Congress 2017 will see Adam Beck, founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ), deliver a Smart Cities Readiness Masterclass on making cities more liveable, workable, and sustainable. Adam will focus on how local government professionals can leverage capacity-building and knowledge sharing to accelerate sustainable outcomes in your city, town, or region via the adoption of technology, data-driven decision-making and intelligent design.
This masterclass is highly interactive. Anything that’s shared is done so by 'knowledge walls', whiteboard / flip charts, and other materials developed by participants. The masterclass, structured around the Council's Smart Cities Readiness Guide, is vendor neutral, stressing open standards and best practices that apply regardless of the technology brands in the market place.
Smart Cities Readiness Guide
The Smart Cities Readiness Guide is a collaborative and comprehensive framework for a smart city; enabling a city to identify an innovation strategy, take the next steps and measure progress. With more than 50 recent case studies, this document holds a global knowledge base of practices and policies giving cities a mandate for action and a foundation for success. The Readiness Guide serves to focus and structure a city’s path forward, and covers key areas such as energy, transportation, water, waste management and public safety.
Adam is founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Cities Advisor to the Green Building Council of Australia, and Director of Centre for Urban Innovation. Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation.
Before entering the non-profit sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including Arup. He was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland.
Adam has dedicated his career of more than 20 years to advancing city-building practices around the world, through the creation and deployment of frameworks, tools, and protocols that accelerate sustainability.