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Smart Cities Summit 2019

Building efficient and sustainable cities for the digital age

We believe you have the power to make your city the most livable in the world.

When you have the skills to make cities sustainable, prosperous and innovative, you can surpass your community’s needs and expectations.

That’s the purpose for Smart Cities Summit 2019. To empower you with data-driven digital approaches that innovate your services and ensures excellence in the digital-age.

Smart Cities Summit 2019 will make sure you don’t go through this transformative journey alone. It is a platform to learn from Australian and international leaders in the smart cities space.

Interactive case studies will give you practical tools to develop a holistic strategy, gain community-wide buy-in and implement scalable digital infrastructures.

Take the next step to make your city more livable.

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  20 - 22 February 2019
The Grace Hotel


Global forerunners of smart city initiatives and domestic government leaders to help you achieve your smart city goals.


Hear case studies from smart cities over three information-packed days.


Interactive sessions from global leaders designed to drill down into the intricacies of digital transformation and citizen engagement.


The Grace, Sydney


  • Achieve whole-of-city integration through holistic strategy development
  • Enrich citizen experiences by meeting community needs
  • Drive buy-in through community engagement in smart cities development
  • Reform service delivery and city operations through use of real-time data
  • Strengthen local economies by becoming an innovation hub
  • Ensure smart city success through collaboration between cities, government and private sector

Who should attend this conference


100%Heads of Smart City/Heads of Innovation

98%CIOs/ Heads of IT

97%Heads of City Strategy

95%Heads of Infrastructure

Get Ready To Be Inspired!

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Key Speakers


Erik Caldwell

Director of Economic Development

City of San Diego, USA


Chris Creighton

Group Manager, Business Technology Solutions

Auckland Transport


Paul Copping


Digital Greenwich, Royal Borough of Greenwich, UK


Scott Waters


City of Darwin, NT


Arthur Kyron


City of Canning, WA


Garry Hunt


City of Joondalup


Gary McGregor

Director Western Sydney Rail

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities


Oakley Kwon

Director, Product and Digital Delivery

Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland


Matt Collins

General Manager, Cities Transformation Taskforce

Queensland Treasury


Tim Moore

Deputy CEO, Director City Economy and Growth

Liverpool City Council, NSW


Petrhyce Donovan

Digital Innovation Program Manager

City of Canterbury Bankstown, NSW


Chris Hannaford

Director of Business and Innovation

City of Prospect, SA


Cameron Gray

Deputy Director – Policy and Innovation

Ballarat City Council


Matthew Swards

Business Improvement Manager

City of Ballarat, VIC


Anne Andrews

City Growth Coordinator

Broken Hill City Council , NSW


Neil Temperley

Executive Product Manager – Future Cities, Data61



Ashish Daga

Team Leader Managed Motorways and ITS, Smart Journey Systems



Dustin Tjahtono

Senior Maintenance Engineer



Sylvania Connected Solutions

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  • Day One – Speaker Sessions - 20th February 2019

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:50 Opening remarks from the chair:

    Creating Smart Strategy

    9:00 am: Creating liveable, innovative and resilient cities through digital transformation

    • Gaining organisational buy-in for your smart city initiatives
    • Upskilling the whole organisation through effective digital skills strategies
    • Ensuring the initial buy-in necessary to get the process rolling
    • Aligning your smart cities strategies with organisational strategy

    Arthur Kyron, CEO, City of Canning

    9:50 am: Realising the potential of your city by building smart city foundations

    • Understanding the underlying infrastructure needed for Smart Cities
    • Developing a Smart Cities Framework to support Smart business
    • Discussing smart cities in relation to holistic business practices
    • Foundations to smart city

    Cameron Gray, Director Innovation and Organisation, City of Ballarat

    Matthew Swards, Business Improvement Manager, City of Ballarat

    10:40am Morning Tea

    11:00am: Panel Discussion: Achieving a greater consensus of smart cities

    • How do you develop a unified vision of a smart city for your city?
    • How do you define a smart city in the context of your city?
    • How can you gain organisational buy-in for your vision?

    Petrhyce Donovan, Digital Innovation Program Manager, City of Canterbury Bankstown

    Arthur Kyron, CEO, City of Canning

    Paul Copping, CIO, Digital Greenwich, UK

    11:50 am: Case Study: How the ‘Switching on Darwin’ is delivering leading edge infrastructure

    • Leveraging smart technologies to drive efficiencies in service delivery and minimise costs
    • Developing inter-governmental partnerships to maximise project funding
    • Enhancing city liveability through evidence-based planning
    • Using data analysis to inform future investments and planning to enhance livability

    Scott Waters, CEO, City of Darwin

    Lunch 12:40pm

    1:40pm: Adapting big city strategies to a regional community context

    • Achieving the smart city vision with limited resources
    • Driving efficiencies in the planning process to get your initiative off the ground
    • Overcoming red tape and delays

    Anne Andrews, City Growth Coordinator, Broken Hill City Council 

    Mitigating Risks

    2:30pmBalancing risks with ROI when implementing new technologies

    • Developing clear budgets for end-to-end development of initiatives
    • Overcoming risks of testing autonomous Driverless vehicles
    • Developing target outcomes to deliver ROI
    • Establishing frameworks for safe implementation and management of smart city initiatives

    Paul Copping, CIO, Digital Greenwich, UK

    3:20 Afternoon Tea

    3:40pm:Leveraging Smart Lighting to deliver “Smart Cities” initiatives on Victorian managed motorways and freeways

    • Implementation of smart lighting along with smart controls on Victorian managed motorways and freeways.
    • Extending existing investment in smart cities technology to deliver value to the community
    • Challenges associated with the implementation of smart cities technologies, commonly misunderstood pitfalls and how to overcome them.

