Smart Cities Forum

Unlocking Australia's Smart Cities Potential


12 May 2016




KPMG / Everything IoT 

Smart Cities Forum Insights


Connecting cities, its residents and businesses to a range of IoT opportunities is identified as one of the key areas of Australia's IoT potential, yet Australia is lagging behind many nations in the application of IoT to both smart homes and smart cities (Communications Alliance, 2015).

The Smart Cities Forum provides an in-depth examination of the role of ICT and the internet to address modern urban challenges. We will explore the transition from a smart campus to smart cities to a smart nation. Keynote speakers and panellists - experts from Australia and overseas - will share their insights on the current and future strategies in advancing the state of smart cities in Australia.



15.30 - 16.00 Guest arrival and registrations




16.00 - 16.10 Welcome & opening remarks:


Eitan Bienstock, Founder, Everything IoT


Keynote Presentation

16.10 - 17.10 Special Guests:

Dr Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney


     "Cities on the Move? Key Trends from Global Cities"


Catherine Caruana-McManus, Director, Giant Ideas


     "IoT for Every One - democratising the Internet of Things"


Peter Runcie,  Business Leader | Future Cities, Transport and Infrastructure, DATA61 | CSIRO


     “Smart Cities, IoT and Data – Implications and Considerations”



Australian Innovator Presentations

17.10 - 18.00 IoT innovations in Smart Cities


Simon Blyth, CEO and Founder, LX Group

Renald Gallis, VP Ecosystem & Marketing, Thinxtra Pty Ltd

Dale Rankine, Co-founder and CEO of Reekoh IoT

Matt Pope, Director & Founder, Space Connect


Afternoon Tea

18.00 - 18.30 Light refreshments


Expert Panel Discussion

18.30 - 19.20 The Future of Smart Cities in Australia


Moderator: Eitan Bienstock, Founder, Everything IoT


Kevin Bloch, CTO, Cisco Australia New Zealand

Catherine Caruana-McManus, Director, Giant Ideas

Peter Runcie,  Business Leader | Future Cities, Transport and Infrastructure, DATA61 | CSIRO

Jonathon Gregory, Executive Director Business Operations, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Piers Hogarth-Scott, Director, Digital Consulting, KPMG Australia




Closing Remarks

19.20 - 19.30 



Networking Drinks and canapes

19.30 - 20.00 


Dr Tim Williams

Chief Executive Officer of the Committee Sydney

Dr Tim Williams is CEO of the Committee for Sydney which the Premier recently described as ‘a fantastic organisation, challenging the city to be great’.  Before coming to Australia in late 2010, Tim was recognised as one of the UK’s thought-leaders in urban regeneration and economic development for his role in developing East London as CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership, where he helped secure the Olympics for Stratford. He has also served as a special advisor on urban development, governance, city strategy and planning to 5 successive UK cabinet ministers, and to the Mayor of London. He was a founding associate member of Tony Blair’s Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and was MD of Navigant Consulting’s public services team in London. His work for the Committee for Sydney focuses on the Big City policy issues in policy-making for Sydney – on how to ensure it flourishes and provides opportunities throughout Greater Sydney. The Committee is currently working with the NSW Government on the new Financial Services Knowledge Hub and on developing a strategy for Sydney as a Global Talent Hub. Tim has a PhD in history and is a qualified barrister. He is an adjunct professor at UTS Business School. Tim Was raised in public housing in Old South Wales and is now on the board of Compass Housing, one of the biggest social housing providers in Australia.

Catherine Caruana-McManus

Director, Giant Ideas Pty Ltd

Catherine Caruana-McManus is a proven digital city “maker” and innovator.  Catherine is the founder of Giant Ideas for Smart Cities and Director of Sales for IoT integrator, Meshed.  Prior to these roles, Catherine was the Director of IBM’s Smarter Cities and has held other senior positions with MC2 Consulting, PMP Limited and Telstra.  Catherine has been recognised as one of Australia’s Knowledge Nation 100 for her work in smart cities and big data. As a serial disrupter, Catherine has launched many successful internet businesses including Australia’s first real estate portal, whereis.com and whitepages.com.au. Some of her most notable city infrastructure projects include the iconic MCG digital transformation, the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Melbourne Docklands.  Catherine is a member of the Chicago Global Forum for Cities, on the Advisory Board for SMART Infrastructure UoW, is the Chair of the IoT Alliance Work Stream for Sector Engagement and an advocate for STEM. 

