2020 Themes

Smart Cities 2020 – the must-attend event
In Melbourne this May, Australia’s city and community makers will gather to learn about the latest trends, technologies and thinking when it comes to creating the cities, towns and suburbs of the future.

The event is being delivered by the Australian Smart Communities Association, the peak industry association in Australia for our rapidly developing digital, sharing and interconnected communities; and Monkey Media, trade publisher of magazines including Infrastructure, Energy and Utility.

At this must-attend event, you will enjoy a first class line-up of local and international keynote speakers; enjoy industry panels and extensive case studies from metropolitan and regional  councils; take part in multiple formal and informal networking sessions; discover an exhibition showcasing some of the latest products and technologies on offer; and attend the Smart Cities Gala Awards and Dinner.


Smart cities start with “why”. Truly smart cities have an established plan for what they want to achieve; and they use technology as the enabler for the changes they want to effect, rather than the reason for change itself.

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The smart city conversation has moved beyond the metropolis, and now relates to suburbs, neighbourhoods and towns as much as our biggest cities. We now understand that there’s as much work to be done at the micro level, as well as the macro level.

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Smart cities are moving their focus towards the wellbeing of community members as their key performance indicator, and are working to create functional environments that provide benefits for every citizen.

At Smart Cities 2020, we will explore these key themes, and much more, through our world-class speaker line-up, formal and informal networking sessions, and at the Smart Cities & Communities Awards, where the latest innovations in the industry will be on display.

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  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “I really enjoyed the breadth of speakers, ranging from high level to detailed case studies. It was a lot to take in but I felt engaged throughout the days.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “There were some excellent speakers.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “The range of speakers was very good, and the gala awards was a good networking opportunity in a more relaxed environment.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “The thirty minute speaker format kept the content refreshed, and the speed networking led to interesting conversations in breaks. The diversity of topics and speakers was also good – we did not hear the same messaging repeated from a number of speakers.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “There was plenty of time for networking, and the speed networking sessions made it easier to approach people at other times.”  

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “The pace of the event was good, and Lorraine as MC was an expert herself and her summary and interpretation was great.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “The speakers were very informative. I especially liked the round table with council staff hosted by keynote Mark Dowd, which gave us the opportunity to uncover ways to learn from each other.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “Good content, hosted well, clearly communicated information.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “There was sufficient time for questions and discussion during sessions. I also enjoyed engaging and meeting with local governments, state governments and Mark Dowd.”

  • What our 2019 delegates said

    “I liked the perspective of implementers in addressing the challenges.”

Returning for 2020 – the Smart Cities & Communities Awards


As part of Smart Cities 2020, we will be holding a cocktail party and awards evening where we will present the Smart Cities & Communities Awards for 2020. Awards will be handed out in a range of categories – click here to be notified when submissions for awards are opened.


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