Melbourne, 25 July: One of Melbourne’s most innovative and collaborative workspaces has been launched in Docklands this afternoon by Yohan Ramasundara, ACS President and Jane Garrett, MLC, Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs.
Covering more than 2,000m2 of digitally enabled floorspace, the new technology and innovation hub was developed by ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector.
The hub, at 839 Collins Street, has been purpose-built to drive the development of digital communities and features private workspaces, high-tech meeting rooms, large screens and an interactive media wall, with the facilities available to ACS members along with industry and government partners.
Equipped with the latest technology, the collaborative workspace was designed to create a venue where tech professionals and businesses can come together and tackle some of the nation’s pressing technology challenges, such as cyber security, personal privacy and artificial intelligence.
ACS President Yohan Ramasundara said the Melbourne hub is an important milestone towards delivering on the ACS strategy.
“We’re delighted to be able to contribute to Victoria’s vibrant technology scene. The opening of our Melbourne hub is also part of ACS’ commitment of being a catalyst for human capital development while helping the creation and adoption of emerging technologies.”
“Our strategic plan focuses on three C’s – capacity, capability and catalyst – where capacity and capability are about ensuring our nation has sufficient and necessary tech skills to achieve an economy higher up the value chain, and one which affords higher paying jobs”.
ACS CEO Andrew Johnson added: “We believe Australia can be a world leader in technology talent, and the Docklands hub is part of realising this vision.”
“The hub creates a meeting place for Victoria’s technology community and gives entrepreneurs a venue to demonstrate their products to a broad audience, gain important insights and iterate throughout the development process".
The hub will house over 150 tech professionals, and along with over 50 trades employed during the fit out, brings 200 jobs for Victoria.
ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. More than 45,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.