US-based Open Innovation expert Nick Skytland to share insights with Australian technology community

Melbourne, 6 May, 2014 – Advancements in technology, open-source software and open data enable mass collaboration on a massive scale to solve problems and work on new ideas, and allow for a more participatory, decentralised approach to innovation. Collaborating on idea generation and development, and sharing expertise or even proprietary applications or intelligence, can not only allow organisations to improve their innovation pipelines but also look beyond purely commercial applications towards profitable solutions that also somehow make the world a better place.

To inspire Australian organisations to drive innovation through more open and collaborative approaches, Australian-based technology services company DiUS Computing today announced it will be hosting ‘Open Innovation and Mass Collaboration’ events featuring Open Innovation expert Nick Skytland in Melbourne on 14 May and in Sydney on 15 May.

Nick Skytland has a long history of harnessing the power of open innovation, data and technology to reform business and government. Skytland is directly responsible for many successful, cutting-edge initiatives including the two largest mass collaborations in history. During his time leading NASA’s Open Innovation Program, he envisioned the International Space Apps Challenge and currently, as a partner at the innovation consulting firm SecondMuse, he is leading up the National Day of Civic Hacking.

“I got to know DiUS through our work together on Random Hacks of Kindness – the rapidly growing global community initiative involving over 6,000 innovators in more than 35 countries,” said Skytland. “I was thrilled that DiUS invited me to share my insights with the Australian technology community on setting up innovation programs as well as how to harness the power of open innovation and technology to solve problems on a wider scale.”

DiUS has brought Skytland to Australia to help spread his message, and practices the concept of open innovation in its own corporate and social efforts.

“At DiUS, we pride ourselves on our culture of technology investigation and idea generation. We work hard to foster a culture of open innovation with our clients and within the ecosystem in which we operate,” said Joe Losinno, Co-founder and Principal of DiUS. “We also actively encourage and invest in giving back to the community, and our work as the regional partner for ‘Random Hacks of Kindness’ is an important facet of that commitment.”

“We are very excited to bring Nick out and host these Open Innovation events in Melbourne and Sydney,” said Losinno. “We know his message will resonate with other Australian businesses as it has with the team at DiUS, and we hope it will bring encouragement and inspiration to the Australian technology community.”

Space is limited. Register asap on Eventbrite.**

Event and RSVP Information:

RSVP for the Melbourne Event

Wednesday May 14

European Bier Café & Aer Bar

120 Exhibition Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

5.30pm to 7.30pm

RSVP for the Sydney Event

Thursday May 15

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Commonwealth Bank Place

Level 1, 11 Harbour Street

Darling Quarter

Sydney, NSW 2000

5.30pm to 7.30pm

-ENDS-

**Media Contact:

** Richelle Gillett

Giant Squid Inc PR

0418 781 610

rg@giantsquidinc.com.au**

About DiUS

DiUS is an Australian technology company dedicated to helping organisations innovate and grow. We make it happen by delivering the right solution to get an idea to market or make a business of any size more responsive.

Over the past decade we’ve delivered more than 200 projects that have created value for our clients.

Our services span strategic advice through to building web applications, mobile applications and smart devices that communicate via networks and sensors (think Internet of Things). We also help companies leverage the power of Big Data through predictive analytics and machine learning.

More information is available at www.dius.com.au

About Nick Skytland

Nick Skytland is an expert in harnessing the power of open innovation, data and technology to reform business and government.  Nick worked in the US federal government for over a decade, most recently founding and leading NASA’s Open Innovation Program where he implemented numerous White House initiatives, including the Open Government and Digital Strategy directives.

His experience includes envisioning future space exploration missions, designing next generation space suits, training space-bound astronauts, developing open-source software and encouraging new partnerships between government and industry, academia and citizens.

Nick is currently based in the US and is a Partner at the innovation and collaboration agency SecondMuse where he is focused on creating collaborative advantage to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world. He is very excited to have the opportunity to share his stories to an Australian audience.