Tech and data for sustainable cities and communities

TechFest 2020 Pre-event

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”.

On 2 March, smart cities leaders, councils, planners, and researchers from around the country gathered to consider how we can leverage technology and data aligned with Sustainable Development Goals to design and build ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’.


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 - sponsored by 2 Degrees
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 Aurecon

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