The Covid-19 crisis has forced organisations of all kinds, all over the world, to restructure the way they work. Technology has proven to be the backbone and pivot point of this restructuring process, with organisations transitioning to remote working environments and online services wherever possible. Unfortunately, this kind of transition is almost never a simple task—it takes time and resources. We’ve seen organisations struggle with a variety of things. They lose revenue because they can’t support their clients as well as they used to. The number of new security risks skyrocket due to unsecure data and remote access points. Problems with management and technology implementation result in downtime and productivity loss, which all feeds back into unhappy clients and lost revenue.
These things have been especially true for non-profit organizations (or, as we like to call them, “for-purpose organizations”). These organisations deliver essential services to their communities, and we at Sensible believe that it’s our duty and responsibility to support them as best we can. We’re a family business with 35 years of operational experience, and our expertise is focused on implementing information technology solutions to support various organisations. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t help in other ways.
While we can help our clients and for-purpose organisations implement and use technology solutions, there are other problems that non-profits have to deal with. Knowing that, we’ve put together a quick list of some grants that have come together to support the operation of non-profits during this Covid-19 crisis. We’ve outlined the basic information for our highlight grants below, but more information (and more grants) can be found online here.
The City of Sydney is providing Community Services Grants for between $5,000 and $10,000 to non-profit organisations up until the 27th of April. An eligible organisation must be non-profit, operate in the City of Sydney area, have experience and networks within the social service sector, and must describe how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted them. Sensible can help you apply this grant money towards implementing remote work infrastructure, staff technology training, and updating your e-commerce platform to maintain your revenue streams.
BHP has established the $50 million BHP Vital Resources Fund to support regional communities in the areas they operate. This would include, for example, the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. The goal of this fund, which will distribute various amounts of grant money, is to build critical infrastructure for local and regional health networks, and keep essential community services operational.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is offering an Individual Capacity Building Grant Round which is offering eligible organisations from $10,000 to $500,000 per year for up to two years. This grant closes on May 6th, so act quickly on it. The NDIA is looking for programs that ensure people with disability will have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community, and also protect their rights. It also focuses on strengthening Disabled Peoples Organisations’ (DPOs) and Families Organisations’ (FOs) service capabilities. The Grant Round has three different grants, based on the building capacity; up to $25,000 for small individual capacity buildings, $50,000 for organizational capacity buildings, and $500,000 for large capacity buildings.
Sensible currently supports NDIA-registered organisations who provide services to people with disabilities, and we are a strong advocate for empowerment and capacity-building through technology—we work hard to provide innovative and effective solutions to these clients. We want our clients to spend more of their time helping the community, especially right now. We will talk you through the outcomes of working with us, and help you respond to your grant proposal. Our goal is to help you leverage these resources towards increased staff productivity, higher quality services, and a more connected and supportive work environment for everyone. Give us a call, we’d love to help you.
The future of TV is apps, according to Apple and today, in Australia this future seems to have become a reality. Today marks the day that the new Apple TV (4th Generation) has been released in Australia. If you are not aware, Apple TV is a digital media player that works as a small entertainment appliance that can receive digital content over the internet. This device is connected to your TV. It also allows you to stream content from your Apple devices (iPhone / iPad) to the TV screen.
So what's new in the new 4th Generation Apple TV?
Well, firstly, you can customise your TV to not only include free and pay TV channels but also choose from a broad selection of apps that includes everything from games to travel accommodation services.
Apple believe that the Apple TV isn’t just an upgraded set-top box, but it’s the first “true” TV that articulates Apple’s vision of what the TV viewing experience should be. The Apple TV has it's own app store, so you can download as much content as your heart desires. There is also an ability to search for the content you wish to view across different providers. Searching will now tell you if the content is available through both iTunes and Netflix and lets you choose which service you want. The global search works only for iTunes and Netflix in Australia at this time.
Also the ability to play games on the Apple TV is a new feature made possible by Apple’s powerful A8 chip, and a new remote control with an internal accelerometer and gyroscope. This means that when you tilt the controls and move it around in your hands things happen onscreen which makes gameplay very quick and responsive
Also, the new Apple TV’s Siri Remote allows you to issue voice commands to the inbuilt microphone in the TV remote control. Siri is able to respond to natural language requests such as “Find me movies with Nicole Kidman....". The remote control doesn’t need regular batteries which is a bonus. Instead, you charge it by connecting the remote to your computer using the lightning-to-USB cable (iPhone 5th Generation or higher cable) provided in the box.
So, on face value the 4th Generation Apple TV seems to be far superior to the old Apple TV. It’s intuitive, uncomplicated, and systematically thoughtful. Think - Apple's great design again. Only time will tell how much of a monumental product this is, however it is fair to say that this may be the beginning of the future of TV.