• WHEN / 10 February 2017

  • TIME / 7:30am

  • WHERE / ACMI Cube Stage, Fed Square, Melbourne

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Smart Cities Collaboration

Network before work with a business breakfast focused on the impact of urbanization globally and the green projects underway in Melbourne.


Cities worldwide are adapting their strategies to ensure they can innovate and thrive in today’s rapidly changing environments. To be “smart”, they are increasingly collaborating with a diverse array of partners to co-design the cities of the future. Join this panel to learn how different types of organisations are collaborating on innovative “smart’’ projects that will prepare Melbourne as a leading city for the future.


  • Jessica Christiansen-Franks - CEO - CoDesign Studio

Jessica is an urban designer and landscape architect who has spent the past decade looking into the social impacts of urbanisation, including identity construction in existing and emerging communities and social marginalisation of urban migrants.


  • Thami Croeser – Project Officer, Green Infrastructure, Urban Sustainability – City of Melbourne

Thami runs the City of Melbourne’s Green Your Laneway project, which will convert four inner-city lanes into green spaces in 2017. He is particularly interested in vertical greening; digital mapping and modelling; progressive engagement approaches, and participatory design.


  • Ray Tinney – Engineer – Company Code Club Australia

Raymond Tinney is an inquisitive telecommunications engineer with Telstra with a  background in physics, electrical engineering and computer systems. Since being introduced to coding whilst in his first year of university, he has since gone onto develop programs for Android, robotics and engineering purposes. All in all, a pretty top bloke.


  • Benjamin Kolaitis - Emerging Technologies Team Leader, Melbourne Library Service

Benjamin is a Melbourne based contemporary instrument builder, sound artist and sculptural artist. Through implementing, coordinating and managing technological facilities and educational programs that support the education, development, empowerment and courage of communities utilising old and new technologies, he seeks to strengthen the resolve of their self-directed creative and problem solving capacities.



Jacyl Shaw – Director of Engagement – Carlton Connect Initiative

As Director of Engagement, Jacyl oversees the creation and delivery of a suite of programs and activities to foster a culture of innovation at the Carlton Connect Initiative and leads the engagement strategies for current and prospective partners in community, government and industry.

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