Melbourne’s Innovation Districts were launched a few years ago, but the impacts of COVID-19 have added urgency to having places to trial new ways of urban living.
Digital technology is being used to improve rice processing in Nigeria.
Digital technologies have created new opportunities for businesses in sub-Saharan Africa, but they must be aimed at meeting the sub-continent’s needs.
Small businesses around Africa should be benefiting from e-commerce.
E-commerce companies should deliberately build systems that are structured to provide supportive business environments for small and medium enterprises.
Jobs are in the city centre, but population growth is in the west, resulting in long, slow commutes.
The population growth is in the west, but most of the jobs are still in the city centre. Three major development proposals could help reshape Melbourne in ways that help overcome this costly mismatch.
The trend in establishing start-ups, collaboration and “freelancing” contributed to the growing market of co-working and virtual spaces.
The growth of creative hubs is good for innovation but it may also widen a digital and economic divide in Indonesia.
There are some cities which score highly in both measures of the innovation index, like Hobart.
Innovation is focused on regional centres that have research and development institutions, but more than 150 regional areas have potential to match this innovation, research finds.
Central Queensland University and James Cook University are part of the Townsville City Deal signed by three tiers of government in December 2016.
Universities can lead the way in creating opportunities for the economic development of regional cities and outer metropolitan areas under new City Deals.
No, it’s not Melbourne or Sydney.
Any government policy focused on innovation must recognise the importance of proximity.
John Howland and Dr Mark Bilandzic, winners of the Digital Media mashup award in the Libraryhack 2011 at The Edge, State Library of Queensland.
Innovation precincts are great, but what Australia really needs is a creative space that brings thinkers and doers together to help spark start-ups.
International experience highlights five areas that present profitable lessons for Australia.
More than 60 Australian government reports have identified direction, planning and leadership as keys to creating an innovative nation. Here’s five things other countries have done to lead the way.
Bicycles fueling change in Kenya.
An advocate for the power of innovation to improve the world offers some cautions.
Yes, libraries have a place and function - but academics and researchers can get along just fine without them.
Libraries are warm, dry and safe spaces with free Internet, which many people need. But academics and researchers in the 21st century can get along very well without them.
Any successful ranking system must shine a light on African universities’ different priorities.
It is crucial that institutions around Africa do not shy away from robust and critical debate while continental university rankings take shape.
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Start-ups have always found it hard to navigate compliance requirements, but this time regulators are listening.
Science incubator with food.
Science has often come to the rescue when it comes to the world’s big problems, be it the Green Revolution that helped avoid mass starvation or the small pox vaccine that eradicated the disease. There…
There’s no one recipe for creating ‘innovation hubs’ but Australia can look to some of the success stories for answers.
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Silicon Valley is a bit like the ancient city of Babylon. A confluence of the right geography, right timing, and the right mix in the melting pot allowed them both to thrive. Even the mythological status…
It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with it.
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Most agree that it’s worth knowing more about the world and everything in it. Research, in that sense, is intrinsically valuable. But for pragmatic governments, intrinsic scientific or scholarly worth…
Labor’s jobs package provides its future direction for industry for the first time; but can it deliver, and more importantly, will it survive political opposition?
Labor has finally delivered the detail of its much-awaited vision for shaping Australian industry beyond the mining boom. But will it deliver? In a two part series, UWA Professor Tim Mazzarol examines…
The Gillard government’s Industry and Innovation Statement aims to revive an ailing manufacturing sector and address Australia’s flagging productivity.
While its launch in the heat of election battle was hardly propitious, the federal government’s new Industry and Innovation Statement, A Plan for Australian Jobs, is the long-awaited result of a serious…
Innovation hubs, such as this one in Florida, are seen as one way to encourage industry and public sector partnerships.
Peak body Universities Australia has criticised the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce for understating the value of basic research as a contributor to innovation. The Taskforce has recommended that…