Day One

08:15
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from chair

Jacyl Shaw
Global Practice Director - Digital Innovation & Higher Education Lead
GHD Digital

BUSINESS CASES AND PROCESSES FOR SMART CITIES

09:00
Building a business case for your smart city investment
  • Building tangible targets and introducing measures that lay the groundwork
  • Ensuring the alignment of outcomes with strategic goals
  • Evaluating desired outcomes: beyond ROI
  • Future proofing the city through new approaches to resource management

Julie Snell
CEO
Bristol is Open (UK)

09.40
Smart financing for smart local government - how can councils overcome the raft of challenges in financing their projects?

Funding is one of the biggest challenges to implementing a smart city strategy. So how can cities confront this?

  • Why financing is such a big challenge and what innovative models in Australia and abroad are being used to support projects
  • How cities can better target and utilise value capture to fund projects
  • Identifying business models that help attract private

Kate Roffey
Director of Deals, Investment & Major Projects
Wyndham City

10:10
How cities and suburbs are approaching standards and policies

Standards can provide a range of benefits to cities and the industries that support them. This session will outline some of the key advantages the smart cities movement can realise from embracing standards.

  • Overview of Smart City Standards- Strategic, planning and technical level
  • In-depth understanding of Australian Authorities actions, encouragement and expectations around smart cities and towns projects
  • Main points being analysed by the Smart Cities Standards Reference Group

Vi Le
Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Standards Australia

10:40
Networking break & showcase viewing

PARTNERSHIPS & NEW TALENT

11:10
Creating successful private-public partnerships

How does a city transform itself into a smart city? One strategy involves bringing the private sector into the fold, to provide funding, technical know-how, and innovation that complements public-sector efforts. But bringing these two different elements together can also prove challenging in practice. This session will explore some examples on how to implement sustainable partnerships.

Stephen Fernando
Chief Financial Officer
Whitsunday Regional Council

11.40
Engaging with start-ups to drive innovation

When you pair the domain expertise, networks, distribution channels, customers and resources of local government with the speed, talent and emerging technology of startups, you can deliver winning outcomes, fast. By collaborating with startups, cities can drive innovation while addressing complex community expectations.

  • Why start-ups can be a clear partner on the innovation path
  • How to encourage start-ups to improve outcomes for local communities
  • How to leverage emerging technology while solving real community problems
  • How to overcome barriers and challenges (eg. procurement)

Shay Namdarian
GM, Customer Strategy
Collective Campus

12:10
Panel discussion: Analysing the role of collaboration in a smart city strategy implementation
  • Partnerships and collaboration: benefits and challenges
  • What are the best models to explore?
  • How to choose the right private partner
  • How to manage data access to non-governmental stakeholders

Moderator:
Jacyl Shaw

Global Practice Director Digital Innovation & Higher Education Lead
GHD Digital

Panellists:
Shay Namdarian

GM, Customer Strategy
Collective Campus

Stephen Fernando
Chief Financial Officer
Whitsunday Regional Council

Megan Turnley
Strategy and Transformation Lead
Yarra CityLab

12:55
Lunch
14:00
How to develop smart strategies and capabilities to build a Smart City
  • What skills and approaches are needed in a world of growing complexity and increasing pace of change?
  • What are the new skills needed to operate Smart Cities?
  • Exploring and building your own capabilities and the structure to support success

Marion Greig
Manager Improvement and Innovation
City of Casey

14:30
Generating big social impact with minimal investment

This session will explore how a human-centred and creative smart city approach can identify low investment projects and opportunities that deliver real value to council, business and the community

Megan Turnley
Strategy and Transformation Lead
Yarra CityLab

15:00
Networking Break
15:30 - 17:20
Get stuck in: investigating the challenges and co- shaping the solutions

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss the biggest challenges your organisation and community are facing and brainstorm the solutions with your peers who are also trying to overcome similar issues.
The room will be divided in roundtables, and participants will be able to choose a key theme of discussion, including (but not limited to):

1. TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY

  • Making driverless and electric cars game changers – milestones and challenges
  • Paving the way for autonomous vehicles – from trials to broader adoption
  • Integrating smart cities and transport infrastructure
  • Master planning mobility into infrastructure plans
  • Integrating transport with the city’s wide sustainability measures

2. FOSTERING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

  • Instigating and navigating self-disruption, while continuing to deliver effective services and support
  • How to sell the value of Smart Technology to Executives
  • Technology is only 5% of the challenge – what is the rest?
  • Maturing your service capability to make it all stick – sustainability is key
  • Achieving organizational alignment during all stages of transformation

3. BEING SMARTER, BEING GREENER: MANAGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPERATIONS TO ACHIEVE CARBON NEUTRALITY

  • Energy efficiency – micro grids and other innovative solutions
  • Reducing energy consumption using space occupancy people counters
  • The potential for more active use of building rooftops

4. OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN SMART WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • The role of IOT in waste collection and recovery
  • What data can tell you about your waste –and how to reduce it
  • Future of waste management – what should be done?

5. THE VALUE OF INVESTING IN INNOVATION TEAMS TO ACCELERATE SMART CITIES DEVELOPMENT

  • Explore the value of innovation teams or labs and how they input to smart cities development
  • How an innovation team can provide an emergent strategy

Each roundtable will nominate a participant to be the leader. All tables will have 10 minutes to discuss your challenges. Then, each leader will deliver a short presentations on their key challenges to the entire audience.
After the leaders of all tables present, they will turn to their tables, and all participants will engage in a group discussion to brainstorm and propose ideas and solutions.
At the end of the group discussion, the roundtable leaders will share the key points presented by their group to the entire audience.

17:20
Closing remarks from the Chair

Jacyl Shaw
Global Practice Director - Digital Innovation & Higher Education Lead
GHD Digital

17:30
End of day one and networking drinks