W3C and the W3C Australia Office bring you a GREAT Smart Cities Tour!

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If you’re in Australia, or have colleagues who are, and haven’t registered for this great event, you need to do it soon! We’ve got a great panel of speakers who are looking at a topic that is HOT in Australia! The good news is if you’re a W3C Member, then this event is free – what a deal!

Our world is increasingly being shaped by the vast amount of data being produced in every aspect of our lives. As more devices get connected through the Internet of Things (IoT), harnessing big data in an integrated way can offer valuable insights that can help achieve smart city goals. This comes with important and interesting challenges to solve in order to actualise the smart city vision. Challenges include data collection, integration and privacy.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), in partnership with the Australian National University invites you to Future of the Web: Data Drives the Smart City. Data Drives the Smart City explores the challenges and progress made in the technology and underpinning standards framework needed to enable smart cities. You will hear from leading experts in the field on how challenges are being tackled.


  • Monday 7 May, Melbourne ANU House, Level 11, 52 Collins St, Melbourne VIC, Monday 7 May, 9.00am – 13.30pm (8.30am registration)
  • Tuesday 8 May, Canberra University House, 1 Balmain Cres, Acton ACT, Tuesday 8 May, 9.00am – 13.30pm (8.30am registration)
  • Thursday 10 May, Sydney Quest North Ryde, Atlantis, 58-62 Delhi Road, North Ryde NSW, Thursday 10 May, 9.00am – 13.30pm (8.30am registration)


Topics to be addressed include perspectives from Government, tech industry leadership, Web standards for spatial data and city sensing, technical solutions to privacy management, and smart grid futures. A panel session will discuss capacity building for smart cities.


Speakers include Dr Ian Oppermann (NSW Chief Data Scientist), Dr Ole Nielsen (ACT Chief Digital Officer), J. Alan Bird (W3C Global Business Development Lead), Dr Mukesh Mohania (IBM Distinguished Engineer in IBM Research), Dr David Hyland-Wood (Blockchain Protocol Architect, Consensys), Dr Lachlan Blackhall (Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program), Dr Kerry Taylor (Chair, W3C Spatial Data on the Web), Dr Peter Christen (Professor, Data Mining and Matching, ANU), Christine Cowper (Principal Consultant with Information Integrity Solutions), and Dr Armin Haller (W3C Office Manager, ANU).


  • 8.30 Registration
  • 9:00 Start time
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:30 Finish

Coffee/tea on arrival, morning tea and lunch will be provided.

See the program details.

Registration: $290. Free to W3C members and ANU and alumni.

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