Smart cities: Potential and challenges

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Computers are becoming increasingly integrated into the built environment, generating a huge volume of data at high velocity as a product of their operation. This information enables real-time insights into the workings of cities at a level that has never been possible before. The excitement around the potential of this data as a decision making tool to improve urban life has been captured in the popular concept of the ‘smart city’. This presentation will provide an overview of key underlying themes to this concept including practical challenges, top-down vs bottom-up innovation, open data and data protection. The presentation will finish with thoughts on the current state of play and the potential implications for Australia.

About Claire Daniel:
Claire is an urban planner from Brisbane, Australia, she holds a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning in 2012 at the University of Queensland, finishing with first class honours and a University Medal. She has five years of professional experience and worked full time for Brisbane City Council. Claire’s interests lie in the application of big data analytics to the planning and management of cities. Claire is studying for a Masters at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London (UCL) to learn technical skills in coding and data analysis and the current theory around the concept of the ‘smart city’ with the aim of assisting to bridge the divide between information technology specialists and the urban planning profession in Australia.

Claire Daniel, MSc Candidate, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

About The Change Agenda:
The inaugural John Monash Scholars’ Symposium, The Change Agenda: Leadership and Direction for Australia’s Future, was held in Oxford on 1 April 2016. The UK and Europe based John Monash Scholars used short bite size presentations to inform a conversation on global trends, and provoke discussion about appropriate responses to them. Each area of discussion, Drivers of Change, Our Human Response, Harnessing Technology, and Leading the Region,  included 5-6 presentations, was chaired by an eminent Australian and took questions from the floor.