MTAiQ SPREADS THE INNOVATION MESSAGE TO REGIONAL QUEENSLAND
Supporting new ideas, concepts, entrepreneurs and businesses in the automotive space is the mission of MTAiQ, Australia’s first automotive innovation hub.
Established in 2017 by MTA Queensland, the MTAiQ has already provided assistance and guidance to numerous start-ups – including those working in retail, software and robotics – who have used the state-of-the-art office and workshop hub in Brisbane, as well as the expertise and knowledge of MTA Queensland staff, to hone and progress their ideas, their message and their business plans.
While MTAiQ has its base in Brisbane, its mission is to reach out and provide those services to every corner of the state and beyond. To fulfil that brief, the MTAiQ team have built relationships with government, academia and other innovation hubs and in August team members James Orr (Chief Technology Innovation Officer) and Nathan Nguyen (MTAiQ Community Manager), travelled to Mackay to visit Split Spaces, that city’s co-working and innovation hub, and a not-for-profit organisation which, like MTAiQ, is dedicated to supporting small businesses and start-ups.
The relationship with Split Spaces is intended to open opportunities for regional businesses and entrepreneurs to tap into the support and experience not only of that organisation but of MTAiQ, and it is one of the important first steps into developing a state-wide network of such connections.
“Split Spaces is a well-resourced, forward-thinking organisation and our association with them will give members in the area the opportunity to develop their ideas and concepts, and we are working on how we can run programs in parallel with Split Spaces and drive opportunities between both hubs that will benefit MTA Queensland members,” said James.
“We have engaged with a number of hubs across the southeast, but this is the first engagement of many we hope we have in the regions. Mackay is a great place to start and we will definitely be looking to link up with other hubs in Townsville and Cairns and then see what other opportunities are available across the state.”
The visit to Split Spaces included a presentation to guests on the mission of MTAiQ and, in particular, on the continued development of the Pegasus Flying Car Project – a project which MTAiQ backs through its support of NXG3N Robotics, the start-up business co-founded by Nathan and which is building the advanced VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle.
While the concept of flying cars may seem like science fiction, the technology is now well established with dozens of companies building such vehicles across the globe, and the Pegasus project was a catalyst for some enthusiastic discussion on technology, mobility solutions and how MTAiQ can help those looking to make a mark in that space.
It was a conversation that carried across to other engagements for the MTAiQ duo, with James and Nathan fitting in some media work while in Mackay, including being interviewed by the city’s Daily Mercury newspaper as well as appearing as guests on ABC Tropical North radio’s morning show.
“The flying car project captures the imagination and offers a great platform to engage with people, and it prompted some terrific debate and discussion about the future of mobility, autonomous technology and the future of the automotive industry” said James. “And that was part of the reason for the trip – to talk to people about the future, about technology and innovation, about the opportunities that will come with these developments, and also to make them aware what MTAiQ is all about and what we are doing, and can do, to support and encourage everyone to embrace this change.”
20 Sept 2018