Consult Australia’s VIC: Digital Built Australia event kicks off 30th of May

31 May 2018

To highlight Australia’s potential in the age of the smart city and facilitate its transition towards a digital economy, Consult Australia is running an event on the 30th of May. The event, which is called VIC: Digital Built Australia, will feature market leaders in the field of digital transition and smart city technology alongside others from the Australian consulting sector. 

In late 2016, the Australian Government released its SMART Cities plan, which defined the country’s vision for the future of our cities. Globally, digital technological advances are disrupting the way which businesses and individuals conduct their work and their lives. 

With the advancement in Industry 4.0 technologies, the Australian Government’s plans to incorporate smart technology into urban planning, smart investment and smart policy in order to future-proof our cities.

The push towards a digital economy in Australia comes as a major drive for Smart City technology integration. This, in combination with an urban push and increasing population, generates the need to “continually revisit the way our cities are planned, built and managed” says Consult Australia. 

Cities are smart when they utilise technology to increase day-to-day quality of life for their citizens and have an influence on five factors; government, environment, economy, mobility and lifestyle. 

Smart cities are hyperconnected urban areas that utilise innovation and technological advances to become more citizen friendly. Through an integrated information network, cities can manage resources efficiently to become more resistant and sustainable. 

To support the development of resilient and liveable cities in Australia, Consult Australia has partnered with the Smart Cities Council of Australia & New Zealand and technical and professional services firm Jacobs for the event.

Consult Australia’s VIC: Digital Built Australia event kicks off today

VIC: Digital Built Australia itself aims to foster innovation and promote building a comprehensive approach towards building a digital Australia. Speakers at the event will highlight the benefits and opportunities that will arise from adopting a Digital Built Australia policy. 

The event will cover a range of new digital innovation initiatives as well as draw on examples from recent urban planning projects in Australia and the UK. Presenters will then showcase a number of tools, processes and technologies which could also be relevant and applicable to the Australian sphere.

Speakers at the event include; Jacobs’ Business Development Leader for Built Environment, Social Infrastructure and Urban Development, Richard Ebbs, PCSG Consulting Director, Gavin Cotterill and Adam Schultz, Buddy Platform’s General Manager for Australia and VP Business Development.

Ebbs, will explore the possibilities of applying smart city technology in the proposed the Australian Education City. He will use the new city, to be located in Werribee, Victoria as example of how data integration can be harnessed to strategically plan and design a new sustainable city development.

Cotterill is a leading digital advisor with a wealth of consulting experience spanning from global engineering firm AECOM to Hyder Consulting. He is an expert in digital information management and IoT technologies, and is a Built Environment Task Force Member of the Smart City Council. Cotterill will explore the opportunities that Australia has whilst moving towards a digital economy, and will work on identifying how digital strategy can provide possible solutions to Australia’s strategic challenges.

Schultz currently serves as the Australian GM & VP Business Development for Buddy Platform, a technology company in the IoT sector focused specifically on the smart cities and building & development market. Prior to his appointment with the firm, he was a strategy consultant and advisor in the implementation of IoT technology and a Principal Consultant with both DNG VL and DVA Consulting, as well as a co-founder of the latter firm.


Professional services firm EY wraps up Future Realised event

27 November 2018

Featuring an all star line-up including Sir Bib Geldof, Alan Joyce and EY’s own Tony Johnson, the Future Realised event aimed to promote the concept, “Nobody can predict the future, but those who can imagine it, can shape it.”

Ernst & Young’s event, Future Realised was held on the 26th of November on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. The event drew business and industry thought leaders from both Australia as well as internationally and would prompt attendees in a fast moving world to take one day to shift their perspective and see new possibilities.

Future Realised was billed to be a disruptive and experience-based event. Exploring how transition in business from a current to a future business model, recognising the unique challenges leaders face and the need to look at the future differently. It aimed to facilitate small group discussions on big issues and rather than a keynote speaker event, be driven by immersive learning.

To break the barriers which stifle innovation, EY leader Tony Johnson and a diverse group of peers including corporate, start-up CEOs, government and community leaders designed the experience to lead to unexpected ideas. It also went beyond business to unravel the world in which we live, and aimed to reinstate trust and transparency within our organisations and in the communities we operate in.

EY wraps up their Future Realised event

The professional services firm ran the event as a means to develop a necessary dialogue and vowed that they would not be dodging the difficult questions. Singer, philanthropist and political activist Sir Bob Geldof was the events main act who prior to the event expressed his excitement to get involved in such a unique opportunity.

“I’ll be coming down to Ernst & Young’s Future Realised event in November to talk about some of these changes that have finally given a shape to the 21st century. And the key issue is of course artificial intelligence and technology,” Geldof said. “It’s all the play for and it’s all to be understood. This future, that’s rapidly taking shape in front of us but we don’t seem to understand or get a handle of…and therefore we become fearful of it.”

Tony Johnson said on Twitter, “Fantastic to be with clients, partners, alumni & renowned thought leaders for #FutureRealised including great contributions by Sir Bob Geldof and Alan Joyce. Looking forward to a conversation with @JulieBishopMP this afternoon.”

Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop took to the stage to take the event to a conclusion. She touched on a range of subjects including Julia Banks’ decision to leave the Liberal party, Australia’s lack of energy policy and Australian’s distrust of its democratic institutions.

Motioning towards having a clear and stable Australian government she said, “The ground must be fertile to have a negotiation because business is demanding certainty. Business needs confidence to make investments in generating capacity.” She also promoted creating a less divided environment in Canberra which would increase investor confidence and drive growth.

This she said was in contrast to what was currently happening in the United States where “The country is deeply polarised. They might as well be two different countries. We need to have sensible debates about issues. I think we will respect a politician who says I am going to tell you the truth not what you want to hear.”