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Mar 12, 2014

This week on Byte:



  • Connor O'Brien of the Digital Writers Festival, discussing the experience of hosting a festival for emerging writers totally online, through video streaming.
  • Martin Howell from CareMonkey, software designed to share children's essential medical and contact information with schools.



  • The Victorian State Government is looking to trial free wi-fi in Melbourne
  • New federal privacy legislation comes into effect today through the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) 
  • Will Popcorn Time - a combination of torrenting and streaming - kill Netfilx and online TV, just as Australians are beginning to pirate less?
  • A new site, rentalrater, brings accountability to landlords
  • IBM releases a supercomputer foodtruck with over a quintillion recipies
  • The search for the Malaysian Airlines plane turns to crowdsourcing


Opportunities and Events:

  • Tuesday 18 March - 10am-5pm - Centre for Creative Arts at Latrobe University will be hosting a masterclass with the Slovenian media artist Igor ┼átromajer on Social Networks as Platforms for Media Art.
  • Datahack Melbourne is making a Hipster Map of Melbourne from 6:30pm, Thursday 13th March, at Thoughtworks Melbourne in Collins St.

    We're going to make a hipster map of Melbourne. A single map showing you where to find the hipsterist bars, cafes and ridiculous cultural phenomena (like jafflechutes and $1000 handmade shoes). It will be decorated with outrageous hipster fonts.

  • There is a 3D printing Workshop coming up on March 18 at Preshil in Kew.

    In this workshop you will get to see some 3D printing robots in action and learn how you can take an idea and turn it into an actual object.

Presented by Warren Davies and Dan Golding.

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