In great news for Melbourne and Australia’s flourishing technology sector, the Australian Computer Society last night officially launched a 2000 square metre innovation hub in Docklands.

A gathering of industry specialists, government representatives and esteemed guests were present for the opening of the hub, based at 839 Collins Street, including ACS president and former cricket umpire Yohan Ramasundara and the Victorian government’s parliamentary secretary for jobs, Jane Garrett.

Purpose-built to drive the development of what the ACS calls “digital communities”, it has a distinct Silicon Valley feel, featuring private workspaces, high-tech meeting rooms, large screens, an interactive media wall and a large game of Connect Four.

A view of ACS’ new hub in Melbourne. Pic: ACS

ACS CEO Andrew Johnson last night told Star Investing the organisation saw the space as a community centre for Melbourne’s technology and innovation sectors.

“Our belief is that digital precincts are the future,” he said. “You get people working together and you expedite your growth quicker.

“This hub will put a lot of talented tech people in the same area, with plenty of foot traffic, and gives space for collaboration to explore some of the big challenges of our time.

“It’s a place to call home for Melbourne’s technology and innovation community and we’re really excited to launch it.”

The hub’s facilities are available to ACS members along with industry and government partners. It will house over 150 tech professionals, and along with over 50 trades employed during the fit out, brings 200 jobs for Victoria.

It is set to be a boon for Australia’s flourishing tech industry, and should excite investors. The ASX offers exposure to around 230 small cap tech stocks that you can invest in right now.

 

This content is produced by Star Investing in commercial partnership with ACS.  This content does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.