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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
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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