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.

Wednesday, April 17
11:00 am - 12:15 pm • City Resilience: Preparing for and Responding to Extreme Weather Eventspressure cooker
Wildfires, extreme drought, flooding and other extreme weather events are now the norm. Sit in on this provoking debate among diverse stakeholders from cities, regional agencies, telecommunications providers and others as they debate a series of related issues.
9:00 am - 10:30 am • Plenary Session: The 5G City- Facilitating Work, Life, Equity and Sustainability
Keynote Address: Circular Data - Improving Economic Growth, Resilience and Mobility through City Data Sharing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Plenary Session:  The 5G City- Facilitating Work, Life, Equity and Sustainability - In this fireside chat, listen in as corporate leaders debate the impacts of city-wide 5G networks on quality of life, the environment, and economic growth. Speakers will differentiate between the hype and the reality, and will identify the challenges and risks today and those anticipated in the future.