Join the conversation - 2 March, Hamilton

An invitation* to smart cities leaders, councils, planners, and researchers from around the country to consider how we can leverage technology and data aligned with Sustainable Development Goals to design and build ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are targets for global development adopted in September 2015, set to be achieved by 2030. All countries of the world have agreed to work towards achieving these goals. Sustainable Development Goal 11 is titled “Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”

* TechFest 2020 Gold and Platinum exhibitors are also able to register their interest in attending. Technology providers, vendors and service providers need to be a Gold or Platinum Exhibitor or an event sponsor to register as an attendee.


Time Session
9:15 Registration
9:45 Welcome
- Adam Beck – Executive Director, Smart Cities Council ANZ (MC)
- Chelsey Stewart – Smart Hamilton Programme Manager, Hamilton City Council
- Mike Manson – CE, Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM)
10.00 Keynotes
- Catherine Caruana-McManus - Meshed IoT and IoT Alliance Australia
- Matthew Szymczak, Senior Leader - Smart City, Smart City Office, City of Geelong (Australia)
10:45 Presentations
- Sean Audain – City Innovation Lead, Wellington City Council
- Mark Dyer – Project Director, Urban Narrative & Dean of Engineering at The University of Waikato
- Jocelyn Cranefield – Researcher and Advisor, Victoria University of Wellington
- Mariana van der Walt, Managing Director - NZ Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship
- Sarah Deveau, Infrastructure Support Office - Manawatu District Council
- Helen Grant, Principal Advisor Citizen Value and Engagement - Auckland Council
12:30 Lunch and networking
1:15 Facilitated session
An opportunity to collectively explore opportunities for and challenges facing NZ in adopting and aligning smart cities strategies for sustainable cities and communities.
2:30 Summary and next steps
- Groups present back findings
- Discussion and agreement on next steps
3:30 Afternoon tea
4:00 Workshop
Smart Cities Activator - An online platform that helps cities plan and deploy smart projects. Smart Cities Activator provides a way to find and contact colleagues at other cities who are working on smart city projects themselves, access their expertise via knowledge resources and project templates, and collaboratively plan.
5:00 Closing comments
5:15 - 6.30 Networking - sponsored by TUANZ

To register your interest in attending please complete the form below

The timing and format is designed to enable participants to fly in and out from around the country on the same day, if they are not able to stay overnight to attend the rest of TechFest, and make the most of this as a first session on this theme.

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Thank you for your Expression of Interest in attending the "Tech and Data for Sustainable Cities and Communities" mini-conference at TechFest 2020. Spaces are limited. We will come back to you after reviewing your request.

Your hosts

Smart Hamilton

The Smart Hamilton programme is a transformative innovation programme - a tool to support Hamilton City Council to change for the better, the community to instigate and be part of the change they need, and to inspire our neighbours and stakeholders to be bold and change too as we build a smarter society together.

It’s about encouraging a smart mindset and supporting innovation and collaboration that improves the well-being of the community, enables better decision-making and responds effectively to our greatest challenges.

For more information visit

Association of Local Government Information Management

The Association of Local Government Information Management provides professional development and thought leadership across a range of local government professions. 

Our roots are in ICT, but over the years we've expanded to encompass the traditional IT roles, IT infrastructure, web and digital, information and records management, customer service, and GIS.

We also offer thought leadership to the local government sector through our best practice toolkits, advocacy, research, auditing and mystery shops, and shared services.

For more information visit

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand is the region's leading authority in smart cities. 

As a member-based organisation we dedicate our time to helping catalyse action and investment in technology and data solutions, guided by the direction set within the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our mission is clear - we envision a world where technology and data have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities and communities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs.

For more information visit

TUANZ - Technology Users Association of NZ

The association for the users of digital technology and connectivity.

We are the voice of our members and all users in a complex digital world. We know that connectivity is key to digital business and force for social good and we are here to help our members make sense of the digital future. 

For more information visit


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