South Australia is renowned for producing a wide range of information communication and creative technologies and media.
The State's track record in defence and aerospace has provided a powerful platform for innovation and expansion in ICT (Information and Communications Technology). More than 1,100 companies contribute to business growth across a range of South Australia's key industries as well as the expansion of customers around the world.
Construction of SABRENet, a 120-km ultra high-speed optic cable, links universities, research and medical institutes, major hospitals, defence and government agencies and many schools across Adelaide. It serves the Adelaide Innovation Constellation precincts of Waite, Thebarton, Mawson Lakes, Flinders and (incentral Adelaide) Florey.
South Australia is home to software development centres for many multinational companies, including BAE Systems, Fujitsu, HPand Saab Systems. KPMG's Competitive Alternatives 2010 found Adelaide to be the world's second most cost-competitive city for software development, and 12th in the world and the most competitive in Australia for web and multimedia development.
The State is also home to creative companies with international reputations in special effects, game development, high-end televisionproduction and commercials, simulation, animation, mobile-phone products and digital sound. Artists, designers, engineers, writers and programmers, screenwriters and actors are among the many professionals applying their imaginations and skills to products that entertain, teach and guide advances in global industry sectors including defence, health, transport, education and entertainment.
Adelaide is the preferred home of filmmaker Scott Hicks and internationally recognised creative companies such as Rising Sun Pictures, The People's Republic of Animation - shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Awards for The Cat Piano - and the Kojo Group. These and other South Australian companies are repeatedly called upon to contribute to productions of the calibre and profile of the Harry Potter features, Wolverine franchise, animation, commercials and games.
The Tomorrow Studio was established in central Adelaide in 2009 as a business incubator for digital-media entrepreneurs.
A new home for the award-winning South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and related industry development, the Adelaide Film and Screen Centre, is being developed in inner-suburban Glenside.