Day Two

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the chair

Martine Letts
Chief Executive Officer
Committee for Melbourne

SPONSOR KEYNOTE: Disruptive technologies transforming cities

Many trends on the horizon offer opportunities that could transform our cities. - from self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy through to IoT, AI, cloud computing and blockchain. Each of these trends is quite significant on its own, but the convergence of their disruptive force is what will create real value and drive innovation.

  • How will disruptive technology such as IoT, AI, blockchain and other innovations transform cities’ services?
KEYNOTE PRESENTATON: Funding smart city initiatives – Delivering new ways to imagine, plan and build cities, transport and infrastructure

Claire Howlett
A/First Assistant Secretary
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION: City Possible Project – City of Sydney

City Possible is a global network of 5 Smart City Labs; the Australian component features the Greater Sydney Lab. An announcement was made in Paris (23rd October) about the project and connected cities as well as the global partners.

  • How to deliver smart, urgent, viable and scalable project  that are specific to cities, citizen-centric, and deliver outcomes for cities and the investors
  • Successful scaling solutions to export to other global partners through collaboration at all levels of government, business, institutions and stakeholders

Craig Chung
City of Sydney

Morning tea
How will 5G boost smart city development?

The next generation of connectivity will play a huge role in enabling the Internet of Things, connected transit and other technologies as cities evolve. With its implementation, 5G will provide a “virtual cornerstone for critical 21st century opportunities related to economic growth, education, employment, transportation, and more.

  • Hear how these networks will play a huge role in making smart cities possible.

Mark Gregory
Associate Professor
RMIT University

PANEL DISCUSSION: The backbone of Smart Cities - Creating a seamless city with connected platforms
  • Connectivity solutions as the foundation for smart city planning
  • Low-power, wide area (LPWA) connectivity solutions 
  • Promoting flexibility with platforms
  • Enhancing security, data, lighting, citizen engagement and safety
  • Being able to recover from cyber security issues and disruptions


Garry Bowditch
Executive Director - Better Infrastructure Initiative
The University of Sydney - John Grill Centre for Project Leadership


Catherine Caruana-McManus
Giant Ideas (Meshed)

Clayton Banks
Chief Executive Officer
Silicon Harlem (USA)

Stephan Winter
Department of Infrastructure Engineering
The University of Melbourne

Nicola Ward
Manager City Planning
City of Casey

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the birth of self-aware cities

With the explosion in Artificial Intelligence and our increasingly tech driven culture, cities may look much different than most people expect. And the process of planning them will as well. But one thing is for sure – they will be smarter.

  • How can artificial intelligence be used in smart cities?
  • What are the privacy and ethical implications?
  • Balancing opportunity and risk

Zach Johnson
SunCentral Maroochydore

Lunch and exhibition viewing
PANEL DISCUSSION: Smart grid for a smart city

Smart grids can cope with new sources of renewable power, enable the coordinated charging of electric cars, provide information to consumers about their usage and allow utilities to monitor and control their networks more effectively.

  • Come and hear about the latest developments in this space and how the smart grid is powering smart cities.


Matthew Warren
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Energy Council


Behyad Jafari
Chief Executive Officer
Electric Vehicle Council

Darren Gladman
Director Smart Energy
Clean Energy Council

PRESENTATION: Reserved for sponsor partner
Afternoon tea & exhibition viewing
How can smart cities enhance the health & wellbeing of citizens
  • Can smart cities actually improve our health?
  • Rethinking the way that technology can be used to improve health outcomes
  • Harnessing new breakthroughs with wearables and telehealth to deliver care in transformational ways and improving well-being

Ross Hardy
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sonja Pedell
Associate Professor & Director Future Self and Design Living Lab, Department Research Director
Swinburne University of Technology

Smart privacy for smart cities

As cities and their partners harness more information than ever, how can we assess the risks and opportunities of new technologies and data flows while preserving individual privacy and building public trust?

Katherine Sainty
Sainty Law

CLOSING PANEL: State of smart cities in ANZ - what does the future hold?

Given the global investment and public attention devoted to smart cities in recent years, critical explorations of their potential and challenges are worth discussion.

  • How has the smart city space changed in the past 12 months?
  • What is the current reality of smart cities in ANZ?
  • What needs to happen to enable the creation of more smart cities in ANZ?


Ludo Campbell-Reid
Design Champion
Auckland Council


Sandy Burgoyne
Executive Director
Citizen Cities Australia

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

Sean Audain
Innovation Officer (Smart City)
Wellington City Council

Munir Vahanvati
Unit Manager Urban Design, City Strategy and Design
Moreland City Council

Ben Pole
Chief Operating Officer
City of Ipswich

Tim Spencer
Executive General Manager
Mulpha Developments

Closing remarks from Chair and end of conference