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Impact Innovation Group Newsletter February 2021

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February 2021 Newsletter.

Innovation news, research, opportunities, and insights from Impact Innovation Group.



From designing missions to clearing Earth’s orbit of junk, here are a few ways that innovative artificial intelligence can help us venture further in space. Read More

McKinsey & Company recently released a report studying the key factors which are imperative in pushing forward the growth of the digital health industry. The report outlines 6 key building blocks required for a digital health business to thrive. Read More

3 hottest tech startups to watch in the LearnTech space from Forbes. Read More

The fourth industrial revolution (4IR), is upon us and affecting almost every industry globally, transforming how organisations operate and shaping a world where consumers are enabled and empowered by digital technologies, platforms and processes. But the University of Melbourne asks – are Australian businesses really 4IR ready? Read More

The future of social networks might be audio. MIT Technology Review reports the latest apps are bringing back the intimacy of the spoken word…but there are serious moderation issues to be addressed. Read More

This report was compiled by Springwise in partnership with Aritco to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping life within the home.  It provides a deep-dive into the global innovations that will shape our homes in 2021 and beyond. Read More

Standards Australia have now endorsed a set of ISO Innovation Management Standards that will provide cohesion and a simplified, standardised approach to driving innovation strategy, aligned with international best practice. Read More


Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by Nir Eyal. Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Nir Eyal explains the Hook Model — a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior.


Can your innovation team work from home and still produce results?  Read more

Eight high-impact innovations commercialised by Australian inventors. Read more

What type of innovation does your organisation need for 2021? Read more



“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.”

Steven Johnson



Rochelle Finlay
Director JCU Connect at James Cook University.

Rochelle Finlay James Cook University This month we spoke to Rochelle Finlay, Director JCU Connect at James Cook University (JCU). Rochelle’s international career journey began with microbiology in New Zealand and evolved to research management in the UK before she came to Australia, focused on leading research and innovation. Rochelle shares her favourite software for intellectual property management, her strategies for staying on top of industry news, and how mindful breathing has improved her ability to focus.  Read More



Startup Grind Global Conference (Online, 22-25 February). 4 days, 7 key themes, over 100 workshops, roundtables, keynotes, and fireside chats focused on helping startups and innovative teams learn, grow, and scale in today’s evolving tech ecosystem.

PauseFest (Online, 1-12 March) PauseFest describes itself as the world’s leading festival for business and creativity. Hear from local heroes and global dominators about real-world business innovation in a series of short keynote presentations, panel discussions, and fireside chats.

UniHack 2021 (Online, 5-7 March). This is Australia’s largest student (university) Hackathon. A great opportunity to build an idea, pitch it and potentially win prizes.

2020 Hear For You Hackathon (Brisbane, 27-28 March). An opportunity for young deaf and hard of hearing people (15 to 30 years of age) to engage in creative problem solving and generating solutions to a specific challenge. 



Miss your puppy when you’re at work? Furbo is an interactive smart dog camera that not only allows you to see your pet – you can also dispense actual real-life dog treats to them from wherever you are, all via your phone. A two-way radio lets you talk to your pet, and the device sends notifications when it senses barking or activity.  Amazing what’s paws-ible.

Want one?


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