A group of Australian Web technology thinkers and entrepreneurs have started a new Google Group to build the Down Under version of California's famous high-tech development locality. They call it: Silicon Beach Australia.
PricewaterhouseCoopers staffer and DataPortability.org founding member Elias Bizannes started the group, registering the domain name SiliconBeachAustralia.org to go along with it. The Google group page can be found here.
"Now what?", Bizannes wrote on the site. "Plan — what plan? Contribute to this discussion list, and let's see what we can build together, to create a more unified, supportive Australian information sector."
So far a number of Australia's technology luminaries have signed up to discuss the nation's start-up IT sector on the site. For example, Faraday Media CEO Chris Saad, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, RMG Connect interactive art director John Johnston have all joined.
I'm seeing more and more initiatives like this from Australia's start-up, entrepreneurial IT or Web 2.0 sector, whatever label you apply to it. In particular, start-up consultancy Pollenizer, which is run by Phil Morle and Mick Liubinskas, has started a number of initiatives to get start-ups together. They've got an IT event calendar and are organising a shared office space for start-ups in Sydney.