2017 GBC: Where are they now? Smart Blox

Winners of the 2017 Global Business Challenge: Tim Larsen, Dr John Bensley (Coach), Katherine Monberg and Mary Dusek.

Solar Blox combines all of the necessary elements of a complete solar system into a single product that is similar in accessibility and mobility to a portable petrol generator, which can be bought from any local hardware store.

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2016 GBC: Where are they now? Smart Toilet Company

Smart Toilet Company: (Left to right) Chris Veraa, Dayna Williamson and Fraser Miller.

Smart Toilet Company were the winners in the 2016 Global Business Challenge.

The Smart Toilet provided continual monitoring of patient well-being via urine analysis which is recorded using smart apps and is analysed by clinicians remotely. The test results are compared against an aggregate set of patient data to give greater insight into patients’ health.

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Artificial Intelligence and the leadership challenge

The emerging spectre of Artificial Intelligence (AI) cannot be ignored. In a space with views ranging from Vladimir Putin’s claim that whoever becomes the leader in AI ‘will be the ruler of the world’ to Jean Baudrillard’s view that AI ‘lacks artifice and therefore intelligence’, it was timely for the QUT Business School in Canberra to host a panel to discuss how will it change leadership. Read more

Real world strategy to build social capital

Ideas Factory 2018 - Rotary

Ideas Factory 2018 – Rotary

Rotary International, founded more than 100 years ago in 1905, has over 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs around the world, and has contributed more than $3 billion to life-changing and sustainable community development and aid programs. Perhaps the most notable of these is its PolioPlus program, that since 1979 has helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children worldwide and reduce cases by 99.9 percent. In Australia today, more than 30,000 business leaders are members of more than 1,100 clubs, however many, including the Rotary Club of Brisbane that is the third oldest in Australia, face a membership challenge. Read more

Workplace projects: Exploring new ground

Ailsa Doyle

Ailsa Doyle reflects on the opportunity that her workplace project presented.

Like many students nearing the end of their MBA journey, Ailsa Doyle wanted to explore new ground,  extract as much value from the program as possible and further differentiate her skills and experience. Consequently, she chose to undertake a project outside of her workplace that aligned with her interests and desire to make a difference. After approaching a number of Brisbane-based charities, Boystown (now Yourtown) proposed a research project into social benefit bonds. Read more