    Ashish Daga, Team Leader Managed Motorways and ITS, Smart Journey Systems, VicRoads

    Dustin Tjahtono, Senior Maintenance Engineer, VicRoads

    4:30pm: Using data analysis to inform future investments and planning to enhance liveability

    • Protecting citizen privacy when adopting data-driven technologies
    • Modelling how populations are interacting with services to streamline delivery
    • Protecting data privacy of your citizens through effective frameworks and protocols
    • Effectively communicating with citizens how their data is being stored and used

    Nick Faulkner, Director, Smart Cities Consortium, University of Adelaide (Pending)

    End of day one

  • Day Two – Speaker Sessions- 21st February 2019

    8:30am Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:50am Opening remarks from chair:

    Stakeholder Engagement

    9:00am: Delivering digitalisation of services through stakeholder engagement

    • Breaking down business silos to gain organisation buy-in for project
    • Building efficient partnerships between government and external partners

    Oakley Kwon, Director, Product and Digital Delivery, Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland

    9:50am: How the City of San Diego is overcoming environmental challenges using technology

    • Environmental applications of Smart Cities Technology
    • Tackling financial challenges through smart cities strategies to lower operational costs
    • Deploying IOT sensors to in streetlights to gather real time information and support city services
    • Driving sustainability by investing in solutions to transform waste water into drinking water

    Erik Caldwell, Director of Economic Development, City of San Diego

    10:40am Morning Tea

    Supporting Local Economies

    11am: Cultivating innovation districts to drive businesses to your city

    • How the Prospect Innovation Precinct is fostering economic growth
    • Attracting high tech business by providing ultra-fast, affordable internet
    • Developing a Plan for a Local Innovation Ecosystem to ensure project success

    Chris Hannaford, Director of Business and Innovation, City of Prospect

    11:50am: Developing long-term economic and social visions for your smart city

    • Keeping an eye on the future when implementing frameworks
    • Investing in transport to strengthen economic and social vision
    • Funding the smart city

    Gary McGregor, Director Western Sydney Rail, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

    Lunch: 12:40pm

    1:40pm: Driving economic growth through industry partnerships

    • Partnering with local businesses and start-ups to promote economic development
    • Navigating the vendor landscape to find the right solution for you
    • Ensuring financial suitability of smart city solutions

    Tim Moore, Deputy CEO, Director City Economy and Growth, Liverpool City Council

    Driving Innovation

    2:30 pm: Collaborating between 3 tiers of government to build an interconnected Australia

    • Developing inter-governmental partnerships to maximise project funding
    • Accelerating city growth through the South East Queensland City Deal
    • Ensuring the success of projects through evidence-based decision making

    Matt Collins, General Manager, Cities Transformation Taskforce, Queensland Treasury

    3:20pm Afternoon Tea

    3:40pm: Developing sustainable cities initiatives to improve productivity

    • How can technology contribute to ecofriendly urban development?
    • Reaching Carbon emission goals through smart city development
    • Using environmental sensors to inform sustainable decision-making

    Garry Hunt, CEO, City of Joondalup

    4:30pm: Promoting digital engagement enhance citizens experiences

    • Driving digital literacy to ensure smart city success
    • Ensuring all demographics benefit from technology through equitable digital access
    • Meeting community needs by engaging all demographics in the planning process

    Close of conference

  • Workshops – 22nd February 2019

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    9am: Workshop A

    Driving Innovation and Ideation to tackle future city problems

    City resources and traditional service delivery are struggling to match the pace of population growth. Technological innovation can relieve pressures in areas like traffic congestion, mobility and housing affordability. This interactive hands-on workshop will discuss how smart cities technologies and initiatives can optimise service delivery and urban planning. Learn how to build a holistic smart cities strategy that addresses current and future strains.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Setting the strategic direction for smart cities through evidence-based, data-driven and holistic planning
    • Deliver better services by understanding the core problems of your city
    • Engaging youth and tech community to drive an innovation culture

    Neil Temperley, Consultant, Future Cities; Transport & Logistics; Clusters & Living Labs

    12:30 pm: Workshop B

    Ensuring Smart City success through partnerships and funding 

    Appropriate funding can determine whether your project even makes it off the ground.  In this intensive half-day workshop, delegates will explore innovative ways to access funding, develop industry partnerships and procure the right solutions.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Develop the perfect pitch to compete in grant programs
    • Navigating the vendor market to find the right solution for your strategy
    • Collaborating with industry for alternative funding models
    • Partnering with other councils to create ecosystems of innovation


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