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Building Smart Communities

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September 28, 2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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The Science Exchange
55 Exchange Place
Adelaide, South Australia5000 Australia

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Building Smart Communities

Help build resilient cities. You are invited to attend the Building Smart Communities event, a panel and workshop hosted in partnership between engage2 and the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand. Hear from the panel, ask questions, then participate in an interactive forum to discuss how you can help leverage power IN the crowd and build smart communities.

Join specialists Rebecca Rumbull, Adam Beck, Amelia Loye, Gail Fairlamb and Nigel Morris for a morning of discussions on smart cities, smart and resilient communities, engagement and the use of innovative engagement methods, civic technologies and data analytics to understand, engage and serve community.

Smart cities understand, value and leverage the resources within their communities. The people and organisations that want to contribute, the connections and social networks that exist both online and offline and the social capital that is exchanged among them. Find out how innovative engagement methods and technologies are being used by governments across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America to understand, engage and work with the communities they serve. This is how we build smart resilient communities.

Hear from Rebecca Rumbull head of research at mySociety, Europe’s leading authority on civic tech, Amelia Loye  managing director of engage2, Adam Beck executive director of Australia and New Zealand Smart Cities Council, Gail Fairlamb Director of Strategic Engagement at Department of Premier and Cabinet and Nigel Morris from Yankalilla Council.

Join us at The Science Exchange on 28th September. Tea, coffee and morning tea will be served on arrival.


Event details

Event: Building Smart Communities

Date: 28th September 2017

Time: 9:30-12:30pm

Venue: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Cost: TBD

Panellist’s Profiles

Rebecca Rumbul

Rebecca is the head of research at mySociety. mySociety is a non-government organisations that is helping governments and civic tech industry to understand and work with each other across Europe. My Society has been running The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference for three years which is sponsored by Google and Facebook’s civic engagement teams. The organisation regularly produces reports about the state of the industry internationally and is well respected as a go to organisation for advice about tools, trends and providers around the world.

Rebecca manage all aspects of mySociety’s research activities, including managing research relationships with our external partners, designing and conducting new research projects, and developing new ways to understand and measure our real-world impact.

Adam Beck

Adam Beck is recognised as a leader in sustainability, urban planning and smart cities across the globe.

He is the Executive Director of Centre for Urban Innovation, a strategic sustainability consultancy that works in collaboration with like-minded organisations to build sustainable communities, Executive Director of the International Smart Cities Council’s Australia and New Zealand division. Through the Smart Cities Council Adam is leveraging the skills, knowledge and personnel of the world’s largest network of smart cities practitioners and policy makers to help make our cities more liveable, workable, and sustainable.

Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation. In this role Adam developed the EcoDistrict Protocol a new model for urban regeneration designed to accelerate district-scale sustainable development projects.

Prior to joining EcoDistricts Adam spent over three years with the Green Building Council of Australia developing the Green Star – Communities rating tool in collaboration with government and industry. Before entering the non-profit sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including GHD and Arup. He was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland and has dedicated most of his career of more than 20 years to advance city-building practices around the world, through the creation and deployment of frameworks, tools, and protocols that accelerate sustainability.

Amelia Loye

Amelia is the founder and managing director of engage2, a network of specialists with the suite of skills needed to help government engage citizens and stakeholders in the 21st Century. We use social science, creative facilitation techniques, technology and data analytics to make online and offline engagement and community consultation more effective.

Amelia has worked with governments in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, engaging people and organisations in policy making, planning and the design and delivery of services and programs for more than 15 years.

Amelia also supports The Mandarin with the Mandarin IQ a bespoke engagement service, and Code for Australia with the NSW Academy, and recently hosted a session as part of the NSW Public Service Commission Leadership Academy.

Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris commenced his career in Local Government over 25 years ago as a Computer Operator/Programmer at Wagga Wagga City Council before embarking on 11 years as a travelling consultant installing, troubleshooting and enhancing the major Local Government Information Systems into Councils throughout Australia.  Nigel returned to Local Government within the IT Departments of Adelaide City Council and City of Burnside before entering Executive Management with General Management positions within City of Burnside and secured the role of Chief Executive Officer at District Council of Yankalilla in December 2015.

Nigel is able to leverage his extensive technology background to lead his Council with limited resources to enhance, understand, engage and work with his community.

Gail Fairlamb

Gail has led her team to develop the YourSay website: a central hub for South Australians to collaborate with government, as well as many other innovative programs including Unleashed – the government’s open data event, citizens juries and ground-breaking people’s budgeting initiatives Fund My Community, Fund My Idea and now Fund My Neighbourhood. These programs create new ways for the community to work together with government.

Unfortunately Justin Herman is no longer able to participate in this event.

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