Why smart city leaders are attending CityIGNITE

Are you a Chief Digital Officer or Smart City Leader?

Cities are using data and technology to become smarter, more effective and to enhance service delivery. 

And a growing number of cities are appointing Chief Digital Officers to make this happen.

The Chief Digital Officer is charged with creating and implementing strategies focused on all things tech - whether related to funding, startups, the continuing growth of innovation hubs, attracting tech talent, making “open data” more accessible  and more.

In short, the City CDO thinks long and hard about the relevance of any ICT process to the city's businesses and citizens.



Developing “smart city” operations that help the city function more effectively
Changing how people engage with government using digital tools
Fostering the technology start-up community
Making the city's open data more useful to its citizens and businesses
Launching digital products that encourage community engagement, increase government transparency and support the tech ecosystem
Influencing and collaborating with city business and technology leaders to create a cohesive “smart city” plan




Ingeborg Rocker, VP Strategy & Digital Transformation, Dassault Systemes, USA will discuss “government as a platform” and how to create urban resilience and revitalize communities through connected technology.

Julieta Talavera from The Connectors Society in Sweden will share insights from her work with cities in Sweden on “how to use data and technology to drive decisions about everything from jobs, healthcare, transportation and procurement while delivering transparency and community engagement”

Pablo Pujadas Alvarez has done a lot of work with the City of Barcelona, recognised as one of the smartest cities in the world. He will deliver a talk on how resilience and sustainability drivers are impacting the evaluation of city design.

Oakley Kwon from QLD Government has pioneered and championed innovation programs that have won awards and achieved outstanding results. With her unique insights, Oakley will provide you with strategies to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

Be.Bendigo has an ambitious agenda to drive business development in their region by supporting entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprise and large businesses. CEO, Leah Sertori will show you how to collaborate with industry, incubators and research institutions to boost city competitiveness.

Phil Kim from Jerde focuses on Placemaking and complex urban projects that have helped rejuvenate key Asia Pacific cities – He’ll tell you why citizen centered design defines truly smart cities.

Ben Guy, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer at Urban Circus will show you how to leverage data to enable the co-creation and co-design of smart cities.

Caitlin Bladin manages the ACT Government City Activation Agenda through an ongoing conversation with the community – hear her discuss how to use community engagement to activate the city.

Nathaniel Bavington, Smart City lead at City of Newcastle talks about how to develop an open-data strategy for a smart city.

Adam Jacoby, Founder at MiVote will provide insights on how to use digital channels to foster high quality, low friction citizen engagement

Get involved in a high caliber interactive panel session which investigates the role of co-working spaces and innovation precincts in building a resilient city

Collaborative cities – Lina Patel, COO at Code for Australia and Prof. Marcus Foth, Professor of Urban Informatics at QUT are running a “deep dive” session on “Providing citizens with the tools to actively shape their communities”


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