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Pitchworthy News: KickStartMe, MEGA, TechNation, Digislide, University of Sydney

By Rachel Youens on Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Public Support Kickstartme• The NSW startup KickStartMe has changed its name to Public Support after conflicts with a similar business. The site allows users to create a project, ranging from getting a new EP out to raising funds for charity, and to have people donate and share in making that project come to fruition. The site is set for a late 2009, early 2010 launch.

LoyaltyTech has created a platform for Jeanswest using Responsys, an email marketing and cross-channel campaign management solution. The solution was customised to add CRM functionality to support a new loyalty program integrated with point of sale and additional back-office reporting.

• It’s the end of an era with writer Kim Heras announcing the end of the Australian tech and entrepreneurial blog TechNation. Kim is leaving the blog in order to run the Australian wing of global tech site The Next Web.

university fo sydney design project• The University of Sydney’s Bachelor of Design Computing and Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program is in the final days of its Dot to Dot graduate exhibit. Many of the projects come from the design computing department where students are using mobile technology to create devices ranging from bush fire warning systems to acceleration detection bike art to mood sensing cell phones. Friday is the last day of the exhibit, held at the campus Hearth + Tin Sheds gallery.

• Miniature projection technology company, Digislide has secured a $1.2 million Government grant to advance its opto-electronics and clean technology research and development. Digislide was awarded the funds under the South Australian Innovation and Investment Fund.

MEGA Melbourne held the exhibition of its final projects Wednesday and MEGA Sydney will be showing off its end of term products Friday evening. The Mobile Enterprise Growth Alliance is a several month program that walks attendees through the full concept, design, creation and marketing of a mobile product with the guidance and advice of industry leaders. The Sydney final exhibition is Friday from 2 to 5:30 at the Telstra Experience Centre, 4th floor at 400 George Street.

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