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Smart Launceston: Using technology to create a more prosperous and vibrant city


Public Forum

Start Date

15 Jun 2017 6:00 pm

End Date

15 Jun 2017 7:30 pm


Enterprize, Paterson Street, Launceston

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A smart city is one that has digital technology embedded across all city functions: transport, communications, service delivery, community assets. A smart city uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to power sustainable development and improve quality
of life  for the entire community.

This public forum will provide an opportunity for community members to engage with experts in smart city strategies and governance, technology and business to explore how the Launceston community can capitalise on integrated smart technology and data.


Professor Richard Eccleston - Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania


Brook Dixon - Managing Director, Delos Delta
Liz Frankham - Tourism, business development and arts consultant
Dr Gary McDarby – Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Tasmania

About the speakers

Brook Dixon

Brook Dixon is Managing Director of Delos Delta, driving smart city and digital transformation for clients around the world.

He is also Vice President of the Australian Smart Communities Association, working with counterparts across Australia to promote smart city solutions that improve liveability, sustainability and productivity in our cities.

Brook is a Churchill Fellow, who has visited and studied the drivers of digital transformation in leading global cities. As part of this study, Brook visited cities in Asia, Europe and the Americas in 2016.

In his previous role, as Director of Smart City and Smart Regulation for ACT Government, Brook delivered CBRfree (Australia's largest single city public wifi network), led the Uber Reforms in Canberra (becoming the first Australian city to legalise ride-sharing), designed and delivered smart parking, and initiated large scale innovation in procurement and smart working.

Liz Frankham

Liz Frankham has interests in the Arts, food and wine, tourism and economic development. Her Tasmanian career path covers working with an American couple to establish and run a heath retreat on Flinders Island, Northern Tasmanian Development (NTD), in the area of Economic Development, and General Manager of The Quamby Estate, (an 11-room luxury homestead, 130-seat restaurant and 9-hole golf course). During 2015/16, Liz worked with the Flinders Council to help drive population growth and to value add local commodities, she continues this work as a member of the Flinders Island Tourism and Business Association.

She has extensive experience in project management, tourism, and the arts, and as a consultant has worked with, The Glover Prize, The University of Tasmania, The Quamby Estate, MONA, Wine Tasmania, TasTAFE Drysdale, and the Junctions Arts Festival; in 2016, she became Chair and President. Liz knows the value of working collaboratively and believes Tasmania has an enormous capacity to develop and innovate.

From 2010 to 2016, Liz worked with Dr Andrew Pirie on his new single origin sparkling vineyard Apogee Tasmania, helping to build the business and taking Apogee to market. In 2015 Liz joined the organising committee to help deliver Effervescence Tasmania, a celebration of the leading sparkling wines in the state which is held each November.

Liz has a Bachelor of Education and will complete her Masters of Business (Innovation, Regional Development and Entrepreneurship) at University of Tasmania in 2017

Gary McDarby

Dr Gary Mc Darby is Chief Executive Officer of Enterprize Tasmania, a new state supported entity that cultivates and supports entrepreneurial endeavour specifically focused around technology.

He is a technology consultant with a background in Electronic Engineering and Neuroscience. He spent 4 years as Principle Investigator leading the MindGames group in MIT Media Lab Europe focusing on technology and Neuroscience. This group was responsible for notable inventions including the relax to win concept – a novel gaming strategy for stress management, Aura-Lingua – a new way of getting sensory information into the brain, and the Cerebus Brain Computer Interface - the first ever wireless, configurable, portable brain computer interface.

He was project manager for the Irish National Digital Research Centre (2005/2006), and project manager for the successful NCAD bid for PRTLI funding (2007).

He is co-founder and CTO of Fifth Province Ventures - a company that incubates and prototypes innovative ideas in the ICT space.

He is a founding director of Camara Education – an organisation that distributes refurbished computers in the developing world. He is the founder of the Liberties Computer Clubhouse - a state of the art technology learning center enabling disadvantaged youth. He is a founding board member of Techspace, a new technology driven initiative to enable and empower youth groups using refurbished technology and Clubhouse pedagogy.

He is a co-founder of the SMART project, an initiative that develops communication and control technologies for people who have suffered a severe spinal injury.

Richard Eccleston

Richard Eccleston joined the University of Tasmania in 2007 and in 2014 was appointed as the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change.Before joining the University of Tasmania he completed a PhD from the University of Queensland and was a member of Griffith University's Centre for Governance and Public Policy.

Richard is the author of six books and over 50 articles and chapters on various aspects of comparative politics and economic policy. Richard takes a keen interest in Tasmanian politics and is a respected commentator on local and national political affairs.

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