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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.


To ensure City Disrupt 2017 will be Sydney’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.


The Hon. Victor Dominello

NSW Minister for Innovation & Better Regulation
NSW Government

Kate Deacon

Kate Deacon

Smart City Lead
City of Sydney

Jacinta Hargan

Jacinta Hargan

Director of Future Transport Program
Transport for NSW


Brendan Nelson

Deputy Secretary – Growth, Design & Programs
NSW Dept. of Planning & Environment

Natalie Pelham

Dr Natalie Pelham

Exec. Director, Innovation Research & Reform
Transport for NSW


Jo-Ann Pass

Head of Digital Operations
Sydney Water

Nuatali Nelmes

Nuatali Nelmes

Lord Mayor
The City of Newcastle


Dr Lachlan Blackhall

Chief Technology Officer
Reposit Power

Tony Braxton-Smith

Tony Braxton-Smith

Deputy Secretary – Customer Services
Transport for NSW


Geoff Tribble

Emerging Technology Manager
Auckland Transport


Kate Carruthers

Chief Data Officer


Zachary McClelland


Colin Griffith

Colin Griffith 

Digital Strategy & Projects


Dr Scott Hawken

Urban Development, Design & Smart Cities

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Bryan Williams

Chief Knowledge Officer
Service NSW

Tim Sinclair

Tim Sinclair

General Manager, Customer Information & Digital
Roads and Maritime Services

Babar Jan-Haleem

Asia-Pacific Head – Big Data & Analytics Solution Specialist

Micah Starkis

Micah Starkis

Principal Manager – Open Data & Apps
Transport for NSW

Nathan Steiner

Head of Systems Engineering ANZ
Veeam Software


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08.20 AM – 08.55 AM

Registrations Commence


08.55 AM – 09.00 AM

MC Introduction

Matthew Egan, OmniChannel Media

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09.00 AM – 9.30 AM

Opening Keynote: Visualising a ‘Smart City’

• What makes a city ‘smart’?
• Laying out the Smart City of Sydney blueprint: infrastructure, services & technology
• Becoming a responsive and tech-enabled Smart Sydney
• Addressing the rise of urbanisation: transport, sustainable energy and citizen centric services
• City Limits: the challenge ahead

Kate Deacon, Executive Manager – Research, Strategy and Corporate Planning, City of Sydney

Transport for NSW

9:30 AM – 10:00AM

Q&A Session on the Future Transport Program: Getting From A to Zip.

• The impacts and challenges of the Future Transport Program
• A look at what is disrupting public transportation: urbanisation, tech & innovation
• Addressing the challenges of our transport system to create Smarter Transport
• Developing a fully integrated multimodal transport ecosystem
• Envisioning Transport in 2050: what will this look like?

Jacinta Hargan, Director of Future Transport,  Transport for NSW
Tony Braxton-Smith, Deputy Secretary – Customer Services,  Transport for NSW

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10:00 AM – 10:35 AM

The Role of Digital in Transforming Communities

• A look at the role of digital in Smart City innovation
• Servicing the ‘Digital Citizen’: Building an integrated and interactive and digital communication network
• Using digital to respond to manage the globalisation, urbanisation and mobilisation of citizens
• How ‘smart’ innovations such as M2Customer and 5G telecommunications will impact digital connectivity.

Clr Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor, City of Newcastle 
Micah Starkis, Principal Manager, Open Data, Apps, Transport for NSW
Jo-Ann Pass, Head of Digital Operations, Sydney Water
Colin Griffith, Strategy and Digital Projects, Data61/CSIRO
Tim Sinclair,
GM, Customer Information & Digital, Roads and Maritime Services

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10.35 AM – 11:00 AM

Morning Tea & Breakout Session


11.00 AM – 11.30 AM

Ministerial Address

A look at Australia’s Smart City revolution.

