Smart Cities: Communities of the Future

Re-imagining our sense of place

2020 has proved to be an enormous year of upheaval; and as a result of the changes we're currently experiencing, we’ve been given an incredible opportunity to reflect on what our communities and cities look like, and ask some pretty big questions.

What aspects of our communities do want to take forward into a post-COVID world? What do we want to change now for the better? What do we want work to look like in the future? What is the future for central, densely-populated cities? How do we want to move around communities? Do we still need to move around communities? Do we have the digital infrastructure we need for new ways of life? How can we address the digital divide?

We exploted these questions and themes at Smart Cities: Communities of the Future, a new virtual conference being delivered by Monkey Media and the Australian Smart Communities Association – the team behind the Smart Cities conference series.

Once again, this conference delivered by Monkey Media and ASCA was completely free to attend, providing you with learning opportunities, which anyone and everyone can access.



Matt Schultz – President, Australian Smart Communities Association

Welcome remarks

Amen Ra Mashariki – Global Director, Data Lab, World Resources Institute

International keynote: Open data to benefit communities

Mel Harris – Executive Director Strategic Land Assessment & Information, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Digital twins and future cities

PANEL - Smart communities: from planning to delivery

Martin Darcy, Service Manager - Business and Innovation, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Imogen Schifferle, Innovation Coordinator, City of Albury Wodonga

Chris Rowlands, Innovation Officer, City of Greater Bendigo

Grace de Leon, Smart Christchurch Project Manager, Christchurch City Council

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

Nathaniel Bavinton – Innovation and Futures Manager, City of Newcastle

Not just tech: citizen engagement and smart communities

PANEL - Data and the community

Joshua Sattler, General Manager Innovation, Growth and Development Services, City of Darwin

Chad Ramage, Founder,  Accessibility in the City

Moderator: Zoe Eather, Smart City & Community Commentator, Advocate and Consultant

Maria Paz, Chief Information Officer, Villa Maria Catholic Homes

Catherine Hill, Digital Urban Infrastructure Program Lead - Technology and Digital Innovation, City of Melbourne