Media art and the digital state-of-the-art are key driving forces of dynamic, future-oriented urban development in Linz since 1979. The founding of Ars Electronica established Linz as one of the media art worlds’ first hubs, and the city has been playing a pioneering role ever since. Other local network nodes are Linz Art University with its emphasis on digital artistic strategies and the Tabakfabrik, a hotspot of entrepreneurial creativity. Linz is a global player in digital R&D especially with the Johannes Kepler University as well as a major node of Austria’s indie art scene and creative economy.