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Smart Cities Week 2023 Wrap Up

Submitted by laura.valeine@… on February 19, 2023

We kicked off Smart Cities Week 2023 with online sessions on Monday and Tuesday on various topics, such as digital twins, digital construction industry and wellness. We will be making these online sessions available through our website for those that missed them. 

Swinburne University of Technology generously opened their door to us on Tuesday and attendees were able to join a workshop on using data for urban change, presented by Swinburne University professors and students. Prior to that, a group set out on a walking tour of the Innovation Spine, Glenferrie, organized by the City of Boroondara. 

On Wednesday, we opened the full day of sessions with a very special keynote from Operation Flinders. Abi, our 17 year old speaker and participant of the Operation Flinders program, reminded us all about who we are building smarter and better places for. 

Taking the main theater stage later was the Smart Cities Council Digital Twin Challenge panel, Connecting and Powering Australia panel moderated by Lisa Bennetto from Digital Divide and the Lighting Industries Perspective presented by Richard Mulcahy.

Attendees were also able to choose from 13 breakout sessions later in the day with topics ranging from data aggregation, smart infrastructure and product development to diversity and inclusion, energy management and place making. 

We heard from experts at nbn Australia, OneWiFi, idt Solutions, AWS, ENE.HUB and many representatives of local government councils and departments. 

On Thursday, Smart Cities Council’s very own Corey Gray spoke about the future of the council and gave insights on a very exciting new project on Smart Airports. Jason Whittet from AWS spoke about digital twins and smart cities simulations, a panel of nbn Australia experts discussed what an iconic smart place looks like and Rose Challies from Christchurch, NZ moderated a panel on the environmental change connected to digital twin technology. 

Our breakout sessions for the day included cybersecurity, creating low carbon and zero maintenance infrastructure, circular economy and how to create digitally connected infrastructure and overall digital enabling. We also spoke more about digital twins, how to get started, their planning and compliance, simulation technologies and art of the possible. 

We were joined by speakers from Veris, VROC, SAGE Group, Inconmat and city councils from Logan, Salisbury, Greater Geelong and others.

In between sessions, Wednesday and Thursday attendees were able to enjoy the exhibition area and network with 13 of our exhibitors showcasing their systems, programs and expertise.

Friday concluded with AWS Academy Day on smart cities in action, strategy and solutions, innovation and training. 

Dive into some of the online sessions below. 


Digital Twin Maturity Levels for Smart Cities


Brisbane 2032


Digital Twin for a City


Women in BIM


Measuring Wellbeing