2017 Host opportunity
The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) is seeking a destination partner who is keen to host the next Summit in its community in March/April 2017.
Local government bodies working with their RTO or LTO and venues are encouraged to bid to host the next ASCA Summit. Creative and partnership bids are likely to the strongest, so venues, destinations and government organisations should consider collaborating and putting in a partnership bid.
Completed Host Community Bid Documents should be returned to ASCA by 5pm 30 May 2016. It is anticipated the successful host city will be notified by email before 30 June 2016.
Watch the video below of Deputy Premier of Queensland Jackie Trad who opened the event, and ASCA President Michael Whereat at the close of the successful 2016 Summit.
2016 Summit highlights
The inaugural 2016 Australian Smart Communities Summit provided the first all-inclusive opportunity in Australia to connect with, be introduced to, learn from, and become inspired by national and international leaders at the very forefront of what it takes to become a smart city or smart community. The Summit theme of Unlocking the Smart City Code explored new challenges for the administration of communities to bring about transformational change to the way they are managed.
Global keynote speaker Mrinalini Ingram shared her insights about the importance of an integrated ecosystem when implementing a smart community strategy. Watch this short video:
What delegates are saying
The summit was terrific! It was inspiring to see so many communities getting started on their own Smart City journeys, many taking different first steps that reflect the needs, and aspirations of their communities. Those community efforts - often powered by the personal curiosity of people like you and Matt Schultz, and others I met - help make for stronger and more resilient communities. Based on what I’ve seen, taking that first step is the catalyst that helps all of the community builders, and organisers, and space makers and councils create better things in the places that we each call home. It’s powerful stuff! Congratulations to you and the team for putting on a great event. Harley Young - Director, Smart City Consulting, Cisco Services
Congratulations on the successful event! I felt so much energy and innovative thinkings at the summit. You did a great job and I wish you further success in your future endeavors. Jin-Hyeok Yang, PMP, Senior Manager / Global Alliance Team, KT Corp
Congratulations. Your Summit was a triumph - one of the best I have ever attended. Brilliant informative entertaining speakers. Brad Howarth was perfect. The venue and catering top notch. Organisation from start to finish very effective. Tony Krimmer, Senior Economic Development Officer, Toowoomba Regional Council
Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you and your teams, hard work in bringing to together an outstanding summit last week, the quality of presenters and the content quality was world class. What an exciting time for us all in Australia and I look forward to being an active member of ASCA. Susan Minnekeer, General Manager, MDU & SDU Programs, Universal Communications Group
Students sponsored to attend Summit
“With so many speakers and exhibitors showcasing these smart city technologies on our doorstep, it’s a great opportunity to introduce some of our youth to see how our future cities are being developed,” RDA Sunshine Coast Chair Tony Riddle said.
Pictured left: Unity College student Jordan Josic with Jarna Baudinette and RDA Sunshine Coast Project Officer Shanna Douglas. Middle: Megan McMaster (Kawana Waters State College), Danielle Gowlett (Caloundra State High School), Jane Argue (Mountain Creek State High School), Shanna Douglas. Right: Joshua Wynne (Mountain Creek State High School), Shanna Douglas, Jennifer Millers (Kawana Waters State College).
- Urban Institute
- Silver Spring Networks
- Solar Bins
- Sunshine Coast
- Regional Development
Site Visit Sponsors
- Sunshine Coast
- Events Centre
Welcome Reception Sponsors
- Sunshine Coast
- Sunshine Coast Council
Coffee cart sponsor
- Universal Communications Group