Encouraging digital innovation, investing in infrastructure and ensuring the community has the skills and capacity to embrace the digital revolution are the key features of a Draft Digital Action Plan launched today by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson.
At an event attended by dignitaries including local digital business leaders, the Draft Digital Action Plan was aptly launched amongst the new high-tech digital equipment at the University of the Sunshine Coast including the Oculus Rift, augmented reality and motion capture technology as well as 3D printers.
Mayor Jamieson said the draft plan provided an opportunity for people to learn and get involved in the digital community to further enhance their skills, and develop their personal and business opportunities and networks.
“All businesses, governments and individuals will be affected by digital disruption, therefore everyone has a role to play to respond to these challenges and opportunities,” he said.
“The Sunshine Coast already has a variety of highly talented and motivated businesses and individuals who are world leaders in their fields and impacting positively in the community using digital platforms, tools and techniques.”
The Digital Sunshine Coast: Draft Digital Action Plan for public consultation is one of the activities identified in the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy, and is a collaborative project driven by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast in partnership with a range of organisations and individuals.
RDA Sunshine Coast CEO Russell Mason said many of the projects and actions listed in the draft plan were already well underway, and were being led by collaborative partners such as the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast and the Institute for Professional Learning at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
“For example, the pilot CoderDojo Sunshine Coast program which is aimed at providing free coding workshops for children was fully subscribed within 24 hours, and three new workshops have just opened up for enrolment,” Mr Mason said.
“The success of the recent Startup Weekend at the Innovation Centre has led to future events including a dedicated Startup Weekend for Sunshine Coast Youth this October, a first of its kind in Australia.”
These events and many other initiatives are listed on the newly created Digital Sunshine Coast website, including a showcase of local digital champions in the region.
Mayor Jamieson summed up the positive sentiment at today’s launch event, highlighting that collaboration and consultation were critical.
“Together, we are building a digital Sunshine Coast, and we welcome you to play an active role and be part of the journey.”