money for your app or innovation
  • Insights in the commercialisation/innovation journey
  • Accelerated growth programs and Government Grants

The night will be an informative discussion looking at the world of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology, also known as “blockchain”. The session will take a lens at cryptocurrencies from three different perspectives: fintech, business and on a personal level. The speakers will explore the impact of block-chain based technologies on different industries with some use cases and real-world examples, focusing on the financial, banking, trading and real-estate markets.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Carnell, Ombudsman – Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
  • Anna Samios, Mid market Business Advisor – AusIndustry
  • Edwin Onggo, CEO – GiggedIn – Getting started
  • Johanna Pitman, Program Director – City Connect – BlueChilli

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Some of our 2017 Events…

Presence Attestation: human-aided bootstrapping of trust in devices 
Date: 18 October
Time: 12:30pm – 2.00pm

In his one hour presentation, Professor Gene Tsudik will address the human user element in trust establishment in the era of IoT and autonomous systems.

He will present three concrete presence attestation schemes based on different physical properties: sight-based, location-based and scene-based. They vary in terms of security and usability features, and are suitable for different application contexts. After analyzing their security, we assess their performance based on prototype implementations using a smart-phone, a Raspberry Pi-2 connected with a GPS module and a HD webcam.

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FAIL NIGHT – Let’s talk about failure
Date: 19 October, 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

The great Winston Churchill once said “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”. Whilst optimism is one of our key values here at the Macquarie Incubator, more often than not in the business world, we fail. As people we are not defined by these failures, but rather how we get back up and charge on. Join us as our panel of high profile speakers from the Macquarie Park Innovation District discuss their failures – and most importantly how they bounced back.

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Speaker Series: Meet a Venture Capitalist
Date: 25 October 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

We all know starting a business is hard, but are there patterns and mechanisms that predict a startups likelihood to succeed? Venture capitalists are indivdiauls who provide capital to startups or support small companies that wish to expand.

Our three speakers, Blair Pritchard, Barry Tennant & Rebecca Hay all have a background in Venture Capital and have accumulated a wealth of experience in creating, scaling and investing in businesses. These individuals know what it takes to make a startup successful, as well as understanding the factors lead to failure.

Join us for this Wednesday night Speaker Series and get an exclusive opportunity to listen to and ask questions to some incredibly insightful and knowledgable Venture Capitalists who will provide you excellent insights you can apply to your venture.

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MPID Transport Hackathon
Date: 2 November – 3 November 2017
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm

The Macquarie Park Innovation District is facilitating a multi-staged hackathon campaign which leverages the strength of the network to generate solutions to benefit transport and mobility in the precinct and provide meaningful outcomes for businesses, employees, students and the community.

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What is blockchain and how will it revolutionise industries?
Date: 8 November 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

The blockchain is a public ledger of balances and transactions. Unlike a bank, there is no centralised body processing, recording and updating each person’s balance. Instead, this ledger is maintained by a distributed network of computers that verify and process each transaction for a fee. To prevent malicious attackers altering balances, each computer in the network has to reach a consensus on what the next ‘block’ (ie record of transactions) is and what the history of the blockchain entails.

The blockchain is capable of disrupting many trust-based industries by removing ‘the middleman’. It is not only capable of recording transactions, but also virtually any other data (such as identity management, assets and supply chain traceability to name a few). As a case study, we will look at how the blockchain applies to the supply chain and retail industry.


Antoine Najjarin

A lawyer by profession, Antoine studied at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Oxford. He has worked for prestigious private firms and the government of New South Wales, Australia. Antoine is presently working on a start-up called ‘‘ which focuses on product verification using the blockchain. He is also working on an article for the Ledger Journal on decentralised exchanges.

Andrew Rasheed

Andrew is the founder of Devery and a software engineer with expertise in blockchain and web development. He is the creator of Ethstall, the world’s first online store accepting Ethereum as payments. He has made code contributions to the community as well as created apps such as the CoinWatch Touchbar for macOS. He previously worked at Macquarie University as a developer within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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2017 Learning & Teaching Grant Showcase and Pitch Session
Date: 14 November 2017
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Macquarie University’s Office of PVC Learning and Teaching will host a showcase of six (6) recently completed Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Grant (SPG) projects.

Each presentation will outline the project, the process and its outcomes. This showcase will be followed by the 2018 Strategic Priority Grant pitches. If you are interested in applying for a 2018 grant, click here for information. Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

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Meet the NASA scientist making robots for Mars
Date: 7 December 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

NASA’s Robotics Exploration of the Solar System: Past, Present & Future as told by the scientist with the coolest job off Earth

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is welcoming roboticist Dave Lavery who is Program Executive for Solar System Exploration at NASA, leading the design of the next generation of spacecraft to explore Mars.

Dave leads the Curiosity Rover mission which landed on Mars in 2012, and is trying to determine if Mars was ever able to support microbial life. He is also working with the NASA and European Space Agency teams launching rovers to Mars in 2020 to actively search for signs of life in the Mars environment and prepare for future missions that may return Mars samples back to Earth.

At this public lecture Dave will talk about the Curiosity Mars Rover mission, the future of Mars exploration, and why he believes the first human to set foot on Mars has already been born.

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