While we’re talking futures this week, I fully support the move to create an Australian ‘Silicon Beach’ to rival California’s Silicon Valley and compete with the world’s leading digital economies.
Though I’m well aware that, at this stage, it is a distant dream.
On Friday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard held a forum on the Digital Economy where Google Australia’s MD, Nick Leeder, put the Silicon Beach idea straight to the PM.
I’d like to take it one step further and offer Bondi Beach as the location for a creative innovation hub.
Many Waverley Councillors support the move and the first baby step has been taken by offering Free Wi-Fi in Bondi Beach as of December. Yaaaahooo!
If you’re interested in this topic, perhaps hook up with like-minded people at Silicon Beach entrepreneur group (from whom I blatantly stole their cute logo above).
And if you’re not sure what the hell I’m talking about, here’s PM Julia Gillard’s opening speech at the Digital Economy Forum that provides an overview of the topic.