Advance Year In Review

June: Born Global Salons, the Advance Survey and visits to Shanghai



June was a jam packed month for Advance hosting three Born Global Salon's around the world!

We kicked off June on a beautiful summer evening in New York with our Born Global NYC Salon at the Olsen Gruin Gallery.  The evening featured an in conversation with Advance Social Impact Award winner Jeremy Heimans and Belinda Luscombe (Editor at Large, TIME). Check out the wrap up video and blog for the event. 

Next up was our Born Global Canberra Salon, held in partnership with the ASX at the iconic National Portrait Gallery. As noted by our Chair, Yasmin Allen, in her speech, it was a fitting venue for Advance to host a function as it 'represents, in portraiture, the achievements of many wonderful Australians.’ The evening featured an in conversation with Advance 2016 Overall and Tech Innovation Award winner Professor Genevieve Bell and Jenny Brockie (Presenter SBS Insight). Read the event wrap up here

Last but definitely not least, the seventh Born Global Salon for 2018, was held at the legendary Jazz Workshop in partnership with OFX. It was the quintessential San Francisco setting for an evening of conversation with Chris Boshuizen, Physicist and Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and former NASA Space Mission Architect, 2014 Advance Award Winner and Advance Board Member. The in conversation was lead by Nina Blackwell, Executive Director of the Firelight Foundation, and former Press Secretary and Spokesperson for US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, with the theme, advancements in the application of science and technology to real world challenges. Read the event wrap up here.

The Australian Consulate-General hosted the ‘100 Years of Mateship’ Australian Global Alumni Reception in San Diego. The Advance community attended to celebrate the successful Australian and US alumni, and acknowledge the remarkable bonds of mateship that continue to unite our two nations.

At Advance, we want to make sure we continue to support and empower our community. To make this happen, each year we ask for feedback! Our survey this year gave us great insight for the future. Thanks to all those who participated. 

With the closing of the 2018 Advance Award mentoring applications, we are so looking forward to meeting the incredible final year University students who will be kick-starting their careers in the program.

This month's Born Global focused on the vibrant city of Shanghai. We spoke to a plethora of inspiring #BornGlobal Aussies, both individuals and duos.

Check out the Born Global spotlight video we made about Jill Tang, co-founder, Ladies in Tech and alumnus of three Australian Universities. 

Industry and Innovation Champions: 

  • Past Advance innovation program participant, CancerAid, has now released a patient reporting tool that integrates with Epic Systems and Apple HealthKit. Amazing! 
  • HSBC is the first financial institution in the USA to deploy a robot in their NYC branch. Check out this interview with 2017 Advance Award winner, Jeremy Balkin, HSBC Head of Innovation to learn how Pepper the Robot will help with customer service
  • The digital sun is rising in south east Asia with online marketplace Bukalapak officially becoming the country’s 4th unicorn earlier this year, another sign of the rapid digital transformation well underway to Australia’s near north. Learn about it here
  • Years in the making, Adelaide startup Fleet Space Technologies has announced it is set to launch two nanosatellites before the end of the year in its bid to connect the 75 billion devices expected to be online by 2025. Wow! 
  • The federal Government's new pilot scheme designed to attract global talent to Aussie startups is live! The one year trial will allow technology-based and STEM-related startups to sponsor overseas employees with specialised skills. Read more about it here