The NSW government has called for applications for the second round of its collaborative solutions program with a project to focus on the development of mobile technologies to improve government services. This round of the program, called Mobile Government, will provide up to $1 million over the next year to support between 5 and 10 consortiums develop mobile solutions for the public sector.
This program is focused on accelerating development of new-to-market and significantly innovative mobile solutions that have significant potential for commercial success, job creation and exports. Submissions must exhibit solutions developed for delivery via mobile phones or tablet device and would potentially have features including wireless broadband, mobile computing, mobile payments, location based services, augmented reality, mobile social media or sensor technologies. Solutions will be matched and trialled with agencies within the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, which encompasses tasks like economic development, primary industries, tourism and the arts.
Key requirements of applications include:
- Consortia-backed submissions: Each submission must be backed by a consortium of at least three members. The Consortia Lead must be a NSW-registered business with the capability to commercialise and export the ICT solution being developed. The consortia must include at least one User Organisation (an agency within the Department) to participate in the development and piloting process. The remaining consortia members will provide technologies, content or capabilities to the project.
- Developed and piloted in NSW: Solutions must be predominantly developed in NSW. Submissions with minor components (less than 20 per cent of project costs) developed outside of NSW will be considered, but those components will not be supported by the grant if one is awarded. The solutions must be piloted in NSW.
- Development has not commenced: The development of the proposed solution must not have commenced before the date of submission. Any grant funding will be for the development and piloting of the proposed solution after the date of submission.
Submissions close on 29 February 2012 with successful applicants being announced in March.