InterACT takes on long-distance challenge

Overcoming distance and geographical isolation through the use of technology will be the key issues discussed at this year's InterAct Asia Pacific multimedia festival.

Now in its seventh year, the InterAct festival is being held in Melbourne between 2 and 15 September. The festival is sponsored by the Victorian Government and will take place in various locations throughout Melbourne.

The 14-day festival involves a plethora of conferences, seminars and forums, ranging from business discussions on IT security in an outsourced environment, to several e-learning seminars and public forums on the impact of technology in art and science. All relate to the theme of "Technology across boundaries".

This year's new and emerging technologies section will throw the spotlight on the field of photonics, looking at how the technology works as well as its current and future applications. Guest speakers include Dr Sarah Dods, Senior Research Fellow at the Photonics Research Laboratory, University of Melbourne, while the event will be chaired by Victorian Photonics Network's Professor Peter Gerrand.

To coincide with the InterAct event, The Hatch Café in Melbourne will host its own B2Bcafe networking event on 9 September, to promote its new Hot Spot wireless Internet services. Recently launched wireless access provider Air Portal will showcase its public wireless service at the cafe, alongside content providers Planet X, ISP Pacific Internet and Hewlett-Packard.

The Hatch Café's monthly B2Bcafe meets are designed to allow SMEs the opportunity to expand their knowledge of new business developments and technologies. So far, the venue has hosted 38 such events.

For more information about the B2Bcafe event or the festival itself, check out InterAct's official web site: www.interact.com.au.

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