Our mission is that Australia become a nation of smart people building a new world that exploits technology for the benefit of all.
· Create a network of innovation hubs called Future Centres.
· Develop a highly educated population with suitable skills in technology, with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.
· To attract and retain people and companies with highly developed skills in the new technologies.
· Exploit the new technologies of AI and robotics to improve the livability of our towns.
· Attract corporate and government funding for a Future Centre, incubators and start-ups in Australia.
· Develop an Future Centre pilot to test and develop the idea of a technology hub and network.
· Create appropriate programs, events and workshops designed to benefit both individuals and the community.
· Make hi-tech tools available to all members of the community.
· Business sponsorship
· Government grants
· Monthly membership fees
· Fees from access on a day-by-day basis
Client’s motivations to engage
· Gaining employment skills
· DIY or making things
· Learning new personal skills
· Social interaction
Future Centre will provide
We will help bridge the digital divide between the young and the not so young by providing an informal learning environment driven by projects not curriculum.
Specifically it will provide:
· access to a wide variety of tools and technology
· access to people with skills in the use of technology
· access to space to craft and assemble projects
· access to an open space to engage and collaborate with others
· outreach to the community
· liaison between different stakeholders
Thye Future Centre will provide opportunities for people and mentors to collaborate regardless of geographic location and to creatively problem solve and innovate. This can be achieved using two main strategies: virtual collaborative spaces and telepresence, to provide rural youth and their communities access to the Future Centre. A component of the model will utilize telepresence for more focused one-on-one collaboration with experts and mentors in the physical space. Two new technologies will be used to create distance-based social interactions between learners and mentors, namely, VR and robotic remote control.