Alan Noble (entrepreneur)

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Alan Noble, entrepreneur (2018)
Alan Noble, entrepreneur (2018)

Alan Charles Noble is an Australian engineer, technology entrepreneur and founder of the not-for-profit marine conservation organisation, AusOcean.

Career[edit]

Noble studied at the University of Adelaide and Stanford University where he obtained a Bachelor of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and a Master of Computer Science Artificial Intelligence respectively.

He worked in established and startup technology companies in Japan, Silicon Valley and Australia. Some of his start-up technology ventures lead to acquisitions by Nokia and Riverbed Technologies.[1]

In 2007, Noble joined Google Australia, and in 2008 he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide.[2]

Since the late 2000s, Noble has acted as an advisor to the Australian government, including for the Chief Scientist of Australia, the Australian Information Commissioner and the Government 2.0 Taskforce.[3]

In 2013, Noble founded StartupAUS, following on from his experience with the angel investment group SA Angels (2007-2014). In 2014, he appeared in Episode 1 of That Startup Show.[4]

In 2014, Noble was appointed as a director of the board of the South Australian Museum.

In 2016, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail was surveyed by Google Street View Trekker under Alan Noble's lead.[5] Noble also bought property on Kangaroo Island that year. Meanwhile, his property at Willunga became the first residential customer of Redflow's ZCell off-grid energy storage system.[6]

AusOcean[edit]

In 2017, he established the not-for-profit organisation AusOcean[7] with marine scientist, Professor Sean Connell[3] with the objective of lowering the cost of long-term marine environmental monitoring. In 2018, AusOcean's Network Blue sensor rigs received approval to be deployed in the Port River in South Australia.[8] Immanuel College in Adelaide is one of Network Blue's partners.[9]

Noble resigned from his position as head of engineering at Google Australia in 2018 to focus on AusOcean.[10][11][12] AusOcean is planning to do some underwater survey work in Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island in December 2018.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alan Noble | 2017 Speaker Profile". TEDxAdelaide. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  2. ^ "Adelaidean -- Google director is new professor". www.adelaide.edu.au. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  3. ^ a b "About AusOcean". www.ausocean.org. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  4. ^ "blog". Larkspur Communications. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  5. ^ "Department for Environment and Water". Archived from the original on 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  6. ^ "Google's Aussie Engineering Boss Has Gone Off The Grid". Gizmodo Australia. 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  7. ^ ""The courage of my convictions": AusOcean founder Alan Noble on his passion for the ocean, his support network, and why he walked away from Google - SmartCompany". SmartCompany. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  8. ^ "Partnering with AusOcean for seagrass monitoring – Estuary Care Foundation SA". estuary.org.au. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  9. ^ "Network Blue". www.ausocean.org. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  10. ^ "Google Australia's engineering head Alan Noble steps down to focus on a "moonshot" nonprofit - SmartCompany". SmartCompany. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  11. ^ Duckett, Chris. "Noble calls time on Google Australia stint | ZDNet". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  12. ^ "Google Photos creator Anil Sabharwal heads back to Australia". Financial Review. 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  13. ^ Gorton, Stan (2018-11-06). "KIPT releases updated seaport plans to shareholders". The Islander. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  14. ^ "Engineering director quits Google for conservation sea change". ABC News. 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2018-11-10.