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Innovation is in Canberra’s DNA, which is why companies around the world are choosing Canberra as the place to trial new ideas.
We embrace new business models and disruptive technologies. Our openness generates economic and jobs growth, attracts investment and creates a competitive edge.
Our single-tier, progressive government attracts companies keen to trial new technologies here. We’re not afraid of collaborating between the private sector, government and research institutions.
Innovators view Canberra as an advanced, forward-thinking city. Our achievements include becoming:
The city was designed in 1912 through an international competition to create ‘a city not like any other city in the world … an ideal city’.
From this foundation of design and vision, Canberra has continued its creative legacy. It’s known for:
Our guiding principles are inclusion, equity and sustainability. Canberra embraces:
Canberra’s innovators explore practical ways to achieve social, environmental, technological and economic wellbeing. We founded a unique collaborative model for the Canberra Innovation Network.
Our willingness to learn, grow and collaborate drives our success.
Canberra was named:
Find your place in a city brimming with innovative concepts, applications and the courage to make things happen.
World-leading Canberra firm, Seeing Machines, led the CANdrive automated vehicle project with support from the ACT Government. This work:
The ACT Government supported a world first city-wide trial of a residential virtual power plant. This reduced peak electricity grid demand.
A hydrogen trial is due to start in 2020. The pilot is one of the first of its kind in Australia. This trial will comprise:
The Wing drone delivery trialis testing small parcel delivery services in Canberra. Wing Aviation LLC (Wing) is helping the ACT and Australian Governments understand and respond to community attitudes to this new technology. They’re finding the best ways to accommodate drone delivery in our cities.
Factors in Canberra’s selection by Wing included:
Trials enable both government and the community to:
The successes of CANdrive and Wing are building Canberra’s global reputation as a great location for trials. We’re able to support complex interactions between companies, regulators and the community.