Glass Meetup #1

 Image: Matt Bacon

Image: Matt Bacon

Our first #glassmeetups public event occurred on the 12th May at the +INSPIRE Centre, University of Canberra with key national and international speakers in an interactive program of events.

We were joined by members of the Google Glass Explorer Community and other key speakers who are actively engaging with this technology across many differing industries, organisations and social settings.


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This event was the first in a series of events investigating emerging technologies and their application to education, training and development.

This was an opportunity for participants to experience, critically engage and speak directly with innovators and champions in this space. It was also an opportunity to consider how these technologies will impact upon own professional work.

Topics of discussion included the associations or connections between #glass (digital eyewear) and big data, privacy, learner analytics, innovation, UAS (drones), engineering, medicine, health care, sports sciences, quantified self, law, policing, military, pedagogy, training, curriculum, augmented reality, well being, national security, gaming, architecture, transport, logistics, travel, marketing, advertising, social research, retail, fashion, information technology, science fiction, the Arts, trades practices......


Date: 12th May 2014
Time: 5:00 PM till 7:00PM AEST Australia
Location: University of Canberra, INSPIRE Centre, Building 25 Pantowora Street, Bruce ACT 2167 Australia


100 tickets - physical participants - SOLD OUT

Event Focus

+Rick Sare provided us with a classic use case of where Google Glass is having an impact upon his daily life as a long haul truck driver in the United States of America. This event will provide participants with many practical and useful use cases across a range of professions and occupations.

Key Speakers

Image: Professor Mark Billinghurst


University of Canterbury, NZ

Professor Mark Billinghurst is a researcher developing innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged to enhance face-to-face and remote collaboration. Director of the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (New Zealand) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, he has produced over 250 technical publications and his work has been demonstrated at a wide variety of conferences.

He is active in several research areas including Augmented and Virtual Reality, mobile user interfaces and collaborative computer interfaces. He has previously worked at ATR Research Labs in Japan, British Telecom’s Advanced Perception Unit, the MIT Media Laboratory and on the Google Glass project team.

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 Image: Cathie Reid

Image: Cathie Reid


APHS Managing Partner
APHS Packaging Founder

Cathie is Managing Partner of APHS, one of Australia’s largest pharmacy service providers to the hospital, oncology and aged care sector. She is also founder of APHS Packaging, which delivers medication compliance packs to over 20 000 elderly Australians via a network of community pharmacy customers.

Cathie was named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2013, won a National Telstra Business Women's Award in 2011, and was recognised by Monash University with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 2012.

Her primary focus is seeking innovative technology based  solutions to meet the healthcare needs of the ageing population. Cathie is a strong advocate of social media in healthcare to support a society that is increasingly involved in their own health outcomes

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 Image: Cecilia Abedie

Image: Cecilia Abedie


Cecilia is a passionate evangelist about everything digital, a Google Glass Explorer, and a Pioneer who spreads the word about wearable devices and the many ways they can change our world. As the founder and CTO of LynxFit, she is part of a global development team that researches and develops wearable and mobile applications to deliver experiences that innovate and disrupt the personal and the enterprise realms.

LynxFit is a personal fitness trainer for Google Glass and other wearable devices, and has recently launched as a featured application on the My Glass store. Cecilia was born in Argentina and raised in Uruguay, which is where she got her Master Degree on Information Systems, and where she began her career as an international software consultant and developer.

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Image: Noble Ackerson


"....At work I build fitness applications for wearable computers. If you have Google Glass, checkout Before then, I was a business owner for eight years and provided technical, infrastructure and software services for small businesses and nonprofits. "

"....At home I go through cycles of being a Tinkerer, Biker (motorcycle and bicycle), a Husband, an Audiophile, a Runner, OCR'er, Mixed Martial Arts Fan, a Gamer (not so much these days), Scuba Diver (barely) and pet owner. "

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Image: Brandon King


Brandon is a technology enthusiast from Ohio, USA. He works for an IT consulting organization doing systems administration and also runs his own technology consulting firm.

Glass has been an important piece of technology for him recently, as he works with the community as well as companies to better understand how Glass can fit into their lives and business.

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Libby Chang has been a Glass Explorer since August 2013.  She is one of five co-hosts on the weekly podcast Wearables Weekly.

