Dalby man visits Google HQ in Sydney as competition finalist
GOOGLE - arguably one of the world's most powerful institutions and unquestionably its largest search engine - took a Dalby man behind the scenes at their national HQ in Sydney this week.
Brendan McDonald was one of 10 regional business representatives to touch down in Sydney on Monday, transported by limo to the headquarters at Piermont.
The 10 people were representing regional finalists in the Online Hero competition, a contest designed to reward regional businesses expanding their market, primarily through the internet.
Mr McDonald worked for Dingo Australia since 1999, first making the foray into online business in 2013.
Using mapping services available through Google, as well as other features, Mr McDonald was able to streamline the business.
The Dalby-based company was recognised for its "outstanding" use of the internet to grow the business by Google representatives and elite judges, including Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
"Dingo is a great Aussie company that is relying on the internet to grow their manufacturing base in Dalby," Google's head of small business John Ball said.
"It's a great example of a proud Australian company adapting to the digital age through clever use of online technology."
Taking part in a growth master class with Google representatives, Mr McDonald was shown emerging technologies driven by the technology giant.
One was the new Google Cardboard technology - essentially a collapsible box which can be strapped to a viewer's eyes like a pair of goggles.
Once the smartphone is mounted, the viewer can watch 360-degree footage, turning their head to focus on whatever they wish.
The business Tambo Teddies, a small company exporting sheepskin teddy bears worldwide, was recognised as the best business overall.
Mr McDonald said he was highly impressed by the scale and form of the organisation, which included free restaurants, scooters and a range of "chill out areas" where employees are encouraged to socialise.
"If you're going to be taken out by anybody, it may as well be Google."