The rapid advancement of technology, especially online technology, presents a multitude of challenges and opportunities. Its something I am keenly aware of as I do business with a wide range of organisations whilst also trying to launch new ideas and applications into the marketplace.
I consider myself to be pretty conversant in the latest happenings in the digital world, but even I have to ask around at times or risk missing opportunities. So I can’t even imagine how the average business owner, marketing manager or government agency must feel trying to keep up with such a rapidly changing environment.
The roll-out of the National Broadband Network only increases the need for knowledge in order to understand its implications and opportunities.
What we desperately need is someone who can help connect the dots.
- Someone neutral and knowledgeable who can point us in the right direction.
- Someone who is talking to government agencies and knows where funding is available.
- Someone who can help advise organisations about putting together good tenders and inviting the right people to pitch.
- Someone passionate enough about the industry and region to identify opportunities and help them to fruition
- Someone who can help provide training options to those who need it.
Fortunately in Newcastle we now have that someone, Gordon Whitehead aka @the_git.
And that brings me to a significant announcement. After 6 years at Sticky, Gordon is moving to a new role that has evolved from his founding of The Lunaticks. The project is called Digital Newcastle and Gordon will be doing all the above and more.
He’ll be connecting the dots between government, government agencies, local business, education, start-ups, digital agencies and services providers.
To be clear: this is a new role with a different organisation and totally independent of Sticky.
I’ll be signing on as a sponsor of Digital Newcastle and I encourage other agencies to sign on as well. Collectively we’ll all benefit from this initiative and it will only be truly effective if the right dots are being connected.
I’d like to congratulate to Gordon on this exciting new role. Already he has garnered considerable support from local government and business groups, and I urge all Newcastle and Hunter businesses and agencies to support him so he can help the entire region flourish in this burgeoning digital economy.