Registrations Open


Welcome remarks

MC, Lorraine Tighe, Smart Cities and Innovation Consultant


International Keynote Speaker

Mark Dowd, Executive Director, Smart Cities Lab

Mark drove smart cities across the US federal agency platform when he worked as a Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration. Mark was responsible for creating and executing the groundbreaking US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge that fundamentally changed the way cities and communities approach transportation, innovation and technology. Mark currently runs the city-facing non-profit Smart Cities Lab focusing on the collaborative development of policies and solutions to address our most stubborn urban challenges.

As Smart Cities’ international keynote speaker, Mark will bring his extensive experience in policy development and implementation related to smart cities, technology, mobility, public-private partnerships, energy, and environmental issues to the conference.




Smarter mobility and its role in addressing Australia’s future infrastructure challenges

Peter Colacino, Executive Director of Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

Peter will discuss the opportunities that technology and digital connectivity bring for Australia’s growing cities and regions.

Acknowledging that technological developments in transport are fundamentally changing how customers interact with transport networks and how operators deliver services, he will highlight how smarter mobility through electrification, automation and rapid improvements in communications technology can transform Australia’s cities and regions, significantly reduce emissions and improve safety on our roads. His presentation will argue that the key for governments is to encourage innovation through its policy and regulatory settings, while also prioritising outcomes for infrastructure users.


The IoT implications for smart cities

Craig Lawton, IoT & Smart Cities Specialist, A/NZ Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

From one of the world’s premiere organisations for understanding the intersection between humans and technology, Craig Lawton will be helping delegates understand the IoT implications for smart cities. Craig will review some of the technologies that are currently available, provide interesting case studies of technology in use and summarise some of the key learning insights that organisations are currently taking away from the trial and use of new technologies.


Speed Networking

Delegates have the chance to meet like-minded colleagues through this speed networking session. A structured and fun activity that will get conversations flowing and allow delegates to make new industry connections.




What kind of smart city do you want to build?

Sarah Barns, Urban Digital Strategist, Sitelines Media & Esem Projects

In this presentation, Sarah discusses different models for smart cities currently in development, taking into account the role of public-private partnerships, data governance strategy and citizen engagement models. She argues that if ‘smart cities are the answer’, it is imperative that we ask: what is the question, and who will help us answer it?


Keeping our cities smart and secure

Michelle Price, CEO, The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network

Michelle will discuss the security implications that come with creating cities that are connected and technologically advanced. She will provide practical advice for ensuring our cities stay safe while adapting to the needs of future citizens.




Can smart cities help make us happier?

Lucinda Hartley, Chief Innovation Officer, Neighbourlytics

Cities are changing faster than ever, putting pressure on city-makers to get them right. One of the critical challenges city-makers face is ensuring the investments they make in buildings and infrastructure results in communities that are happier and healthier than they were before. Smart cities, connected infrastructure and big data provide new, previously unavailable insights. Social data analytics enable users to see the neighbourhood through the locals’ eyes, but they also provide an unparalleled tool to provide urban policy with deep insights into the social health of local places. In this presentation, Lucinda will explore the vast range of data we have available to us already, and pinpoint how city-makers can use this information to build cities that are not just smarter, but happier, healthier and better than the ones we have today.


Council Panel

Adam Mowlam, Manager, Smart City Office, Wyndham City Council

Stephen Rufus, Chief Executive Officer, City of Port Lincoln Shweta Babbar, Chief Transformation Officer, Glen Eira City Council

During this session, our three panellists will present case studies on the works their particular council is undertaking to make it a smarter place to live and work. The panel will then answer questions from moderator Lorraine Tighe, such as what are the unique challenges for regional versus metropolitan councils? What things can councils do to create a smart city plan that is truly cohesive, and avoids the common trap of falling in to tokenism? And how can we attract the right staff to council that will help bring about the smart city technological revolution?


Conference day one close


Smart Cities Cocktail Party and Awards Ceremony begins


Registrations Open


Welcome remarks

MC, Lorraine Tighe, Smart Cities and Innovation Consultant


Developing a Smart Cities strategic standards roadmap for Australia

Vi Le, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

As Australia’s digital economy rapidly expands, new technologies are changing and challenging how businesses operate, consumers behave and how services are delivered. Vi Le will speak to her work in the smart cities space, drawing on her experience in policy areas of artificial intelligence, data sharing and digital transformation. Her presentation, ‘Developing a Smart Cities strategic standards roadmap for Australia,’ will explore how we can plan for an unpredictable future. Vi will discuss her role in the development of the Standards Reference Group, and how standardisation of this evolving sector will establishing a common market, encouraging interoperability and reducing barriers to trade.


