Business innovation today is not an easy thing to do and to sustain. We live in a connected, global knowledge economy, where ideas, capital and even people can be accessed with the click of a mouse… Competing on innovation and knowledge is decisive to successful business performance for firms and to sustainable prosperity for nations.
It is vital that Australia is well endowed with innovative firms and workplaces.
– Dr Cutler, Venturous Australia

Innovation has definitely been the buzzword down under since the Australian Federal Government’s national innovation review was released last week.
However in our merry little corner of Oz things don’t seem near as dire as is being made out – especially last week when Atlassian was recognised for being both innovative and successful!
Atlassian’s fearless leaders – Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar were awarded the NSW Pearcey Award. The award was established in memory of Australia’s computing pioneer Dr Trevor Pearcey and is awarded to an Australian, early in their career for demonstrating innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution to research and development in Information Technology. So it is great to know that innovation is being encouraged and recognised in Oz.
SmartCompany also thinks we’re a bunch of SmartyPants and sent the Top Exporter award our way. We took home some delicious smarties and were placed 17th in the overall revenue growth in Australia in 2008. At last count we had exported to 106 countries, the most recent two being Monaco and Nicaragua!
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Atlassian developers David Loeng and Brenden Bain in Melbourne accepting SmartCompany’s Top Exporter Award

Innovation and awards and smarties – oh my!...