Wollongong’s IT sector is ‘flourishing’

Wollongong’s IT sector is ‘flourishing’

There was a time when the managing director of IT firm Internetrix would downplay the fact they were based in Wollongong.

Daniel Rowan said this was because people connected Wollongong with "steel town" and not "IT".

"Internetrix is 15 years old and probably from 2000 through to the late 2000s I would try and talk around Wollongong and be concerned about exactly that point," Mr Rowan said.

"I think in the last five years, maybe it's our own maturity, but Wollongong has its own strategic competitive advantages for knowledge services."

These advantages include cheaper rent and the ability to attract workers sick of the daily commute to Sydney.

Read more about Wollongong's flourishing IT sector in the Illawarra Mercury.


Wollongong start-up The Safety Compass will address workplace risks at all points of the globe

Wollongong start-up The Safety Compass will address workplace risks at all points of the globe

A Wollongong start-up moving into the new iAccelerate building is being nationally recognised for developing existing technology to address a global need and take workplace safety to a new direction.

The Safety Compass won the Patron's Prize for Australian Design at the Good Design Awards on the weekend. It is the brainchild of Adam Poole. The Patron’s Prize is awarded to an entry that has the potential to shape the future economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of the planet.

Read more about Safety Compass in the Illawarra Mercury here.



Regional Innovation Week in Bega

Regional Innovation Week – building a tech sector in the Bega Valley (April 27th to May 3rd)

by Ian Campbell,

Australia's first Regional Innovation Week in the Bega Valley is grabbing hold of the future - seeding jobs, businesses and lives for the years to come. A number of key events between April 27 and May 3 will build a case and highlight what's possible from a community of motivated professionals supporting each other to build this region's capacity and infrastructure.

From a base of innovation that started with the Bega Valley's traditional industries of agriculture and tourism, comes a new dynamic that takes in informational technology, engineering and science. Liam O'Duibhir is the co-founder of 2pi Software and Into IT Sapphire Coast and made the region his base in 2009. Eight staff and 6 contractors are now part of his innovation business with a goal of 100 staff in five years. "We are part of the cultural change here, firing aspirations that centre on this place, not a big city," he says.


ICTI Member Internetrix wins 2015 Illawarra Business of the Year Award

Leading digital agency Internetrix’s success in taking its technology services to international markets including China and United States has been recognised with the company being named Illawarra Business of the Year for 2015.

Internetrix received the award at a gala presentation evening for the Momentum Energy 2015 Illawarra Business Awards at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on 23 October.

Internetrix won the Export Growth China Excellence in Export category and was a finalist in the Excellence in Small Business category. It then was named Business of the Year from the winners of the 14 categories.

It is the second time Internetrix has been named Illawarra Business of the Year. It won the award in 2007 when it became the second company in Australia to become a Google Analytics Certified Partner.

This year the award judges were particularly impressed by Internetrix’s expansion into China, where it opened a second office in Beijing in 2015 after successfully operating in Xiamen, Fujian Province for several years.

Internetrix now has a coveted Internet Content Provider (ICP) license from the Chinese Government, which has allowed it to expand its operations in China.

Congratulating the company, Illawarra Business Chamber CEO Debra Murphy said: “Internetrix has placed the Illawarra firmly on the world map, and they’re leading the way for other Illawarra businesses to follow into export markets.”

Internetrix Managing Director and co-owner Daniel Rowan described the award as recognition for the hard work and dedication of the company’s staff and the vision of his co-owners Jacinta Cali, who is Director of Website Projects and Michael David, who is Director of Online Performance.

“We decided to take the risk of developing a presence overseas because we believed that we had the skills and services to succeed in international markets,” Mr Rowan said. “Our staff have worked incredibly hard to prove that we can match it with international companies, and now we are seeing the results of their efforts.

Read the full story here!


MICROSOLVE Winner of 2015 Excellence in Age-Friendly Category at IBC Awards

Microsolve winner of the Excellence in AgeFriendly Category at the 2015 Illawarra Business Chamber Awards

Wollongong IT company Microsolve has been named the winner of the Excellence in AgeFriendly Category at the 2015 Illawarra Business Chamber Awards. Founder and owner of Microsolve, Dale Jenkins, accepted the Award at the prestigious function at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on Friday (October 23).

“On behalf of all of my team I thank the IBC and the sponsor the IRT Foundation for this much valued award,” he said in accepting the trophy. Illawarra Business Chamber CEO Debra Murphy said the award recognised a business that demonstrated an exemplary commitment to building age-friendly capacity in the Illawarra. She said the judging panel looked for a business that implemented strategies to support older consumers by providing services that were innovative, respectful, relevant and appropriate for older customers.

