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Federal Election: Labor promises $7.2m Digital Discovery Centre for WSU Bankstown

Western Sydney University’s new Bankstown campus will get a state-of-the-art Digital Discovery Centre if Labor wins the 2019 federal election.

The article was originally published on Canterbury-Bankstown Express, The Daily Telegraph, Author: Lawrence Machado

Blaxland federal Labor MP Jason Clare said today his party will spend $7.2 million on the world class centre at Bankstown, which is home to a sizable manufacturing sector.

This investment is part of Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.

Jason Clare: I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Picture: Jeremy Piper/AAP

Mr Clare said this sector is seeing a massive change because of technology and automation with the new centre making a big difference.

“I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future,” Mr Clare said.

Western Sydney University will build a new ‘vertical campus in the Bankstown CBD. Picture: Carmela Roche

The Digital Discovery Centre will be part of Western Sydney University’s vertical campus planned for Bankstown CBD .

“Australia’s workforce will continue to change into the future, but the Liberals have done nothing to plan for those changes or make sure workers and local students have the skills they need,” Labor candidate for the marginal seat of Banks, Chris Gambian said.

Labor candidate for Banks Chris Gambian. Picture: Carmela Roche

Dr Andy Marks. Picture: Damian Shaw

Dr Andy Marks, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, welcomed the funding promise.

“The Digital Discovery Centre will support south Western Sydney’s engagement with digital technologies. It’s an opportunity to leverage, rather than be destabilised by digital disruption,” Dr Marks said.

“It’s not just about digital technology. It’s about community and businesses thinking differently, collaborating, and innovating to solve the region’s challenges.”

Labor said its commitment to delivering the Digital Discovery Centre will support digital technologies and support capabilities enabling, development, prototyping and testing of technologies in areas including:

  • Industry 4.0 and industrial Internet of Things.
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Neuromorphic engineering (biology computational and electronic systems)
  • Collaborative robotics and automation.
  • Big data analytics and data visualisation.
  • Virtual and augmented reality.
  • Additive manufacturing.
  • Advanced sensing and haptics.
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Launch Pad kicks off The Global Tech Leader Series with the Managing Director of Amazon Web Services APAC

Western Sydney University Launch Pad presents The Global Tech Leader Series featuring Ed Lenta, Managing Director of Amazon Web Services APAC

As part of Launch Pad’s focus to transform Western Sydney to an innovation-driven future, we are bringing a host of successful Global Tech Leaders to Sydney’s West to share their stories.

Ed Lenta is a 7 year veteran of Amazon Web Services (AWS). As Managing Director of APAC, Ed is responsible for operations and growth for the 20 countries in the region.

At this event, Ed shared with us his personal journey and approach to the technology sector, advice and tips for startups and practical strategies for government and large organizations to approach the cloud, AI, and other technology changes presenting new opportunities, and new challenges.

Amazon is famous for running lean and efficiently, even at hyperscale. Ed shared the practical steps used to function like a startup, and maintain a fast pace of innovation and flexibility while operating with more than 600,000 employees worldwide.

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NAB has partnered with Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator

In a win for Western Sydney’s knowledge economy, National Australia Bank (NAB) has partnered with Western Sydney University’s award-winning Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator.

A significant investment in Launch Pad’s innovative projects is just one part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by NAB and the University. The partnership also includes plans for high-rise facilities at Parramatta Square and the development of a graduate program for NAB.

“Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad program has been instrumental in creating a tech start-up ecosystem embedded in Sydney’s west. NAB’s significant investment will translate into more award-winning businesses and ideas for the region,” said Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Holmes.

Anthony Healy, Chief Customer Officer – Business and Private Banking said employment pathways and work experience opportunities for Western Sydney University students at NAB will also be explored.

“Collaborating with academic bodies like Western Sydney University through the Launch Pad Business Incubator ensures we stay connected to the local community and continue to foster local entrepreneurship,” Mr Healy said.

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New Innovation Corridor to Power Western Sydney Entrepreneurs

Western Sydney University is launching the Innovation Corridor economic development strategy to drive the ambitious new development of commercial and research hubs across Western Sydney.

The Innovation Corridor Discussion Paper by Professor Donald McNeil will be launched at the Ideas Lab, on the University’s Parramatta South campus on Tuesday, October 27. The discussion paper was a collaborative partnership between Western Sydney University and Celestino – the development company behind the proposed Sydney Science Park.

The Innovation Corridor will stretch from Campbelltown to Hawkesbury, and include Badgery’s Creek Airport Precinct and the Western Sydney Employment Area. It will link the NSW Government’s designated North-West and South-West Growth centres.

The Corridor will provide sites for emerging industries, and spur growth in the accelerator model of business development, where angel investors, corporations, governments and universities provide seed money and mentoring.

To discuss the strategy and the release of the Innovation Corridor Research Paper, the Ideas Lab has gathered an informed audience and panel of industry, government and community leaders, including:

  • Professor Barney Glover, Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor
  • Lindy Deitz, General Manager of Campbelltown City Council
  • Professor Donald McNeill, Institute for Culture and Society and author of the Innovation Corridor Discussion Paper
  • Dr Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney
  • David Borger, NSW Business Chamber
  • John Vassallo, Sydney Science Park (Celestino)

The Ideas Lab will also provide a forum allowing audience members to have their say, through an online poll and real-time Twitter feeds.

The article was originally published on Canterbury-Bankstown Express, The Daily Telegraph, Author: Lawrence MachadoThe Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Development, Professor Scott Holmes, says the Innovation Corridor will provide much needed support for emerging and growing businesses in Western Sydney.

“Western Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most inventive entrepreneurs,” says Professor Holmes.

“By creating an innovation growth corridor spanning across Western Sydney, the University can act as a mechanism to connect start-ups to emerging and growing business in the health, automotive, education and social enterprise sectors, all key areas of strength in the west.”

“Digital and other start-ups in London are already looking further afield, such as locating in Croydon, south of the city. It’s time we start thinking about how to encourage new locations for our emerging digital activity and markets in Sydney – and Western Sydney makes perfect sense.”

John Vassallo says the paper shows there’s a unique opportunity to create a globally significant ecosystem of innovation in the region.

“The planned Sydney Science Park will be an integral element of this innovation ecosystem and we look forward to working with government, industry and academia to deliver this vision,” he says.

The article was originally published on Western Sydney University.