Life in a Smart City

Experts think Adelaide could be a global top five “Smart City” within a decade.

Life in a Smart City

As the “Smart City” movement gathers pace worldwide, Adelaide is moving to the front of the pack. In fact, many experts believe we could be a global top five Smart City within a decade. But what, you may ask, does that actually mean for you?

As founder of the Australian Smart Cities Consortium, the University of Adelaide is uniquely placed to shed light on this question; and in this fascinating forum, four of our leading Smart Cities researchers will do just that.

Presenting perspectives from the fields of big data, public health, digital disruption, and architecture and urban design, these thought leaders will explain: the new ways of thinking reframing how we plan and design our communal and personal spaces; and how integrated “smart” technologies will increasingly be used to enhance your entire experience of living and working in them.

We hope you can join us.

The Presenters

Associate Professor Nick Falkner is Director of the University of Adelaide’s Australian Smart Cities Consortium. Also a member of the University’s Computer Science Education Research Group, he has researched extensively in the areas of: computer network design and security; privacy; blockchain technologies; the Internet of Things; and educational engagement.

Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer is Professor of Health Ethics in the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health. She chairs a number of committees and councils across human and animal ethics, contributes to research into chronic disease prevention and treatment for Indigenous Australians, and has held research appointments at the University of Bristol (UK) and Radboud University (Netherlands).

Professor Tom Hajdu is Director of the University of Adelaide’s Sia Furler Institute for Contemporary Music and Media. In addition, he holds the University’s Chair of Creative Technologies, is an Adjunct Professor at the Adelaide Business School, and was this year appointed Chief Innovator of South Australia by the State Government. Professor Hadju is also a member of the University of Sydney’s Digital Disruption Research Group.

Associate Professor Dr Julian Worrall is Program Coordinator for the University of Adelaide’s Master of Architecture program. He has taught extensively in Japan at the University of Tokyo, Sophia University and Waseda University, and in private practice has worked on masterplans for cities in France and the United Arab Emirates with iconic Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s Rotterdam firm, OMA.

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As founder of the Australian Smart Cities Consortium, the University of Adelaide is uniquely placed to shed light on this question; and in this fascinating forum, four of our leading Smart Cities researchers will do just that.

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13 March, 5:30pm

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10 April, 5:30pm

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8 May, 5:30pm

First Ferment

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12 June, 5:30pm

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10 July, 5:30pm

Thought for food

Food and wine is big business in South Australia. We account for 80% of Australia’s premium wine exports and over half our state’s exports are agricultural products. Couple this with exceptional quality and it’s no surprise our produce is world-renowned.

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9 October, 5:30pm

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Every day, we make a raft of minor choices—about our diet, product use and lifestyle—that over time have a major impact on our wellbeing.

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