Day Two

Registration and welcome refreshments
Opening remarks from the chair

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

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Environmental and financial sustainability in urban development
  • Developing a clear vision and policies for sustainable cities
  • Adopting long-term practices in sustainable community development projects
  • How to enhance feasibility of smart cities projects
  • Building partnerships to develop multi-faceted sustainable projects

Gerben van Straaten
Chief Executive Offcier
World of Walas

Committee for Melbourne
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Sharing Cities Sweden - A program for the sharing economy in cities
  • Understanding the application of shared economy in smart cities
  • Implementation of nature-based solutions for urban challenges
  • Overview of key activities to promote sustainable cities in Scandinavia, Europe and around the world

Kes McCormick
Associate Professor and Assistant Head, International Institute for Industrial
Environmental Economics (IIIEE)
Lund University

Networking break & showcase viewing
Bathurst community WI-FI and Open Data project

An overview of how and why this project is installing Wi-Fi access points and providing internet services to the community.

  • Assessing real time communication of tourism, traffic, weather, council, business and service information
  • Transmitting real time data back to registered users
  • Collecting critical data used for town planning and to support the development of businesses within the community

Steven Bowman
Manager, Economic Development
Bathurst Regional Council

Clever and creative future Geelong – overcoming the challenges of delivering the project’s vision
  • Overview of the project’s smart cities 2030 vision
  • Understanding the challenges in conveying the project and the community visions
  • Assessing how projects underneath Clever and Creative Future Geelong are delivering the project’s higher purposes
  • Lessons learned

Matthew Szymczak
Acting Manager Digital, Information & Technology
City of Greater Geelong


Adopting new technologies for environmental benefit - the Great Barrier Reef project

Using smart technologies to monitor the quality of water flowing through one of Cairns’ major urban catchments
Approaches used in the collection and analysis of real-time water quality data
How this is benefiting the park and facilitating automated and targeted evidencebased management of water quality

Lynne Powell
A/Manager Business Development and Compliance, Water and Waste
Cairns Regional Council

Switching on Darwin program to drive social equity and economic growth
  • Challenges in implementing city-scale smart infrastructure in Darwin including smart services (lighting, parking, wifi)
  • Integrating infrastructure with smart services through an open IoT platform
  • How this is contributing to city rejuvenation and, together with open data, helping stimulate new partnerships
  • Analysing how the projects is helping create business growth, new jobs opportunities, and combating social and safety challenges

Joshua Sattler
General Manager Innovation, Growth and Development Services
City of Darwin

The making of a connected city – City of Prospect
  • Installing networked remote sensors to better manage council assets
  • Using open datasets to make evidence-based decisions
  • Giving rate payers confidence that Council funds are being expended efficiently and effectively

Jennifer Uebergang
Economic Development Officer
City of Prospect


How local government can plan and prepare for rapid housing development
  • How smart housing infrastructure can help ensure future prosperity
  • Working in partnership with all levels of government to support big and small cities
  • Improving housing affordability and access to local jobs to develop regional areas

Justin Madden
Cities Leader VIC/SA

Lunch & Showcase viewing

Attendees will have the option to attend one of the four mini-workshops.
Mini-workshops are limited to 30 attendees. If you’d like to attend one of these, please make sure you select this option when registering


Dealing with future technology uncertainties; creating structure in uncertainty
Technological developments, social trends, climate change, demographic shifts…

Councils often have longer planning horizons. This introduces a significant level of uncertainty to their planning work.

Decision-makers and projects leaders are frequently left trying to predict the future. Making the right investment decisions under these circumstances is a problematic task.

In this interactive workshop, participants will go through the steps of creating structure in uncertainty in order to equip decision-makers with a powerful toolkit to formulate robust long-term plans.


Sander Van Amelsvoort
Director, Policy & Research
Committee for Melbourne


Attracting skilled talent to my city
Share ideas on how your city can attract skilled and talented people that will form the building blocks for activating your smart city. Develop community engagement and policy inclusion strategies to activate regional cities and drive economic growth.


Wendy Carroll
Cluster Champion
Jobs for NSW


Does bigger data mean better lives?
How can local government leverage data to inform policy strategy, enable innovation and stimulate economic growth? Share your perspectives on how to establish a commercial model for data management.




Funding smart city projects
If you’re interested in learning how to attract investors through a creative approach to funding and financing-new sources of revenue, new business models for recovery and value capture-then this session is designed for you. Explore the full range of options for funding, financing, and procurement.


Katherine O’Regan
Executive Director
Cities Leadership Institute

Afternoon tea & showcase viewing
Using A.I. and machine learning to build next generation city services
  • How are governments and companies using AI in cities?
  • Learning more about how people use cities
  • Improving infrastructure and optimising the use of resources
  • Increasing public safety in cities
  • How can city leaders exploit conversational A.I. and machine learning to deliver more personalised, digital services to their citizens?

Roger Rooney
Smart City Evangelist and Delivery Expert
ACT Government

CLOSING PANEL: Unlocking the marketplaces of tomorrow
  • How can technology help achieve sustainable development goals in cities?
  • What are the roles of the public and private sectors?
  • How can leaders plan and prepare for the uncertainties of constantly changing technologies?


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


Katherine O’Regan
Executive Director
Cities Leadership Institute

Kes McCormick
Associate Professor & Assistant Head, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Lund University

Gerben van Straaten
Chief Executive Officer
World of Walas

Jacyl Shaw
Practice Director - Digital Innovation
GHD Digital

Closing remarks from Chair and end of conference