SA appoints chief advisor on innovation

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 06 June, 2017

SA appoints chief advisor on innovation

Innovation specialist and technology entrepreneur Dr Tom Hajdu has been appointed as South Australia's chief advisor on innovation.

Hajdu is CEO of Disrupter, a company focused on developing technologies that disrupt markets and usher in new innovations. He co-founded US music production company tomandandy.

Hajdu previously worked with the state government on establishing GigCity Adelaide, a $4.6 million project to bring gigabit broadband to 14 innovation precincts in the city.

As South Australia’s chief advisor on innovation, Hajdu will aim to encourage new technology start-ups to establish a base in the state. He will work with local industry, business leaders and other stakeholders to support the government’s efforts to attract national and international entrepreneurs to the state.

“Over the past 20 years, the internet has been an economic catalyst. It has enabled productivity growth, facilitated innovation and created new jobs. Across gig-enabled communities in the US, we have seen recent evidence of the next wave of digital innovation. Chattanooga in Tennessee is a perfect example of how high-speed internet has been an enabler of next-generation technologies,” Hajdu said.

“With GigCity, Adelaide is smashing the tyranny of distance. We now have a seat at the table to participate in global innovation, enabling the city to become a place where start-ups and entrepreneurs can start and develop new ideas and attract clients from all over the world.”

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