Day One

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the chair

Professor Mark Burry
Founding Director, Smart Cities Research Institute & Professor of Urban Futures
Swinburne University of Technology

INTERNATONAL KEYNOTE: Creating cities for citizens

Cities are the places where global challenges in social inclusion, renewable energy, mobility and economic growth play out. Innovative models based on collaboration between industry, government and communities are emerging to find solutions. Yet, accommodating to these shifts is not easy. How can cities meet the challenges of our time? The session will explore winning formulas to develop future cities.

Jarmo Eskelinen
Chief Innovation & Technology Officer
Future Cities Catapult (UK)

JOINT PRESENTATION: Developing smart regions and communities

Cities and regions are the new powerhouses of innovation. Local governments have a vital role to play in transforming the quality of local services and the organisations that deliver them.

This session will offer two perspectives.

  • Creating the vision and setting the social and economic agenda for a smart city
  • Key steps in communicating the rationale for smart cities
  • Developing policy to drive the initiative and involve citizens
  • Learning from what one another is doing

Nick Cleary
Chairman & CEO
Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA)

Charles Casuscelli
Chief Executive Officer
Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)

KEYNOTE PANEL: Planning for 21st century cities: key milestones and challenges

This panel will comprise 5 minute presentations by panel members that will share their stories around smart cities; after that, the moderator will open the panel to questions from the audience.

  • Managing the pressures on cities to advance and grow
  • Tackling urban population growth and strains on infrastructure and resources
  • Forecasting and planning for traffic congestion, air pollution or health difficulties
  • Remaining economically successful and attractive to citizens


Mark Burry
Founding Director, Smart Cities Research Institute & Professor of Urban Futures
Swinburne University of Technology


Greg Conkey
City of Wagga Wagga

Kevin Mack
Mayor, Albury City Council
Chair, Evocities

Declan Clausen
Deputy Lord Mayor
The City of Newcastle

Craig Chung
City of Sydney

Morning tea & exhibition viewing
CASE STUDY PRESENTATION: City sustainability and resilience strategies

The modern city is being taxed and tested in ways that have never been seen before: population density, climate change, economic instability, social inequality, migration, and resource scarcity.

Every city needs to develop and implement a resilience strategy in order to withstand shocks and stresses like these and bounce back stronger

  • How and where are successful cities using new technologies to upgrade infrastructure and enhance resilience?
  • Which cities are actively harnessing the power of urban innovations to advance their economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals?

Toby Kent
Chief Resilience Officer
Resilient Melbourne

PRESENTATION: Reserved for Sponsor Partner
INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION: The future of urban mobility in cities
  • How can cities can improve urban services and exploit new technologies to facilitate mobility, save time and resources and improve citizens’ life?
  • Leveraging apps, intelligent transport systems, robots and car-sharing platforms to reshape the mobility ecosystem

Ludo Campbell-Reid
Design Champion
Auckland Council

CASE STUDY: Big data for more responsive and citizen centered cities

Big data offers a wide range of opportunities to better understand and manage urban life. The analysis of this data allied to community priorities can help city leaders collectively address civic problems.

  • How do you effectively combine big data, advanced analytics and city expertise to improve citizens’ lives?
  • Designing new public services with open data policies

Xavier Goldie
Outreach Manager
Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)

Lunch and exhibition viewing
Afternoon roundtable session

Attendees will have the option of attending 3 of 6 concurrent sessions (25 min per session).

Roundtables are interactively moderated group discussions where delegates get the chance to debate and discover common issues, challenges and solutions.

Roundtable 1: Smart society & economy

Roundtable 2: Smart infrastructure

Roundtable 3: Smart mobility

Roundtable 4: Smart built environment

Roundtable 5: Safe city

Roundtable 6: Sustainable city

Networking break and exhibition viewing
INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION: Economic development in a digital metropolis

The next wave of economic growth is upon us. City leaders who invest in the infrastructure to support it will enable all of their citizens to participate, making life better for all.

  • Why is digital infrastructure the open road to growth and economic prosperity within cities?
  • How can city leaders leverage digital infrastructure to attract investment, increase jobs and growth, and revitalise their city?

Clayton Banks
Chief Executive Officer
Silicon Harlem (USA)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Smart city data hubs and the cloud

This panel will explore how Smart City data hubs and the Cloud are enabling cities and other stakeholders in the ecosystem to make use of open data and create value for the citizen.

  • How data is being used by cities and other players in the ecosystem to create innovative smart city services that enhance citizens’ lives.


Professor Mark Burry
Founding Director, Smart Cities Research Institute & Professor of Urban Futures
Swinburne University of Technology


Marimuthu Palaniswami
Fellow IEEE Network Convener/Director ARC Research Networks on Intelligent Sensors
University of Melbourne

Christopher James Pettit
Inaugural Chair of Urban Science, City Futures Research Centre
University of New South Wales

Arkady Zaslavsky
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Data61, CSIRO

CLOSING INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: How to create a strategy for a smart city
  • What will your future city look like?
  • Scalability of smart city tools and how to implement them
  • Should there be an organisation to help drive cohesiveness?

Julie Wagner
Non-resident Senior Fellow and Co-Director
Brookings Institute (Switzerland)

Closing remarks from chair & networking drinks