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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 2017 Sydney



Frank Zeichner

IoT Alliance Australia


Ian Oppermann

CEO & Chief Data Scientist
NSW Data Analytics Centre

Keinwen Shephard

Engagement Manager – Innovation
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation


Claire Chaikin-Bryan

Project Manager (Transformation)
Northern Beaches Council

Nathaniel Bavinton

Smart City Coordinator
City of Newcastle


Petryhce Donovan

Communications, Community Engagement & Digital Transformation Lead
Bayside Council

Councillor Houssam Abiad

City of Adelaide

Peter Buckmaster

Director – Digital Services
Department of Education

Ms Yasmin Catley

Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
NSW Parliament

Laura Ramos

Director – Digital
Department of Family and Community Services


 08.30 AM – 09.00 AM

Registrations Commence

 09.00 AM – 09.05 AM

MC Introduction

 09.05 AM – 09.30 AM

Ministerial Address: Delivering on Citizen Centricity and Digital Transformation

 Ms Yasmin Catley, Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, NSW Parliament

 09.30 AM – 10.00 AM

Partner Presentation

 10.00 AM – 10.30 AM

Creating an Innovative Culture Within Government Agencies

• Fostering innovation within organisations and departments, starting from the top.
• Build a change culture, adapting for the needs of a changing community.
• A look at how agencies are collaborating on making smarter community spaces.
• Where to next? The next phase of technology transformation for Government.

 Ian Oppermann, CEO & Chief Data Scientist, NSW Data Analytics Centre
 Keinwen Shephard, Engagement Manager – Innovation, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
 Laura Ramos, Director – Digital, Department of Family and Community Services
 Peter Buckmaster, Director – Digital, Department of Education

 10.30 AM – 11.00 AM

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”.

 11.00 AM – 11.30 AM

Morning Tea & Networking Break

 11.30 AM – 12.00 PM

Partner Presentation

 12.00 PM – 12.30 PM

Digital.NSW: A Transformation Agenda for a Modern State

• A look at “Digital.NSW”: creating a digital culture and framework.
• How NSW is creating digital enablement for world class services.
• Delivering for the modern community: fast, agile and citizen centric.
• The future: the impact “Digital.NSW” will have on the State’s economic development.

 12.30 PM – 01.00 PM

Council Innovation: Digital, Data & Real Outcomes

• The role of council’s in driving technology and innovation for the community.
• Where to go to innovate? Areas which council’s are driving change.
• Building an ecosystem: using collaboration as a tool for innovating.
• The future of technology in local council: agile, scalable and fast.

 Claire Chaikin-Bryan, Project Manager (Transformation), Northern Beaches Council
 Petryhce Donovan, Communications, Community Engagement & Digital Transformation Lead, Bayside Council
 Councillor Houssam Abiad, City of Adelaide
 Nathaniel Bavinton, Smart City Coordinator, City of Newcastle

 01.00 PM – 01.30 PM

A Look at the Internet of Things (IoT) and Outcomes for the Community

• Assessing the role of IoT in the community: bridging the gap between digital and physical.
• Community outcomes for enabling M2M communications.
• The future of IoT: harnessing the power and developing a strategy.
• Driving cost-effective outcomes: taking baby steps to a greater outcome.

 Frank Zeichner, CEO, IoT Alliance Australia

 01.30 PM – 02.00 PM

Gin Tasting & Networking

 02.00 PM

Conference Close


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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.