Digital Convergence Initiative

dci-widget.pngAs more and more of our tools and toys become computers, they can be merged into machines that do many things that were previously handled by separate devices. My computer can also be my television set, stereo, telephone, weather station, dictionary and encyclopedia… these functions converge in one digital device, and that’s what we mean by digital convergence. New cars are supercomputers, smart houses combine various digital capabilities, and as computers become more ubiquitous, we can network ’em via wireless. Convergence will continue, and business clusters &nash; concentrations of related businesses that have geographical proximity and potential synergy that they can leverage by working together. Cluster thinking sees these related businesses as a system. The businesses may be competitors within their sector, but they communicate and cooperate in support of the sector, to ensure that its needs are met and to help create efficiencies that add more value overall. Because digital convergence involves several sectors (e.g. computer manufacturing, game development, digital video and cinema, digital music), in an area where many or all of those industries are present, you can envision a cluster of clusters, or supercluster. That list of convergent sectors sounds familiar because Texas has ’em all, especially along the IH35 corridor from Waco through Austin to San Antonio. It follows that we should have that supercluster thing happening, but such things don’t just spring into being, they require focused effort and commitment. Hence the creation of the Digital Convergence Initiative,

a public/private venture to facilitate the growth of the digital-oriented industrial and scientific base of Central Texas to:

  • Create regional and U.S. competitive advantage in the international digital market
  • Advance economic opportunities for regional businesses with attention to small business growth
  • Align institutional and private sector digital-oriented research and development with consumer demands and government requirements

Instigated by IC², The DCI has representatives in Austin, San Antonio, and Waco.

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