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MPavilion event – Smart Citizens and Smart Cities

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Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Venue: MPavilion Civic Space Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne -->

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The Smart Cities Research Institute is hosting two public events at the MPavilion civic space.

The first forum focuses on the smart citizen, while the second explores the smart city. International and national expert panellists will share their understandings and viewpoints on topics of significance both to the future of Melbourne, as a Smart City exemplar, and smart citizens and smart cities generally.

There is a break between the two events, so you can choose to attend both events, or just one.

Augmenting People with Emerging Technologies

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm 
‌Duration: 1x 1.5-hour session 
Location: MPavilion civic space, Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

The drive towards smart cities is accelerating across the world. Governments and private enterprises are becoming increasingly eager to be a part of the technology-driven push for more sustainable, efficient, clean and safe cities – but what are the plans for augmenting the smart citizen in these future visions? If we take a citizen-centric view of Smart Cities, how can we, as interaction designers, architects, software engineers and interactive media specialists, create opportunities, experiences and help shape future practices for citizens to embrace and participate in creating more liveable, sociable as well as sustainable urban futures.

This forum will be chaired by internationally acclaimed researcher and author, distinguished member of the CHI Academy, and Professor of Interaction Design at University College London, Yvonne Rogers. Yvonne will ask a panel of experts and the audience: “Augmenting People with Emerging Technologies: what, where and how do we design them?”.

Panelists include

  • Mathilde Marengo, Architect, Head of Studies, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Barcelona
  • Professor Frank Vetere, Director, Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Kim Vincs, Professor of Interactive Media, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Professor Leon Sterling, Professor Emeritus, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Professor Mark Burry, Director, Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

Responsive, Regenerative amd Civic vs. Smart, Liveable and Sustainable Cities

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
‌Duration: 1x 2-hour session 
Location : MPavilion civic space, Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

The ‘Smart City’, the ‘Liveable City’, the ‘Sustainable City’; Are these empty concepts, utopian metaphors – or strategic objectives? Can cities be all these things at the same time, or are they dynamic emergent services, that cities are continually striving to provide their citizens? This panel addresses these issues by focusing on the concept of a responsive city and the role of technology in empowering citizens to participate in the regeneration of smart, liveable and sustainable urban environments. Panellists will describe examples of responsive urban environments, and the digital infrastructure supporting citizen participation in urban design, planning and regeneration from Barcelona, London and Melbourne. Inspired by these examples, the objective is to get beyond the buzz about smart, liveable, and sustainable cities and discuss how citizens can be empowered by intelligent urban spaces to be a regenerating force for sustainable cities.

Panelists include

  • Areti Markopoulou, Academic Director, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Barcelona.
  • Peter Madden (OBE) Ambassador for Future Cities Catapult, and member of the Smart London Board and UK Government Smart Cities Forum (TBC).
  • Michelle Fitzgerald, Chief Digital Officer, City of Melbourne
  • Justin Madden, Cities Leader ARUP, and former Victorian Minister for Planning (TBC)
  • Professor Jane Burry – Dean of the School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Professor Peter Newton – Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Professor Deo Prasad – CEO CRC for Low Carbon Living

Contact Information: Jeni Paay