For November’s Nightlife tech spot we’ll be asking if wearable technologies overhyped and looking at what is going on with Australia’s sudden discovery of startup businesses.
Wearable technologies have been the next big thing. Two years ago Google Glass was all the news and earlier this year the Apple Watch was released to great fanfare.
Now Google Glass has been wound back in the face of widespread indifference and Apple are discounting the new watch as market experts find that wearable technologies are just not interesting to customers.
So are wearable technologies overhyped? We’ll be discussing where having a computer on your wrist or in your glasses may be useful and taking your questions on them.
Australia’s startup goldrush
There’s been a shift in the Australian business community since Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister and now tech startups have become the new black with a wave of corporate initiatives being launched to support fledgling companies hoping to be the next Facebook or at least Atlassian.
So why now all the interest and can Australia be the next Silicon Valley?
Some of the questions we’ll be answering include.
- So where can we get a cheap Apple watch?
- Have Apple done this sort of thing before?
- What are the experts saying about wearable technologies?
- Are there some industries they can be used in?
- So why is Malcolm Turnbull so keen on startups?
- What sort of things are governments doing to support the startup communities?
- How many Australian tech industry successes have there been?
- Can Australia be the next Silicon Valley?
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