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Creative Innovation 2016 Asia Pacific Makes Transformations Happen, 7-9 November

Creative Innovations 2016

In 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne got together in a garage and formed Apple Computer. In 2007, the company revolutionised the smartphone industry with the launch of the iPhone. Apple transformed from a niche player in the computing market to the world's largest information technology company. On the other hand, six years after the launch of the iPhone, the former industry leader Nokia had to sell its mobile phone operations to Microsoft.

Throughout history, different companies have come and gone as front runners of their industries. People are constantly innovating, and organisations must do the same. While rapid change is challenging, it also opens up opportunities for new growth and markets. Creative Innovation 2016 Asia Pacific (Ci2016) teaches leaders how to take on the challenge of transforming their organisations, professions and lives to keep up with innovation. Over 40 world class Australian and international speakers, futurists, leaders, artists and thinkers will attend Ci2016.

Sessions will teach participants to expand their creativity, and artists in residence will challenge conventional mindsets. Audience interaction is emphasised in the conference, with plenty of opportunities for communication between presenters and audience members.

In Deep Conversation sessions facilitated by a moderator, participants can share their perspectives on important issues, challenges and opportunities with world class thought leaders. Through a series of Master Classes, participants can learn new strategies and gain inspiration from leading facilitators. There will also be a Gala Dinner featuring a debate on artificial intelligence, as well as speakers, entertainment and networking.

Creative Innovation Asia Pacific has proven its ability to transform thinking, spark creativity, and expand world view. Australian Event Awards named Creative Innovation 2015 Asia Pacific the Corporate Event of the Year. Disruption caused by new business models will likely be the greatest threat to organisations in the next five years, so understanding and being comfortable with change will become a competitive advantage.

Ci2016 will take place 7-9 November, 2016 at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Australia. Tickets for the conference can be purchased here. One day conference tickets start from $1,150. Single Deep Conversation tickets are $140 and Master Classes tickets are $250 each.

HummingBad Malware Poses Threat to Android Users

HummingBad Android Malware Cybercrime

For the past several months, the American security firm Check Point has been monitoring HummingBad, a new type of malware that targets mobile devices. Check Point says that there has been a spike in infected devices in recent months, reporting that, "HummingBad installs fraudulent apps to increase the revenue stream for the fraudster".

HummingBad can be difficult to detect because its malicious code is encrypted and often undetected by antivirus software. Once the malware is installed, it launches a silent attack vector that repeats itself until the objective is completed. HummingBad's attack consists of several stages that decrypt and unpack themselves, making it a self-deploying, multi-stage attack that exploits multiple vulnerabilities.

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Giva Salutes: Free Mobile Shower Service for the Homeless in Australia from One Voice

One Voice Mobile Showers

At Giva we search for organisations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

For people dealing with homelessness, it can be very difficult to access a warm, clean and safe shower. People can chose from a few different locations, such as shelters, workout centres, and beach and campground bathrooms. However, some shelters do not have showers, and these other locations may feel uncomfortably crowded or lack privacy. Furthermore, warm water is never a guarantee at any of these places.

Recognising the need for quality shower facilities for the homeless community, Australian not for profit One Voice created the Mobile Shower Service, which provides free hot showers to people dealing with homelessness. The service uses retired buses, which have been redesigned to include two shower cubicles, water tanks, a generator, and a room for health check-ups. This redesign process costs approximately $140,000. In addition to a warm shower, homeless individuals can also access free hygiene products and clean clothing.

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3 Points to Take Away from the Department of Resources and Energy Hacking

Data Protection from Hacking

In December 2015, New South Wales experienced a hacking attempt in the Department of Resources and Energy. While as of several months ago they had yet to confirm who conducted the attack, they had failed to confirm whether or not they were successfully hacked at all. This blatant lack of confidence has shaken many citizen's faith in their government and its perceived transparency. While lack of trust in the government is an issue, the possible hacking is a unique and pressing matter.

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Free Legal Advice Now Available to All Australia Charities

Justice Connect Information Hub

There are currently over 600,000 charities and not for profits in Australia, and now they all have the opportunity to receive free legal advice due to the expansion of a new information hub.

Justice Connect is a group that provides free legal assistance to those who are ineligible for legal aid or who cannot afford it. The organisation also has a not for profit law service, Information Hub, to provide legal assistance to charities and not for profits. This information hub has already been available in Victoria and New South Wales for 18 months, but it recently expanded and the service is now available to organisations in all of Australia's states and territories.

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Activity Based Working - An Improved Approach to Collaboration

Activity Based Workplace & Collaboration

If your company does not have the dynamic work environment you desire, consider a total restructuring of your work space. The technological boom has allowed for many new approaches to business, and one of these approaches calls for moving away from cubicles and working together in communal spaces. This methodology cultivates collaboration and productivity within your work space by creating a more social approach to "work." NEC Australia has invested into this approach, recently moving from their headquarters in Melbourne. The Melbourne headquarters was home to hundreds of cubicles and an individualistic work environment. Their new office is constructed with an emphasis on communal work spaces. They hope these spaces will nurture higher levels of collaboration and generate a more jubilant work environment.

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Giva Salutes: The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

At Giva, we seek to recognise organisations, both large and small, that are working hard to make a positive difference in the world. We are pleased to salute them here!

Today, we are celebrating the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), which strives to increase literacy among Indigenous Australian children, particularly those living in remote areas. By connecting children with books and literacy resources, the ILF hopes to help improve their opportunities and lives. In 2016, it supplied 140,000 books to 230 remote communities.

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3 Ways to Inspire Employee Enthusiasm for CSR Efforts in Your Business

CSR Events for Employees & The Workplace

Are you interested in incorporating social responsibility practises into your business? Becoming a socially responsible business may take serious work, but it can be an easier and more rewarding process if your employees are on board. One great way to inspire enthusiasm for corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts is to hold a company event related to the social causes or CSR practises in which your business is interested.

The following are three types of events you may wish to consider using to fire up your employees about social responsibility in the workplace:

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LinkedIn Hacking: Four Years Later

LinkedIn 2012 Hack

A major company fell victim to a hacking four years ago, yet is still suffering the repercussions. LinkedIn experienced a breach in 2012, but on 18 May, 2016 additional information was leaked online. The initial report in 2012 stated that the information of 6.5 million users had been breached, but the actual number is approximately 100 million users. This larger number was discovered only two months ago when the information was finally leaked online.

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Giva Announcing New AU Customer Anittel

Inabox & Anittel

Giva is excited to announce a new customer in our expanding Asia Pacific region. Anittel, a premier IT consultancy providing superior technology and connectivity services across regional and metropolitan Australia, has well placed their trust in Giva to assist them with their change management infrastructure in order to provide enhanced and unparalleled service to their customers.

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