Conference 3 of Smart Cities 2021

Digital Government:

Putting data into practice

February 23rd - 1pm AEDT

In this conference, we will be taking a deep dive into the work that governments need to do to achieve data excellence in a smart cities and communities context. Some of the questions we’ll be exploring include:

  • What sort of data does your government area need?
  • Do you fully understand your data requirements?
  • What would you do for your community if you had 3D access to data?
  • What needs to happen at a grassroots level before we can achieve national, aspirational goals like a National Digital Twin? 


View the conference program

Meet the speakers

Conference Program

1:00pm: Laura Harvey, Managing Editor, Monkey Media

Welcome remarks

1:05pm: President, Australian Smart Communities Association President

ASCA Welcome

1:10pm: Keynote Speaker - TBC

1:40pm: Warren Dean, Founder, DataTale

Why my grass-roots data project is now a grassfire

2:15pm: Kate Williams, Chief Business Officer, FrontierSI

What do we mean when we talk about digital twins?

2:30pm: PANEL - A coordinated national approach to digital twins

Adam Mowlam, Strategic Lead, Digital Twin, Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning

Michael Healy, Smart Cities Programme Manager, Christchurch City Council

Wayne Patterson, Director Spatial Operations, NSW Department of Customer Service

Helen Spencer, Program Director, Land and Spatial Information at Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (Queensland)

Marie Truelove, Product Manager, Data61

Speaker TBC, Citywide

3:30pm: PANEL - Data, privacy and security: staying ahead of the game

Zoe Eather, Smart Community Specialist

Debbie Reynolds, Global Data Privacy & Protection Expert Strategist

Nicole Stephensen, Principal Consultant, Ground Up Consulting

Meet The Speakers

Warren Dean - Founder, Data Tale

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Warren Dean is the founder of DataTale, a company specialising in Power BI training and consulting within the government sector. He has 15 years of experience in data analytics roles, both at state and local government levels. Warren initiated a local government BI meetup in Victoria, Australia and has spoken at conferences and user groups across the world.

Nicole Stephensen - Principal Consultant, Ground Up Consulting

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Nicole offers expert privacy advisory and capacity building services across all project streams at Ground Up Consulting and her trusted approach to strategic privacy uplift is a cornerstone for its program of work.

Nicole founded Ground Up in 2011 and is a globally recognised privacy leader with two decades of experience in public policy, regulatory and industry forums.

Working alongside the Knowledge Director, Nicole personally delivers the bulk of sessions in Ground Up's training calendar, preferring to be directly – rather than peripherally – involved in capacity building across government, industry and not-for-profit sectors.