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‌Thought Leadership Series: The Public Goods of the 21st Century Nicholas Gruen | February 2019‌‌ 

Professor Mark Burry, Director of the Swinburne Smart Cities Research Institute, launched a new Thought Leadership series with an invited lecture by Nicholas Gruen - policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on economy, society and innovation. Nicholas captivated the audience in his exploration of the landscape of the private and the shared in the scope of digital collaboration in the 21st century. Examining how such digital collaboration is burgeoning us with open source software whilst in the ‘analogue’ world the public good of our social fabric is coming under immense pressure, the lecture sought to find new ways of understanding these things to help create the world we would like to see. See the video boxes below to watch his lecture.

The forum also saw the launch of the Institute's Research Associates, see the video boxes below to watch again. Over 50 Associates gathered to discuss the Institute's four Research Programs, bringing their diverse background and skills to showcase truly transdisciplinary collaborations and opportunities. Attendees were invited to meet the Associates to investigate possible future partnerships to tackle the challenges of a digitised urban future, working togeher with federal, state and local government, industry and service providers, as well as professional practice.

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Smart Cities Research Institute: Research Associates

At the inaugural event in the Smart Cities Research Institute's Thought Leadership series, Professor Mark Burry launched the Institute's Research Associates - watch our video to learn more.

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The Public Goods of the 21st Century: Nicholas Gruen

The Smart Cities Research Institute launched its Thought Leadership series with an invited lecture by Nicholas Gruen - policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on economy, society and innovation.

MTALKS 'Digital Media and Social Innovation' with Carlo Ratti and Rob Adams AM | November 2018

Following on from the Reimagining Urban Infrastructure workshop last month, it was great to host architect, engineer and director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, Carlo Ratti and Professor Rob Adams AM, city design director at City of Melbourne for an MTalk at MPavillion. The pair held an informed discussion on the impact of the technological revolution on architecture, engineering and city planning, MC'ed by our own Associate Professor Jeni Pay.


MTALKS Reimagining Urban Infrastructure for Smart Cities | October 2018 ‌

In a bid to find new ways to get citizens involved in urban design and focus our activity on real-world challenges, we partnered with Massachusetts Institaute of Technology (MIT) Senseable City Lab to workshop Melbourne's future urban infrastructure.

Over 30 Swinburne PhD and master students took part in a week-long workshop with MIT staff. It culminated in the opportunity to pitch ideas to city officials, partners and other interested parties at MPavilion in the CBD.

Read more about how MIT Senseable City Lab and Smart Cities Research Institute collaborate

Read more about this topic at The Age: The new ways to get citizens involved in urban design 


Smart Cities Research Institute at MPavilion

Swinburne’s Smart Cities Research Institute partnered with Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s Senseable Cities Lab to workshop future urban infrastructure ideas, pitching the final ideas to a panel of government and industry experts at MPavilion in Melbourne.

City as Lab: Smart Cities Research Forum | October 2018 

October 2018 heralded the first Smart Cities Week in Australia. We partnered with organisers of the Sydney event to hold a Research Forum as the inaugrual national gathering of smart cities researchers, government and industry.

The forum had over 50 participants from diverse backgrounds who worked to build researcher-practitioner collaboration across Australia and New Zealand, and beyond. The forum involved diving into critical research needs for advancing, and accelerating the smart cities movement.

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