Day One

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the chair

Catherine Caruana-McManus
Giant Ideas

Host city welcome

Arron Wood deputy lord mayor MelbourneArron Wood
Deputy Lord Mayor
City of Melbourne

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Keynote

Mary Wiley-Smith
First Assistant Secretary for Cities
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

International Keynote: The city of the future – sensors, networks, hackers and the future of urban life

Carlo is an Italian architect, engineer, inventor, educator and activist founder of Carlo Ratti Associati and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the MIT Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities.

Ratti was named one of the "50 most influential designers in America" by Fast Company and highlighted in Wired Magazine's "Smart List: 50 people who will change the world."

Carlo Ratti
Director, SENSEable City Lab

Keynote: Enabling digital communities

Cameron McNeill
Smart Cities Director
Optus Business

Plenary Panel: Technology for the people - utilising technology to enhance the experience of people in the city

Cities are all about people, so how you ensure that new investments in technology benefit them? This session is about developing thought and decision processes that always place humans at the core.

  • How can you ensure that improving liveability and workability is at the core of any investment decisions a city makes?
  • Which technologies, sensors, networks or platforms are at the forefront of driving positive changes in cities?
  • How can these innovative technologies be embraced to enhance the lives of peoples?


Panel moderator:

Michelle Fitzgerald
Chief Digital Officer
City of Melbourne

Carlo Ratti

Director, SENSEable City Lab

Justin Anderson

Kate Deacon
Executive Manager – Research, Strategy and Corporate Planning
City of Sydney

Cities 4.0 Summit 2017 event MelbourneMatthew Schultz
Chief Digital Officer
Ipswich City Council

Allan Burdekin
Director, Industry Development And Smart Cities
Optus Business

Networking break and showcase viewing
Creating the future proof city experience

Greater Springfield is a previous recipient of the FIABCI Prix D’Excellence award for World’s Best Masterplanned City, and is truly unique in Australia. This session will give delegates an insight into how the city plans to attract the best minds and create an environment which enables them to flourish.

  • The role of digital technology in underpinning Greater Springfield and how this has been ‘future proofed’
  • IDEA City – creating a city precinct to engage and encourage innovation, design, entrepreneurship, and art
  • Using the design of the city to enhance the lives of its people


Maha Sinnathamby
Springfield Land Corporation

How a smarter grid can drive sustainability and innovation

Ian McLeod spent almost a decade at the helm of one of Australia’s most innovative utilities – Ergon Energy, and since leaving has been involved in transformative start-ups in Australia and the USA.

  • The new energy technologies best placed to help power the city of the future – smarter metering, batteries, demand management, tri-generation
  • How energy infrastructure can help drive innovation
  • What are the blue sky possibilities for more sustainable energy use in cities?


Ian McLeod
Former Chief Executive Officer
Ergon Energy
and Adviser to Innovative Energy Start-ups, Smart Wires and Bidgley

Panel Discussion: Using open data and tools for democratic engagement to reshape our cities

Citizens across the world have, for the first time in history, all the tools and technology to be active participants and democratically engage en masse, in the design and running of their cities.

In this session, we’ll explore some of the tools and methods that cities and citizens around the world are using to reshape their collective futures.

  • How can cities develop and implement a successful ‘open data’ policy that will drive real engagement?
  • How can cities better enable interoperability of services to reduce costs and take advantage of exciting solutions and services from all parts of the globe?
  • Examining some leading examples of innovation


Panel moderator:
Catherine Caruana-McManus

Giant Ideas

John Galvin

Convenor, Open and Agile Smart Cities, Enterprise Information Architect – Open Data
City of Gold Coast

Pascal Perez
SMART Infrastructure Facility

Tom Kvan

Lunch and showcase viewing
Breakout Sessions

Attendees will have the option of attending 1 of 5 concurrent sessions.

The Fast Sprints and roundtables that form part of the Breakout Session are interactively moderate group discussions where pre-determined groups of delegates get the change to address, debate and discover common issues, challenges and solutions.

14:30 - 15:45
Fast sprint 1 - Resilience

Ensuring the future by building the resilient city, presented by Optus


Toby Kent
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Melbourne

Allan Burdekin
Director Safe & Smarter Cities incorporating NCS Australia
Optus Business

14:30 - 15:45
Fast Sprint 2 - Transport & Mobility

Unlocking the Grid

Presented by Amazon Web Services

Roger Rooney
Senior Project Manager - Smart Parking & CBRfree Wi-Fi
ACT Government

Craig Lawton
Solution Architect, Public Sector
Amazon Web Services

Neil Temperley
Executive Product Manager, Future Cities

14:30 - 15:45
Fast Sprint 3 - Built Environment & Design

Unlocking the economic and social potential of cities through smart design, presented by Hassell


Mark Haycox

Adam Scott
Founder and Creative Director
FreeState UK

14:30 - 15:45

5 x 15 min rotations

1. Addressing climate change in the city through inclusion and innovation

  1. Adam Beck
    Executive Director
    Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand


2. Smart cities and autonomous vehicles: a match made in heaven or headache in waiting?

Leigh Dalwood
Associate Director, Transport Planning

Tim O’Loan
Technical Director, Design and Planning

3. Cognitive city: crowdsourcing, mobile devices and sensor data making cities smart

Alok Patel

4. AWS as an enabling platform for a "smart Australia": How a smart Australia could design, build and run its IoT, open data and analytics solutions on AWS

Brad Coughlan
Government Lead – Asia Pacific and Japan
Amazon Web Services

5. Connected vehicles in smart cities 2.0

Phil Allen
GM SE Asia and Oceania
Tom Tom

6. Designing new public services with open data policies

Jack Barton
Senior Research Associate, Urban Data and eResearch Facilitator
Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network

Networking break and showcase viewing
Panel discussion: Smart financing for a smart city – how can cities overcome the raft of challenges in financing their projects?
  • Why is financing such a big challenge and what are the innovative models that cities in Australia and globally are using to fund their projects?
  • Can more subscription based services for public goods help fund new and innovative projects? And what would be the challenges to this ‘city-as-a-service’ approach?
  • How can cities better target and utilise value capture to fund projects?


Panel moderator:
Alok Patel

Johanna Pitman
Director, CityConnect
Blue Chilli

John Galvin
Convenor, Open and Agile Smart Cities, Enterprise Information Architect – Open Data
City of Gold Coast

Adam Beck
Founder Director
Smart Cities Council

Smart Cities - Innovation through collaboration - using sensors and actuators to connect things in the real world to things in the virtual world

Justin Anderson

Closing remarks from the chair
End of Day one and networking drinks