Monday 11 April 2016
Bega Valley Shire Council is proud to support Australia’s first Regional Innovation Week.
A dynamic program between April 27 and May 3 around Merimbula and Bega will highlight the opportunities and entrepreneurial community already at play in this stunning natural environment.
Council’s sponsorship of the week is in line with the organisation’s Economic Development Strategy, which is positioning the Shire at the forefront of this emerging way of working and living.
The roll out of the National Broadband Network really drives these opportunities and Bega Valley Shire Council has been actively supporting the NBN works program so that towns large and small can make the most of this new technology.
“Infrastructure like the NBN gets business people and entrepreneurs from outside Bega Valley contemplating a move here,” Bega Valley Mayor Michael Britten said.
“We have the environment and community they crave, Innovation Week points to the fact that we are also building the means by which a digital economy can work here.”
Council also has a proud history of education and learning in this field, building capacity within the local population.
The Tech Savvy program running through the Shire’s libraries has helped hundreds of people of all ages come to terms with the economic and creative potential of their computers and digital devices. The sold out iPad movie making workshop at Bega Library this week (April 14) is a great example of that.
“We welcome the energy and drive from people like Liam O’Duibhir and his team at 2pi Software and Into IT Sapphire Coast,” Cr Britten said.
“Council is working at matching the drive and passion of those tied to Innovation Week with the foundation needed by “Start Up’s” and their families.”
For a full program of events around Innovation Week go to www.begainnovation.com.au
Photo: Coding Night participants at the Bega Co Working Space (CoWS) eagerly awaiting Regional Innovation Week.