9:00 – 12:30 The pre-forum Smart Cities Innovations Showcase will provide an unprecedented stage for city councils and top companies across Australia to showcase some of the most progressive, exciting innovations that will spark Australian cities’ transformation and urban renewal.  You will discover how integration of technological innovations such as AI, smart sensors and IoTs with urban services can optimize citizen experience in this smart city transformation and how city councils can reduce their costs and resource consumption while driving urban renewal with inclusivity and innovations.


 13:30 – 17:00 Following Smart Cities Innovations Showcase, delegates will experience the Future Smart Cities Site Tour where you will see physically discover how smart city analytics can aid city planning and design, latest urban renewal and transformation projects at Smart Cities Sydney / Melbourne and discover smart mobility solutions at UNSW’s Smart Cities Research Cluster / CityLab by City of Melbourne. Participants will also discover how City of Melbourne and Sydney are using data and technology to enhance citizen engagement, experience and service delivery and how these cities are using open data, predictive analytics and AI to gain deeper understanding towards smarter cities and resource optimization.


As part of the 2016 election campaign, the $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was launched, with the goal of supporting the delivery of innovative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia. More than 52 projects around the nation have been funded under the first round and more are to come in the recently announced second round, further cementing the need for local governments to advance their city transformation.
The first day of the forum will kick-start with sessions exploring local case studies of cities that have successfully obtained funding and embarked on various projects that apply smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Leading smart city innovations like 3D city modelling, 5G, intelligent data and energy networks will also be discussed in great details. These will inspire delegates to push past the status quo and envision future transformative roadmaps towards greater digitalization and automation.
Day one of the forum also explores Australia’s leading universities’ smart cities innovations that are driving urban transformation. Through these sessions, delegates will be able to glean insights into readying their cities for impending digital disruptions.
09:00 – 09:15 Opening Address and Day 1 Highlights by Chairperson
09:15 – 09:45 Mayor Keynote: Designing an Award-Winning Smart City

  • How cities can meet the global challenges of our time
  • Innovative models based on collaboration between industry, government and communities to find solutions to emerging issues
  • Formulas to develop future cities for smart citizens
09:45 – 11:00 Visionary Smart Cities & Urban Transformation Roundtable Discussion

  • Newcastle Smart City Initiatives
  • Smart City Adelaide’s Automated Traffic Management
  • Launceston Smart City Transformation Project
  • Perth Smart City Collaboration
  • University of Sydney: Community Participation in Smart Urban Planning
  • Australian PV Institute: Energy Data for Smart Decision Making
  • University of Technology Sydney Liveable Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities
11:00 – 11:15 Morning Refreshment & Networking 
11:15 – 11:45 Newcastle 2021 Smart City Visionary Showcase: Intelligent Mobility, Energy, and Data Networks
In the past two years, Newcastle has been anointed a UN City and featured in the OECD’s yearbook. Initiatives include use of data to better connect the future light rail with other modes of transport and ensure emergency service vehicles get green lights. Other applications include smart phone apps that update commuters in real-time on when their bus is due and guide drivers to vacant parking spaces. Autonomous vehicle trials, an electric bike share network powered by renewables, on-demand buses, apps and data dashboards will all make travel and life in the city easier. Infrastructure backbone of the smart city vision, including WiFi, smart lighting and environmental sensors around the CBD, are all in place to help Newcastle realize its smart city vision.
City of Newcastle Declan Clausen

Deputy Lord Mayor

City of Newcastle 

11:45 – 12:15 Adelaide Smart City Showcase: How Australia’s First Smart Cities Is Leveraging Traffic Sensors To Ease Congestion & Communicate with Autonomous Vehicles
The South Australian government and the City of Adelaide have conducted a trial of traffic sensors that can potentially be used to ease congestion as well as communicate with autonomous vehicles. The sensors can gather a range of information about traffic approaching the intersection, including the location and speed of vehicles as well as data about pedestrians. The information gathered will be used to recommend changes to traffic light intervals.
12:15 – 12:45 University of Adelaide’s Australian Smart Cities Consortium: Innovation Highlights That Will Propel the Future of Australia’s Smart Cities
The University of Adelaide’s Australian Smart Cities Consortium works with state and local government, industry and entrepreneurs, to improve the experiences of people living in our cities. Topics include:

  • Sensors, drones, computer-device networks, wearable devices and communication
  • Cyber-security systems
  • Big data and complex system analysis
  • Spatial analysis for social and environmental planning
  • Development of tools, technology and insights to help water users
  • Optimizing infrastructure design and urban green spaces
  • Waste management solutions
  • Responsive pubic lighting
  • Driverless cars
 12:45 – 13:45 Lunch & Networking 
13:45 – 14:15 Greater Launceston Smart City Transformation Project: Becoming Australia’s Leading Smart City with 3D City Modelling and 5G Innovation
Launceston will become Australia’s leading smart city with the rollout of a $3.5 million Australian first project collaboration between State, Federal, and Local Government, University of Tasmania and Telstra.
Called the Greater Launceston Transformation Project, it will cover the greater Launceston area and uses the latest connective technology and new 3D virtual city modelling tools to transform city planning processes, deliver better educational outcomes and develop a community co-designed innovation hub. The project will make the region a fully-connected, tech-ready centre which is open and ready for business. Importantly, this partnership will ensure Launceston is a primary test site for emerging 5G technologies, placing the region firmly on the map as a first-comer for full Telstra 5G rollout.
Craig-Perkins-rounded Craig Perkins


