Patent Data Reveals Top 50 Postcodes for Australian Invention

Fancy a data-backed 'heat map' pinpointing Australia's hottest locales for innovation, right down to the postcode level?

Well Mark Summerfield has crunched some 35,000 data points on patents (sourced from the rather impressively named IPGOD) to rank the top 50 postcodes for Australian inventors.

Spoiler alert: #1 spot goes to... Epping, NSW.

And while modern communications and IT are said to break down geographic barriers, the analysis tends to still back:

"a correlation between innovation, business growth and proximity to centres of academia and research."