Smart Places Masterclass Series 2021

In August 2021, we co-hosted a 12-part Smart Places Masterclass Series with the Australian Computer Society.

The Masterclass series explored core drivers in smart places, like trust, privacy, data protection and cyber security.

Watch a Masterclass

Session 01 - Building Trust when creating Smart Places with Theresa Anderson and Dorotea Baljevic

12th April 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Building “smart places” calls upon us to work with a complex and ever-evolving mix of people, technologies and data. Using data smartly in these settings will mean dealing with situations where information will inevitably remain incomplete, uncertain and dynamic. Thriving in and adapting to change in such contexts will therefore involve a capacity for imaginative problem solving and problem finding as much as it involves technical know-how. Given that many “smart” deployments of data technologies for place-making are part of initiatives aimed at supporting the social resilience, health and wellbeing of a community, there is also an imperative to remain sensitised to how data is generated, used and stored in these situations. Despite all the potential benefits from increased application of data technologies for place-making, there are inevitable (and critical) data limitations that must give us pause as we continue to expand the deployment of smart technologies.

This Masterclass introduces participants to four critical operating principles and six keystone facets for building the trusted partnerships necessary to design connected communities that are ‘smart’, sustainable and compassionate. Human experience remains richer than what can be codified within any AI or data technologies at our disposal. How do we remain sensitised to issues of data justice that will help us respond to public concerns related to the deployment and use of data sharing platforms? Who and what might be getting overlooked in data-informed place-making strategies? How do we gain and maintain public trust in the midst of the inevitable uncertainties that accompany deployments of emerging technologies? How might we create context where human as well as machine intelligence is maximised?

As part of this interactive Masterclass, participants will have the opportunity to begin adapting the principles shared in this session to contexts directly relevant to their own practices. Subsequent Masterclasses in this series will then build on these insights.

Session 02 - Smart Place Standards with Adam Beck, Jed Horner and Chris Body

21st April 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


All over Australia, our cities and towns are becoming more connected, and many state and local governments are piloting Smart City projects.  In 2020, Standards Australia released a Smart Cites Roadmap. The recommendations in the Roadmap include improving knowledge sharing and cybersecurity through setting up advisory groups and an Australian Smart Cities Assurance Framework. The Roadmap also outlines the importance of governance standards to measure the effectiveness of proposed Smart City strategies and plans implemented by local and federal government. In 2020, Australia also adopted a suite of Smart Cities standards.

These standards provide frameworks to understand, shape, and measure the “smart” in Smart Cities. They also provide a connection to the many other standards which underpin technology and digital connectivity. This Masterclass will provide an overview of the family of relevant Smart Cities Standards, outline how to navigate them,  and how to bring them into real world use.

Session 03 - Digital Twins with Adam Mowlam, Tim Mumford, Marie Truelove and Mats Henrikson

28th April 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Please join us for an overview of the existing and exciting twin activities underway in both New South Wales and Victoria.

Session 04 - Data Sharing and Use, AI and Data Governance with Annette Slunjski, Fang Chen and Aurelie Jacquet

5th May 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm


An overview of aspects of data sharing and use with a focus on AI.

Session 05 - Smart Places Maturity Models with Jacinta Hargan, Piers Hogarth-Scott and Zoe Eather

12th May 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


An overview of relevant Smart Places Maturity Models.

Session 06 - 5G and Smart Places with Matt Schultz, Mike Wood, Troy Daly and Matt Evans

19th May 2021 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm


Scope: An overview of aspects of 5G in a Smart Places context.

Session 07 - Precincts and Public Spaces with Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Sally Hamilton and Ally Dench

26th May 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Embedding a strong digital element into the planning for precincts and public spaces will establish the foundations to support innovation, attract investment, and support liveability. During COVID-19, the communities valued public spaces like never before. With the ongoing need for better and more activated public spaces, data, insights and smart solutions provide opportunities to make public spaces more inclusive and accessible and helps to improve decision making and policy approaches.

But how do we establish this digital ecosystem in our precincts and public spaces? How can we ensure that the benefits of tomorrow’s technology are realised?

This Smart Places Masterclass will discuss the value of public spaces and how smart infrastructure can contribute; explore real examples of where smart technology have been used in Telopea Park; and provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities of implementing smart solutions at Wilton and Sydney Olympic Park. As part of this interactive Masterclass, participants will have the opportunity hear from real experiences and to share thoughts and insights into how we might be able to overcome challenges and capitalise on opportunities presented.

Session 08 - Cyber Security in Smart Places, Alan Maurushat and Charlotte Wood

2nd June 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


An overview of relevant Cyber Security considerations for Smart Places.

Session 09 - An overview of ioT in Smart Places with Frank Zeichner, Pascal Perez and Kim Yan

9th June 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Scope: An overview of IoT in Smart Places.

Session 10 - Investing in Smart Places with Michael Comninos, Jason deSouza and Meredith Hodgman

15th June 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm


An overview of investment priorities and models for Smart Cities.

Session 11 - 6G Disruption and Opportunities with Ian Oppermann, Peter Leonard, Jay Guo and Marina Yastreboff

6th July 2021


6G Disruption and Opportunities

Session 12 - Quantum Computing Today and into the Future with Peter Turner and Michael Bremner

13 July 2021


Quantum Computing Today and into the Future