Smart cities on the rise

Blog by Michael Whereat, ASCA President

Is it just me, or does the end of financial year provide us with an important point to stop for a minute and reflect on both the previous year and plan for the year ahead?

Significant highlights include:
  • The Smart Cities and Suburbs funding program submission date is Friday 30 June 5pm AEST. It has already achieved its objective in raising the interest of every local government across Australia, together with industry and the R&D sector. 
  • Just four weeks ago, ASCA completed its first Conference. The metrics show it was a huge success and we received fantastic feedback.
  • ASCA's involvement in the the Future Ready activities, supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, has also generated great numbers and positive feedback.
  • Our memberships and partnerships have continued to grow strongly and reinforce the decision to position ASCA in a unique position and at the centre of an ecosystem with all stakeholders collaborating to create a network of smart communities across Australia.
All these great outcomes from the last 12 months now serve as a new basis for the coming year:
  • At our last AGM we expanded our representation across Australia; and this year we need to improve our gender balance. So I'am getting in early and inviting female members and eligible partners to participate in our Board meetings (as observers) and nominate to be part of the Board at our AGM in November. ASCA is in a unique position in the smart communities space and makes Board participation a challenging but rewarding contribution.
  • We can also announce that we have extended the Future Ready webinar series by a further five dates through to the end of September. More details will be announced through the enews and on our website. This welcome partnership with the Australian Government will continue with Brook Dixon leading the program.
  • In a few weeks we expect to announce updates about our organisational structure and recruitment plans.
  • The bid process for our next conference location closes next Friday, 7 Julyand we will begin the shortlist and evaluations. We're looking for a bigger venue, more presentation streams and more exhibitor spaces. 
  • Australia needs to accelerate its transition in the digital revolution and ASCA will take an active role in this over coming months. More on this soon.
While last year was big, next year looks bigger and brighter for ASCA and everyone involved in smart cities across Australia. I hope you feel the same.

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