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The first in a series of numbered newsletters was produced in May and distributed to 619 Queensland Section members. The newspaper editors were Andrew West and Dr. A M Khambadkone. In its columns the newsletter illustrates the wealth of activities and events the section membership engaged in during 1996 and 1997.
The 1997 newsletter was distributed by post because personal e-mail addresses were relatively rare at the time, and it was required that the newsletter be registered with the postal authorities for this form of distribution. The postal registration number appears at the top of the first page. Delivery by post continued for several years but was eventually replaced by e-mail delivery.
A copy of the first issue of the newsletter was discovered at the University of Queensland in July 2014, 17 years after it was published.
The May 1997 newsletter is located here.
1997 was the year in which the term 'mobile commerce' was coined, meaning the delivery of electronic commerce capabilities directly into the consumer’s hand, anywhere, via wireless technology. Mobile commerce services commenced delivery in 1997, when the first two mobile-phone-enabled Coca Cola vending machines were installed in Helsinki, Finland. The machines accepted payment via SMS text messages. In 1997 the first mobile-phone-based banking service was launched in Finland, also using SMS (source: Wikipedia).
A profile of Professor Goodman is available here.
The workshop announcement is available here.
Social activities included a civic reception given by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Jim Soorley, for delegates and their partners. A bus trip to the Gold Coast was followed by dinner and entertainment at the Nara Sea World Resort, attended by the Mayor of the Gold Coast, Councillor Gary Baildon. The function was heavily subsidised by the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast Mayor.
The formal Conference Dinner was held in the function rooms of Parliament House adjacent to the Queensland University of Technology. The Queensland Government was represented by The Honourable Santo Santoro, Minister for Training and Industrial Relations.
The TENCON '97 conference proceedings are located here.