With Darwin a big winner from the first round of grants for the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan, it is timely to learn about smart cities tools and technologies. Planning organisations and cities are often challenged to find effective ways of embracing technology and data analytics to address the public interest and respond to the community’s aspirations.
Can technology companies work more closely with cities and planning firms to engage in the rapid pace of technological advancement? Can the voice of the city, and community, be an integral part of technology industries? Are we keeping up with the digital transformation of the planning process?
This seminar will highlight city-scale smart technology that can contribute to city rejuvenation and, together with open data, help to stimulate new partnerships and business growth, creating new job opportunities and helping to combat social and safety challenges.
This seminar suits professionals of every type who are interested in exploring future smart cities tools and technologies.
Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand
Adam has spent more than 20 years influencing infrastructure and urban degeneration projects across the world. In this time, he has worked for global consulting firms, as well as transformational non-profit organisations. For the past seven years, he has supported the building of movements and marketplaces for sustainable cities. Most recently, as Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, a Portland-based non-profit think tank, Adam was central to the design of new model of sustainable urban regeneration that was built using a collective impact framework.
From 2009, as Executive Director of the Green Building Council of Australia, Adam’s work was focused on designing tools and assessment systems for accelerating and benchmarking sustainable city projects and infrastructure development.
Adam was chief architect of the Green Star – Communities rating tool, one of the world’s most comprehensive sustainability rating tools for urban development. As an Associate at global consulting firm Arup, he spent almost a decade working on some of Australia’s largest urban redevelopment and infrastructure projects.
Adam was also lecturer and studio lead for the University of Queensland’s social impact assessment program for more than four years. During this time, Adam co-founded the Queensland Division of the International Association for Public Participation Australasia.
Student Members: free
Graduate Members: $20
PIA Members: $30