We were delighted to have Cr Hermann Vorster, a councillor who has grown up with technology, speak at the ITFGC Christmas party this past week. Sharing that he still was connected to his ‘inner geek’ and still codes, he updated the attendees on the various IT and business development on the Gold Coast.
As many know, the previous Council had some foresight to link a Light Rail System to Broadbeach to the Health & Knowledge Precinct (HKP). In this term, as was highlighted in the GC Bulletin weeks ago, Council has put aside $3.65million to lay 700 cores of data fiber to the HKP and then eventually up to Helensvale and then down to the airport. The Gold Coast will have more broadband capacity than Sydney and Melbourne combined here. This gives businesses the opportunity to do business with the rest of the planet better than any of the capital cities. There is also going to be a permanent data centre at the HKP with more data centre announcements in the future, though Cr Vorster could not disclose any detail.
The GCCC is also changing the way that procurement works. They will begin to take an “innovation based procurement model” whereby they will “describe the problem to the market and then leave it up to the market to leverage our [City of GC] technology to deliver an innovative solution.”
With many eyes on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cr Vorster shared ways that companies can leverage the opportunity. “There will be 3000 unaccredited journalists in the city. Every morning they wake up ‘unemployed’ needing a story and they need it to be a different as possible. There is a body of work being done by State government and Council connecting local identities and businesses with those journalists. If you have had some success, keep Council abreast of it.”
We had approximately 60 people attend the ITFGC and Friends Christmas party held at the KDV Sports complex this past week. Many enjoyed having a go on the driving range as well as taking a tour of the new complex and seeing the golf technology on hand. At the end of the event, we were delighted to give some door prizes and gift bags. The winners of the door prizes were:
- Rhondda Mayne, Amor Australian Property: $500 Bartercard Gift Voucher to be used with any Bartercard member company (donated by iPledg)
- Paul McIntyre, Secure ISS: $50 Yellow Fin Gift Certificate (donated by Big Blue Sky)
- Matt Riley, Empower Change Consulting: $50 Yellow Fin Gift Certificate (donated by Big Blue Sky)
- Kim Swiney, Griffith University: Bottle of Wine
- Ann Stevens, TAFE Gold Coast: Bottle of Wine
- Kent Plummer, VPN Solutions: GCRIT cap
I also want to acknowledge the sponsors who made the event possible: KDV Sports (awesome!), Halley Community Commerce, Crocodile Marketing, Ceberos Brokers (Insurance), Australian Computer Society, Smarter Technology Solutions, KuppingerCole Analysts, and Provest Law. A special thanks goes out to the Gold Coast City Council for their on-going support of the IT Forum.
I wish everyone a very safe, happy and health holiday season and that you have a prosperous start to 2017!
Dr Dion Klein, Chair