Technology the way forward for city's youth
NEW jobs are set to come from the digital economy and Ipswich is set to be positioned to maximise those employment opportunities.
That is the word from Ipswich City Council CEO Jim Lindsay who is excited about the upcoming digital hub to be located in the Ipswich CBD.
Mr Lindsay, who has visited the digital incubator in Chicago known as 1871 which hosts 250 digital start-ups, said the Ipswich incubator would be a jobs generator.
"There is an opportunity in the digital economy to grow jobs," Mr Lindsay said.
"One of the key jobs growth activities in the world is to use technology. That is where the new jobs are coming from.
"We are a young community (demographically) in Ipswich and getting younger every day, so we have a great growth opportunity in terms of jobs by becoming a digital city.
"We will provide the platform to allow innovation to take place."
Mr Lindsay said the incubator was not just about providing a vehicle for entrepreneurs with new ideas.
"It is about educating our community and involving everybody in the process," he said
"An incubator also provides an opportunity to learn about digital solutions to problems. It is also about helping with council's decision-making processes.
"There are a lot of digital technologies that can help us as a council make better decisions through the data we collect through digital activity."
While the new digital hub is an exciting development, Mr Lindsay said it had long been in the pipeline and the groundwork for its success was in place.
He said Ipswich had what he termed "really good bones" to set up a digital economy here.
"We have some really good networks in terms of NBN rollout," he said.
"We have a prime opportunity to reap the rewards of that and provide an opportunity for young people and the community to create new ideas and jobs."