Mr Jenkins said Microsolve was a specialist consulting company supporting the IT needs of many Australian businesses and had worked hard in the aged care sector for more than a decade. “Our experience, knowledge, combined with our excellent customer service, has created long lasting partnerships with our customers in this sector, including Warrigal and Illawarra Diggers,” he said. “Microsolve has implemented and continues to work with clients on many innovative strategies to support our age-friendly community, including mobile devices for aged care, medication management, incontinence management, and devices and systems to support community care coordinators.”

Mr Jenkins paid tribute to his staff for their contribution to winning the award. “The staff is involved in an innovation program in which they can submit ideas to implement new ways to use technology to assist the aged and community care sector,” he said. Microsolve was also a finalist in the Illawarra Business Awards’ Employer of Choice Category.

For more information about Microsolve’s services to the aged care sector contact: Strategic Account Executive Alan Robinson on 0418 131 761 or check out



State-of-the-art data centre at Unanderra

The second stage of Metronode’s Unanderra Data Centre is officially open and coming online to expand ICT storage capabilities in NSW. Department of Finance, Services and Innovation secretary Martin Hoffman celebrated the milestone on Thursday.

Through the Data Centre Reform Program the department is working with industry partners and industry representatives to build new state-of-the-art facilities in NSW. The two year construction phase of new facilities at Unanderra and Silverwater is now complete.

The date centre at Unanderra is built and being operated by data centre provider Metronode that presently has 10 facilities in seven cities across Australia.It is also the first data centre provider in the Asia Pacific region to be awarded Uptime Institute’s Tier III Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability for its the recently completed facilities in Wollongong and Sydney.

Metronode now has more Tier III facilities than any other provider in Australia. The new Unanderra and Silverwater facilities are a result of a new approach adopted by the NSW Government called GovDC which set about consolidating the 130 facilities being used as data centres for NSW State government agencies in 2010.

NextGenGroup Government Business group general manager Malcolm Roe was with Metronode at the start of the two years construction project and still is.Mr Roe said wherever possible Illawarra businesses and skills were used in building and running the the important facility.

This story was published by Greg Ellis, 12 October 2015, 


iAccelerate Start Scholarship Participant wins NSW iAward

iAccelerate Start Scholarship Participant wins NSW iAward

Andrew Suber from Allapp, an iAccelerate Start Scholarship Participant has been announced winner in the NSW iAwards Hills Young Innovator of the Year 2015 category for his Mobile Application SMS Secure. SMS Secure is the only corporate SMS security application currently under development. SMS Secure is simple, it stores and logs SMS, MMS and other text message with SMS Secure (service) or on your own e.g. email blocks of texts to a workplace account.

The iAwards State Presentations are where iAwards host organisations, local branches, sponsors and members of the local ICT industry announce the State and Territory winners and national finalists for the prestigious 2015 iAwards. These awards honour the best and most innovative solutions in each State or Territory.


AffinityLive Raises $2 Million Funding Round

AffinityLive Raises $2 Million Funding Round

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We are excited to announce that we recently closed a $2 million funding round to further accelerate client growth and product innovation. Led by Blackbird Ventures with Rothenberg Ventures and a number of professional services industry leaders also participating, this round adds both capital and a great roster of investors to help us take the business to the next level.

With millions in recurring revenue and thousands of clients all over the world, folks who follow the startup and fundraising scene might be wondering why we chose to raise what is a relatively small round of funding. In short, we raised this smaller round because our organic growth was already tracking so well we didn't need to sell more of the company now to achieve our next growth milestones - this round is really about bringing on board great people who can help in much more significant ways than with their checkbooks, and ensures we can stay disciplined and focused on our clients and the market.


Wollongong’s Critical Arc eyes world with $3 million, equity crowdfunding-fuelled raise

Wollongong’s Critical Arc eyes world with $3 million, equity crowdfunding-fuelled raise

A Wollongong-based builder of personal safety systems, Critical Arc, will in July use VentureCrowd's equity crowdfunding platform to fill out a $3 million round intended to build on existing clientele in Australia, Saudi Arabia, the US and UK.

Critical Arc was co-founded in 2011 by engineers Glenn Farrant and Jahmai Lay, who at former employer Honeywell had managed development of the security/surveillance systems for the London Olympics. Critical Arc is now turning over more than $1 million a year from a client base dominated by universities, including nine in Australia, which use its 'SafeZone' app to co-ordinate security personnel and provide emergency response to students.