Smart Cities & Transport Forum 2019

Showcasing Australia's Smart Cities Innovation

26 September 2019



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Smart Cities is one of the areas where we can already experience the benefits of AI and IoT based technologies. From parking solutions to traffic management through autonomous trains and vehicles, the next 10 years will see our cities transform. Ai and IoT innovations help cities become more sustainable and make our lives more productive and enjoyable.

The Smart Cities & Transport Forum provides an in-depth examination of the state of Smart Cities in Australia and globally, drawing upon professional experiences of keynote speakers and panelists. Expect high attendance of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, Government bodies, researches and investors all highly engaged with how technology can improve our quality of life in the future.



17.00 - 17.30 Registrations, Networking, Food & Drinks



17.30 - 18.00 Welcome & Keynotes


Eitan Bienstock, Founder Everything IoT - Welcome and Industry Update


Johanna Pitman - Are We There Yet? The challenges of becoming a smart city and achieving better outcomes


Panel Discussion & Startup Showcasing 

18.00 - 18.30 Experts panel discussion

Moderator: Eitan Bienstock, Founder Everything IoT


Johanna PitmanFounder, BlueChilli CityConnect 

Alasdair GrantTelecommunications and Digital Economy Advisor 

Hoon HanDirector of city planning program, UNSW

Bella VincentPolicy, project and governance advisor for public infrastructure

Startups Showcasing 

18.30 - 19.00 Smart Cities & Transport startup founder showcase presentations

Startup presentations including Q&A and panel of experts feedback

Paul McManus, Meshed - Building and maintaining low-cost IoT networks

Matt Lynch, EVisuals - Developing technical solutions to building emergency and evacuation issues

Melanie Mury, IMBY- Making the future of the built environment transparent


19.00 - 19.30 Networking, Food & Drinks

Startups Showcasing 

19.30 - 20.15 Smart Cities & Transport startup founder showcase presentations

Startup presentations including Q&A and panel of experts feedback

Nikki Eylon, ParKam - A new parking ecosystem using AI-based and ML image processing

Arnaud Berckmans, Hoki - Eliminating single-use packaging and waste production in companies

Julia Suh, Paper Plain - Inspiring and enabling communities to create thriving neighbourhoods

Angus McDonald, Compass IoT - Simplifying complex datasets into actionable insights in transport infrastructure

Panel Discussion & Closing Remarks

20.15 - 20.45 Industry experts general feedback and closing remarks

Moderator: Eitan Bienstock, Founder Everything IoT

Johanna PitmanFounder, BlueChilli CityConnect 

Alasdair GrantTelecommunications and Digital Economy Advisor 

Hoon HanDirector of city planning program, UNSW

Bella VincentPolicy, project and governance advisor for public infrastructure

Networking Drinks

20.45 - 21.15


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Eitan Bienstock

Managing Director, Sigma Ventures and Founder, Everything IoT

Entrepreneur, investor and startup mentor, Eitan’s experience spans 25 years working for Fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms and founding a couple of startups in Israel, the US and Australia. Eitan is highly active in both the Israeli and the Australian innovation ecosystems. He founded Everything IoT in 2015 with the mission to give focus and enable the development of innovations that connect the physical and digital worlds. More recently Eitan founded Techbench Capital sharing knowledge, investments and market opportunities between the two countries. Eitan is a Non-executive Director of the Spark Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of startups, innovators and entrepreneurs. During the late 90’s Eitan was responsible for the development of Intel Israel’s incubator program, which resulted in over USD100M increase in sales for supported companies in the first 3 years of the program and included a successful listing on NASDAQ of (NVMI). He received the prestigious ‘Intel Achievement Award’ 


Johanna Pitman

Founder, BlueChilli CityConnect

Johanna Pitman is an expert on smart cities and is a recognised authority on the future of work and implications for urban communities. Johanna launched BlueChilli’s CityConnect accelerator for smart cities startups and has 20 years experience working across economic development, international trade and public policy through senior roles in Federal and State agencies and organisations in Australia, the UK and the US. In 2018, Johanna co-founded Women in Smart Cities Global, an advocacy group for diversity in smart design and outcomes. Johanna holds a Masters in Regional Studies from Harvard University and is passionate about connecting the right players to make cities more prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all. 

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Alasdair Grant

Telecommunications and Digital Economy Advisor 

Alasdair Grant is a digital economy advisor with more than twenty-five years’ experience working with businesses and national governments throughout the Asia region, for most of this time-based in Hong Kong. From 2015-2018 Alasdair was the Head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA, the industry association representing mobile network operators, leading its regional senior management team with responsibility for technology, strategy, public policy, development and marketing programmes affecting more than 2B subscribers. Prior to this, for six years Alasdair ran a Hong Kong-based strategy consultancy, advising global and regional telecommunications companies and digital ecosystem operators on market entry, engagement and expansion plans throughout Asia. Previously, Alasdair served more than a decade in a variety of Hong Kong-based Head of Asia roles for major global telecommunications operators. Before these, Alasdair lived and worked in his home city of Sydney, managing the regulatory affairs of a major carrier and working as a lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin.

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Hoon Han

Director of City Planning Program, UNSW

Associate Professor Hoon Han is Director of City Planning in the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.  Hoon worked as a city planner and researcher over the past 20 years.  His research interests are spatial and temporal changes in urban form, transport and housing market, in particular, the dynamic changes occurring in response to constraints and opportunities presented within the Australian capital cities.  Hoon has published over 80 articles in urban and regional planning.  The impact of his research and contributions to the city planning field are also reflected in his Chief Investigator role in the nationally and internationally funded projects, 9 million CRC-P Value Australia and DFAT-AKC and AIF grants. Hoon and his research team won two prestige national and international awards - Best Industry-Led Smart City Awards 2017 by the Committee for Sydney (RAISE team) and Winner of the Smart City Service Awards 2017 in the World Smart City Week Conference (WSCW), Seoul, Korea 2017.


Bella Vincent

Policy, Project and Governance Advisor for Public Infrastructure

Bella Vincent is a policy, project and governance professional with an interest in urban and infrastructure development and how things get done in government. She was recently a consulting Program Manager to Transport for NSW, where she oversaw the day-to-day development of scope for a multibillion-dollar future investment in the capacity and efficiency of Sydney’s heavy rail network, which is also considering major technology upgrades. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government (HKS) with a focus on infrastructure investment and city governance. She also assisted to teach two graduate courses in planning for the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation including with the HKS Innovation Field Lab, and was a Fall Cohort Fellow with the HKS Center for Public Leadership.


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