29-31 May 2017

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2018 host community bid

The search is on for a location for our 2018 Australian Smart Communities Conference.

Submissions have now closed. We'll announce the 2018 host location in the coming months.



16+ sessions

Panel discussions, workshops and interactive demonstrations


Site tours

Optional smart city experiences around Adelaide


40+ speakers

Keynote presentations by international and national speakers



See the latest smart solutions and technologies

Creating smarter cities and communities 

The Telstra Australian Smart Communities Conference is the only conference run by smart communities professionals for smart communities professionals.

2017 delegates explored how to:

  • place people first through user oriented experience
  • adjust services to meet needs and benefit the planet
  • create new profit through the delivery of community benefit, operational savings and informed capital works programs
  • build communitywide partnerships to drive new investment and employment in the digital economy.

By using smart solutions, smart communities become more efficient, increase the capability of existing infrastructure and services, and improve the quality of life for their citizens.

The conference provided the platform to showcase these smart solutions, celebrate the successes of our smart communities and share stories with members and the broader community.

International and national speakers also provided key insights to guide delegates on what government and communities need to do to:

  • Bring about transformational change to the way communities are managed.
  • Embrace the right technologies to build robust, smart economies.
  • Focus attention on enhancing skills to take greatest advantage of digital connectivity.
  • Promote innovation and creativity to the benefit of everyone in society.




Conference program

Future Ready Co-Learning Lab

An interactive, engaging and dynamic event that actively involves participants (local government organisations, industry, academia and innovators) to build relationships and smart city know-how. Read more and register.


Optional site tour

Smart city walking tour with the City of Prospect

A range of smart initiatives will be showcased, including free WiFi, smart parks and an incubator program. Read more.

Optional site tour 2

Adelaide City Council smart city projects

This is a terrific opportunity to learn more from the team directly involved in managing the pilots, building compelling business cases through to large scale deployments. Read more.

International keynote

Is data the new currency to finance the city of the future: Albert Seubers - Director Global Strategy IT in Cities, Atos

Morning tea

Case studies from leading Australian cities

  • Peter Auhl - Chief Information Officer,  Adelaide City Council
  • Ben PoleChief Operating Officer Economic Development and Marketing, Ipswich City Council
  • Nathaniel Bavinton - Smart City Coordinator Strategic Planning, Newcastle City Council
  • Roger Rooney - Deputy Director, ACT Government Chief Minister's Directorate
  • Michael Whereat – Coordinator Smart City Framework, Sunshine Coast Council
  • Daniel High, Manager of Economic Development, City of Perth


Stream 1 - Executive sessions

14:00 - 14:20 Global learnings and an Australian experience in smart cities: Bud Kapoor - Smart+Connected Communities at Cisco Systems, and Danielle Storey, Chief Innovation Officer, Smarter Technology Solutions.
14:20 - 14:40 Startups: engaging citizens and unlocking smart cities: Johanna Pitman - Program Director, CityConnect
14:40 - 15:20 Connecting Australia to the $41 trillion smart city economy

Stream 2 - Future Ready Deep Dive sessions

14:00 - 14:45 Three steps to creating a smart city: Peter Auhl – Corporate Manager ICT, Adelaide City Council
14:45 - 15:30 Council as catalyst: Ben PoleChief Operating Officer, Economic Development and Marketing, Ipswich City Council

Stream 1 - Executive sessions

15:45 - 16:05 Catherine Thompson - Head of Digital Marketplace, Digital Transformation Agency
16:05 - 16:30 nbn as an enabler of smart businesses: Jill BottrallCorporate Affairs Manager – South Australia & Northern Territory, nbn co
16:30 - 16:55 Collaboration is the new black: Governments can’t build smart cities on their own: Karin Geraghty, Chief ICT & Digital Strategist, Government of South Australia
16:55 - 17:15 How governments are becoming smarter: Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz - SAP SE

Conference dinner

Special presentation: An exploration of human interfaces to artificial intelligence - Zach Johnson, Entrepreneur in Residence, Maroochydore 


Telstra communities: a smart blueprint for good cities - John Chambers, Executive Director, Telstra Home

Morning tea

Stream 1 - Executive sessions

11:00 - 11:20 How technology disruption will change Australian life over the next 14 years - Piers Hogarth-Scott, KPMG
11:20 - 12:20 Business connecting IoT to cities
12:20 - 12: 40 How smart are Australian Cities? Local approaches to adopting smart city strategies - Sandy Burgoyne, Citizen Cities


Closing keynote

Cities of the future: Shara Evans, Technology futurist & CEO, Market Clarity

What 2017 delegates are saying

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