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Envisioning Smart Cities: Building Tomorrow's Urban Landscape

Building Tomorrow's Urban Landscape

Event Start: Thu 05 Oct 05:30 PM AEDT
Event Finish: Thu 05 Oct 07:30 PM AEDT


Registration End Date: Wed 04 Oct 07:30 PM

<p>Smart Cities are no longer a distant dream; they are rapidly becoming a reality, driven by advancements in artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), renewable energy, data analytics, and sustainable urban planning. This event is your gateway to understanding how these elements converge to create cities that are not only technologically advanced but also environmentally conscious, socially inclusive, and economically robust.  </p> <p>Join ACS NSW for a transformative journey into the realm of Smart Cities, where innovation meets urban living. ACS NSW is joined by our panelists Dr Nathaniel Bavinton Urbis, Emily Rucker Transport for NSW and David Cleminson Sydney Trains, who are thought leaders from the fields of urban planning, technology, and sustainability who will share their insights into the key trends, challenges, and opportunities presented by the Smart City revolution and delve into the cutting-edge technologies and visionary strategies that are shaping the future of urban environments.  We are also joined by James Sankar, Chair Standards Australia who will facilitate the discussion.<br><br>This panel discussion will cover the following points:</p> <ul><li>Define what a smart city is and the essential features that distinguish it from traditional cities. Emphasize the role of technology and data-driven decision-making in the development of smart cities.  </li><li> <p>Technology Infrastructure: Explore the technological backbone required for a smart city, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, data analytics, and connectivity solutions like 5G. Discuss how these technologies enable the collection and analysis of data to enhance urban services and efficiency.  </p> </li><li> <p>Energy Management and Sustainability: Delve into the ways smart cities can optimize energy consumption, integrate renewable energy sources, and reduce carbon emissions through smart grids, energy-efficient buildings, and advanced waste management systems.  </p> </li><li> <p>Discuss the importance of involving citizens in the decision-making process and using technology to engage them in urban planning, service feedback, and community initiatives.  </p> </li><li> <p>Explore how smart cities can be designed to better withstand and recover from natural disasters, climate change, and other unforeseen events, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents.  </p> </li><li> <p>Case Studies and Best Practices: sharing lessons learned and best practices that can be applied in other urban settings</p> </li></ul> <p>Join ACS NSW for what will be an informative evening and also provide you with an opportunity to network with your peers.</p> <p><strong>Agenda: </strong><br>Registration &amp; Networking: 5.30PM-6.00PM </p> <p>Welcome &amp; Introduction: 6.00PM</p> <p>Panel Discussion: 6.05PM</p> <p>Q&amp;A Session: 6.45PM</p> <p>Networking &amp; Refreshments: 7.00PM</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Dr Nathaniel Bavinton

Dr Nathaniel Bavinton

Dr Nathaniel Bavinton is an urban sociologist, social researcher and city strategist who has researched, planned and implemented urban and social innovation for over fifteen years.

Nathaniel is an Associate Director at Urbis, and is focused on the complex challenges of creating technology and data-enabled places, and sustainable, future-focused cities and communities.


Previously the Innovation and Futures Manager at the City of Newcastle, he has a longstanding interest and history with the revitalisation and transition of Newcastle and led the city’s multi-award-winning smart city program.

He is currently a board member of innovation ecosystem connector Hunter If, and sits on the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s smart cities and sustainable built environment committee.

Nathaniel is really interested in how cities can be a more creative, connected, and socially diverse places. He believes that in an age of accelerating change, those cities that embrace the future will thrive.

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Emily Rucker

Emily Rucker

Emily leads policy and strategy development to support the NSW Government’s ambitions to be the #1 Smart state. She also drives government readiness and appetite to use smart technologies to improve service delivery, and create urban centres that are sustainable, inclusive, connected and economically vibrant. She leads the Government’s capability programs, and strategic partnerships to accelerate safe and appropriate technology adoption. 

Emily has almost two decades experience working in the public and private sector to deliver excellence in communication and engagement. She is passionate about solving wicked problems, building great relationships and delivering outcomes. 

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David Cleminson

David Cleminson

As the Technology Lead at Sydney Trains, David is spearheading the technology aspects of transformative Intelligent Asset Maintenance program within Sydney Trains. With a rich background spanning over two decades in technology and data realms, David stands at the forefront of driving innovation through artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning, and Smart City asset management and monitoring technologies.

David is committed to collaborating with boards and executives to strategically integrate digital solutions into the organizational framework, fostering a seamless transition into the Smart City ecosystem. As a mentor, entrepreneur, and author, David is equally devoted to empowering individuals with the knowledge and insights needed to excel in the digital landscape of Smart Cities.

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James Sankar

James Sankar

James is the chair of the Standards Australia IT-269 committee responsible for IEC Electrotechnical and Electrotechnology Smart City Systems.  He has more than two decades of experience successfully leading service transformations in the UK, Europe and Australia. Examples include a secure guest Wi-Fi global service (eduroam), unified collaboration platforms, collaborative storage, cyber security and professional services. 

In 2020, he founded Smart Footprints a carbon neutral consulting, advisory and managed services company bringing together Internet and Data expertise and applying this to Smart Sustainable Cities.  The aim being to develop and adopt “smart” standards that can meaningfully progress a much needed transition in the way we work, rest and play in a sustainable way. 

He is an active volunteer with interests in extending smart city practices to be inclusive especially to support the vulnerable such as the poor, homeless and refugees and in the use of technology and systems to accelerate the recovery of our natural environment for all living creatures for future generations.

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Level 27, 100 Barangaroo Avenue,Sydney,NSW,Australia

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  • ACS NSW, International Tower 1
    Level 27, 100 Barangaroo Avenue
    Sydney NSW 2000
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  • Event Start:
    Thu 05 Oct 05:30 PM AEDT

    Event Finish:
    Thu 05 Oct 07:30 PM AEDT
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