Sponsor Presentation

Anna Murray, Sales Manager - Product Sales and Reality Modelling, Bentley Systems

Anna heads Bentley’s product sales team including reality modeling, civil, structural and construction solutions and cloud services. Anna comes from a technical background, as a programmer and IT service delivery project manager before moving into industry solution roles helping government and industry navigate fast moving new and disruptive technologies. Anna is also the Vice President of AIDN (Australian Industry Defence Network) NSW and is active in the Defence Industry and promoting the innovative work of SMEs into the Department of Defence and the Prime Contractors.


Speed Networking

Delegates have the chance to meet like-minded colleagues through this speed networking session. A structured and fun activity that will get conversations flowing and allow delegates to make new industry connections.






All roads lead to home: the new paradigm for road travel

Scott Benjamin, Technical Director, Intelligent Transport Systems, WSP Dr Jonathan Spear, Executive Director and General Counsel, Infrastructure Victoria Gavin Hill, General Manager Strategy and Delivery, Transport Certification Australia

The roads sector is gearing up for significant change thanks to the emergence of new electric and driverless vehicle technologies, creating questions around what our roads will look like in the future. In addition to changing vehicles, the infrastructure on the roads themselves is becoming more high tech due to Intelligent Transport Systems. This panel session will explore all aspects of current and future road technology and infrastructure, from driverless and electric vehicles, to ITS and intelligent sensors, and how our roads are constructed.


The critical role essential services will play in smart cities

Tim Nichols, Product & Strategy Manager, Jemena Electricity Network Michael Gomez, Manager - Asset Knowledge & Systems, Melbourne Water Jessica Higgs - Head of Strategy (Acting), Ausgrid

Water, power, gas – in a modern society, these utilities are the critical building blocks every citizen needs access to in order to go about their everyday lives. But in the city of the future, users won’t just expect access to these services - they will expect their usage to be optimised, their customer experience to be enhanced, and their utility provider to help them be efficient in their use. In this session, we’ll explore the expectations that modern utility customers will have, and the technologies that will help city-makers deliver these services.






Easy, efficient, connected: a future blueprint for public transport

Dr Frank Heibel, Director, Doc Frank Rail Services Jeff Kasparian, Programs Director, iMOVE CRC Dr John Stone, Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning, University of Melbourne

With the Australian population continuing to increase at a rapid rate, our cities and their infrastructure are bearing the brunt. Public transport around the country is in a unique position to transform the way people move around, and between, our cities, reducing reliance on roads as well as emissions. This session will encompass various types of public transport from rail to buses and ride sharing, and look at making it all work together. There will be a focus on multi-modal, intelligent and clean transport, and what the future commuter will look like.


Designing the cities of the future

Mark Burry AO, Founding Director, Smart Cities Research Institute and Professor of Urban Futures, Swinburne University of Technology Nicola Smith, Founding Director, Planning, Niche Planning Studio Sandra Qian, Senior Advisor- Policy and Government Relations, Green Building Council of Australia

Urban design is a key pillar for any smart city, and the way we design our buildings and plan our communities is becoming more energy-efficient and automated than ever before. This session features some of the leading planners and experts in urban design, discussing how we can make our buildings smarter – from lighting to Building Automation Systems (BAS) in HVAC, elevators, access control, CCTV, lighting, water and energy systems – as well as the things urban designers and planners need to consider as the fundamental makeup of our cities changes.




Super Panel

Mark Dowd, Executive Director, Smart Cities Lab Sarah Barns, Urban Digital Strategist, Sitelines Media & Esem Projects Vi Le, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

Join Mark Dowd, Sarah Barns, and Vi Le in conversation with moderator Lorraine Tighe, discussing the core themes from the last two days and driving home the key points that delegates can take away and implement in their own organisations. This is a great way to wrap up the conference and cement in your minds everything you’ve learned as well as the time to ask any burning questions to our industry panel.


Closing remarks


Conference close