On May 28, Australia’s city and community makers gathered to learn about the latest trends, technologies and thinking when it comes to creating the cities, towns and suburbs of the future.

Now, more than ever, our need to stay digitally connected is critically important, and the smart cities community has a vital role to play.

In this free virtual conference, we learned how the smart cities working landscape has pivoted since the COVID-19 pandemic. We looked at the essential skills and services the sector provides, and the areas in which we’ll be delivering programs of work as we adjust to the new normal for 2020 and beyond.



Emily Royall, Smart City Coordinator, Office of Innovation, City of San Antonio
Emily Royall is a data professional and urban planner working towards equity in smart cities. She has years of public sector experience in digital services, engagement, and smart city strategy. Her presentation will focus on the smart city COVID response, with emphasis on what local governments in the US are doing.

Ian Oppermann, NSW Chief Data Scientist
Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. Ian has nearly 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector and is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society.

Tim Farrell, Director, Smart and Future Cities, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications  
Tim Farrell is currently managing the Australian Government’s Smart City and Suburbs Program. He is passionate about supporting all stakeholders to share experiences and collaborate to solve urban challenges that combine innovative thinking and smart technology solutions.

Kim Hunt, Innovation Projects Manager, City of Adelaide
Kim Hunt is a business analyst-turned-project manager working in the City of Adelaide’s Innovate Adelaide smart cities team. Kim leads CoA’s landmark Ten Gigabit Adelaide fibre optic network project. She co-wrote the business case that secured $12 million of funding for the project and is managing the project through to implementation.

Matthew Schultz, President, Australian Smart Communities Association
Matthew Schultz has expertise in all facets of connectivity including 5G, digital transformation, smart cities & IoT, and data-driven strategy and delivery. Prior to his current role, Matt positioned the City of Ipswich as a Top 7 worldwide Intelligent Community for 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Megan Turnley, Strategy and Transformation Lead - Yarra CityLab, City of Yarra
As Strategy and Transformation Lead of Yarra CityLab, Megan is working  to prepare Yarra for the digital future. She has established the Yarra Smart City Office and future roadmap, and is focused on creating community-based and technology-smart solutions to enhance engagement, build knowledge and digital equity.

Adam Mowlam, Manager, Smart City Office, Wyndham City Council
Adam has over ten years of experience spearheading a range of Wyndham’s industry-leading projects. He recently led the development of Wyndham City’s very first Future City Strategy, a blueprint for modernising services and infrastructure, promoting innovation and embedding the use of data-driven decision-making processes.

Zoe Eather, Smart City & Community Commentator, Advocate and Consultant
Zoe is an engineer and a millennial with a passion for smart communities, smart cities and smart regions – not just in the big cities, but using technology and smart ways of thinking as enablers to make the places we live more accessible, liveable and sustainable for all.

Christopher Manoski, Innovation Coordinator, City of Canterbury Bankstown
A natural-born leader, and a Canterbury-Bankstown local, Christopher’s confidence and influence play a key connecting role in the smart cities space by bringing a wealth of knowledge on how council and the community function, as well as having a human-centric approach to a rapidly evolving initiative.

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