Thought Leaders Series: Smart city solutions, setting technology foundations

Start time: 1.00pm AEST. This webinar will discuss what elements and considerations are required when developing the blueprint for a smart city and what technology is driving smart societies.
Thought Leaders Series: Smart city solutions, setting technology foundations

About the event

With the increasing rise of urbanisation, cities are faced with the challenges of how to become more sustainable, competitive, and liveable. Key to supporting our cities is using intelligent technology to enable smarter solutions across power grids, transport, buildings, and water networks.

Successful smart cities of the future will combine the best aspects of technology infrastructure, while making the most of the growing potential of 'collaborative technologies’. In doing this, we can enable greater collaboration between urban communities and between citizens and city governments aimed at improving quality of life.

In this webinar our speakers will discuss what elements and considerations are required when developing the blueprint for a smart city and what technology is driving smart societies.

Who should attend

This event is essential for anyone working in the transportation, infrastructure, project development, construction, civil, or telecommunications sectors.

You do not need to be an Engineers Australia member to attend.


Rory Brown, Director of the Smart Places Programs Cities and Active Transport Division NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Rory Brown is the Director of the Smart Places Programs portfolio in the Cities and Active Transport division. In the role he directs the design, development, implementation, and transition of Smart Places programs and initiatives for the NSW Government across regional and metropolitan areas, including the flagship Smart Western City Program to co-create the Western Parkland City as a future-focused, digitally enabled city. Prior joining the NSW Government Rory held a variety of strategy and digital leadership roles in the telecommunications sector, both locally and abroad as well as leading a couple of digitally based start-ups.

Mario Macri, National Sales Manager, Electrification Digital Lead, ABB Australia

Mario has more than 20 years of experience working across Oil & Gas, Chemicals, and energy sectors throughout the Asia Pacific region.

As the National Sales Manager for ABB Australia’s Electrification business, Mario leads a 60+ strong national sales team covering all aspects of electrification across major industry segments such as Mining, Oil & Gas, Power Distribution, E-Mobility and Transport including rail and aviation.

As ABB Australia’s Digital Lead, Mario is advancing the role of digitally connected solutions and enabled solutions and services and supporting customers with their digital transformation journey.

Mario’s previous experience includes leading large engineering, service, maintenance, and project operations, including strategic market and project development teams. This includes representing major energy companies on joint venture boards and as shareholder representative, in the development of new energy and critical infrastructure and operations.

He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia.

Zoe Eather, MIEAust CPEng NER, CEO, My Smart Cities

Zoe is an experienced consultant, Churchill Fellow and engineer who specialises in Smart Communities, that is using different ways of thinking and technology as enablers to make the places we live more accessible, liveable and sustainable for all. The combination of Zoe’s engineering background and her ability to engage and explain complex topics in a friendly and informative way, allows her to offer future-thinking, useful and realistic strategic advice.

Zoe keeps up-to-date with the latest trends and shares her learnings through hosting The Smart Community Podcast. Through her boutique consultancy My Smart Community, she offers strategic advisory on dealing with disruption, leveraging infrastructure spend and major projects, smart technology in regional communities and facilitating genuine collaboration.

James Evans

James Evans, Acting Director of Network Solutions, Ericsson Australia and New Zealand

James Evans is Head of Networks (Acting) at Ericsson Australia and New Zealand. Having worked with Ericsson since 1995, James more than 20 years of experience from the telecommunications industry in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. This has included working with the introduction and evolution of mobile networks with major operators in Asia-Pacific & USA and contributed significantly towards regulators and government departments in technology leadership roles, R&D, and operations.

James has expertise in mobile networks, including 3GPP radio technology and standards and is currently working with the introduction of 5G radio systems. This includes spectrum and regulatory requirements, equipment hardware and software requirements, and 5G use case development.

James graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Electronic & Communications (Honours) and received a PhD at the University of Melbourne.

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Event Date Time
31 / 05 / 2022 01:00 pm–02:30 pm
Registration Closes
31 / 05 / 2022 02:30 pm
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