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Lunchtime Lecture: Making ‘smart’ cities work for everyone, 25 November 2016

November 25, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

There is a lot of interest in how new technologies and data can be harnessed to improve the places we live in. ‘Smart’ cities are often described as efficient cities, productive cities, comfortable cities. They are cities (and towns) in which data is being increasingly incorporated into things like improving local transport infrastructure, housing planning, reducing pollution and connecting people to essential services like healthcare.

‘Smart cities’ can also be divisive cities, favouring inner city improvements and working only for a few. More than ever, we need to be able to connect communities together. How do we build smart cities and towns that work for everyone? What should an ‘open city’ look like? What needs to change about our current approach?

Join us for this Lunchtime Lecture with guest presenter Ellen Broad, Associate with the Open Data Institute UK and freelance data cultivator.

Where and when?

Friday, 25 November 2016 from 12-1pm (please note this is a Friday, not the usual Thursday).

At ODI Queensland: 70-72 Bowen Street, Spring Hill Qld.

Lunchtime lectures are free to attend and open to anyone.

About Ellen Broad…

Ellen Broad

Ellen has just moved back to Australia and is excited about sunshine.

She has been in London and The Hague working on digital and data initiatives for the past few years, as Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute and before that, Manager of Digital Project and Policies for the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA). Before moving overseas, Ellen ran the Australian Digital Alliance in Australia.

While at the ODI, Ellen became expert adviser on data to the UK’s Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Liz Truss, now Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice). In this role, Ellen shaped a data transformation programme across Defra’s 35 public bodies and agencies (#OpenDefra).

Ellen’s designed a data board game in the open with the ODI’s CEO, Jeni Tennison OBE, called Datopolis, which has been played in 19 countries. You should play it!


November 25, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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