It was a hot and gusty evening in Cremorne, but we still received a fantastic turnout for our first Civic Lab event in Yarra. A few weeks prior, we had been issued the challenge from City of Yarra to create a discussion on how City of Yarra can progress to becoming a leading ‘Smart City’ within Australia. We set out to curate a night of presentations from a range of leaders within the field, and by the end of the evening we had a juicy discussion initiated from the speakers and attendees on what a ‘smart city’ should consist of.
Michael Dalic set the scene with the first talk of the evening with his argument that future smart cities will not only combine the technology infrastructure which is most associated with the term, but will also make the most of the potential for ‘collaborative technologies’.
Our Code for Australia fellow - Ezekiel Kigbo also touched on the points that these technologies and processes will not only enable a greater collaboration between communities, citizens, government and industry but also be important in crowdsourcing data and collective intelligence.
We need to think about new technologies like the mentioned Swarm UAV drones to capture the data. How we display this data, well, augmented reality like that developed from One Fat Sheep & Plattar can be that interface between the screen and the city.
What we learnt;
- The #SmartCityYarra event is an important first step to driving innovation in collaborative technologies to the area, but there is a long way to go in driving real change from the bottom up
- Invest in smart people and organisations (a few people listed previously!) not just smart technology.
- Take the users needs as seriously as the technology. Thanks to The Design Factory team for pointing this insight.
- Spread the potential for these collaborative technologies.
If you want to suggest content or have a talk in mind you would like to present at a Code for Australia event, get in touch!