Polytechs, economic development agencies, CRIs and businesses are coming together within the new Mosaic Innovation Network, an initiative of international NGO the Future Cities Institute.
Unitec, Waikato Institute of Technology, Wellington Institute of Technology, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Otago Polytechnic will be founding partners, collaborating with the likes of Microsoft New Zealand, Agitavi International and Synapsys as well as Industrial Research Limited and economic development agencies to identify digital opportunities through research and match them with technology, technical skills and people.
Its main focus is on information and communications technology, with additional focus on digital enablement in sectors such as health, construction, government, and non-profits.
By bringing local enterprises, students, researchers and digital experts together and executing via internships, research and projects, the Future Cities Institute’s chief executive Malcolm Fraser says the Mosaic network has the potential to boost New Zealand's competitiveness on a global scale.
“No single organisation can do it all, and with multiple technology businesses and institutes in New Zealand doing similar work, there is a huge opportunity to work together,” he says.
Unitec chief executive and Mosaic chairman Dr Rick Ede says the network’s goal is to see increased numbers of student ICT internships and industry projects, and more applied research projects industry funded by technology transfer vouchers.
The Mosaic network will be holding information sessions at ICT industry group meetings throughout June and July, starting in Wellington.