Meander Valley Council 

 Regional Development Australia Tasmania
14:15 – 14:45 City of Joondalup – Digital City Implementation: Leveraging and Learning from Opportunity
The City of Joondalup Digital City Strategy was endorsed by Council in April 2013 and this was a first for any local government in the Perth metropolitan area.
The Strategy’s original aim was to provide direction to the City so the local community and businesses could maximise the benefits from the growth of online and digital activity and other new communication infrastructure and technologies.Hear from the City of Joondalup CEO on the challenges of implementing such a strategy and how this has led to some outstanding opportunities being realised.
GARY-rounded Garry Hunt


City of Joondalup

City of Joondalup
14:45 – 15:15 Sydney City Council’s Smart Mobility and Intelligent Transportation Plan

  • Sydney and NSW: A testing bed for Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Australia’s largest pipeline of infrastructure investment on transport and road projects
  • Establishing a holistic ecosystem to enable industry, start-ups and researchers globally to work with government to trial innovative transport technologies
15:15 – 15:30 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 – 16:00 University of New South Wales Smart Cities Initiatives: Smart Community and Liveable Neighbourhood Plan and Research
City2050 Stephen Yarwood

Urban Futurist


16:00 – 16:30 La Trobe University: Innovative Technologies Driving Urban Transformation in Smart Cities

  • Autonobus: Kicking off trials of autonomous shuttle bus
  • “Fitbits” for animals: Wearable motion sensors to pioneer smart, digital farms
  • Energy Efficiency: Sensing, Modelling and Management
  • Monitoring Efficiency in Food Supply Chain
Aniruddha-Desai-rounded Dr Aniruddha Desai

Director of Centre for Technology Fusion

La Trobe University

 La Trobe University
16:30 – 17:00 National Cities Performance Framework: How Smart Cities Can Benchmark Their Progress

The Performance Framework provides a snapshot of the productivity and progress of Australia’s largest 21 cities plus Western Sydney. It is the first official framework of its kind in Australia and brings together critical data on our cities in an easily accessible online format. In one location, you will be able to track the performance of cities across key measures: Jobs and Skills; Infrastructure and Investment; Liveability and Sustainability; Innovation and Digital Opportunities; Governance, Planning and Regulation; and Housing. The Performance Framework will assist all levels of government, industry and the community to better target, monitor and evaluate cities policy and investments, including through City Deals.

17:00 Closing Remarks by Forum Chairperson 
Champagne City Leaders & Mayors Champagne Networking Evening

Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.


While technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with urban transformation and the building and evolution of smart cities, conversations surrounding smart cities have shifted to adopt a more people-centred focus through building cities that citizens truly want to live, work and play in. Citizen engagement is thus critical to the success of future smart cities and the way forward is a community-driven, bottom-up approach where citizens are an integral part of designing and developing.
Day two of the forum will further discuss strategies to engage citizens in the decision making process and enable multi-layer collaborative efforts. Case studies of how cities around the world are becoming more responsive and adaptable to meet the changing needs of smart citizens will also be shared to assist delegates in evading pitfalls and accomplish substantive and valuable results.Day two of the forum will then proceed with a series of exciting showcases on the next generation technologies and solutions in smart mobility and city network infrastructure to enable urban transformation. Learn more on how to leverage on Predictive Analytics, Blockchain and AI to optimize and advance smart city operations and improve services in various aspects like security, city planning and transportation as well as boost the quality of life for citizens.
0:159:00 – 09:15 Forum Introduction and Day 2 Highlights by Chairperson 
09:15 – 09:45 Learning From the Leaders: Key Smart City Developments Around the World

  • Singapore
  • Barcelona
  • Hamburg
  • Seoul
  • Copenhagen
  • Amsterdam
Singapore University of Technology and Design Poon King Wang 

Director Lee Kuan Kew Centre for Innovative Cities

Singapore University of Technology and Science

09:45 – 10:15 Keynote: Re-Thinking Urban Mobility & Keeping Cities Moving

  • Disruptive mobility and harnessing digital innovations to unlock potential opportunities for low carbon mobility
  • New business models: The merging worlds of technology, vehicles and shared mobility
  • Utilizing smart technologies and AI to create self-healing and self-learning infrastructure
Hussein-Dia-rounded Hussein Dia

Chair – Department of Civil Engineering & Deputy Director

Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology
10:15 – 10:45 Crafting an Efficient and Productive Land Use Transportation Program for Smarter Cities

