Sphero is well known for their series of connected robots that respond to your command, via smartphones. When Sphero released the Education version, known as Sphero Edu, things got serious, transforming the product from entertainment to a platform that could be programmed, serving as a great tool to teach our...
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    The National Australia Bank have teamed up with Alibaba’s Cloud division to host a hackathon this weekend, to explore new ways to help Australian small businesses leverage opportunities to do business with Asia. The 3-day event will see more than 100 people across 15 teams look at how data...
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    Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella announced their voice assistant Cortana has now passed more than 140 million monthly active users. That’s a pretty healthy number, but they didn’t detail how many of those are voice users. The Build 2017 developer conference will talk about extending the voice assistant across devices and...
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      During Facebook’s F8 developer conference keynote, Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced a Facebook Live API. This API will allow developers to build apps that allow you to stream live from any camera, not just the one in your mobile phone. After opening Facebook Live to iOS and...
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    Facebook just did something awesome for you and your kids

    The jobs of the future won’t be in manufacturing, they’ll be in writing the software that drives the robots in the factories. Programming is such a fundamental skill that all kids should have exposure to it, even if they’re don’t end up going into a computer-related industry, every industry...
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    Comedian and maths geek, Adam Spencer just wrapped up is morning keynote at the MoodleMoot conference in Melbourne. After explaining the world’s search for large prime numbers, Spencer moved on to reflect on Australia’s education system. He says there’s currently no point in his daughter’s education plan (she’s 7),...
  • Registrations now open for Monash’s UNIHACK 2015

    If you’re a student in Victoria and love to hack on code, hardware or just problems in general, you should know UNIHACK is back for 2015. The student hackathon, is coming back this August, with registrations open now. For the very first time, all university and TAFE students from...
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    Each year Apple’s developer conference promotes the successes of the past as well as pitches new developers on developing on their platform. Dubbed ‘The epicenter of change’ this year’s conference is shaping up to be one of the most important for the company. WWDC 2015 is likely to be...
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    This isn’t the sexiest video you’ll ever watch, but it is likely the most important you’ll watch this week. Education is something dear to my heart and at Google’s I/O developer conference, ex-GoogleX employee, now Udacity founder, Sebastian Thrun talks about how anyone can learn to develop for Android....
  • Watch the Google I/O 2015 live stream and social stream in one place

    Google IO developer conference is on tomorrow and this year the annual event has plenty of expectations. From Android on the phone, to Chromecast in the living room, even Auto in the car and Wear on your wrist, Google is everywhere in our lives and at I/O in 2015,...
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    This week in question time, we’ve seen our politicians talk awkwardly about code, coding and programming. Clearly none of them have ever written a single line of code, yet are somehow qualified to decide how important it is to the future of Australians. Today’s question time in Canberra began...

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