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 Image: Libby Chang

Image: Libby Chang

 Image: Joshua Levitsky

Image: Joshua Levitsky

Joshua Levitsky

Joshua Levitsky is a volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and Hazardous Materials Specialist in Rockland County, New York. He began volunteering in EMS 24 years ago in New York City. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, in response to his experiences that day, he joined a Heavy Rescue Squad and Haz-Mat Team in New Jersey. Following a move from New Jersey back to New York he joined the local Fire Department and the County Haz-Mat Team.

He is also in Professional Services at a software company where he implements computer and mobile device management software. Technology interests have always played an equal role to Emergency Services. New technology is always around him because he enjoys seeing how it might fit in to life, and how he might contribute to development.

Last, but not least, he is a father of 2 wonderful children who are young, but share in his love of technology and emergency services.

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 Image: David W. Martineau MD

Image: David W. Martineau MD

David W. Martineau MD

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic surgery, I specialize in hand and upper extremity surgery as well as microsurgery (surgery that involves the use of microscopes). I am especially interested in treating all ailments from the finger tips to the elbow and my research reflects these interests. I began practicing hand surgery in 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to the Cincinnati-Dayton Ohio where I joined Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio.

I became a glass explorer a few short months ago and immediately recognized the potential benefits in my field. I helped pioneer the first set of prescription surgical telescopes combined with Google Glass to be used in the operating room. This is an important and necessary first step for me to be able to explore this technology's potential in the intricate field of hand surgery. I'm currently working on ways to control glass effectively in the sterile environment of the operating room.

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 Image: Julian Ridden

Image: Julian Ridden

Julian Ridden

An unashamed sci-fi and pop-culture geek born and raised in Australia, Julian Ridden left his Moodle Man cape to join Instructure as Captain Canvas. In more official terms, Julian became Instructure’s on-the-ground Canvas Solutions Engineer in Australia.

Julian began working with educators in the early days of the Web, designing blended and e-Learning strategies that focus on real-world learning and open education. He successfully drove these strategies at both Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College and Saint Ignatius College, Riverview in Sydney.

As a disruptive source of subversive education practices, Julian stands at the “coal face” of learning and challenges educators to “think different” about Open Education, Open Source, Global Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s) and wearable tech. He simply won't accept that the way education has always been is the way it should always be.

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The following organisations / businesses provided in-kind support for this #glassmeetup event.


The Ripple Effect Group is an independent consulting team that designs smarter ways to connect people through technology so your employees and customers can benefit from authentic insights, tailored strategies and future-proof business practices. Our approach is underpinned by design thinking principles that requires us to develop a deep empathy with our research subjects and their context. We're excited about the potential wearable technologies will bring to our research projects! Imagine seeing the world through the eyes of the participant?

We can now explore and experience an infinite amount of qualitative data. We see wearable technologies have a profound impact on the way we conduct research, but we're also investigating how it will disrupt traditional approaches to research and how we design our solutions. 

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The HIT Lab NZ integrates research & education, providing students with a project-based learning environment. We offer a Ph.D. and a Masters program in Human Interface Technology.

Staff and students can work on their own initiatives or on industry and faculty-driven projects, all of which have the potential to result in real commercial products. Students can undertake projects in the Lab as part of their studies or alternatively work in the Lab as an extracurricular activity.

The HIT Lab NZ engages in projects with national and international industrial partners, academics partners, a large and diverse group of market-leading companies associated with the Seattle-based HIT Lab, and with some affiliated partners. Our partners are from a variety of fields ranging from academia to software development.

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“...The Simulation and Alternative Creative Research in the ACT (SimulACRA) Group is a vibrant collaboration between senior emergency doctors, industrial designers, experts in augmented reality, all educators and all based at academic institutions in the Australian capital, Canberra.

Our goal is to develop cutting edge and novel medical training aids through the use of simulation, stretching from the traditional aims of ‘high fidelity simulation’, and reaching  for the next generation of ‘high verisimilitude simulation’; to move beyond the ‘mannequin’, and create as close a “total experience of medical reality” as the current and developing technologies can provide. A new generation of simulation for medical training will allow us to further delineate the nature of stress in the pre-hospital, emergency, disaster environments, and the relationship between stress and performance, developing robust approaches to mitigate against attrition in the workforce.

We believe that wearable technology can play an important part in our aspirations, and will further play an integral role in healthcare in the lifetime of our current junior doctors and medical students. The potential benefits stand to change the way in which we teach and practice medicine, and it’s a future we’re keen to be involved in forming....” 

