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Accenture opens innovation hub for defence and national security in Canberra

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L-R of Accenture Belinda Duchnaj, Matthew Gollings, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, John Vidas, Bob Easton and Wilhelmina van Beers (Source Supplied)

Accenture has officially opened an innovation hub in Canberra, providing defence and national security organisations in Australia and New Zealand with access to the latest technology innovations and digital solutions to help them innovate and stay ahead of an evolving threat landscape.

Designed with a human-centric focus, the hub is a vibrant collaborative environment that encourages co-creation and breakthrough thinking between employees, defence and security agencies, and other digital innovators. Focusing on new technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things, cyber, robotics and advanced analytics, the hub will help clients stay ahead of adversaries through technology innovation.

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Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said Accenture’s innovation hub was a significant investment towards building local ICT capabilities and would provide a dedicated space for defence and national security projects.

"The government welcomes Accenture’s investment in building a local ICT capability, which will help foster ongoing innovation and allow projects to transition into business operations quickly and seamlessly," Minister Pyne said.

Matt Gollings, Accenture’s defence and national security lead in Australia and New Zealand, said, "Defence organisations need to increase their resilience to emerging threats and require secure, innovative and flexible delivery capabilities, often on tight turnaround.

"Through on-site demonstrations of how innovative and often disruptive digital technologies can enhance mission readiness, deliver better operational outcomes and ultimately help deliver mission success, our innovation hub addresses this need while maximising innovation and delivering the defence agency of the future."

Catherine Garner, who leads Accenture’s health and public service practice in Australia and New Zealand, said, "We are focused on innovation and building new digital capabilities for our local clients. This innovation hub embodies our investment in and commitment to implementing new and relevant technologies to support the growth and digital advancement of Australia’s government and health sectors."

The Accenture facility will be conducting work across acquisition and sustainment, along with the major defence primes to identify opportunities for innovation and the use of emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Accenture is a global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network.

Accenture opens innovation hub for defence and national security in Canberra
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