Peter Runcie

Business Leader | Future Cities, Transport and Infrastructure, DATA61 | CSIRO

Peter has held a range of technical and business roles in the ICT industry during his career.  He has worked in both large and small organisations in Australia and the US - both technology users and vendors. Peter has a strong R&D pedigree working for Bell Laboratories, Avaya Labs, NICTA and now Data61.  Peter is an inventor of over 25 granted patents in communications, data networking and biometrics with others pending in structural health monitoring and data analytics.  Peter has had practical experience with IoT systems including leading a recent project resulting in the installation of over 2,500 sensors on Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge.In his capacity as business leader for Future Cities, Transport and Infrastructure in Data61 Peter’s focus is on applying Data61 and CSIRO’s considerable technical expertise and partner network to address important challenges faced by Australia and globally. Peter is an advisory board member of the Australian Network for Structural Health Monitoring.  He holds an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jonathon Gregory

Executive Director Business Operation - NSW Department of Primary Industries

Jonathon Gregory is the Executive Director Business Operations in the NSW Department of Primary Industries with a focus on enabling organizational outcomes through the transformation of strategic thinking, outcomes measurement, workforce management and operational processes including finance, technology and future work environments. He is a proven executive leader, collaborator and innovator with over 20 years’ experience in the technology, construction, scientific research, natural resource economic development, health services and heavy industry sectors. He has held senior roles in government, industry and not-for-profit organizations at a global, Australian and NSW regional level with experience delivering service and infrastructure solutions into developing Asian markets, as well as remote and regional communities. He is currently championing enabling opportunities for government to embrace the Internet of Everything, big data analytics, geospatial and mobile technology to enable business and policy decision makers to act in real time across a whole landscape. Jonathon is experienced in cross-cultural negotiation and conflict management and leading or influencing complex teams to deliver organizational and project outcomes in times of change, underperformance or market disruption. 

Piers Hogarth-Scott

Director - Digital Consulting at KPMG Australia

Piers Hogarth-Scott is a Director in Digital and IoT Consulting within Management Consulting at KPMG. Piers has twenty years’ experience leading fast growing digital and technology services firms in Australia and Europe. His expertise includes digital disruption, digital transformation and the Internet of Things particularly around Smart Cities and Smart AgriTech. Piers has been recognised by Business Age as one of the Top 50 Entrepreneurs in the UK to have made the most significant contribution to the Internet, innovation and wealth creation.

Kevin Bloch

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Cisco Australia and New Zealand

Kevin is privileged to lead the strategy and technology direction in Australia and New Zealand for a world–class business. With the team, Kevin shapes Cisco's strategy to enable its customers to create value based on the technology platforms they build and the transformations they undertake. Kevin spends a lot of time working with business and technology leaders both externally and internally within Cisco. As Cisco touches so many parts of the global technology industry and market, it places him in a fantastic position to see what’s coming down the track and most importantly, to share what is possible, from Cisco’s perspective.

Simon Blyth

Chief Executive Officer and founder of the LX Group

Simon is the CEO and founder of the LX Group, a BRW Fast 100 company specialising in IoT product and solution development.  Working with technology start-ups through to multinationals for 10 years, Simon and the team at LX have worked on over 200 custom IoT products and projects straddling a wide range of technologies and industry verticals.  Leveraging this experience in IoT product development Simon has lead the technology architecture of the LX IoT cores, an IoT platform spin-out from LX Group with the goal of dramatically lowering time to value for those looking to develop IoT products or solutions from base stations through to wearables.  Simon and the team at LX have worked on a range of IoT smart city products in the areas of infrastructure, waste, marine, parking, lighting, traffic, logistics and utilities management.   

Renald Gallis

VP Ecosystem & Marketing at Thinxtra Pty Ltd

Renald is passionate about Marketing, Technology and lately about IoT / M2M amazing opportunities.
He is currently leading the Thinxtra Marketing team to connect the un-connected to SIGFOX in ANZ.

Renald has 25 years experience in different continents, leading teams from diverse departments and multi-cultural backgrounds. He's also been successful in founding, restructuring and managing sales/marketing activities.

Dale Rankine

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reekoh IoT

Dale Rankine has been part of the Australian digital industry for over two decades as a designer, developer, serial entrepreneur, investor, evangelist and mentor. Dale’s deep subject matter knowledge and hands-on experience across mobile, cloud and IoT has been central to assisting numerous startups, enterprise and consumer companies in the strategy, design, development and go-to-market of new digital products and experiences. Dale is currently CEO and Co-founder of Reekoh IoT, an Application Integration Platform and developer ecosystem connecting enterprise SaaS to the Internet of Things, and is also Partner at Future Now Ventures.

Matt Pope

CEO and Founder of SpaceConnect

Matt is the founder of SpaceConnect, an IoT based workplace utilisation & collaboration platform specialising in artificial intelligence and algorithmic machine learning. Matt has over 12 years experience in the public and private sector with both business strategy & enterprise software development. SpaceConnect’s vision is to enable natural office collaboration through intelligence space management. Working with the top 50 ASX listed companies, Matt and the team support organisations in the transition to activity-based working environments and enabling office space automation using ambient intelligence.