Day Two

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the chair

Martine Letts
Chief Executive Officer
Committee for Melbourne

Harnessing the power of technology to create more sustainable, prosperous and competitive communities
  • How city and local governments can deliver enhanced services and administrative capabilities that put people first, to help them to achieve more
  • Ensuring citizens and businesses get seamless, personalised, and convenient self-service options
  • Providing quick and easy access to information through technology to foster positive relationships between citizens and governments
  • Using data-driven solutions to provide services and quality of life for citizens

Adrian Motherway
Government Industry Leader
Microsoft Australia

KEYNOTE PRESENTATON: Funding smart city initiatives – Delivering new ways to imagine, plan and build cities, transport and infrastructure

Claire Howlett
General Manager, Cities Division
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

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
PANEL DISCUSSION: Laying the foundations for smart societies

• What are the building blocks for a smart society?
• How do governments, industry and policy makers nurture a smart society?
• Can we develop a charter for becoming a smart society
• What would this society look like?
• What is the role of the private academic sector in this endeavour?


Martine Letts
Chief Executive Officer
Committee for Melbourne


Professor Mark Burry
Professor or Urban Futures
University of Melbourne

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

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

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


Gordon  Noble
Principal Adviser; Better Infrastructure Initiative
John Grill Centre for Project Leadership


Catherine Caruana-McManus
Director Sales & Strategy, Meshed IoT
Founder, Giant Ideas for Smart Cities

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

Subhash Challa
Chief Executive Officer
SenSen Networks

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


Darren Gladman
Director Smart Energy
Clean Energy Council

Katherine O'Regan
Executive Director, Cities Leadership Institute
Former Deputy Mayor and Councillor, Woollahra City Council

How can smart cities enhance the health & wellbeing of citizens
  • Can smart cities actually improve our health, well-being and quality of life?
  • 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
  • How do we consider and give all citizens (e.g. older adults and people living with chronic diseases) a strong voice in creating smart cities

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?


Martine Letts
Chief Executive Officer
Committee for Melbourne


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

Tim Spencer
Executive General Manager
Mulpha Developments

Sean Audain
Innovation Officer (Smart City)
Wellington City Council

Closing remarks from Chair and end of conference