Ignite SA to Connect Adelaide’s app developers with the world

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Adelaide has officially become the first city outside of the United States join the US Ignite network, connecting local applications developers with global businesses.

A partnership between the State Government and the University of South Australia, Ignite SA will support start-ups to develop new and innovative apps that appeal to local, national and global markets, using South Australia’s GigCity high-speed internet network.

UniSA’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) and Information Strategy and Technology Service Department (ISTS) will provide community and technical leadership and support to entrepreneurs and start-ups to engage, collaborate and explore new ideas for businesses.


US Ignite is a not-for-profit group devoted to fostering the development of next-generation applications that provide transformative public benefit, using new technologies like software defined networks and cloud computing.

The State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US Ignite in 2016 to establish Adelaide as the first non-US city partner, linking to a growing and sustainable ecosystem of smart gigabit city testbeds and applications across 15 communities in the US.

UniSA will work closely with Microsoft’s Innovation Centre South Australia (MIC), Optus, Cisco and eResearchSA to provide early stage start-upsand entrepreneurs with both the community support and access to technology they need to get their gigabit application ideas up and running.

Adelaide is the first GigCity in Australia to offer ultra-fast internet speeds of up to 1 gigabits­ per-second across 14 key innovation precincts. More: http://gigcity.com.au/

Quotes attributable to Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher

Ignite SA will focus on the creation of new ideas, the incubation of start-ups, the growth of small to medium enterprises, and engagement with industry and the community.

Adelaide is one of the most connected cities in the world thanks to this landmark agreement between the South Australian Government and US Ignite, giving South Australian companies the opportunity to collaborate with US companies and research organisations across its fifteen city network.

This strategic partnership will provide a vibrant environment of enterprise and engagement delivering tangible opportunities for South Australians to lead innovation and economic growth across the country and the world.

With ultra-fast internet, entrepreneurs and start-ups can develop leading-edge ideas that will drive economic development, create new jobs and position South Australia as a world-leader in a rapidly evolving innovation economy.

Quotes attributable to UniSA Vice Chancellor David Lloyd

As Australia’s university of enterprise, we are committed to engaging with researchers industries and individuals to explore opportunities for innovation in the information and technology sector.

We are thrilled to have further cemented our partnership with the State Government with the appointment of the ICC and our Information Strategy and Technology Services Department as the Community and Technology Leaders for Ignite SA.

We are looking forward to continuing to promote our city as a smart, globally connected place to do business.

Quotes attributable to US Ignite Chief Operating Officer Joe Kochan

Solving society’s most vexing problems requires global thinking and collaboration.

That’s why we’re pleased to have our first international city and university, Adelaide and UniSA, join the Smart Gigabit Communities program.

Adelaide’s participation in this program will put South Australia at the forefront of technical research, innovation, and creative development, and will further enable Adelaide to take advantage of its many digital assets.

This program will accelerate the development of next-generation applications that will profoundly impact how South Australians live work, and learn while building a critical mass of hyper-connected communities which will have ripple effects to the South Australian economy.