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OmniChannel Media’s “CityDisrupt” series is a by-invitation-only event series that brings Australia’s leading government and technology executives up close and personal with the technologies, and organisations, disrupting the way cities and communities work.

In order for Australia to maintain its regional economic influence, as well as its high standard of living, both the Government and private sector must look to use the advances in technology to build an infrastructure that is efficient and easy for its citizens.

The technology sector has a critical part to play in this smart city journey. With recent developments in technologies like IoT, data analytics, and digital connectivity, technology is at the heart of smart city strategy. Coupling this with the innovation in green energy solutions such as photovoltaics (PV), battery storage, and digital monitoring systems, the Government has never been in a better investment position in city innovation.

CityDisrupt will address these themes and look at the wider impact that technology is (and can have) on Australia’s cities. The event will act as an entry-point for leading executives from the Government, Infrastructure and Technology sectors to connect and explore the technologies set to disrupt the future of how we live.

Gender & Cultural Diversity:

OmniChannel Media is proud to promote gender and cultural diversity at a C-Suite level. In 2016 our goal is to achieve 40% (as of June, sitting at 54%) diversity at all of our events, working through to a full 50% diversity for 2017.

We look forward to producing the CityDisrupt agenda within the context of this policy.

City Disrupt Melbourne 2017


To ensure City Disrupt 2017 will be Melbourne’s most relevant technology innovation and disruption conference,
OmniChannel Media has engaged with some of the region’s most senior CXOs as part of the event’s speakers.

Councillor Houssam Abaid

Councillor Houssam Abiad

Adelaide City Council

Raj Buyya

Professor Rajkumar Buyya

Director – Cloud Computing and Distributed, Clouds Lab
The University of Melbourne

Adam Beck

Adam Beck

Executive Director
Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand

David Spriggs

David Spriggs


Zac Mcclelland

Zac Mcclelland

Co-Founder & Project Director


Paul Siemers

Director – Digital Strategy & Architecture, Information Technology
Melbourne Water



08.30 AM – 09.00 AM

Registrations Commence


00.00 AM – 09.05 AM

MC Introduction

Peter NejaimOmniChannel Media


09.05 AM – 09.30 AM

Ministerial Address

A look at Australia’s Smart City revolution.


Digital Driving Citizen-Centricity in Government: Industry Keynote

Councillor Houssam Abaid

Adelaide: A City Embracing Technology

• A look at Adelaide’s smart city agenda
• The voice of citizens: the role of data in understanding consumer needs
• How we are using digital to satisfy real-time interconnectivity appetites
• Challenges ahead: accepting that a “smart city” is a work in progress

Councillor Houssam AbiadAdelaide City Council


Sponsor Session

Discover the technologies driving smart city innovation.


The Future of IoT in Enhancing the Citizen Experience

• IoT in the smart citizens context – what’s it mean for the community?
• Building zero-interaction, seamless customer experiences for mobile-centric citizens
• Analytics, real-time and big data: how citizens provide continuous value to smart city evolution
• Beacons, smart sensors: some real-life applications of the technologies at play
• Future-proof: enabling sustainable solutions for smart city infrastructure

Paul Siemers, Director – Digital Strategy & Architecture, Information Technology, Melbourne Water


Morning Tea & Networking Break

Adam Beck

Liveability, Workability and Sustainability: the Technologies Curating Smart Cities

• Where is the citizen in the ANZ smart city conversation?
• “Liveability, Workability and Sustainability”: The challenge of transforming ideas into actions.
• Overpopulation, over-congestion and inundation: how digital technologies ease the constraints of urbanisation.
• Intelligent designs optimising urban environments.

Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand


Sponsor Session

Discover the technologies driving smart city innovation.


Data in Government: Creating Utility and Underwriting Digital Disruption

• The value of data in informing citizen habits.
• Data as an agent of community change: improving efficiency and quality of life.
• The challenges facing government and utilities in mining “asset” from data.
• The future of Open Data: next generation Gov analytics

Rajeev Arora, Chief Architect, Melbourne Water

David Spriggs

Bridging the gap: Using Open Data to Transform the Citizen Experience (CX)

• The Proliferation of Data and what this means to innovation.
• A look at how Governments can use data to aide and assist its communities.
• ‘Ask Izzy’ open-data platform: using data to drive social justice.
• The role of smart city technologies in enriching all residents’ quality of life.

David Spriggs, CEO, Infoxchange

Raj Buyya

“An Urban Information Architecture”: IoT & Cloud Computing in the Community Context

• The future of cities: “interlaced arteries” of information
• How technology can connect the citizen to the city
• IoT & Cloud: Using these technologies to map the blueprint of cities
• How collaboration is critical in driving new technologies within Government

Professor Rakumar Buyya, Director – Cloud Computing and Distributed, Cloud Labs, The University of Melbourne


Networking Lunch

Zac Mcclelland

HyperLoop: The Fifth Mode of Transportation

• What is the fifth mode of transportation?
• VicHyper’s Hyperloop: The Bridge between Smart Cities
• The ICT strategies providing viable and clean mobility
• Post-Hyperloop completion – where to from here?

Zac Mclelland, Co-Founder & project Director, VicHyper


OmniChannel Media thanks for following organisations for supporting CITY DISRUPT 2017, Melbourne:

Silver Sponsors




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CityDisrupt is a by invitation only initiative for Smart City, IoT and Energy innovation executives. If you would like to find out more about how you can attend as well as sponsor this event please contact OmniChannel Media via:


OmniChannel Media’s Disrupt series is the region’s largest C-Suite technology event series. This series of localised events plays host to over 1200 C-Suite executives a year and showcases leading technology and innovation insights from some of the world’s leading thought leaders. Peer-driven, the series promotes cross-industry pollination in best practice whilst showcasing whats next for C-Suite technology strategy.