NSW Government and Industry to co-develop new mobile solutions

8 November 2011

The NSW Government will support consortiums to develop new mobile technology solutions to build the State's digital economy and improve the effectiveness of government services.

Applications open on 17 November for the second round of the Collaborative Solutions program.

"Earlier this year, 11 NSW consortiums were awarded incentive grants under Mobile Concierge, the first round of the Collaborative Solutions program, to develop new mobile solutions for the tourism and retail sectors," Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said.

"Today I'm pleased to announce a second round of the Collaborative Solutions program, called Mobile Government, which will provide up to $1 million over the next year to help consortiums develop new mobile solutions for our public sector.

"This program will accelerate development of new-to-market and significantly innovative mobile solutions that have significant potential for commercial success, job creation, and exports.

"Not only does this aim to support growth in our ICT sector but it will also drive innovation, service and productivity improvements in NSW Government agencies.

"Today's announcement is in keeping with our Simpler Services Plan, a commitment to ensure government services are easier to access, simple and offer real time, up to date information for NSW residents."

It is expected that between five and 10 projects will be supported, depending on consortium submissions.

The mobile solutions to be developed will be delivered either via mobile phones or tablet devices and could exploit features such as wireless broadband, mobile computing, mobile payments, location based services, augmented reality, mobile social media, or sensor technologies.

The new solutions will be matched and trialled with agencies within NSW Trade & Investment, which spans activities including economic development, primary industries, tourism and arts.

"Trialling the solutions with the government will provide consortiums with a low cost and low risk opportunity to fine tune and validate their technologies while providing a valuable and trusted reference site for promoting future domestic and international sales," Mr Stoner said.

"At the same time the government will gain early and cost effective access to innovative technologies that can improve the public sector by leveraging our ICT industry's agility, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

"Improvements delivered to the public sector could include better government-to-public or government-to-business interactions and may include reduced costs, faster processing, and more positive customer engagements.

"The aim is to provide long-term benefits for all stakeholders including the creation of valuable intellectual property, high-value jobs, digital economy capabilities, and more effective government delivery, all in NSW."

An industry briefing is planned for Thursday 17 November, with registrations required via the website.

This will be followed by an industry networking and pitching event on Thursday 8 December to help facilitate introductions, the exchange of ideas, and the formation of working consortiums.

Submissions for funding must be delivered to NSW Trade & Investment no later than 12 noon on 29 February 2012.

Proposals will be short-listed by an evaluation panel and then subjected to a further question and answer presentation session to determine successful applications, which will be announced in March 2012.