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    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    New Chair to boost state’s potential in digital innovation

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    New Chair to boost state’s potential in digital innovation

    Queensland is leading the way in creating jobs through a thriving digital economy with the appointment of a Chair in Digital Economy to drive innovation by forging links between business, academia and government.

    Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the new PwC Chair in Digital Economy, the result of a partnership between the Queensland Government, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Brisbane Marketing, will champion digital innovation for Queensland.

    “This is an Australian first and one of the few positions of this kind in the world,” Ms Enoch said, ahead of the official launch tonight.

    “It’s exciting because it will make the right connections to help the Palaszczuk Government deliver on its vision to create jobs of the future.

    “The PwC Chair in Digital Economy will play a valuable role in helping to integrate academia, business and government to create innovative solutions in the 21st century economy.”

    PwC research shows innovation and digital technologies together have the potential to increase Australia's productivity and raise GDP by 3.5 per cent and $136 billion over the next 20 years.

    “We recognise the potential of the digital economy and we know that the jobs available to our children and our grandchildren will be in areas that we cannot even imagine today,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Creating this position is a step towards these jobs and shows the state’s commitment to embracing digital innovation.”

    PwC Innovation and Digital Ventures Lead Partner Trent Lund said the partnership between academia, government and business would create a greater focus on collaboration.

    “The focus on this position is to base research and solutions on the specific needs of an organisation and industry,” Mr Lund said.

    “It will help streamline our economy and turn digital age challenges into digital age opportunities.”

    The PwC Chair in Digital Economy is funded by PwC, the Queensland Government, Brisbane Marketing and the Queensland University of Technology.

    QUT Associate Professor Robert Perrons has been appointed as the interim Chair, with the position expected to be filled in coming months.

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