"Barely any of the tech parks built to date in Australia have succeeded in terms of their original justification. They haven’t fostered innovation; they haven’t created links between academic researchers and start-ups; and they haven’t promoted productive partnerships between the firms located within them", Alan Davies from Crikey.
In fact, they have become avenues of real estate for sale or lease and they have set themselves apart from the community. The idea here is to build or re-purpose spaces that are smack in the middle of the community.
While a central bespoke iFuture Centre would be a great facility, it is envisaged that it will link to many "nodes" located across the region. They will be located in the communities they service. They will be designed to facilitate participation. Each node will be linked by high speed fibre to a central hub and to the internet. These nodes could be incubators, large and small makers spaces. Resources will be shared across the community.
Incubators of which there are more than 300 in the US, are increasingly drawing intellectual capital from around the world. Incubators can start small. Many started in garages, Apple and Microsoft come to mind.
The e-Tech Hub would link small incubator spaces in the community. They might look like two story townhouses. The lab (garage) would be on the ground floor and the innovator could live in the apartment on the first floor.
Modern technological research, whether it is in telemetry, robotics, AI, virtual reality or genetics does not require a lot of space such a foundery. What it really needs are the innovators
A smart city needs to attract smart companies. What attracted innovators to ‘silicon valley’ was the climate and the open spaces. Affordable real estate and a vibrant building industry could help make this happen. Both high-tech start-ups and establish tech companies would be invited to set up home here.
Wide Area Network
A smart city needs to high speed internet and lots of it. No room for copper here. This will require government investment. The infrastructure needed can not be financed by donations. The role of government is to provide infrastructure. We will be seeking government grants for the infrastructure.
Also, the larger firms can provide funds in exchange for affordable land, their presence in Australia’s silicon valley and access to an innovative community.