Tuesday, July 5, 2022

World View hits booking milestone for its flight to the edge of space program

World View, the stratospheric ballooning and space tourism company, has reached a new milestone: reaching 1000 reservations for its space tourism program taking participants to the edge of space in a zero-pressure stratospheric balloon and pressurized space capsule. The company has now sold the greatest number of seats in the space tourism category. World View’s reservations for Spaceport Grand Canyon have also been sold out for the first year, with commercial flights slated to begin in 2024. World View’s reservations come from 32 countries with the US, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom leading the list.

VIQ Solutions honored in the 2022 Best World Changing Ideas Awards

VIQ Solutions Inc., a provider of secure, AI-driven, digital voice and video capture tech and transcription services, announced that its FirstDraft solution was selected as an honoree in the Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards. The recognition highlights VIQ’s innovative approach leveraging AI to drive transparency in courtrooms around the world. VIQ, in partnership with courts in the UK, Australia and the US, transforms how courts create and distribute transcripts of court proceedings. With the addition of FirstDraft automated transcripts, courts easily create, store and distribute court proceedings within hours.

Procore opens APAC Headquarters in Sydney, plans to create 100+ jobs

Procore Technologies, Inc., a provider of construction management software, announced the opening of its APAC headquarters in Sydney. The continued investment in the region follows significant local demand, with business nearly doubling across APAC from 2020 to 2021. Five years since opening its first office in Australia, the investment in a new, larger space demonstrates Procore's ongoing commitment to Sydney as its regional headquarters.

ePac Flexible Packaging unveils its $10m Australian manufacturing plant

ePac Flexible Packaging (ePac) celebrated the grand opening of its first Aussie manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s industrial district, Coburg North. The $10m investment is projected to create 40 jobs and up to 160 jobs by 2026, offering a boost to the Australian economy. As an industry leader in digital print tech, ePac delivers fast, cost-effective, flexible packaging to local businesses, earning them a spot next to big brands on supermarket shelves.

Adrenaline and GoPro announce the winner of their Best Job campaign

Adrenaline and GoPro announced the winner of the Best Job campaign, which saw 30 Aussie content creators vie to join the Adrenaline Crew on a 12 month contract worth $100K. The campaign was launched in March, with a shortlist of 30 creators announced earlier in April. Josh Hickie from the Sunshine Coast impressed the judging panel with a selection of creative photos and carefully crafted video edits of him and friends foil-boarding. 

Luno gets in-principle approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore

Luno Singapore has been granted in-principle approval (IPA) from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), under the Payment Services Act (PSA), to provide Digital Payment Token (DPT) services in Singapore. This milestone marks Luno as the first global retail-focused cryptocurrency platform in Singapore to obtain in-principle approval from the MAS.

With two top attractions in the new 7 wonders, Peru is a bucket-list pick

Chosen by over 100 million votes from across the globe in 2007, the New 7 Wonders of the World are the impressive landmarks and popular attractions. One of them, and perhaps the most mythical, is Machu Picchu. The citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru, was discovered in 1902 by Agustín Lizárraga and made known to the world in 1911 by Hiram Bingham.

Pony.ai awarded a permit for its public driverless robotaxi service in Beijing

Pony.ai, the global autonomous driving technology company, announced that the general public in Beijing, China, will be able to experience driverless robotaxis for the first time. Pony.ai was one of two robotaxi operators awarded a permit by Beijing city authorities to offer driverless service in southeastern Beijing. (Pony.ai has had a permit to driverless test since October 2021 but not with the general public in the car.) To ensure safety during this pilot program, a Pony.ai safety supervisor will sit in the front passenger seat.

Logitech hosts first music awards show in the Metaverse featuring Lizzo

Logitech For Creators, an extension of Logitech dedicated to empowering creators to pursue their passions, announced the second annual Logitech Song Breaker Awards. The awards honour creators shaping pop music through dance challenges, memes and trends they have shared on social media, especially on TikTok and YouTube, over the past year.

Porter Novelli Australia named on the AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list

Porter Novelli Australia has been awarded the number five spot in the 2022 AFR BOSS ‘Best Places to Work’ list for Media & Marketing. The AFR BOSS Best Places to Work List recognises organisations that pioneer best-practices in areas such as wellbeing, flexibility and equality – to attract and retain staff who are productive, creative and focused.