How smart are New Zealand’s cities? How much smarter could they be?

New Zealand has a lot of smarts - how can we use more of this to help our cities grapple with COVID, growth and other challenges?

What's it all about?

Smart cities use technology and the resulting insights to help makes cities better for people. It's an active part of city agendas in many cities in Asia, Europe and the US. 

Both Australia and New Zealand cities have levels of smart city activity underway - but it's not yet a key city-wide strategic driver in most New Zealand cities.

This session will discuss some of the best smart cities activities happening in cities around the word, and what opportunities there are in New Zealand cities. We will also focus on some of the interesting practices underway in New Zealand's cities.

Contributing on the Monday session will be international smart cities expert and Serviceworks Group Managing Director Mark Thomas and Australia New Zealand Smart Cities Council NZ Director Jannat Maqbool.

On Wednesday, Mark and Jannat will be joined by Sean Audain, Wellington City Council's City Innovation Lead and Michael Healy, Christchurch City Council's Smart Cities Programme Manager.

You can drop into this event at any time.

This event does not require registration.

Monday 27 Jul
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Wednesday 29 Jul
3:00pm - 3:45pm

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Mark Thomas

Managing Director & Founder

Mark is an entrepreneur and international business leader specialising in smart city development. His smart cities expertise includes new mobility, city digitisation, blockchain utilisation & citizen engagement. He is part of the Top 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders.

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Jannat Maqbool

NZ Director, Australia New Zealand Smart Cities Council

Jannat Maqbool is the Smart Cities Advisor at Hamilton City Council, Principal Advisor for Asia Pacific in IoT, Agritech and Fintech with Ecosystm, Director NZ at the Smart Cities Council ANZ, and NZ Lead at the Centre for Data Leadership, which includes the Digital Twin Hub.

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Sean Audain

City Innovation Lead

Sean is City Innovation Lead at Wellington City Council and an urban planner by profession. He is part of the Smart Council Team focusing on Smart Cities, cross organisation priorities & understanding the city. His major interests are in Open Data, the IoT, Data Visualisation and GIS among others.

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Michael Healy

Smart Cities Programme Manager, Christchurch City Council

Michael is the Smart Cities Programme Manager for the Christchurch City Council. He leads the Smart Christchurch's team whose vision is to promote Christchurch as an exemplar open and connected city, showcasing solutions that make life better and are replicated by others.


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