Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stick a Mission Statement in Your Head

Greetings from the Australian National University where the Innovation ACT for 2011 is being launched. This is a program for Australian National University and University of Canberra students learn to be an entrepreneur. There are $45,000 in prizes to be won. The Finkle Lecture theater is full with more than 200 students and mentors. I have come straight from Professor John Hosking's talk on "Research and teaching with impact outside academia", where outlined innovations in the engineering and IT areas. Professor Mick CARDEW-HALL is the first speaker this evening, and he pointed out that innovation is not just about making money, it can also be for community benefit.

The keynote is by Mr Glenn N Dickins, ANU graduate and Researcher, Dolby Laboratories. His PHD thesis was "Applications of Continuous Spatial Models in Multiple Antenna Signal Processing". However, he is better known for his work on audio signal processing, having developed what is now known as the "Dolby Headphone Technology". He talked this evening about the tools of success. Glenn says he wants to change the way people communicate and suggested the participants "stick a mission statement in your head".

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