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LiDA is the industry engagement and outreach arm of the Master of Business and Technology (MBT) and its members include alumni, industry partners, MBT lecturers and current students. The programme is coordinated by Steve Hunt, and speakers from industry are invited to present on topics of interest to the LiDA community and these presentations are debated and discussed by LiDA members.
The LiDA group emerged out of the Master of Business and Technology, as a niche program targeting managers aspiring to business leadership positions in industry. Since its inception 22 years ago, the MBT has been ranked as one of the top postgraduate programs offered at UTS and has built a strong reputation for outstanding teaching. More recently, a strong research culture has developed within the program with a number of academic books and journal articles emerging from the LiDA research group, which is constituted of MBT teaching staff, students, alumni and industry partners. There has also been a steady flow of MBT graduates into PhD research at UTS, who are making a strong contribution to the research output.
The LiDA community of researchers meets regularly to discuss progress on current research and academic publications. Guest speakers are frequently invited to present new areas of interest that may develop into topics for research. Students and alumni are always welcome to attend to contribute to discussion and become involved in research. LiDA is enthusiastic to extend its membership in the interests of addressing pertinent issues regarding leadership for innovation in a global knowledge economy.
29 September 2016
We were fortunate to welcome Mark Toohey as our guest speaker. Mark is Legal Director at Adroit Lawyers, which is Australia’s leading firm of Bitcoin and Blockchain lawyers and advisors. Mark engaged us with a discussion of this intriguing new technology.
The fundamental thrust behind Blockchain has been the requirement for a robust database or ledger system to support the virtual currency Bitcoin. The result is an immensely powerful distributed recording system that employs military-grade encryption, is both immutable and auditable, and is virtually unbreakable. Mark believes that there is enormous potential for Blockchain, far beyond its original intention. He envisages its application wherever there is a need for rigorous tracking and authentication of transactions of goods and materials, and not simply fiscal movements as originally intended. Tracking of shipping containers, pharmaceutical products, and fine wines, are just some of the obvious areas where the technology could be employed.
The talk generated a huge amount of questions and discussion. There was considerable surprise that such a powerful and disruptive technology could be so little understood and was effectively "flying under the radar" and the discussion continued over dinner.
Left to right: Rob Livingstone, Eng Chew, Ken Dovey, Mark Toohey, Steve Hunt, Tudor Maxwell, Richard Figar, Jens Pistorius, Ivan Romero.