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To city leaders and citizens

On behalf of the Smart Cities Council, I am delighted to introduce you to Smart Cities Week, our annual gathering of our community of partners, cities and supporting stakeholders that helps accelerate smart cities action and investment in our cities, town, and regions across the world. Our goal is to help our communities become more livable, workable and sustainable.

In 2019, regardless of location – whether it be San Diego, CA, Washington DC, or Sydney Australia – Smart Cities Week will be delivering structured dialogue, peer networking and educational content focused on our international theme of: Smart Infrastructure: Equitable Communities.

Many of the challenges facing cities around the world are common in nature, but rarely common in context. Each and every city and town are different, but many of the required solutions are the same.

This is a big opportunity to catalyze change, and at Smart Cities Week we seek to explore and align opportunities for problem-solving through the application of innovative smart cities technologies and data solutions that can scale and make a significant social impact.

Smart Cities Week has opted for a new model of convening, one that seeks to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue and networking, as opposed to predominantly delegates being ‘presented at’.

Our boardroom sessions, City Readiness Hub dialogues, and Leadership Circle discussions break the traditional conference design. These session types have been designed, tested and are now at the heart of our engagement model with our delegates.

For more than four years, Smart Cities Week has brought together cities, technology companies and solution providers who all have the same goal – to enhance our cities and towns.

In 2019 we continue this role in facilitating smart cities action and invite you to join us to more deeply explore the theme of  Smart Infrastructure: Equitable Communities.

Adam Beck, Chairman, Smart Cities Week

Testimonials

The inaugural Australia Smart Cities Week was very impressive. The issues canvassed were both topical and broad, the speaker quality was high, and the break-out settings had some neat innovations. Based in Singapore, I attend and speak at a wide range of similar events. ANZ Smart Cities Council can be very proud of this effort - it ranks very well against its Asian peers.

Mark Thomas, ServiceWorks

2019-03-07T13:25:38+02:00

Mark Thomas, ServiceWorks

The inaugural Australia Smart Cities Week was very impressive. The issues canvassed were both topical and broad, the speaker quality was high, and the break-out settings had some neat innovations. Based in Singapore, I attend and speak at a wide range of similar events. ANZ Smart Cities Council can be very proud of this effort - it ranks very well against its Asian peers.
Thanks to the Smart Cities Council of Australia and New Zealand for the opportunity to be part of an amazing week. I genuinely enjoyed and benefitted from the dialogue and conversations. The work that you have done to ensure diversity – in all its forms – was a hallmark of Smart Cities Week Australia is first class. And congratulations on creating an event full of participatory sessions and discussions on the range of complex issues the we all face in realising the opportunities that collaboration and technology provide us in creating and managing the places that people want to live, work and play in.”

Simon Hunter, Infrastructure NSW

2019-03-07T13:22:46+02:00

Simon Hunter, Infrastructure NSW

Thanks to the Smart Cities Council of Australia and New Zealand for the opportunity to be part of an amazing week. I genuinely enjoyed and benefitted from the dialogue and conversations. The work that you have done to ensure diversity – in all its forms – was a hallmark of Smart Cities Week Australia is first class. And congratulations on creating an event full of participatory sessions and discussions on the range of complex issues the we all face in realising the opportunities that collaboration and technology provide us in creating and managing the places that people want to live, work and play in.”
Smart Cities Week – the culmination of several weeks of nationwide activities driven by SCCANZ provides the ideal focal point for government, industry, vendors and academia share, learn from each other and identify partnering opportunities.  Congratulations to Adam Beck and the team for providing a format that was intuitive, innovative and inclusive. I really enjoyed the combination of plenary and small group sessions. I gained real value out of the networking opportunities.  The recognition of the Sunshine Coast Council through the inaugural awards program was humbling and rewarding. I would encourage others to apply next year – there are some many progressive innovative activities underway across ANZ that deserve recognition.

Michael Whereat, Sunshine Coast Council

2019-03-07T13:23:34+02:00

Michael Whereat, Sunshine Coast Council

Smart Cities Week – the culmination of several weeks of nationwide activities driven by SCCANZ provides the ideal focal point for government, industry, vendors and academia share, learn from each other and identify partnering opportunities.  Congratulations to Adam Beck and the team for providing a format that was intuitive, innovative and inclusive. I really enjoyed the combination of plenary and small group sessions. I gained real value out of the networking opportunities.  The recognition of the Sunshine Coast Council through the inaugural awards program was humbling and rewarding. I would encourage others to apply next year – there are some many progressive innovative activities underway across ANZ that deserve recognition.
Adam Beck’s leadership and energy in bringing together a highly successful Smart Cities Week 2018 has been instrumental in supporting the emerging smart cities industry across Australia and New Zealand.  Adam and the SCC ANZ team’s efforts during SCW 2018 and throughout the year are helping governments, industry and communities better connect across our cities, towns and regions.  This is supporting more liveable and smarter communities across Australia and New Zealand.

