This is a very exciting time for Sense-T. Right now we're talking to researchers and industry across Tasmania about the $6 million we have on offer to support the new Industry Research Projects we'll be carrying out as part of Stage 2.
In recent weeks I've been to Launceston, the North West and meetings across Southern Tasmania to talk to people who want to partner with Sense-T over the next 20-months on our next research projects.
It's been encouraging to meet so many innovative Tasmanians who have great ideas for how we can use sensors and data analytics to solve problems and create economic growth.
It's also been a reminder of the opportunities presented by Sense-T, and why as a team we've worked so hard to help Tasmania to become a world-leader in this field.
There have been a lot of changes at Sense-T in recent months, and it's been sad to farewell friends and colleagues who I've worked with since we founded Sense-T in mid-2012.
Sense-T wouldn't exist without the energy and vision of Founding Director Ros Harvey and I wish Ros the very best in her new role at Sirca.
I thank Mike Briers for his contribution as Acting Director and welcome his continuing involvement in an advisory capacity.
We also farewelled the irreplaceable John McGee, along with the talented Libby Graham and ever-calm Jen Makin and thank them for their contribution.
Our shared vision of helping communities by using big data to solve big problems lives on, and the Sense-T team are working hard to help make it a reality.
Thanks to funding from the Australian Government's Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan, we'll be taking the next step when we announce the successful proponents for Stage 2 projects a few weeks after the deadline for EOIs on 15 March.
Through these projects we'll broaden our initial focus on agriculture to also include areas such as health, tourism, and infrastructure, freight and logistics.
I'm looking forward to presenting the results of our Stage 1 projects mid-year and thank the entrepreneurial research leads who have worked alongside industry partners and farmers to deliver innovative solutions.
I also thank the Sense-T Program Partners, the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, the Australian Government and the Tasmanian Government, for their ongoing support.
It's been an exciting journey so far and I'm looking forward to it continuing alongside the committed and talented Sense-T team and our industry and research partners.