The Paris and Rome of tomorrow will probably be cities other than Paris and Rome. That’s because the digital economy is fundamentally transforming urban regions around the world, and it will all move huge amounts of data as it does so. The size of a city no longer matters like it once did—in fact, smaller cities can more easily pivot if they make the right decisions at the right time. Chattanooga, Tennessee did just that, emerging from its own ashes to become one of the tech-friendliest hubs in the US.
Meanwhile, Adelaide has been a second-tier manufacturing city in decline for a few decades, so why does it suddenly have Elon Musk’s attention? Because Adelaide is transforming to meet the future by focusing on its knowledge base and digital infrastructure. Adelaide reached its 2025 renewable-energy targets in 2016, while leapfrogging other Australian cities to join Chattanooga in the GigCity program. With Adelaide as its nexus, South Australia too, can become a gateway to innovation. At this week’s METal, see what factors are shaping Adelaide’s transformation, and get a glimpse of what’s next.
Southern Californian entrepreneur Tom Hajdu's work intersects creativity, innovation and leadership, and he now serves as Chief Innovator for South Australia. He recently traveled to the White House with the Minister of Innovation to attend the signing of the MOU between South Australia and US Ignite, making South Australia the first city outside the US to join the Smart/Gig City Initiative. Tom is also CEO of Disrupter, a strategic innovation incubator which is currently launching a broad new networking system. Previously Tom co-founded tomandandy, which he built into one of the largest music production companies in the world. As CEO, he helped reshape the role of music in the film, television and advertising industries by introducing a new process that lowered music production costs to a fraction of previous levels while improving creative quality.Join Report
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