38 episodes

Want expert insight on what’s trending in the world of technology, data and innovation each month? The Smart Dust Podcast is for you.

But what on Earth is Smart Dust? The name refers to the very real and extraordinary dust-sized computers designed to be breathed in and monitor the human brain. No, we are not making that up.

The mission of the Smart Dust Podcast is to give you brain-expanding ideas and perspectives to breathe in and apply to your daily and professional life. With industry-leading presenters, Nick Abrahams and Douglas Nicol, our podcast brings a perspective on technology, data and innovation you’ve never heard before.





Nick Abrahams is the Global Head of Technology & Innovation at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Nick co-created the world's first AI-enabled privacy chatbot (built on IBM Watson) and co-founded Australia's leading online legal service, LawPath.

He is on the board of ASX300 global software company, Integrated Research as well as being on the boards of the Garvan Foundation (leaders in genomic medicine), the Vodafone Foundation and the Institute for Economics & Peace. He wrote the Kindle Business #1 book Digital Disruption in Australia.

Douglas Nicol is a Partner at The Works, currently B&T CX and Brand and Agency of the Year and part of the RXP Services group – an 800-person strong Australian ASX listed digital transformation business. Douglas is also the founder of On Msg, Gartner's Top 5 Cool Vendors for Conversational AI in APAC.


Nick can be contacted on nick.abrahams@nortonrosefulbright.com or on LinkedIn on https://au.linkedin.com/in/nickabrahams

Douglas can be contacted at douglas@theworkssydney.com or on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasnicol/

Views expressed by Nick and Douglas are personal and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers. We welcome your feedback and ideas for our podcast.

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    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

Want expert insight on what’s trending in the world of technology, data and innovation each month? The Smart Dust Podcast is for you.

But what on Earth is Smart Dust? The name refers to the very real and extraordinary dust-sized computers designed to be breathed in and monitor the human brain. No, we are not making that up.

The mission of the Smart Dust Podcast is to give you brain-expanding ideas and perspectives to breathe in and apply to your daily and professional life. With industry-leading presenters, Nick Abrahams and Douglas Nicol, our podcast brings a perspective on technology, data and innovation you’ve never heard before.





Nick Abrahams is the Global Head of Technology & Innovation at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Nick co-created the world's first AI-enabled privacy chatbot (built on IBM Watson) and co-founded Australia's leading online legal service, LawPath.

He is on the board of ASX300 global software company, Integrated Research as well as being on the boards of the Garvan Foundation (leaders in genomic medicine), the Vodafone Foundation and the Institute for Economics & Peace. He wrote the Kindle Business #1 book Digital Disruption in Australia.

Douglas Nicol is a Partner at The Works, currently B&T CX and Brand and Agency of the Year and part of the RXP Services group – an 800-person strong Australian ASX listed digital transformation business. Douglas is also the founder of On Msg, Gartner's Top 5 Cool Vendors for Conversational AI in APAC.


Nick can be contacted on nick.abrahams@nortonrosefulbright.com or on LinkedIn on https://au.linkedin.com/in/nickabrahams

Douglas can be contacted at douglas@theworkssydney.com or on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasnicol/

Views expressed by Nick and Douglas are personal and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers. We welcome your feedback and ideas for our podcast.

    Smart Dust with Minister Fletcher on the ACCC's proposed code, NBN, 5G and Cyber abuse

    Smart Dust with Minister Fletcher on the ACCC's proposed code, NBN, 5G and Cyber abuse

    In a wide-ranging conversation, we discuss the impact of the ACCC’s proposed code to require the tech giants to pay media companies for the content they use.

    Potentially a big global precedent and very much being watched by tech companies globally. In fact, Facebook says it may drop all local, national and international news from its Australian platforms if the code becomes law – which would have major implications for the way millions of Australians stay informed.

    • 27 min
    Smart Dust Tech Trends: Predictions for 2021

    Smart Dust Tech Trends: Predictions for 2021

    2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year, mainly because it’s not 2020. But that’s not all – 2021 also promises to be a massive year for tech. In this episode, we talk six tech trends that could help shape and define the new year, including cyber warfare, synthetics, managing your personal carbon footprint, AI, smart glasses, and trading our bio data for travel.

    • 43 min
    Smart Dust with David Thodey on upcoming tech and what makes a successful disruptor?

    Smart Dust with David Thodey on upcoming tech and what makes a successful disruptor?

    What makes a successful disruptor? Is 5G really all it’s cracked up to be? And what other upcoming technologies can we expect to challenge industry standards as we know them?

    Who would be better placed to tackle these questions than technologist David Thodey: as the Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (CSIRO), accounting revolutionary Xero, Aussie fintech powerhouse Tyro and a board member at Vodafone the correct answer is not many.

    • 46 min
    Smart Dust with The Hon. Victor Dominello on Digital Transformation and Government Services

    Smart Dust with The Hon. Victor Dominello on Digital Transformation and Government Services

    NSW’s journey to be a digital powerhouse is underway and the man at the helm is Victor Dominello, Member for Ryde and Australia’s very first Minister for Customer Service.

    His role in this new portfolio is to optimise the citizen experience through a range of digital initiatives, with quite a few already underway.

    In this episode, we talk about the Digital Drivers Licence, Digital Check In functions for COVID-19 contact tracing, cyber security infrastructure and more.

    • 30 min
    Smart Dust with Nicole Sparshott on Business & Sustainability

    Smart Dust with Nicole Sparshott on Business & Sustainability

    What does a purpose-led global business look like? Nicole Sparshott knows; she’s leading two of them through their biggest transformation yet.

    CEO of Unilever ANZ and Global CEO of T2, Nicole is spearheading a sustainability revolution in Unilever – one of Australia’s most iconic FMCG brands – and well on her way to making T2 certified sustainable by 2021.

    • 32 min
    Smart Dust with Mark Tanner: Qwilr, Innovation and Effectiveness

    Smart Dust with Mark Tanner: Qwilr, Innovation and Effectiveness

    Frustrated by PowerPoint and PDF, Mark and co-founder Dylan Baskin created Qwilr – a now global operation offering software for businesses to create elegant web-based forms, proposals and contracts with consistent design principles. Qwilr just raised $10.8 million in a Series A round led by Airtree Ventures and Skip Capital and have their sights set on further expansion in Europe and the US. We chat to Mark in this episode about how he took on the tech giants…and won.

    • 23 min

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Gonski - a towering intellect. A man of infinite wisdom and a joy to listen to. Your best interview to date gentlemen. Thank you.

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Highly recommended! A not too serious look at the future. Check it out.

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Glad to hear this podcast and Smart Dust did a wonderful job in sharing the ideas. Look forward to attend to the other podcasts on this series. Thanks, Kunj

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