The U.S. Department of Transportation, as part of the $40 million Smart City Challenge program, has published the lessons learned about the transportation challenges America's cities face and about the innovative solutions that could help us meet those those challenges. In this article, Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Adam Beck, asks "what can Australia and New Zealand learn from this program.
SCCANZ has a lot installed for 2017, as we enter a critical year in the region’s advancement of smart cities. From design review panels for smart cities projects, and smart cities studio meet-up's, to the Australian adaptation of the hugely successful White House Challenge in the US. 2017 is set to be a busy year for SCCANZ as we continue to help catalyse the smart cities marketplace in the region. Here is just a snapshot of what to expect.
For more than four years, SCC has been a global leader in developing resources for government and industry to help build capacity and prepare organisations for taking advantage of the opportunity to accelerate sustainable cities outcomes through the application of technology, use of data, and embodying intelligent design. Here’s just a few resources you will see from us in 2017.
The second half of 2016 was a busy time for SCCANZ, helping build capacity and sharing experiences from the global smart cities movement. We presented extensively around Australia and published articles throughout multiple platforms. Check out what we've been saying.
This month marks the end of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand’s initial start-up phase. In our first six months we have been busy - developing partnerships and alliances, building our brand, and ‘getting out there’. Here's a message from the Executive Director.
There has been much activity by the Australian Government to advance its Smart Cities Plan in 2016, with additional activity by Austrade to use a smart cities agenda in building investment and trade around the world. And nearby, Hong Kong reaches out to SCCANZ to collaborate on shaping a smarter nation.
As our urban leaders begin to advance policy and programs that align with the New Urban Agenda created at the UN Habitat III convening in Quito, Ecuador, we offer the case for data-driven decision making as a means for greater sustainability outcomes/
So, if ‘smart cities’ is the answer, what was the question again? Well, the question has always been the same: “how can we embrace technology and intelligent design to create a better world, for people?”.
To thrive, cities need well-educated, high-tech workforces and cities across Australia are developing them by starting young. Check out three winning ideas from showcase schools that you can put to work in your own city. (Some of the ideas use tools you already have.)
The move to renewable sources of energy is typically driven by climate goals, but as renewables take over as the world’s largest source of new power there’s a new reason: price. They can be cheaper. Find out if you should be giving renewables a second look.