The Hon. Victor Dominello, NSW Minister for Innovation & Better Regulation, NSW Government


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Digital Transformation in Government: Incubating a Connected Community

• Becoming citizen-centric and always on: what is digital transformation in Government?
• A look at the future expectations of the modern citizen via behaviours and digital engagement
• How Governments should be approaching transformation, and the role data networks play in fostering this

 Nathan Steiner, Head of Systems Engineering ANZ,  Veeam Software


12:00 PM – 12:20 PM

The ‘Fifth Mode of Transport’:  The Race to Hyperloop.

Award winning VicHyper is the only remaining team in the Southern Hemisphere who have made it to the finals of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition. Hyperloop – the high speed transportation of passengers in a capsules that could amount to the speed of sound. Set to task to accelerate the development of high-speed ground transportation, Hyperloop will revolutionise the way we travel.

Zachary McClelland, Co-Founder,  VicHyper 

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12:20 PM – 01:00 PM

Luncheon – Locally Sourced Produce.


01:00 PM – 01:30 PM

The Internet of Energy

• Distributed, digital and decarbonised: converging markets, tech and infrastructure
• Challenges in creating smart energy systems
• Next steps: the future of energy consumption, renewables and storage

Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Chief Technology Officer,  Reposit Power


01:30 PM – 02:00 PM

The Internet of Things

• Understanding how IoT can be applied to Smart City Innovation

• Intersection between tech and the urban space: finding a healthy balance

• A look around the Globe: City comparisons and practical insights into how cities can change with IoT.

Dr Scott Hawken, Senior Lecturer for Urban Development and Design ,  UNSW

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02:00 PM – 02:40 PM

Using Technology to Work Towards a Smart City Revolution

• A look at the future: Sustainable Living, Free Energy, Driverless Cars and modernised infrastructure
• Mobile, IoT, Open Data & Sensor Technology, AI: the role of technology in enabling this transformation
• Building a roadmap in order to take advantage of Smart City innovation
• Skill shortage? A look at the skills required to deliver innovation in this space

 Dr Natalie Pelham, Executive Director – Innovation Research & Reform, Transport for NSW 
Geoff Tribble, Emerging Technology Manager, Auckland Transport 
 Bryan Williams, Chief Knowledge Officer, Service NSW 
 Kate Carruthers, Chief Data Officer, UNSW
 Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Chief Technology Officer, Reposit Power 


02:40 PM – 03:10 PM

Smart Cities & IoT: Today’s Reality, Tomorrow’s Necessity

• Understand the focus and investment being made globally on Smart City initiatives & Why!
• Where does APAC sit at a global stage in relation to Smart Cities & IoT?
• The impact of IoT on Smart Cities and everyday citizens
• Innovative ways IoT is being leveraged by governments and organisations
• Oracle’s vision for Smart Cities
• Use cases and references

Babar Jan-Haleem, Asia Pacific Head – Big Data & Analytics Solution Specialist, Oracle

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3:10 PM – 3:30 PM

Afternoon Tea & Breakout Session


03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

30-Minute Cities: Putting Rhetoric into Practice

• Exclusive preview – an inside scoop into Turnbull’s ’30 Minute Cities’
• Exploring the role open data plays and creating an open data culture
• A look at public & private roles in building a Smart City: opt-in from government, energy and tech sectors
• Understanding the impacts & opportunities: what’s next?

Brendan Nelson, Deputy Secretary – Growth, Design & Programs, NSW Dept. of Planning & Environment 


04:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Closing Keynote: City Spotlight on Auckland Transport’s Smart City Initiatives

• Thinking Global: A look at the Future Cities Initiative
• Understanding Smart City limits: creating valuable services and product
• Creating a Safer City by leveraging data sources: sensor data, video analytics and open data platforms
• How to meet the demand of next Gen commuters

Geoff Tribble, Emerging Technology Manager, Auckland Transport 

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CityDisrupt is free to attend for executives in the Government, Energy and Education industries.
Register via the below portal. If you are a supplier to these industries there is a cost to attend.
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