The E-learning Network of Australasia (ElNet) is an independent community of e-learning professionals working in the e-learning industry. ElNet provides a means for professionals to interact, collaborate and develop their knowledge in e-learning technologies and best practices. Our focus is on Workplace Learning. Glass offers the potential to extend the reach of mobile and distance assessment, instruction and demonstration across all dimensions of workplace training.

The impact on current issues that include candidate verification, infrastructure and sustainability of traveling assessors and instructors means Glass - in conjunction with a range of existing learning technology tools including social media and webinar systems -  presents the opportunity to grasp the elusive truly blended learning system.

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LynxFit turns wearable devices into intelligent fitness coaches.

It is an officially featured app on the Google Glass app store and is an award winning virtual fitness and wellness companion that uses voice and visuals to simulate a personal trainer.

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APHS Group are responsible for the delivery of specialised pharmacy services to private hospitals, cancer care centres and the growing population of elderly Australians.

In line with this we deliver 1 in every 5 private chemotherapy doses nationally and over two million weekly medication compliance packs for elderly Australians.

Our reach into the Australian community is significant, and we take that responsibility very seriously. With over 25 years experience APHS is focused on supporting superior healthcare for every Australian.

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We are a group of Glass explorers who got together to create something meaningful, creative, and fun for Google Glass. Our goal is to create a brand and product that is loved by the Glass explorers. 

We have been working with countless Glass Explorers all over the world since September of 2013 and the support form our fans have been tremendous.

We believe that we can enrich Glass ecosystem with community engagement and collaboration with other Glass Explorers. 

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TelepathEye works with Glass to enable voice-free texting and other applications by mapping targets to a virtual flywheel. Called EyeSpeech technology, this approach streamlines the UI by minimizing the number of visible targets while maximizing the number of targets that can be intuitively brought into view.

Glass is currently operated primarily by dictation, which is antithetic to the UX of texting and other apps; TelepathEye is working to make eyewearables hands-free voice-free.

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Canberra Grammar School is an independent K-12 school located in Canberra, Australia. We offer a unique and practical computing and information technology program as part of our academic and co-curricular offerings.

In Years 7 and 8 boys have the opportunity to join the Code Cadets group, a co-curricular activity which teaches introductory Python programming plus Minecraft mod programming in Java. In Years 9 and 10 boys can choose Information and Software Technology as one of their elective subjects. Web Design and Application Development is offered for Year 9 students, with iPhone and iPad Application Development available for Year 10 students.

In Years 11 and 12 the School offers Software Design and Development as part of the Higher School Certificate, teaching students the foundations and applications of the software development process. There are also many opportunities for extension, including participation in programming challenges, hackathons, and community tech events. We also encourage our students to engage with emerging technologies such as Google Glass, with several of our students already experimenting with Glass development.

One of the unique opportunities offered at CGS is the international tour to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. During 2012 and 2013, students studying IT had an opportunity to visit San Francisco for two weeks during January which included touring major companies in Silicon Valley such as Google, Apple, Cisco, and NetApp. Our next trip is planned for January 2015 and we always welcome invitations from new companies and groups to visit.

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Delivering Expert Care for the Full Spectrum of Orthopedic Conditions Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio is widely recognized as the regional leader in comprehensive orthopedic care, including the treatment of diseases, injuries and conditions of the bones and joints.

Since 1985, patients have placed their trust in our specialized care of the hand and upper extremities, spine (back and neck), elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and foot and ankle. Our expert care also includes sports medicine and reconstructive surgery resulting from trauma.

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BrickSimple LLC is a leading developer of next generation web, mobile, and wearable computing applications. Our talented creative team develops custom solutions and products that leverage current mobile/tablet computing and powerful emerging technologies.

Our team is committed to developing innovative application experiences for our clients. BrickSimple developers thrive on challenging technology problems and devising robust scalable solutions. We have assembled a team of experts with the experience, the know-how, and passion to make innovation happen. We bring these resources to bear when it comes to creating new solutions or re-engineering existing ideas.

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Glass Explorers

We are very fortunate to have had a long term interaction with the Google Glass Explorer community through a number of interviews and online meetups (see our blog posts). During this event representatives from the Google Glass Explorer community will join this event live and interact with our guests and key speakers.

View our recorded YouTube interviews.

Related Resources

Glass Almanac - Glass History