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North-West Tasmania ICT Networking & Techstars Startup Week Event

This event is second in a series of ICT networking events aimed at increasing visibility, capability and connectedness of ICT professionals and firms in the NW region, supported by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Cradle Coast Authority (CCA). In collaboration with Tasmania's inaugural Techstars Startup Week, this event, sponsored by the University of Tasmania, will feature special guest James Riggall, Managing Director, Bitlink. James will discuss his work with the University of Tasmania in the digital technology area, and the unique entrepreneurial identity of Tasmania in the tech startup space.

Registration End Date: Thu, 22 Nov, 02:00 PM

  • where

  • Makers' Space Gallery, University of Tasmania, Maker’s Workshop
    2 Bass Highway
    Burnie TAS 7320
  • when

  • Event Start: Thu, 22 Nov, 05:30 PM
    Event Finish: Thu, 22 Nov, 07:30 PM
  • event price

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The series of ICT networking events in the NW region is aimed at increasing visibility, capability and connectedness of ICT professionals and firms in the region. This event also provides a fantastic forum as part of the inaugural Techstars Startup Week in Tasmania to showcase our regional, and statewide, entrepreneurial identity.<br><br>The event, supported by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Cradle Coast Authority (CCA), is targeted towards, but not limited to, entrepreneurs, innovators, ICT professionals and firms, including students, graduates, start-ups, small business, IT departments and ICT educators.<br><br>This event is focused on the role of University of Tasmania&#39;s Cradle Coast campus, together with leading entrepreneur and Pearcey winner, James Riggall, Managing Director, Bitlink, in advancing ICT/digital technologies skills development and literacy in the region, particularly in the context of our future workforce requirements and the local firms that are leading this space in Tasmania.  <br><br>There is also the opportunity to meet key partners of this initiative, Daryl Connelly, Industry Development Manager, Cradle Coast Authority and Dr Tristan Richards, Tasmanian State Manager, ACS, Lyndal Bond, Strategic Projects, University of Tasmania, and network with other ICT professionals.<br><br>5.30pm for a 6 pm start<br><br><b>Venue: </b>Makers’ Space Gallery<br>            University of Tasmania<br>            Maker’s Workshop<br>            2 Bass Highway, Burnie.<br><br>Networking drinks and food provided.<br><br><b>Cradle Coast Authority Contact:</b><br> <br>Daryl Connelly<br>Industry Development Manager<br>1-3 Spring St, Burnie, 7320<br>Phone: (03) 6433 8430<br>Mobile: 0488 333 893<br><br><br> 


To increase the visibility, capability and connectedness of ICT professionals and firms in the NW region.

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Your co-operation in notifying us if you are unable to attend is appreciated as ACS incur costs for non-attendance. A cancellation refund will only be considered provided that notice is sent to [email protected] no later than 2 working days prior to the event.

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  • Cradle Coast Authority
  • University of Tasmania

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James Riggall

James Riggall

James is a Tasmanian entrepreneur who found his start as a teacher at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HITLab) in Launceston, Tasmania. During his time at the HITLab, James taught courses in virtual reality, augmented reality, entrepreneurship and videogame design.  In his teaching career, James worked with international professors and facilitated many guest lectures from international speakers, including staff from Microsoft, Valve Software and Gas Powered Games.
James left the HITLab in 2012 to establish Bitlink. Bitlink is a technology consultancy and software development house which is based in Launceston. As consultants, the Bitlink team help local businesses get the most out of technology and build their own success in the digital economy. As developers, the team build mixed reality and data visualisation applications for a variety of hardware platforms.  More recently, the Bitlink team have also been focusing on tech education, particularly STEM/STEAM education programs for Tasmanian students and teachers.  Since 2015, Bitlink has been developing and delivering a range of STEAM education programs in Tasmania, that have developed a strong reputation and loyal following in the state.

James served as a director of Startup Tasmania, a not-for-profit organisation and networking group for Tasmanian entrepreneurs, for five years from 2012 to 2017. During this time, James was also one of the key proponents of the Macquarie House Project, an initiative which aims to convert an iconic historic building in Launceston into a coworking space for Tasmanian innovators. This project has since evolved into Enterprize, a statewide not-for-profit which runs two coworking spaces in Tasmania for early stage startups. James was one of the key drivers behind the Enterprize project, as a director and founder on the initial steering committee, as well as taking responsibility for the Launceston base for Enterprize as the first Enterprize general manager in Launceston.

Alongside these projects, James has also worked with local technology enthusiasts to establish the Battery Shed; a collaborative hackerspace attached to the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston.  This hackerspace ran for four years and was the home of a vibrant and active community of students and tech enthusiasts.  More recently, the Battery Shed has relocated to the Enterprize facility in Launceston, where its work will continue as part of this larger project.

In 2015, James was awarded the State Benson Award for Entrepreneurship for Tasmania. These awards are sponsored by CSIRO and are designed to celebrate the achievements of Australian entrepreneurs who have taken risks, made a difference and inspired others.

In 2017, James was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Seattle from September 2017 to March 2018. James was a visiting scholar at Bellevue College, where he worked with Bellevue staff to help build additional momentum around technology and business education. During his time in Seattle James developed and ran a highly successful virtual reality course (studying virtual/augmented reality and related immersive technologies from a humanities perspective), as well as running a mini-accelerator program as an internship for students at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA, and guest lectures in a number of places in the US, including the University of Washington, Virginia Tech, Antioch University , as well as conference presentations, including a talk on virtual reality and education at the  ImmersED conference in Los Angeles.

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2 Bass Highway,Burnie,TAS,Australia

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