Getting the ideas people in the room

IdeaSpies Creative Workshop (1)

IdeaSpies was very fortunate this week to have highly regarded director Naseema Sparks AM facilitate a Creative Workshop to generate ideas for its future development. The workshop was hosted by the innovative law firm Ashurst and the 26 attendees were carefully selected based on their ability to come up with ideas.

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A digital tombstone to remember you

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This tombstone at first glance looks like any other, but after a few seconds it senses the presence of a person viewing the grave and displays an interactive screen. This screen can contain any kind of digital content, such as a film of your life, text, or still pictures. When there is nobody to interact with the gravestone it will then simply display your name, birth and death date the same as any other traditional gravestone, therefore saving energy.. https://www.springwise.com/cemetery-visits-interactive-twist/

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Clean drinking water from saltwater and sunlight

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Salt water is poured into the top container, which then gets heated by the sun and converted to steam by solar energy. The increase in pressure forces the steam to travel through a tube to the lower container where it re-condenses. The clean drinking water gathers at the bottom of the lower container. https://borgenproject.org/eliodomestico-water-purifier/

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Eye-tracking tech alerts sleepy drivers

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Australian company Seeing Machines is dramatically reducing fatal vehicle accidents with its eye tracking technology that can detect, in real time, when a driver is drowsy or distracted. http://www.australiaunlimited.com/technology/seeingmachines

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A solution to lost school clothes

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Sydney startup RagTagd offers parents a solution to help find their child’s lost property with a smart tag that is attached to uniforms, hats and jumpers. You activate the tag with an SMS then any time the item is lost and goes to lost property you are automatically sent an SMS saying the item is there. www.ragtagd.com

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Flying on grass

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Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a way to turn grass into biofuel which could be used for air travel. If they can keep working on optimizing this process, in cooperation with industrial partners, this idea could become feasible http://www.ugent.be/en/news-events/news/from-grass-to-grassoline.htm

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Criminals promoting a police museum

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I was quite surprised when I saw these life-size figures in the dark near Circular Quay Sydney. When I looked more closely I saw that they were criminals from the early 1900’s standing in front of the Justice and Police museum- a clever way to attract attention to the museum. www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/justice-police-museum

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How Airbnb disrupted the industry

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A world premier trampoline experience free in the CBD

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In Martin Place Sydney today you could see rehearsals for this colourful performance which goes till April 1. It’s by Legs on the Wall who began performing in 1984 and have performed around the world since then, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

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PeaceMakers helping to stop domestic violence and human trafficking

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My Choices Foundation was born from the desire to see families become the focus of prevention and transformation of the most pervasive and intractable forms of injustice against women and girls – domestic violence and human trafficking. Elca Grobler, an AGSM MBA graduate, established this Foundation and was the only graduate featured at the 40th year celebration of the AGSM last week. www.mychoicesfoundation.org

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An innovative suggestion box

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At Adobe Systems, employees with ideas have access to a tool called the Adobe Kickbox. It’s a cardboard box. Inside are coffee, chocolate, pens and pencils, a notebook. and a credit of US$1,000 each to test their idea! https://kickbox.adobe.com/what-is-kickbox

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The top idea from the Ashurst March 2017 Boardroom Lunch

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Three ideas were selected from Idea Spies at the Ashurst Boardroom Lunch and the idea that received the most votes was no. 3- sand from recycled beer bottles. This idea now goes to the final at the December Boardroom Lunch to select the top idea for the year.

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Convert your bike into an e-bike in 60 secs

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UrbanX have created a smart wheel that simply clicks onto your bike in the place of the front wheel, and instantly converts it into a fully functional electric bike that can reach speeds of 20 MPH. http://www.designboom.com/technology/urbanx-electric-wheel-03-15-2017/

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Free fruit for kids at the entrance to a grocery store

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Woolworths in Randwick has trays offering free fruit for kids at their entrance. This clever idea is great for parents (keeps their kids quiet while they’re shopping) and great for the kids as well ( healthy food).

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Land-based fish farms

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Imagine a world where polluting, resource-intensive cow, pig, and chicken farms are replaced with giant tanks of fast-growing salmon. Such a land-based farm already exists. https://www.fastcompany.com/3068608/world-changing-ideas/replacing-farms-with-fish-farms-the-odd-solution-to-both-hunger-and-cli

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Girl faces charging bull

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On International Women’s Day 2017 State Street Global Advisors issued a strong statement about gender equality and installed a statue of a little girl—fists on hips—in front of the famous charging bull of Wall Street. The money manager, with roughly $2.5 trillion under management, announced it would pressure 3,500 companies worth $30 trillion in market cap to aim for gender parity on their boards. http://fortune.com/2017/03/08/international-womens-day-girl-wall-street-bull/

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An initiative to end indigenous disadvantage in a generation

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GenerationOne aims to break down indigenous stereotypes and negative opinions by promoting stories of success and opportunity. It promotes other organisations that are doing good work in the fields of education and employment. Its flagship initiative is the Australian Employment Covenant which aims to build the demand for an Indigenous workforce by securing 50,000 sustainable jobs for Indigenous Australians, to break their vicious cycle of unemployment and poverty.. http://generationone.org.au/about

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A refugee shelter that looks good

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Developed by the not-for-profit Ikea Foundation with UNHCR , the UN refugee agency, over the past five years, the Better Shelter consists of a sturdy steel frame clad with insulated polypropylene panels, along with a solar panel on the roof that provides four hours of electric light, or mobile phone charging via a USB port. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jan/27/why-ikea-flatpack-refugee-shelter-won-design-of-the-year

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An owl cafe

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You’ve probably heard of the ‘cat cafes’ that began in Tokyo and have now spread around the world. Tokyo has a reputation for being cutting edge and one of the latest trends is the ‘owl cafe’. http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/02/tokyo-owl-cafe-akiba-fukurou/

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Fairy parties

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Just saw this lovely young woman promoting fairy parties at our local shopping centre. Inspiring promise: “Our magical characters fly to a venue of your choice for non-stop fairy wishes” ! I took my daughter to fairy parties when she was little but have never seen them promoted as well as this. www.fairywishes.com.au

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Young people sharing mental health issues

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Despite 1 in 4 young people suffering a mental health issue by the end of adolescence, mental health issues are not openly discussed and remain the ‘elephant in the room’. Batyr is a national organisation that provides young people as speakers to talk about mental issues they faced and encourage others to find solutions. The Funding Network and Macquarie have recently supported their cause. You can as well by buying these socks from their website. http://www.batyr.com.au/

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