People, process, data, and things

Bringing innovative minds and diverse skill sets together.

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Innovation Central Sydney is a state-of-the-art collaborative community developing ingenious solutions for cloud, analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) network platforms. By creating an environment that fosters collaboration, small-to-medium enterprises, industry experts and researchers can develop original and inventive solutions through rapid prototyping and proofs-of-concept to solve real business problems.

  • Smart cities

    Utilising IoT devices like sensors, smart lights, and smart meters to gather reams of rich data which can be analysed to gain new insights.

  • Agriculture

    IoT solutions, data management and advanced analytics will improve remote connectivity and enhance decision-making for farmers and other primary industry participants.

  • Smart campus

    Smart campus will see UNSW Sydney expand connectivity and enhance efficiencies across security, lighting, energy utilisation and operating costs.

  • Foundation partners

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  • Department of Primary Industries logo
  • NSW farmers logo
  • University of New South Wales logo
  • Data61 logo

What differentiates ICS?

  • Proven partnerships

    Between corporate, SME, academic, research and government

  • Foundational technologies

    That enable secure IoT in agriculture, smart cities and transport

  • Customer-centric

    Prioritise projects, solutions with high customer impact and that are scalable across the market

  • Accelerated solution development

    Sprint projects that verify technical viability and provide good commercial insight


  • Startups & SMEs

  • Corporate

  • Government

  • Turn your idea into a reality, or change your thinking to move up in your field. By leveraging Innovation Central’s ecosystem of partners and taking an accelerated approach to digital transformation, we can help your organisation improve business outcomes by integrating, creating, testing and validating technology solutions.
  • We’ll help you look at old problems in new ways to come up with innovative solutions that maximise your competitive advantage. You’ll be able to utilise our existing infrastructure to develop new technology solutions that help you get ahead of your competitors.

  • Now is the time to support Australia in becoming a global leader in applied digital technology and collaborative, connected solutions in our cities, regions and across our dynamic agribusiness sector. Innovation Central aims to accelerate the Australian Government’s recently announced National Innovation and Science Agenda and turn great ideas into commercial reality.

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What next?

  • 1. Get in touch

    Tell us about your business, organisation or idea.

  • 2. Welcome

    If we’re a good fit we’ll be in touch to welcome you to Innovation Central

  • 3. Collaboration

    We’ll work together to get the most out of our partnership

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Our partners

Experience is showing us that collaborative innovation is bringing together capabilities and mindsets that would not otherwise be accessible if each of the founding partners worked in isolation. This ecosystem model is providing benefits for innovators on a daily basis – as new solutions emerge and new ventures navigate their way to markets.

  • With a rich history of co-innovation in the technology space, Cisco works with customers, partners, start-ups, universities and governments to turn bright ideas into real-world solutions. Cisco has always had innovation at its core, being at the forefront of every technology development that has emerged in the past 30+ years. But it also has unrivalled global scale and market reach, with the ability to deploy new technologies at pace.

  • CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s leading data innovation group which specialises in data science, engineering and design. Data61 works with corporates, government and academia as an applied R&D partner offering advisory services, deep research to inform decision making, proof of concepts, product and platform development and breakthrough technologies that can transform existing industries and seed new ones. As part of the CSIRO, Data61 offers deep domain expertise across a wide range of industries including safety and security, smart cities, personalised health and wellness, food provenance, machine learning, big data, IoT, regtech, fintech to data-driven government and more.

  • NSW Farmers represents the interests of farmers across all sectors of agriculture from grains, meat and dairy to horticulture and oysters, and is Australia’s largest and longest established farm body. In addition to providing policy representation, we work collaboratively with government and peak innovation providers to help ensure that farmers have access to the technology and skills they need to be competitive and sustainable in today’s dynamic economy. Our activities in the digital realm include the portal and collaborative innovation programs in supply chain logistics, precision agriculture, automation and energy efficiency. With our program partners, we are helping grow agriculture’s contribution to the Australian economy in ways that reflect the dedicated stewardship of our farmers and world’s best production and marketing practices.

  • NSW DPI works to increase the value of primary industries in NSW. NSW DPI invests $100M in around 1,000 projects annually. The department manages a broad range of initiatives from resource to industry, including natural resource management, research and development, pest and disease management, food safety, industry engagement, and market access and competition. To drive economic growth across NSW, DPI is focused on innovation that improves resilience and boosts productivity, sustainable use of and access to natural resources, and mitigating and managing risks to community and industry confidence.

  • UNSW Sydney has 52,000 students from 120 nations, and is ranked #1 in Australian Research Council funding ($68.3 million in 2014), ranked #1 in Australia for producing millionaires (and #33 globally), and ranked #1 in Australia for graduates who create technology start-ups. UNSW Engineering is ranked in the world’s top 50 engineering faculties and home to Australia’s largest cohort of engineering undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic and international students. It comprises of nine schools, 21 research centres and participates or leads 10 Cooperative Research Centres.


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