Ever wonder where ideas for everyday items come from? Did you know that the banknotes you pull from your wallet or the Wi-Fi you use every day were invented by Australians? What are the challenges facing innovators and inventors in Australia and how do we foster a clever country?
Join Professor Michael Gilding, Terry Healy, Tom Spurling and Jacqueline Savage, in a discussion about the challenges and opportunities faced by Australia’s future inventors and innovators.
Jacqueline Savage is the founder of MedCorp Technologies, a medical device company that develops wearable technologies for the healthcare industry. Jacqueline graduated from Swinburne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design), specialising in Biomedical Engineering. In her final year of studies, she founded MedCorp Technologies in order to commercialise her final year project, a wearable drug infusion and patient monitoring device.
From 2005, Terry Healy managed CSIRO’s highly successful international patent litigation initiative based on an invention relating to Wi-Fi made by CSIRO scientists in 1992 and patented in 19 countries. The litigation led to the negotiation of licences and settlement agreements worth more than half a billion dollars.
The Plastic Banknote -From Concept to Reality Tom Spurling and David Soloman, CSIRO Publishing 2014
Have you got any ideas on how to make a better banknote?’
In the late 1960s, the detection of counterfeit banknotes and the rise of new photographic and copying technologies prompted the Reserve Bank of Australia to explore options for increasing the security of currency. A top-secret research project, undertaken by CSIRO and the Bank, resulted in the development of the world’s first successful polymer banknotes. This technology is now used in over 30 countries.
This book describes the story of the Currency Notes Research and Development project from its inception in 1968 through to the release of the $10 Australian bicentennial plastic banknote in 1988. It exemplifies a market-driven project which resulted in advances in science, technology and approaches to commercialisation, and a fundamental change in banknote security.
Professor Michael Gilding is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The Faculty includes Swinburne Business School, Swinburne Law School, the Centre for Transformative Innovation and the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne. Michael is an economic sociologist who specialises in innovation and networks, families and business, and the interface between economic and social behaviour. He has written three books, and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters.