5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

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(L) Slack recruiting lead Marissa Senzaki and (R) ‘Dan from Optus’ at the Slack office in Melbourne. Photo: Supplied.

Good morning. It’s hump day. And here’s what you need to know.

1. Slack told us what they look for when hiring new employees. While they want job candidates to be passionate and curious, Slack isn’t interested in hiring people who only have “hard skills”. Slack’s recruiting lead, Marissa Senzaki says “above all, they need to be ‘human'”. Read more about that and the Slack’s hiring process here.

2. Visa wants start-ups to solve business challenges and bring new ideas to payments. And to do so it has invited Aussie and Kiwi start-ups to enter its ‘The Everywhere Initiative’ competition where they will use its APIs to create solutions.

“The Everywhere Initiative is designed to accelerate Visa’s vision of co-creating the future of payments. It’s one of many initiatives, including our API platform Visa Developer, to drive the next generation of commerce for consumers,” said Stephen Karpin, Group Country Manager for Visa in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific.

Winners have the opportunity to win up to AU$70,000 and the chance to run a pilot with Visa. Entries until August 31, before shortlisted candidates are invited to take part in a public pitch event on September 22 in Sydney.

3. Female business leaders have extra online support. The NSW government launched the Women’s Online Network (WON) today, for female industry leaders to champion and support women entrepreneurs.

NSW small business minister John Barilaro called it “a one-stop-shop connecting aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge and people that can help them create and grow their business to new levels”.

“WON provides support at all stages of the business life-cycle, ensuring anyone who wants to start-up or grow their business can utilise this resource,” he said.

You can check out the WON website here.

4. Beware of exploding iPhones. The Australian reports a Sydney man is currently in hospital recovering after his iPhone exploded following a cycling accident on the weekend. The phone was in Gareth Clear’s pocket when he fell off his bike and his shorts caught fire. He’s had a skin graft as as result.

“It’s a bit random, the thing to be very specific about, the phone did hit the ground, it didn’t just spontaneously combust. It was a one in one million chance I hit a part of the phone which pierced the lithium battery and it exploded,” Clear told News.

Apple is reportedly investigating the incident.

5. This year’s census is online. The national census is being held next Tuesday August 9. And while you’ll get a securing login ID in the mail, you will need to go online to fill out the form. Read more about the new system, and what you’ll need to do if you’re away here.

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