Well, we certainly think so.
Its only March, and yet 2018 has been advancing at breakneck speed. Have you kept up with what the Council and our partners and collaborators have been doing in February?
Here’s just a few items to note:
Policy - Two weeks ago we released our first Policy Primer for 2018, titled “Digital Built Australia: A Policy to advance smart infrastructure in Australia.” This will feed into the release of our national smart cities policy framework in September this year. You can download the Policy Primer here.
Practice - Last week, in collaboration with Consult Australia, we launched our latest publication, “Smart Cities Guide for Built Environment Practitioners.” You can download it here.
Dialogue - Earlier this week we convened a roundtable in Brisbane to dig deep into connected and autonomous vehicles, through the lens of city design. We had representatives from all three levels of government, technology companies, consultants and developers attend. Keep an eye out for an announcement next week on this.
Partners - Our Lead Partner, Lendlease, took delivery of its first cross-laminated timber (CLT) units for the construction of 25 King, the world’s largest and tallest engineered timber office building located in Brisbane, and headquarters for global engineering firm Aurecon, one of the Council’s Associate Partners. Read further about this transformational project here.
Partnerships - Yesterday we announced our official partnership with the Australian Smart Communities Association, which will see our organisations collaborate on a number of policy, education and event opportunities. You can read the media release here.
Showcase - Ipswich City Council and Easymile, along with our Partners Transdev and Telstra, have been showcasing an autonomous shuttle and providing opportunities for the community to ride along on its programmed route within the Springfield community. Find out more here.
Leadership - Logan City Council released its Draft City Futures Strategy this week, with the support of our Associate Partner Delos Delta. The Strategy is currently on public exhibition and available for download here.
Events - There are only four events you need to be at this year - the Total Facilities Expo (18-19 April in Melbourne) to hear all about smart buildings, the Australian Smart Communities Association Conference (9-11 May in Melbourne) to engage in everything smart communities, and Smart Cities Week (29-31 October in Sydney) to experience smart cities content like never before. And within the broader APAC region, you cannot miss the World Cities Summit in Singapore (8-12 July).