The Sunshine Coast has all of the key ingredients required to support an innovative and thriving tech industry. These include game-changing infrastructure, a supportive business and investor community, local government committed to innovation, talent and education pathways. This, coupled with the region’s enviable lifestyle, is seeing the Sunshine Coast emerge as a future tech hub and offers myriad opportunities for the tech industry as well as tech-enabled business. 

The newly formed Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance (SCTechIA) will focus on priorities that build industry capacity; drive local tech jobs; encourage member collaboration to compete nationally and internationally; and to provide a united voice for the tech industry in the region. 

SCTechIA evolved out of cybersecurity market sounding report lead by the Sunshine Coast Business Council in 2020.

Find out more at sctechia.com.au

2032 Olympic Games opportunities

Technology will undoubtedly play a part in the 2032 Olympic Games in the form of specialised sports technology and potentially e-sports. The Sunshine Coast has already invested heavily in attracting major sporting events, sports infrastructure and education.  We already have a strong foundation to host an event such as this with our SEQ partners. 

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    • Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance
    • Sunshine Coast Council Economic Development
    • Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson
    • NEXTDC
    • RTI
    • GoLogic Group
    • SunCoast Angels investor network
    • Silicon Coast Innovation Network
    • Jonas Software

Sunshine Coast tech capability

The Sunshine Coast is home to a diverse and innovative tech ecosystem that recognises tech goes across all industries. Increasing the tech capability of our region will ensure that all of the Sunshine Coast’s major industries are able to innovate and participate globally, and at speed.  Hear from a number of local tech businesses who are leading the way nationally and globally from their Sunshine Coast base. The local tech industry is supported at all levels, including a number of organisations that are using tech to differentiate themselves in the market.

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    • Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance
    • Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson
    • Raider Targetry
    • University of the Sunshine Coast – Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • The Urban Institute
    • GoLogic
    • SunCoast Angels venture capital network

Game-changing infrastructure

A local government strategy of focused infrastructure investment has led to a number of game-changing infrastructure projects being implemented within the Sunshine Coast region.

These projects include:

Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network

Sunshine Coast Council is the first local government in Australia to secure investment in an international submarine cable. The Sunshine Coast submarine cable is only the second landing site on the east coast providing critical infrastructure not just for the Sunshine Coast but also Australia.   Providing redundancy, diversity for customers, reduced latency that can connect Queensland business and consumers directly to international markets.  

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Maroochydore CBD  

The new Maroochydore City Centre has been designed to embrace extensive use of technology to create a cleaner, greener, and dynamic city centre.  It will also provide state-of-the art office space/venues for business.  

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Sunshine Coast Airport  

The completion of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project in June 2020 has greatly improved access to the region nationally and will provide increased accessibility to international markets.  This significant infrastructure project will further enhance our national and global connections not only for tourism but also for business and freight.  

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    • Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance
    • Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson
    • Legion Telecom
    • RTI
    • Silicon Coast Innovation Network

The Sunshine Coast tech ecosystem

The Sunshine Coast is home to a dynamic and collaborative tech and innovation ecosystem that is well-connected and actively supports new business, start-ups and scale-ups.

The Sunshine Coast is a recognised leader in the establishment of industry innovation clusters and business networks. The Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance is the latest such association to form, and will be actively working to build the local industry capacity.

Local businesses talk about their experience with, and contribution to, the ecosystem:

    • Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance
    • Sunshine Coast Economic Development
    • The Urban Institute
    • University of the Sunshine Coast – Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    • Raider Targetry
    • Silicon Coast Innovation Network
    • ENTAG

→ View the innovation ecosystem map

An incubator for tech talent

The pandemic has fast-tracked the uptake of technology and the digitisation of business. No longer do individuals need to work in the major cities. It is possible to enjoy the beaches, lifestyle and the natural assets of the Sunshine Coast, whilst still competing on a national and global scale. And while the region is benefiting from a post-COVID-19 “brain-gain”, with a marked increase in migration from capital cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, our leaders and educators, like University of the Sunshine Coast and TAFE Qld, are focusing on upskilling our local talent and local business.

At the secondary education level, the Sunshine Coast is now the premier location for robotics education in Australia and a number of secondary schools are offering leading STEM programs.

Sunshine Coast Council is working closely with our education providers to:

    • Ensure a source of sustainable growth and provide high-skilled, high-value job opportunities for our community. 
    • Create career pathways for our young people so they can study and work on the Sunshine Coast.

Featured:

    • Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance
    • University of the Sunshine Coast – Scholl of Science, Technology & Engineering
    • Interviews with local graduates
    • RoboCoast
    • Chancellor State College – Science & Engineering
    • Silicon Coast Innovation Network

Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance

Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance (SCTechIA) was formed to bring the Sunshine Coast tech industry together, showcase the local capability and advocate for further growth opportunities for the sector.

SCTechIA evolved out of a cybersecurity market sounding report lead by the Sunshine Coast Business Council in 2020.

The formation of SCTechIA also highlights how crucial technology is to all seven of council’s identified high-value industries.

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    • The Urban Institute
    • Secure Access
    • SunCoast Angels investor network

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