Smart Cities for Community Development Masterclass

Why you need to attend...

The digital world is changing the way we work and live, and as community leaders, local governments need to be cognisant that digital transformation is set to play a key role in local government services and operational delivery in the future, local governments need to reassess their business models and move towards a more mobile and agile way of business.

Smart cities are a reflection of a local government that works better. A more efficient local government that works better. A more efficient local government is one that can be marketed as a more competitive environment and thereby adding to its sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

The role, responsibilities, and capacity of local government to effectively engage in the smart cities movement is both exciting and challenging. The smart cities agenda is a broad one, and very rich in content. It's also moving at a rapid pace. For these reasons alone, it is critical that local governments (no matter their size) have a base level of knowledge around the topic, given businesses and residents are engaging swiftly.

Smart Cities for Community Development
The masterclass will comprise two sessions that will provide participants with a unique perspective on the intersection between technology, data and community development.

The first session provides the foundation knowledge on the 'what and why' of smart cities. The topics covered include:

  • Definition - this is where it starts, and where our mindset on smart cities is calibrated!
  • Benefits - this is all about the 'why?'
  • Standards - are a very powerful tool for building consistency, opportunity and scaling of smart cities solutions
  • Framework - how do you 'do' smart cities?... breaking it down for quick action, and long term value
  • Enablers - learn about the seven core technology and data enablers of smart cities
Case study focus areas will be used to outline examples of how others are using technology and data to enable greater community development outcomes. These case studies will include both national and international examples.

And the second session will be an interactive one bringing much of the theory and case study content together allowing participants to work with their peers and scope opportunities for their own smart cities projects that seek to enhance opportunity and prosperity for the community. A 'Plan on a Page' template will be used by participants to structure these opportunities and actions.
...about the facilitator

 Adam Beck
Director, Centre for Urban Innovation Pty Ltd
Owner and Host, Urbanism.Live

Adam is an urbanist who has worked for private sector consultancies and leading global non-government organisations to advance sustainable community outcomes in cities around the world for almost 30 years. 
He is Director of the consulting practice Centre for Urban Innovation Pty Ltd, working with government and industry leaders seeking to shape high performing built and natural environments. He is also the host of the industry engagement platform Urbanism.Live, exploring the edges of digital, data and urbanism.
Most recently Adam was Founding Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, where he worked with the world's longest running smart cities organisation focussed on catalysing action and investment in technology and data to accelerate liveability, workability and sustainability in our communities.
Prior to this Adam was Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts in Portland (OR) in the USA, where he developed a collaborative governance model for urban regeneration across North America.
Adam was also Executive Director at the Green Building Council of Australia where he facilitated the creation of the Green Star Communities certification system for sustainable urban development projects.
Before entering the mission-driven sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including GHD and Arup, where he led teams of community engagement practitioners, sustainability advisors and urban development specialists.
Adam also spent time in academia as a lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland.


Monday 29 August 2022


9.00am - 3.00pm


City of Vincent
244 Vincent Street (Cnr Loftus Street)

Cost (incl GST)

Member: $135
Affiliate: $150
Young Professional: $160
LGWA Member: $160
Non-Member: $170

Local Government Subscribers*
Bronze: $150 | Silver: $145| Gold: $135

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Event program PDF:

 Event Program 

LG Professionals WA expresses its appreciation to the City of Vincent for kindly hosting this event.

...about the Centre for Urban Innovation
Adam is the Director of the Centre of Urban Innovation, a consulting practice supporting government and industry leaders in shaping high performing communities. The support Adam provides covers the spectrum of strategy, research and stakeholder engagement, through to training and independent peer review.