Strengthen the connections between the Alice Springs and Darwin innovation ecosystems


Establishment of an initiative to strengthen innovation links between Darwin and Alice Springs.


In October 2018, the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation employed a project officer, based full-time in Alice Springs, to support and champion innovation in Central Australia.

Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) and the Darwin Innovation Hub (DIH) are working together to develop a regional incubator at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs. There is an existing significant innovation presence and facility at DKA's Desert Knowledge Precinct that creates the broader innovation environment necessary for the establishment of an incubator in Alice Springs.

Experts in the areas of digital innovation, skills and capacity building, business and regional development were invited to a workshop in May 2019 to map the next steps in developing the incubator. A diverse range of the organisations were represented at the workshop including:

  • Central Land Council
  • Indigenous Community Volunteers
  • Uber Air
  • AusIndustry
  • iAccelerate
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
  • DKA's Precinct partners Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education and the Centre for Appropriate Technology.

DKA, DIH and the Northern Territory Government are using the insights generated by the workshop to develop models for the incubator.

Last updated on 08 February 2021