Australian Education City and its Innovation Districts will be underpinned by trusted project partners.
Each project partner and industry multinational has informed and shaped our Innovation District model. We have secured their ongoing support to act as ‘anchors’ to drive industry specific clusters and to bring existing networks of associated firms and service providers.
Key partners who have shaped our Innovation District models include:
R&D, Technology and Innovation
IBM – For over 80 years, IBM has been working to solve some of the biggest issues facing Australia and New Zealand. Today IBM is helping doctors diagnose disease, predict the latest fashion trends and create better services for citizens. IBM Research – Australia is one of IBM’s 12 global research labs. Opened in 2011, the Lab combines both research and development. IBM Research have worked closely with Australian Education City to understand business and innovation opportunities and how solutions can be applied in the marketplace.
In conjunction with Cisco, Honeywell and Telstra, IBM will support Australian Education City to conceive, design and build the world’s first cognitive city to transform communities through health and life sciences, analytics, resource management and services.
CISCO – Founded in 1984, Cisco has grown to a global company with 72,000 employees. Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for people, customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners to become the worldwide leader in networking – transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Spearheading nine Innovation Centres around the world, Cisco will be a key partner that underpins our innovation and technology precincts, and cognitive city initiatives.
HONEYWELL – As a Fortune 100 company, Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanisation. We are uniquely positioned to blend physical products with software to support connected systems that improve homes, buildings, factories, utilities, vehicles and aircraft, and that enable a safer, more comfortable and more productive world. Our solutions enhance people's quality of life around the globe and create new markets and even new industries. The inclusion of Honeywell in the Australian Education City partnership underpins our goal to create the world’s first cognitive city through its leadership in creating hardware and systems to help our communities connect with the Innovation District.
Economics, Education and Public Affairs
PWC – PwC is one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, bringing the power of its global network of firms to help Australian businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments assess their performance and improve the way they work. Having grown from a one-man Melbourne accountancy practice in 1874 to the worldwide merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in 1998, PwC Australia now employs more than 7,000 people.
PwC’s team come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds, including arts, business, accounting, tax, economics, engineering, finance, health and law. From improving the structure of the Australian health system, to performing due diligence on some of Australia’s largest deals, and working side-by-side with entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, PwC have brought a unique combination of knowledge and passion to address the challenges and opportunities Australian Education City affords for our communities.
Design & Planning
JACOBS – Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services, including all aspects of architecture, engineering and construction, operations and maintenance, as well as scientific and specialty consulting. With 54,000 employees in 230+ locations around the world, Jacobs serve a broad range of companies and organisations, including industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets and geographies.
Jacobs is Australian Education City’s lead design consultant for our proposed Innovation District at the 412 hectare East Werribee Employment Precinct site. Over the course of 3.5 years, Jacobs has applied its design expertise to create a masterplan with everyday Victorians at the heart of each precinct.
URBIS – Urbis is a leading design and advisory organisation that advises developers, property owners, investors, private firms, NGOs, community groups and industry associations across property, design, construction, research, economic analysis, valuations and transactions. As a key partner, Urbis has helped to guide our design and masterplan through advising our team on complex planning approvals, property market and economic analysis and research around market forces. This advice has provided Australian Education City with an opportunity to rigorously evaluate its policies and strategies to validate our Innovation Districts model.