Adam Fennessy, EY Partner, Future Cities

2019-03-07T13:24:54+02:00

Adam Fennessy, EY Partner, Future Cities

Adam Beck’s leadership and energy in bringing together a highly successful Smart Cities Week 2018 has been instrumental in supporting the emerging smart cities industry across Australia and New Zealand.  Adam and the SCC ANZ team’s efforts during SCW 2018 and throughout the year are helping governments, industry and communities better connect across our cities, towns and regions.  This is supporting more liveable and smarter communities across Australia and New Zealand.
Smart Cities Week Australia NZ was a brilliant experience. Well organised, with knowledgeable and engaging speakers, passionate facilitators generating on-point discussion, and ample opportunities to network with a diverse range of quality delegates

Jannat Maqbool, Project Lead, Te Waka (Waikato's Regional Economic Development Council, New Zealand)

2019-03-07T13:21:43+02:00

Jannat Maqbool, Project Lead, Te Waka (Waikato's Regional Economic Development Council, New Zealand)

Smart Cities Week Australia NZ was a brilliant experience. Well organised, with knowledgeable and engaging speakers, passionate facilitators generating on-point discussion, and ample opportunities to network with a diverse range of quality delegates
‘A coming together of the who’s who in smart cities thought leadership, Smart Cities Week Australia was an energising event that delivered open dialogue around how we leverage technology to deliver a better quality of life for citizens. Already looking forward to the next one!’

Victoria Black, Committee for Sydney

2019-03-07T13:20:18+02:00

Victoria Black, Committee for Sydney

‘A coming together of the who’s who in smart cities thought leadership, Smart Cities Week Australia was an energising event that delivered open dialogue around how we leverage technology to deliver a better quality of life for citizens. Already looking forward to the next one!’
Smart Cities Week 2018 was such a great way to gain an insight into so many new ways of planning for a smarter a future. The great range of speakers and sessions really challenged my thinking, from technology to urban planning, finance to liveability. The most difficult part was trying to choose between the concurrent sessions because of the great line up of speakers! Thank you and well done to everyone involved.

Sally Hamilton, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

2019-03-07T13:24:20+02:00

Sally Hamilton, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Smart Cities Week 2018 was such a great way to gain an insight into so many new ways of planning for a smarter a future. The great range of speakers and sessions really challenged my thinking, from technology to urban planning, finance to liveability. The most difficult part was trying to choose between the concurrent sessions because of the great line up of speakers! Thank you and well done to everyone involved.
One of the best events this year. SCWAus connecting global experts who are all passionate to accelerate smart cities globally.  Loved the fact that there were international delegations from the ASEAN Smart Cities Network to share their smart city projects in their countries.  SCW can help them all make powerfully positive impact to a more sustainable future.

Chungha Cha, Founder Re-Imagining Cities (South Korea)

2019-03-07T13:23:58+02:00

Chungha Cha, Founder Re-Imagining Cities (South Korea)

One of the best events this year. SCWAus connecting global experts who are all passionate to accelerate smart cities globally.  Loved the fact that there were international delegations from the ASEAN Smart Cities Network to share their smart city projects in their countries.  SCW can help them all make powerfully positive impact to a more sustainable future.
Attending the inaugural Smart Cities Week 2018 was a great experience. I found the discussions rich, honest and provocative which led to interesting debate and open conversations. The energy that the speakers and attendees brought to each and every session reflected the passion and drive that exists in the smart cities space and I look forward to building on the connections I made and doing it again next year!

Rebecca Marson, Melbourne City Council

2019-03-07T13:22:19+02:00

Rebecca Marson, Melbourne City Council

Attending the inaugural Smart Cities Week 2018 was a great experience. I found the discussions rich, honest and provocative which led to interesting debate and open conversations. The energy that the speakers and attendees brought to each and every session reflected the passion and drive that exists in the smart cities space and I look forward to building on the connections I made and doing it again next year!
SCWAus was superbly crafted to bring together a diversity of thought. This will  give serious impetus to using technology for good and significant way to accelerate sustainability for cities, regions, infrastructure and buildings across the globe.

Ainsley Simpson, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

2019-03-07T13:25:13+02:00

Ainsley Simpson, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

SCWAus was superbly crafted to bring together a diversity of thought. This will  give serious impetus to using technology for good and significant way to accelerate sustainability for cities, regions, infrastructure and buildings across the globe.