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Founded in 2011 by tech entrepreneurs Tan Le (CEO) and Dr. Geoff Mackellar (CTO) the company is headquartered in San Francisco, U.S.A. with facilities in Sydney, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

The technology falls under the umbrella of BCIs (Brain Computer Interface) also referred to as MMI (Mind Machine Interface), DNI (Direct Neural Interface), BMI (Brain Machine Interface) and aims to track cognitive performance, monitor emotions, and control both virtual and physical objects via machine learning of trained mental commands.

Applications for the EMOTIV technology and interface span an amazing variety of potential industries and applications – from gaming to interactive television, everyday computer interactions, hands-free control system, smart adaptive environments, art, accessibility design, market research, psychology, learning, medicine, robotics, automotive, transport safety, defense and security.

EMOTIV is a recognized pioneer and market leader in this field. Our products have won numerous international awards including the Red Dot Award, AutoVision Innovations Award, Australian International Design Awards, Australian Engineering Excellence Awards and Edison Awards. Our community of developers and researchers span over 100 countries.

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Contact Details

  • Email: contact@quantumshade.com
  • Facebook: [LINK]
  • Delivery: c/o Matt Cabanag, E6A360, Eastern Road, Macquarie University, NSW, 2109, AU


  • [LINK] For "Homeless" - Technical Excellence Award; Global Game Jam ~ Sydney (2014)
  • [LINK] For "O2" - Best Game; Global Game Jam ~ Sydney (2013)
  • [LINK] For "Protocol E" - Top 10 Finalist; Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (2013)
  • [LINK] For "Protocol E" - Digital Kitchen Grant Funding; Screen NSW/Metro Screen (2013)

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The Tom Ryan Group was founded on 28 June 2017 - Tom Ryan's 18th birthday. The group represents a portfolio made up of multiple startups, small businesses and companies, which Tom Ryan has either founded, held a managing role or currently leads. 

Within The Tom Ryan Group, we present a diversified range of startups and companies n industries including: advisory services, management consulting, training and development, marketing, fashion, hospitality and travel, visual arts, and sports and fitness. In addition to ventures across these industries, the Group works closely with Governments and local communities to assist young entrepreneurs and community organisations. In September 2017, we launched TR Youth which specifically connects young entrepreneurs with leading industry advisers. This initiative, launched by Tom Ryan personally, seeks to voluntarily assist young people with their ambitions to take a stand and start a business. 

Tom Ryan launched his first business - 'Tom Ryan Photography' - when he was 14 years old and ever since then he has founded multiple startups, and joined a number of companies, to extend his various passions into the business environment.

The Tom Ryan Group is built on the foundations of Encouragement, Integrity and Respect, because we believe that all great achievements are derived from building a strong foundation which guides our decisions as a company, and we instil these decisions right across our organisations. 

Our vision is to help young people take a stand for themselves in the world. 

The Pedestal 3d media platform helps educators improve and enhance object based learning by reducing issues of access and limited handling and adding advanced tools for analysis through a simple web interface. It also helps museums share their collections more widely by alleviating display space constraints and expanding community engagement worldwide.


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Bawurra Foundation is a non-profit organisation that uses technology to preserve and share Indigenous culture and help close the Indigenous literacy gap. We are growing a digital library of stories, art, songs, languages and history shared by Indigenous Elders and community leaders. The digital library is accessed on e-readers and tablet devices that are donated to school libraries in remote at-risk communities.

Bawurra Foundation was founded in 2015 by Macquarie University students and young professionals with the vision of using technology to improve educational outcomes and celebrate the rich oral history of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The organisation has grown rapidly and is now working with numerous communities across New South Wales.

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Global Ledgers is a startup that is using Distributed Ledger Technology (think blockchain) to enable fast, secure online trading or transactions free from 3rd party risk and distributed enough to prevent single point of failure disruptions. 

As a Shared Ledger Database distributed ledgers allows multiple different parties to securely interact with the same universal source of truth. Built on open source software such as Linux Foundation Open Ledger and OS libraries like Boost, Jenkins and Graphene  it empowers people to take control of their own finances and investments. Distributed Ledgers are like "operating systems" that allow any number of applications to take advantage of their many useful attributes. 

Like the Music industry previously and Movie or Newspaper industries today the internet is disrupting traditional business models and we believe Finance is next. Banks give you 2.5% interest on your money and charge huge fees for financial services like loans and remittance. We believe that distributed ledgers will empower a new worldview where you can decide where and in what fashion your money should be stored, invested or lent. In the future you could trade any digitisable asset including real estate title, Intellectual property, Fiat currency, Gold, Silver and Shares. 

Distributed Ledgers can be used for multiple record types, your Health records or to empower supply chain technologies.


New products/markets, streamlined settlement, improved liquidity, increased transparency. 

Supply chain

Track parts and service provenance, ensure authenticity of goods, block counterfeits, reduce conflicts.


Unite disparate health processes, increase data access and reliability, reduce costs and improve patient experience and outcomes. Access and control your own medical records. 

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