Public Sphere Melbourne - Australian ICT & Creative Industries

Early draft notes from the Public Sphere in Melbourne with thanks to Donna Benjamin and Christopher Hire [Executive Director, innovation analysts – 2thinknow].

UPDATE: Relevant ideas, links and editing of the ideas below are now being updated on Senator Lundy’s Wiki website:

This page is for reference only.

Christopher Hire’s slides on Innovation Cities can be found at:

Reference Notes from Event.


  • Technology Future Forward
  • Startups & Creative Industries on a Digital Island
  • Infrastructure Enabling the Future Economy

Initial draft, to be tidied up in the wiki – spelling mistakes et al.

1. Public Sphere – Melbourne Island

3. 1: What would be good policy in technology for 2012, 2015, 2025?
4. 1: What would be good policy for startups and creative industries for 2012, 2015, & 2025?
6. 1: What can we do about infrastructure 2012, 2015 and 2025?

1.1. Technology group
1. 8: don’t think google killer,

1.3. What would be good policy in technology for 2012, 2015, 2025?
1. 10: incubator progam needed that works. No P taken. Business acxcelerator
2. 5: Government policy on telecommunications devices (mobile) to maintain technology standards to foster commerial innovation
3. 4: 2012 – establish a series of publicly operated state based business accelerators for new technologies & companies based on world best practice eg., the business incubators at cambridge ubi uk, sophia antipodies france, austin us, etc.
4. 8: treat telcoms as a utility.. electricity is electricity.. why is internet not internet
5. 9: 2012 policy toward level playing fields for access to affordable high speed internet that isn’t related to a persons location, could this be addressed even before we have an NBN?
6. 5: National Broadband Digital Applications Lab – to assist Australian startups develop and commercialise new applications i.g. remote medical applications, games, educational, entertainment, enabeling rural and regional business
7. 9: 2012 better policies related to green IT in teerms of government themselves and incentives for the private sector
8. 10: immersive 3d environments – And 4d.. .time based (for online trading systems etc)

1.4. What would be good policy for startups and creative industries for 2012, 2015, & 2025?
1. 8: collaboration,what are creative industries? current & or new/
2. 8: CIs in 2025 encoirage local stff to stay local
3. 11: need to develop the supply chain for the creaqtive industries – education is critical. currently too much focus on training consumers of technology – rather than creators of technology
4. 8: is it about funding ? training?
5. 8: how do you develpop things which rise above the noise?
6. 8: what kind of policy to get value add you cpuldn’t create in other ways
7. 8: awsom policies to go with new awsom world
8. 9: policies focused on the infrastructures in our cities, towns etc. where creatives and startups etc. can ‘do what they do’ organically…??
9. 8: oseing focused collabration – ow can policy achieve this?
10. 8: HECS tp fnding scheme
11. 9: would more government/local funded creative/.startup incubators be encouraged?
12. 8: suppor risk shaing for things like tangential ideas

1.6. What can we do about infrastructure 2012, 2015 and 2025?
1. 6: the government should take more responsebility of the roads and train systems. It should not only be a private companies responsebility. Because in the end the general public is useing thouse systems.
2. 9: work backwards from the consumer/transport user experience for policy/infrastructure systems etc
3. 9: should we focus on fast trains (as an example/analogy) that take 3 hours to get to sydney running twice a day or trains that take 6 hours but run every 30 minutes or less?
4. 9: re: mobgreen infrastructure etc. smart sensors, smart tech in cars et, houses etc.
5. 6: @3 bouth is possible. Fast trains that run frequently even for example from Frankfurt to Paris(5h) and that are fast. it is just a matter of proper planning and willing to implement it.
6. 9: houses, business, buildings, vehicles infrastructure goes beyond roads and rails, some of the ways we communivcated and collaborated today point to the types of infrastructures we should be encouraging and investing perhaps
7. 9: oops that wasconfuising ^^
8. 9: what imeant was our energy infrastructure should incorporate the harvesting of energy from vehicles, houses, buildings etc.
9. 8: pln for renewble clean energy provision, so that engery requiremnts of porjecs ae removed
10. 8: be couragious in forward plannning fro infrastructure.. te demand may not yet exist at time of build.. but think beond the electoial terms
11. 9: we need to disconnect ourselves from a communications infrastruture that for the person at home is reliant on a telstra exchange… this might be the most important element of the NBN??