ACS’ latest high-tech collaboration space was officially launched in Melbourne last week.

Located at 839 Collins Street, the spacious Melbourne hub has a range of facilities available to ACS members.

ACS CEO, Andrew Johnson, said the new precinct in Melbourne continues to situate Australia as a technology trailblazer.

“We believe Australia can be a world leader in technology talent, and the Docklands hub is part of realising this vision,” he said.

“The hub creates a meeting place for Victoria’s technology community and gives entrepreneurs a venue to demonstrate their products to a broad audience, gain important insights and iterate throughout the development process.”

Complete with large touch screens, digital meeting rooms, bean bags, and a table tennis table, the new space combines contemporary working environments with traditional approaches to business.

Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs, Jane Garrett, launched the space alongside ACS President, Yohan Ramasundara.

Garret said the Melbourne Innovation Hub was very exciting for the Victorian tech sector.

“I’ve been talking to some of the big players who are members of ACS and they are thrilled about what it means,” she said.

“Innovation is one of the main areas where we’re going to drive for, not just the creation of jobs, but high-quality jobs – good paying, secure, and exciting jobs.

“To succeed in this space you really have to have a commitment to creating precincts and have good connections between start-up entrepreneurs and the more experienced players who are willing to give their expertise and time.”

According to Ramasundara, the new Melbourne hub takes an important step toward completing ACS’ strategies.

“We’re delighted to be able to contribute to Victoria’s vibrant technology scene,” he said.

“The opening of our Melbourne hub is also part of ACS’ commitment of being a catalyst for human capital development while helping the creation and adoption of emerging technologies.”

Nestled in the Docklands precinct with views out to the bay, into the city, and overlooking the Yarra, the hub defines ACS among Victoria’s most influential organisations.

Maria Markman, Chair of ACS Victoria, said she was excited to see how Melbourne’s thriving tech scene makes the most of its new environment.

“I see this office first of all as a space to bring not just our members but anyone who’s in the technology and start-up ecosystems together,” Markman said.

“This is an amazing space to come in and collaborate on projects or to showcase products that startups have been working on.”

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