  • Funding opportunities for increased investment in urban public transport
  • Integrating land use and transportation for more productive, inclusive and sustainable cities
  • Designing and putting together a strategic land use and transport program to meet social needs
University of Sydney John Stanley

Adjunct Professor & Bus Industry Confederation Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney

 10:45 – 11:00  Morning Refreshment & Networking 
 11:00 – 11:30 Smart Communities: How Engaging Citizens Make the City Smarter

  • The new era of transformation: Increasingly connected communities through rapidly changing intelligent technologies
  • Case studies of success: How cities around the world are becoming more responsive from engaging citizens
  • New tools for engagement and consultation that use Smart Cities technology
Eamon-Waterford-rounded Eamon Waterford

Acting CEO

Committee for Sydney

Committee for Sydney
 11:30 – 12:00 Placemaking: Planning for Local and Liveable Neighborhoods

  • Roadmap to plan for liveable neighborhoods for all ages, income groups and abilities
  • The 20-minute neighbourhood: coherent, attractive and adaptable urban structure
  • Preparing neighborhoods to adapt and meet the changing needs of the smart cities
Smart Cities Council Jessica Christiansen-Franks

Co-vice Chair

Centre for Civic Innovation, Smart Cities Council

 12:00 – 12:30 City Sustainability and Resilience Strategies

  • The need for every city to develop and implement a resilience strategy in order to withstand shocks and stresses and bounce back stronger
  • How and where are successful cities using new technologies to upgrade infrastructure and enhance resilience?
  • How to actively harness the power of urban innovations to advance various economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals
UN Global Compact Cities Programme Michael Nolan


UN Global Compact Cities Programme

 12:30 – 13:15 Council and Government Panel: Planning and Design Challenges for Smart Cities

  • Efforts to address contemporary urban planning and development challenges
  • Planning for collaborative projects to employ innovative technology solutions to urban challenges, delivering economic, social and environmental benefits
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to define and create the cities of tomorrow
Tahnya-Donaghy-rounded Dr Tahnya Donaghy

Deputy CEO

Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

Peg Consulting
City of Monash Ralph Webster

Manager Architecture and Urban Design

City of Monash

city leadership Katherine O Regan

Executive Director

Cities Leadership Institute 

 13:15 – 14:00  Lunch & Networking 
 14:00 – 14:30 Utilizing Predictive Analytics for Smart City Deployment to Gain Deeper Understanding Towards Smarter Cities

  • How government can leverage data generated by sensors or smarted devices to improve services in various aspects like security, city planning and transportation
  • Developing predictive models that enhances city services and the quality of life for citizens
  • Successful use cases of predictive analytics & best practices to launch advanced analytics projects in your own city and organization
 14:30 – 15:00 Blockchain – Train of Innovative Thoughts Transforming Smart Cities

  • How blockchain technology can form the building block for smart city services
  • Secure blockchain-based digital identity enabled by open ledger and smart contracts
  • BIoT: How blockchain and IoT can be used to develop a digital record connecting thousands of devices while curbing the risk of hacking
15:00 – 15:30 Using Data and Technology to Enhance Citizen Engagement, Experience and Transform Service Delivery

  • Citizen Engagement in the digital age: What works and what doesn’t
  • Why civic engagement should be at the very heart of smart cities initiatives
  • How well-planned engagement can yield citizen enriched data enabling long range improvement in city growth, health and revenue
  • Benefits of an enhanced citizen engagement strategy for your city & creating a roadmap that evades pitfalls and accomplishes substantive, valuable results
15:30 – 15:45 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:45 – 16:15 How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Smart Cities Even Smarter

  • An overview of recent breakthroughs and advancements in A.I. e.g. Chatbots & Sensors and their roles in optimizing smart city operations
  • How AI automate manual tasks and free up human agents, signifying the next era of evolution in technology
  • Case studies of leading smart cities and their efforts to transform their city operations using A.I.
  • Bringing AI- powered solutions to cities to unlock doors to opportunities for smart city development
16:15 – 16:45 Using Public-Private Partnership to Advance Smart Cities

  • How collaborative investments can overcome traditional barriers to funding and financing smart city projects
  • Setting the stage for successful public-private collaborations and fostering productive partnerships
  • Unlocking value and bringing a critical mass of players together to spur development
VicRoads Peter Holcombe Henley

Acting Project Director – Citylink Tulla Widening Project


16:45 – 17:30 Panel Discussion: Civic Engagement & Citizen Experience: Implementing a citizen-centric approach to Smart Cities

  • Citizen Engagement in the digital age: what works and what doesn’t
  • Why civic engagement should be at the very heart of smart cities initiatives
  • How well-planned engagement can yield citizen enriched data enabling long range improvement in city growth, health and revenue
  • Benefits of an enhanced citizen engagement strategy for your city & creating a roadmap that evades pitfalls and accomplishes substantive, valuable results
17:30 Closing Remarks by Chairperson