2 June 2016

MAB16 will host three symposia:

The Digital Publics symposium will explore the role of urban screens for building communities from retrospective, contemporary and forward looking perspectives. The Digital Publics symposium is organised by Urban Screen Productions.

The Smart Cities & Urban Innovation symposium will bring together the distinctive strengths of Australian and Korean digital and smart city industry leaders to discuss service delivery strategies that actively anticipate the needs and aspirations of future cities. The Smart Cities & Urban Innovation symposium is organised by the UNSW Smart Cities Research Cluster.

The City Leaders' Summit will connect local and international experts with Australian City Leaders' to discuss the application of information and communication technologies for addressing challenges within urban precincts, such as public transport, waste management, social engagement programs, civic participation, etc. The City Leaders' Summit is co-organised by the Future Cities Collaborative and the Sydney Environment Institute.

Digital Publics Symposium


The third Digital Publics Symposium is to be presented as part of the Media Architecture Biennale 2015 (MAB16) and Vivid Ideas 2016.

This symposium will be co-curated by Esther Anatolitis and Glenn Harding and is being held at The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney on the 2nd June 2016.

The symposium will run from 9am through to 5pm. Digital Publics is produced by UTV and more information and registration links can be found at


The symposium format includes a series of panel discussions with opening and closing remarks. Basic times are outlined below.

Opening remarks 9.00am – 10.00am
Morning break 10.00am - 10.30am
Panel one 10.30am – 12.00pm
Lunch 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Panel two 1.00pm - 2.30pm
Afternoon break 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Panel three 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Closing panel

Closing panel with perspectives drawn from all sessions.

4.30pm – 6.00pm

This event is presented by Media Architecture Biennale 2016.

Digital Publics Symposium Chairs
  • Glenn Harding

    Urban Screen Productions

  • Emma Shearman

    Urban Screen Productions

Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Symposium


Cities everywhere are positioning themselves to participate in the smart city boom with large investments and resources mobilised to build the next hi-tech cities. This international symposium will explore cutting edge smart city concepts from around the world and their relevance to Sydney, Australia’s innovation capital. The Symposium’s theme, “smart cities and urban innovation”, will be covered through a variety of engaging talks, workshops and panel discussions which will present participants with the question “how can smart technology and urban design enhance the innovative potential of urban places?” The symposium will be international in scope with industry experts and thought leaders from Korea, India, Australia, the US, Singapore and other nations taking part in the day’s proceedings. Tech giants, small start-ups, urban designers and “city makers” will join the conversation for what promises to be a fascinating insight into the future of our cities.

The Symposium is structured to bridge both research and industry worlds with a dynamic and interactive program. The symposium is well timed to engage with the recently launched Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda and the announcement of Sydney’s new Silicon Harbour district. The Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Symposium takes place at the “The Concourse” and is part of the international Media Architecture Biennale. It is presented by the Smart Cities Research Cluster UNSW. The Symposium takes place at “The Concourse” in Chatswood and is preceded by a hands-on industry workshop where futures for Sydney’s Silicon Harbour will be investigated.


Symposium format

The full program for the Smart Cities & Urban Innovation symposium can be found on (pages 50-52).

Coffee and Registrations 8.00am - 9.00am
Welcome 9.00am - 9.30am
Session 1

Sydney’s ‘Silicon Harbour’ and the Design of Tech Districts

9.30am - 10.30am
Morning Break 10.30am - 11.00am
Session 2

The Digital Agenda and Urban Innovation in Asia-Pacific

11.00am - 12.30pm
Lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Session 3

Asian Smart Cities: ubiquitous technology

1.30pm – 3.00pm
Session 4

Proptech Startups and Sydney’s Innovation Ecosystem

3.00pm – 4:30pm
Closing Address and Thankyous 3.00pm – 4:30pm
Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Symposium Chairs

[email protected]

  • Hoon Han


  • Scott Hawken


City Leaders' Summit

Creating Smart Places for Smart Citizens: Opportunities and Challenges

The City Leaders’ Summit will bring together local and international experts and Australian city leaders to discuss the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to placemaking within out cities. Experts will present examples from research and practice of traditional and digital placemaking methods, techniques and systems that have helped create more liveable and sustainable places for people.

City leaders will be invited to share challenges that they are facing within their urban precinct, including the use of city infrastructures, such as public transport, waste management, social engagement programs and civic participation. This will be followed by a discussion, facilitated by Professor Ed Blakely, chair of the Future Cities Collaborative, on how to harness the opportunity that digital placemaking provides.

Introduction 1.30pm - 1.40pm
Mini keynote by Ethan Kent 1.40pm - 1.55pm
Mini keynote by Daniel Latorre 1.55pm - 2.10pm
Facilitated discussion with Professor Ed Blakely 2.10pm - 2.20pm
Remarks from Lord Mayor of Newcastle and Michelle Fitzgerald 2.20pm - 2.40pm
Facilitated discussion with Professor Ed Blakely 2.40pm - 2.50pm
Remarks from Leni Schwendinger, Greg Stone, Martijn de Waal and Bruce Ramus 2.50pm - 3.30pm
Afternoon Break 3.30pm - 3.55pm
Opportunity and Challenges session 3.55pm - 4.50pm
Closing remarks 4.50pm - 5.00pm
City Leaders' Summit Chairs
  • Martin Tomitsch

    The University of Sydney




    Future Cities Collaborative


    Urban Screen Productions