The 2nd May saw the launch of information technology and digital innovation industry group, Central Coast SMART it Inc.
The launch was attended by about seventy people associated with IT and related businesses and was held at the Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford.
Central Coast SMART it Inc. was formed out of a similar group, Coastal Connexions, that has been meeting informally each month for the past few years.
Coastal Connexions was set up by CCBR Editor Edgar Adams, investor Tim Willcox, thought leader and innovator Patrick Spedding and well known digital guru David Abrahams to bring together what is a very diverse grouping of people who live and operate their businesses on the Central Coast.
The founders of two established local start-ups were the guest speakers at the launch
Women on Boards co-founder and Managing Director, Ms Claire Braund, who told the group how she had got the idea to start a network of women seeking to become company directors. Based in Gosford Women on Boards now has a worldwide membership of 23,000 women.
Graeme Johnston who has recently established a telecommunications business Central Telecoms aimed at providing a personalised service to users of telecommunications systems with an emphasis on Broadband services.
Tim Willcox gave a brief history of the genesis of Coastal Connexions and Edgar Adams ran through a brief history of Gosford over the past 40 years and some of the innovative businesses that local business leaders were responsible for establishing.
Mr Abrahams said Gosford was perfectly placed to be the innovation capital of the nation. “Gosford is the perfect place for innovation,” he said.
“Gosford is an affordable place for disruptive idea makers to live,” Mr Abrahams said, “and many innovators can enjoy the full force of fibre to premise NBN, which is an incredible advantage that Gosford has,” he said.