Adam Beck

Chairman, Smart Cities Week

Adam Beck is the current Chairman of the Smart Cities Week as well as the Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, an organization dedicated to accelerating sustainability outcomes in cities and towns through the adoption of technology, data and intelligent design. He is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation.

Before entering the mission-driven sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including almost a decade at Arup. He was lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland for three years.

Adam has dedicated his career of more than 20 years to advance city-building practices around the world, through the creation and deployment of frameworks, tools, and protocols that accelerate sustainability.

Monday, September 30
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • Workshop: The Essentials of Building a Data Economy for Your City
The purpose of this workshop is to extend the benefits delivered by technology deployments and to help shape a more sustained impact on the socio-economics of your city through data. In this workshop you will create a blueprint for your organization’s 'Data Work Stream' - a critical part of any smart city’s success. Components of the workshop will include building a core data group within the organization, and the relevant governance arrangements to support a data economy. You will also learn about the key tools and techniques for establishing a data exchange, and its role in opening and sharing data. Building up a culture of valuing data, enhancing trust and transparency and reporting on performance will also be covered.