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Australian born Michelle Garnaut is one of the most respected and recognised restaurateurs in Asia, and was described by Time magazine as “an industry celebrity” as well as “the pioneer of China’s fashionable-dining scene”.

Australian startup Makers Empire has created what is being billed as the world’s easiest-to-use 3D printing software. The learning program has been picked up by schools across Australia, the US, Hong Kong and China that are recognising the important role the technology will play in the future.

From surfboards to sustainable shelters, Nev Hyman’s latest startup is providing safe, affordable housing to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. His low-cost houses are cyclone-proof, built almost exclusively from recycled plastic and waste materials, and can be deployed to remote communities in a matter of weeks.

Opened by the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, our final Asia Perspective event was held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Pudong on Thursday 14 April in Shanghai. Held in partnership with Telstra and Austrade, the evening was part of the Australia Week in China program.

Another great location and another great panel! Our Hong Kong Asia Perspectives session on Tuesday 12 April on Digital Disruption and the Power of Partnerships included a highly animated discussion on how the digital revolution has impacted every business imaginable. From a Kimono fancy dress shop in Kyoto run by a senior citizen nailing the market with the use of SEO optimisation to a local kebab stall in Turkey expanding its reach ten times over as a result of using the power of smart data, the way businesses operate and expand has changed dramatically in the last few years and that rate of change is set to accelerate as more of the world joins the online market.