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Some key activities from SCCANZ in 2017

Submitted by Adam Beck on December 18, 2016
SCCANZ has a lot installed for 2017, as we enter a critical year in the region’s advancement of smart cities. Here are just some highlights:

The Australian Smart Cities Challenge

Modelled on the widely successful Whitehouse Challenge in the US, SCCANZ will be bringing to Australia this grant program to coincide with the Australian Governments Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Smart Cities Design Studio Meet-Up's

SCCANZ will be kicking off 2017 with a series of Design Studio Meet-Up's, to be hosted by our members across the region. The Meet-Up's are an informal networking opportunity with the host organisation, and host City, providing an overview of their latest Smart Cities activities and achievements. Meet-Up's in Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, and Christchurch are currently being confirmed.

Smart Cities Design Review Sessions

Combining the approaches of traditional design review, and the technical assistance panel, SCCANZ will be offering Smart Cities Design Review Panel's to Government and private sector organisations in 2017. The Design Review approach is a collaborative process where SCCANZ convene a panel of industry leaders in the desired smart cities field, and perform an independent moment-in-time review session. The review session is based on the principles of independent review, peer learning, and capacity building, to help strengthen the outcomes of smart cities projects.

Smart Cities Readiness Workshops

If you are still early in your smart cities journey but want hands-on help to plan and prepare, consider hosting a Smart Cities Readiness Workshop. In 2017 we will be rolling out these workshops which have been facilitated across the US, India, Asia, and Europe. The Readiness Workshops are highly-interactive sessions that bring the lessons of the Council’s Smart Cities Readiness Guide to life.

These are not one-size-fits-all classes. Rather, they are customized learning experiences that give you and your key staff and stakeholders a strong foundation in smart cities theory as it relates to your city’s goals. Depending on your needs, the workshop can be conducted in as little as a half-day; with more advanced topics addressed over a one to two-day workshop. If you would like more information about the Smart Cities Readiness Workshops, please contact Adam Beck at