Building an Innovation Hotspot

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Covers how to stimulate innovation and build new industries, and the role of future technologies.

How can you increase innovation at local levels and build new technology hotspots? Building an Innovation Hotspot outlines the approaches governments, communities and industry have used to stimulate innovation and examines the evidence behind them. It also identifies real-world examples where these approaches have worked and where they have failed. + Full description

As future industries will be built on new technologies – particularly digital technologies – the final chapters of this book consider how artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D printing might change not just where innovation occurs, but innovation itself. Stimulating innovation will be key to addressing our future needs in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and in tackling the all-pervasive impacts of climate change.

This is an essential book for anyone looking to build their local economy and compete in a more globalised world connected by the next wave of digital technology.

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Sales in Australia and New Zealand only. Elsewhere, this title is available through CRC Press [external link].


Paperback | June 2022 | $ 59.99
ISBN: 9781486316977 | 224 pages | 234 x 153 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ISBN: 9781486315253
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ISBN: 9781486315260
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  • Evaluates innovation policy and actions and considers real-world examples.
  • Looks at the future of innovation and the role of future technologies.
  • Provides an overview of recent policy trends in innovation and how they contribute to the creation of technology hotspots.
  • Identifies how governments, industry, the research community and local communities can work together to craft individualised approaches to increasing innovation at a local level and building new industries.


Introduction: Why do governments support innovation and why does everyone want another Silicon Valley?
1: Place-led innovation
2: Culture-led innovation
3: Skills-led innovation
4: Mission-led innovation
5: Research and development and finance-led innovation
6: Technology-led innovation
7: The future of innovation
8: How to build an innovation hotspot


Dr Alicia (Lucy) Cameron is an expert in innovation, digital transformation and telecommunications policy. Lucy worked for over 10 years developing innovation policy and actions for the Queensland State Government in Australia and was the Queensland Government Smithsonian Fellow in 2015. Lucy is currently a Senior Research Consultant in the Data61 Insight Team at CSIRO.