Brisbane is rubbing shoulders with Zurich and Moscow as a global innovation leader after storming onto the coveted 2thinknow Innovative Cities Index for the first time in 2013.
Brisbane beat established destinations such as Madrid and Taipei to leap-frog into 85th place on the index in its first year of being benchmarked within the top 100.
Brisbane’s score was equal to that of Moscow and Zurich. In 2012-2013 there were 445 cities across the globe benchmarked for innovation on the index.
The move upgrades Brisbane’s status from a “node” city to a “hub” city, which is a city with dominance or influence on key economic and social innovation segments, based on global trends.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said being recognised for innovation capability by the 2thinknow Innovative Cities Index was an indication of Brisbane’s commitment to keeping pace with change and technology.
“From digital technologies to life sciences, aviation and mining technology, Brisbane businesses are developing effective solutions to complex issues through worldleading innovation,” Cr Quirk said.
“Brisbane’s highly-skilled workforce, leading educational institutions and respected research communities will continue to ensure the city is driven by innovation into the future.”
Brisbane received a 2thinknow Innovative Cities Index score of 47, just three points away from being classified as a “first tier nexus city” – the highest classification on the index.
Brisbane economic development board, Brisbane Marketing’s CEO, John Aitken said innovation was an integral part of Brisbane’s identity as a new world city.
“Brisbane is a city where people and companies create, develop and explore new ideas,” Mr Aitken said.