The extension of the Australian-first Hot DesQ program, additional funding for artificial intelligence and robotics, and continued support for the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) will help ensure Queensland’s competitiveness within the innovation space, according to the State Government.
In a statement released earlier this month, Innovation Minister the Honourable Kate Jones said that innovation is front and centre for the Palaszczuk Government’s economic strategy, lifting its overall investment in Advance Queensland to a $650 million program.
Ms Jones said using advanced technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous machines and vehicles and big data was critical to the future competitiveness of all Queensland’s industries.
“We are investing $15 million in the IndustryTech fund to back projects that develop and deploy these cross-cutting technologies right here in Queensland and we will also create an Artificial Intelligence hub,” she said.
“I want this state to be leading the world in applying these platform technologies to boost both existing and emerging industries.”
Ms Jones addressed local business groups and industry leaders at a local innovation forum on 19 June at the Strathpine Community Centre, attended by Innovate Moreton Bay.
Regional Innovation Coordinator Steve Butler presented on ARIP, the government-led initiative funding Innovate Moreton Bay, and what it means for local business and the overall innovation ecosystem.
ARIP encourages innovation across Queensland and supports local economies to create jobs for regional Queenslanders, with an aim to turn regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise.
For Innovate Moreton Bay, this is achieved by collaborating with existing groups such as Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay, delivering a leading series of workshops including the Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series in collaboration with Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT), and showcasing the region at landmark events such as Myriad.
For more information on Innovate Moreton Bay, visit the official Facebook page . It also holds regular social catch-ups on the third Wednesday of every month at North Lakes Sports Club.
According to the Innovation Minister, Regional Queensland will be a major focus in developing new technology, with the Regional Internet of Things (RIoT) Program to fund local projects helping local business, communities and councils to trial the use of connected devices on farms, in factories and in towns.
“We will also help regional businesses to engage with the digital economy and innovation, learning new skills and to how to work together to grow through ideas,” Ms Jones said.
“We will also help local startup hubs across the state, with additional support to our Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP), which has partners working together to harness innovation all over Queensland.”
The Australian first Hot DesQ program, which attracts startups from interstate and overseas to come to Queensland to share their connections and experience with local startups, will be extended for a further two years.
Minister Jones said the new investment of $50 million towards advanced technologies (like artificial intelligence and robotics) was additional to the $73 million in election commitments for Advance Queensland, including support for:
The next Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series will be held on Friday, 10 August at Redcliffe Leagues Club, and will feature a panel discussion with Shark Tank Australia’s Steve Baxter. Tickets on sale now!
Pictured top: Regional Innovation Coordinator, Innovate Moreton Bay, Steve Butler with Dickson candidate Ali France, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development the Honourable Kate Jones MP, and other presenting/associated partners.