Ipswich's digital hub to bear fruit for app creators
IPSWICH is set to become app heaven if Mayor Paul Pisasale gets his way.
The innovative digital hub 'Fire Station 101' is set to be constructed at the old fire station building in Limestone St and will be a haven for digital start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Cr Pisasale is keen to see Ipswich start-ups create an app to rival one of his favourite games - Fruit Ninja.
"This app has been developed by four Brisbane guys and it has been downloaded one billion times," he said.
"The way of the future is going to be apps. When you look at the statistics the amount of apps being created every day is just unbelievable.
"With Fruit Ninja there are so many levels that kids can get involved in, and it improves their mental capacity and hand-eye co-ordination.
"I am hoping that after Fire Station 101 gets going, and we teach people all these digital skills, that not only do they develop their own app but that it beats the one billion downloads."
Griffith University's film school researcher Ruth Griffin said she was in town to make a three to five minute video for Fruit Ninja.
"Fruit Ninja is a Halfbrick app game that is an incredibly popular game having its fifth birthday this year," she said.
"They are also launching a You Tube channel where they will be showing some small clips, and at the end of the year they are also launching a children's animated series.
"As part of that we are promoting Fruit Ninja, and Mayor Pisasale is a bit of a fan so I thought it would be a good idea to talk to Paul about how much fun he has with the game...and find out his highest score."
That score isn't very high at the moment, based on what the QT observed yesterday.
Cr Pisasale is used to winning elections, but the same can't be said for his Fruit Ninja prowess.
"This game is the thing that stops me from going crazy, but the thing that does drive me crazy is getting beaten by kids," he said, as 'game over' popped up on the screen after he bombed out.
"I am trying to beat an eight-year-old at the moment, but he is way ahead of me."
The game appeared to involve chopping fruit in half.
"You've got to swish it...like a blade," Cr Pisasale said as his index finger flashed across the screen.
"You've just got to watch out for the bombs."