Day One

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the chair

Professor Mark Burry AO
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


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


Greg Conkey OAM
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
  • An overview of current advances in A.I. and their relevance to smart city operations
  • Case studies of some leading cities like Singapore, Brisbane, Calgary and their efforts to transform their city operations using A.I.
  • Bringing artificial intelligence powered solutions to cities to make them smarter in all aspects of their operations

Subhash Challa
Chief Executive Officer
SenSen Networks

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?

Alison Whitten
Operations Coordinator
Resilient Melbourne

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Hamburg Urban Data -City Cockpits: Enabling Hamburg to be a Digital City
  • Smart Cities Challenge: Chances are everywhere. Where are the limits?
  • Data, logistics and technology: are robots better inhabitants?
  • Smart Cities: Who benefits?

Thomas Jacob
Senate Chancellery
City of Hamburg

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: The role that digital transformation can play in making cities safer

Arthur Thomas Ball
Senior Director, Public Safety & National Security

Roundtable 2: Building the backbone of smart cities – leverage real- time responses and integrated GIS to manage infrastructure

Grace Micallef
Executive Director – APAC
Hexagon Geospatial

Roundtable 3: Transforming the way we plan, manage and deliver on smart infrastructure

Clayton Banks
Chief Executive Officer
Silicon Harlem, New York (USA)

Roundtable 4: Digital adoption in a smart built environment

Professor Christopher James Pettit
Professor of Urban Science

Roundtable 5: City sustainability and resilience

Alison Whitten
Operation Coordinator
Resilent Melbourne

Roundtable 6: Smart City Society and Culture

Thomas Jacob
Senate Chancellery
City of Hamburg

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 AO
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 KEYNOTE: Newcastle’s smart city transition

Declan Clausen
Deputy Lord Mayor
The City of Newcastle

Closing remarks from chair & networking drinks