Incubator hits Sydney
The Australian Distributed Incubator (ADI) has opened a Sydney office in conjunction with Ernst & Young, and appointed former IDC vice president Len Rust as its new chairman.
Originally started in Melbourne, the new Sydney office was opened by Richard Alston, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) and is operating with the assistance of innovative IT projects in Sydney.
Entrepreneurs can now receive assistance from the incubator's mentors via e-mail or phone, or face-to-face through the ADI office in Melbourne, or the Sydney office of Ernst & Young.
ADI was the first incubator launched under the Federal Government's $78 million BITS Incubator program, funded by the second sale of Telstra shares.
What works on WAP
Cable&Wireless Optus has released a survey detailing what applications have been most popular during the first year of its WAP service, Optus Networker.
The much-hyped wireless application protocol services have not matured as quickly as first expected, but Optus claims it has tripled its WAP subscribers in the last three months.
While e-mail was the most popular use for WAP, stock quotes, movie listings, news and weather information services were the other most popular applications. According to Optus' survey, if you are a Libran or a Piscean, you are more likely to use WAP for your horoscope and ABC viewers are more likely to check the program on their handset than viewers of their commercial counterparts.
ACS buddies Asia
The Australian Computer Society has come away from an executive council of the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) with renewed calls for Government research and development incentives, and the acceptance of its certification schemes among its Asian neighbours.
As a result of the meeting, the 14 national IT professional societies represented at the conference released a statement calling on governments and regional bodies, as well as the private and academic sector to invest in research and development in information technology and communications.
The SEARCC body also endorsed the ACS' certification program to be recognised in all 14 Southeast Asian nations, providing new opportunities for ACS-accredited consultants to work in Asia.
"This endorsement will make it very easy for the Certified Member of the ACS wanting to work or consult in Southeast Asia to establish their credentials," said ACS president, John Ridge.