Shaping our city

Is Melbourne the next Silicon Valley?

19 December 2018

Knowledge-sector employment in Melbourne is booming, attracting more and more people who love using emerging technologies to enrich people’s lives.

Software development jobs in the City of Melbourne have increased by 80 per cent in 10 years, according to our latest Census of Land Use and Employment.

In fact, knowledge-sector jobs now account for two thirds of jobs in our municipality. As a City of Progress, we are embracing this growth.

Rubix is a Melbourne software company that uses artificial intelligence, analytics, data and blockchain technologies to help businesses find smart solutions.

While many of these terms are still mystifying to many of us, for others they provide boundless sources of inspiration. Dylan Smith, Founder of Rubix, has a big vision for the future.

‘These emerging technologies will enable a fairer and safer and healthier community, as well as allowing people to work less and spend more time with friends and family,’ Dylan said.

‘I see a distributed future – allowing people to live in regional areas with a return to traditional community values and a more affordable cost of living.

‘I would like Melbourne to become known as the Silicon Valley of the Asia-Pacific. Our brilliant universities and strong invention culture position us ideally to make this happen.’

Amid a rapidly-changing industry, we asked Dylan to share some of his secrets to business success.

‘Keys to our success will be attracting and retaining smart, loyal, curious staff, as well as having the courage within Rubix to do things a bit differently to allow for creation and invention to happen,’ Dylan.

‘Being part of a strong information ecosystem within Melbourne will be another key to our success.’

Dylan also encouraged young people considering a career in the knowledge sector to dream big.

‘Learn as much as possible from a wide variety of sources so that you have a wide array of tools to solve problems and invent things,’ Dylan said.

Did you know
The City of Melbourne collects Census of Land Use and Employment data through face-to-face interviews with every business across the municipality. The research has been conducted in one form or another since the 1960s. To find out more about our latest findings, visit CLUE.

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