Smart Cities is smart for business

The most successful business leaders are those that are a step ahead of the game. They have anticipated and invested in what the future could bring rather than reacting to what has been delivered.  

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For savvy business leaders, the future is smart cities. The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is hosting a luncheon to explore ‘Why tapping into smart cities is smart for business’.

The AIIA’s luncheon aims to explore the value of Smart City initiatives to state, national and international markets.

SRA’s Chief Strategy Officer, Andrew Hodges will share his insights and experiences of innovation across the Asia-Pacific region.

Andrew is a thought leader with specific interests in ICT Strategic Planning, Innovation & Policy, Economic Development, Program Management and Infrastructure Design, predominantly in the Public Sector.

In today’s digital world, local innovation can lead to significant outcomes in terms of economic growth and competitiveness. Our government is focused on creating an environment of innovation; creating digitally enabled, globally connected communities establishes competitive advantage for cities and, ultimately, nations.

What does this mean to business, what are the opportunities, and who are our innovators?

The journey into the future of smart cities has already begun in South Australia with the Adelaide City Council – Smart City initiative. The city is developing a program to trial smart city applications and services to create a more vibrant and entrepreneurial future for Adelaide and the State. This provides an exciting opportunity for local businesses to contribute and benefit from the Smart Cities agenda.

Adelaide has been voted as one of the world’s “top 5” most liveable cities. The key to maintaining this ranking is growing Adelaide’s economy by creating an environment that will attract new investment, retain skills and establish South Australia as a leader in innovation; the place to live, learn and do business.

You need to attend this informative, thought-provoking event, including a facilitated Q&A session with our speakers if you are:

  • a business leader keen on innovation within your business
  • a government agency or local council wanting to improve efficiency or solve a problem
  • a software developer looking for support to create new smart city applications
  • a technology service provider keen to partner with others to address smart city opportunities
  • an innovator with a new product or service ready to trial in a smart city living laboratory
  • an educator or researcher seeking to experiment in a living laboratory of smart city services

Use this link to find more information or purchase tickets to the AIIA luncheon

Andrew Hodges

Chief Strategy Officer, SRA Information Technology
VP Citizen & Business Engagement, Future Cities Institute

Andrew is a thought leader with expertise in ICT Strategic Planning, Innovation & Policy, Economic Development, Program Management and Infrastructure Design, predominantly in the Public Sector.

Throughout his career Andrew has worked for a range of ICT corporates such as Digital, Compaq and Microsoft, where he was Regional Director for Emerging Markets in the Asia Public Sector team.

A consistent theme throughout Andrew’s 35+ years in the industry is driving engagement in Public Sector.  He has worked with teams to establish the strategy for their government engagements including eGovernment, innovation and Citizen Services.  He has worked in both the mature and emerging markets across Asia, across all levels of Government.

Andrew has developed an ability to view these areas through the “lens” of economic development and capacity building, which resonates well with Governments, particularly in emerging markets. In Australia he has been a key lobbyist for the ICT Industry through associations including the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

He has been a regular presenter at forums such as:

  • Future Cities Summits in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast
  • Safe Cities in Singapore,
  • uCity in Songdo (Korea)
  • The launch of the Initiative for ICT Development in the Asia Pacific Region, jointly hosted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila



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