On Tuesday, Infosys announced the opening of the Indianapolis Technology and Innovation Hub, based in the OneAmerica Tower in downtown Indy.
The Hub aims to attract and skill up talent to work with some of Infosys’ client companies on major tech challenges. Companies with ties to Indianapolis’ tech ecosystem are already engaging with the Hub, and Infosys has big goals to grow the Hub through more Indiana connections.
“Scaling digital for the next decade would mean building capabilities for the future,” said company president Ravi Kumar. “We will co-create and co-innovate with our clients in this center with a goal to become the Hub for technology in the Midwest.”
Governor Eric Holcomb and Mayor Joe Hogsett joined representatives from Infosys and their client companies in making comments at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Several dozen Indy-based Infosys employees also donned blue shirts and celebrated the Hub’s official opening. The morning also included tours through the two-floor space, where there are classrooms for training and an open-concept office for employees to work collaboratively.
The Hub is a physical space that also encourages digital interaction so that client companies and their employees can investigate innovative ideas and products. Employees from client companies can work in tandem with Infosys employees in the Hub throughout the development process.Specialties of the Hub include augmented and virtual reality, as well as robotics, voice recognition and artificial intelligence applications. From voice-enabled monitors in manufacturing to workplaces rendered in augmented reality, the Hub offers new ways to dive into some of the issues companies are tackling.
Currently, the Hub hosts 150 employees, and Infosys plans to invest more people and attract more talent to fill the space. The company has partnerships with universities like Purdue to provide significant training and educational resources to students interested in pursuing jobs in tech. Infosys envisions the Hub as a way to maximize its $8.7 million investment and its plan to bring at least 2,000 high-paying jobs to the Indy tech ecosystem by 2021.