ACS opens tech innovation hub in Melbourne
ACS HAS LAUNCHED one of Melbourne’s most innovative and collaborative workspaces, located in the Docklands area.
ACS president Yohan Ramasundara, launched the hub at 839 Collins St with Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs, Jane Garrett on July 25.
Covering more than 2,000sqm of digitally enabled floorspace, the new technology and innovation hub was developed by ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector.
Mr Ramasundara said the Melbourne hub was an important milestone towards delivering on the ACS strategy.
“We’re delighted to be able to contribute to Victoria’s vibrant technology scene,” Mr Ramasundara said. “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 Cs – 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.”
The Docklands hub 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 CEO Andrew Johnson said, “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, Ms Garrett said.