Peter Davison came to live at NCV half way through 2011 and is undertaking a PhD in entrepreneurship at UNSW. Recently Peter appeared as a panellist for the Sky News program Technology Behind Business. The panel discussed entrepreneurial trends, as well as the mistakes and successes of many Australians who have followed their dream of leaving the 9-5 grind to start their own technology business. On top of his PhD studies, Peter is a co-founder of the start-up community Fishburners where he continues to be a mentor. Fishburners are entrepreneurs in community, helping each other to explore a new way of life, enable new ways of seeing the world and striving to use technology to create new markets. During the televised discussion Peter highlighted that there is an enlarging hive of Australian start-up technology companies that are already doing very well, even though they remain largely unknown to local markets. Fishburners is a way that entrepreneurs can connect with each other in a shared space to share lessons, people, ideas and resources.
Another member of the NCV community, alumnus Natasha Cheung (Resident of NCV in 2010) has also been in the media lately. Natasha studied a Masters of Development Studies at UNSW and is now working for World Vision in Thailand. In October Natasha was heavily involved in coverage of the Bangkok floods. Reporting from Northern Bangkok on CNN International, Natasha reported to the world the unfolding events as four-thousand-million cubic metres of floodwater approached Bangkok. This was ten times more floodwater than the city authorities and infrastructure were braced to cope with. In her report Natasha outlined the safety, transportation and supply problems faced by the 12 million residents of Greater Bangkok. NGO’s such as World Vision have been working with the government of Thailand to manage public safety as the county battles the worst flooding it has seen in half a century.