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The Smart Community Podcast

Summary: "Making Smart Communities that are Accessible, Liveable and Sustainable for All"​ The Smart Community Podcast is a hub where Smart and exciting people from all around the world come to discuss all things Smart City, Smart Town, Smart Region - anything that makes a place more liveable. Together we can create the Smart Community Collective. Disclaimer: All content is representative of personal opinion only and is not associated with any company, organisation or government agency.

Podcasts:

 Evidence-based, adaptable and iterative approaches to planning and design, with Prugya Maini | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1857

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a great chat with Prugya Maini, an urban ist with a background in planning and design. Prugya tells us how evidence-based planning frameworks, or lack thereof, sparked her interest in the Smart City space, and why we need more adaptability and iterative approaches. Zoe and Prugya discuss how Australia is embracing Smart concepts, as well as the need for upskilling and knowledge sharing to address the current skills gaps. Prugya shares how important it is to speak with and actually listen to people from other disciplines, as well as the power of open mindedness and high trust, high respect environments for sparking innovation and creating integration. They finish their conversation discussing trends of accountability, adaptability and the relationship between failure and innovation. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Prugya on LinkedIn Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Urban mining and the value of citizen thinking, with Abel Immaraj | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2722

In this episode of the Smart Community podcast, Zoe has a fascinating conversation with Abel Immaraj, a consultant and hydraulic engineer with a background in natural resource management and national, state and local water reforms. In this episode, Zoe and Abel discuss the value of citizen thinking and the unintended consequences of individuals adopting technology without thinking of it as a community issue, as well as how he sees Australia embracing the Smart Community concepts. Abel tells us about the concept of urban mining and why the circular economy should always be in the same conversation as Smart Communities, as well as why the nexus of water, energy, waste and the land is so important. Zoe and Abel finish their conversation discussing the emerging trends of information poverty, the increasing complexity of the world, the bundling of service providers and how brokers are now becoming more common to help us navigate the increasing choices we have. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Abel via LinkedIn Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Considering the impacts of emerging technologies on all members of a Smart Community, with Samson Williams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1249

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has an interesting chat with Samson Williams, Principal Consultant at Axes and Eggs, a thinktank and digital advisor on emerging technologies. Samson shares a bit about his work at Axes and Eggs, and why his background in anthropology sparked his interest in Smart Communities. He also has a really interesting perspective on how the US is embracing Smart concepts, and shares about the problem of food deserts, financial deserts, and 3G being a luxury. Zoe and Samson finish their conversation discussing the emerging trends of the millennial generation becoming policy and decision makers, and the negative health impacts of technology making life more convenient. You will hear that this episode was recorded before Zoe left on her Churchill Fellowship, and she is talking about her trip to the US in the future, but it's now actually in the past, and you can hear Zoe's wrap up of each stage of her trip on her special podcast about her Churchill Fellowship. It's available exclusively to people who support the Smart Community Podcast on Pozible. Zoe's trip is still ongoing, but you can hear about Zoe's visits to Orlando and Denver, among other places, by going to Pozible.com searching for My Smart Community and hit Support. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Samson on LinkedIn or on other social media @hustlefundbaby or find Axes and Eggs on socials @axesandeggs Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Hype, Substance, Technology and Humanity, with Victor Pereira | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2084

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe speaks with Vitor Pereira, the cofounder and Director of Zoom Smart Cities. Zoe and Vitor discuss his background in journalism and in interest in technology, and how being involved in tourism and events sparked his interest in the Smart Community space. Vitor explains why the ability to reflect and receive criticism is crucial for any Smart City, and gives the example of Amsterdam's rebrand over the last 10 years. He goes on to tell us how Portugal is embracing Smart concepts and some of the projects he's involved in, including Zoom Global Smart City Association. Vitor and Zoe then discuss the need to cut through the hype and find the substance in a noisy, saturated Smart City market as well as why we need to break down silos and foster integration in order to tackle the urgent and important decisions humanity is facing right now. They finish their conversation discussing the emerging trends of ethics and transparency when it comes to technology, as well as getting back to the heart and soul of a city, which is humans. Now, a quick warning, there are a few audio glitches in this episode but it's very listenable overall. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Vitor on social media @vitorpereira or via email vitor@zoomsmartcities.com Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Next Generation Infrastructure and a Zero Carbon Future, with Lisa McLean | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1320

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a really interesting chat with Lisa McLean, CEO of the Open Cities Alliance. Lisa covers her passion for Next Generation Infrastructure, what that is, and why Smart Community or Next Gen thinking is so important. Zoe and Lisa discuss how Lisa sees Australia embracing Smart Concepts and some of the projects Lisa is currently working on, as well as what Open Cities does. They then talk about the convergence of utilities like water, waste and energy that used to be separate but that are now becoming more interconnected, and the power of aggregating voices to move government policy, breakdown silos and improve integration. Zoe and Lisa finish their chat discussing the emerging trends of the new utility model and the circular economy, as well as "pro-sumers" and why we need new business models in the future. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Lisa via the Open Cities website or email Lisa@opencities.net.au Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 When immediate needs drive Smart Community thinking, with Ricardo Van Loenen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1435

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a fascinating conversation with Ricardo Van Loenen, the CEO and co-Founder of B. Building Business in Amsterdam. As this episode goes live Zoe will be in Amsterdam as part of her Churchill Fellowship, and if you want to hear all about her trip, remember to head to Pozible.com to get access to her special podcast all about what she's learning on her Fellowship. It's available exclusively to supporters so head to Pozible.com now, search My Smart Community, and hit support to get access to those bonus podcast episodes. In this episode, Ricardo tells us about B Building Business, the startup ecosystem turned Smart City Hub he has been a part of creating in Amsterdam and how it has really sparked his interest in the Smart Community Space. Zoe and Ricardo discuss how the Netherlands is embracing Smart concepts, and the power of having an immediate need driving innovation and investment. Ricardo shares some of the projects he's been working on and why governments and corporations can and should work together to build the city of the future. They finish their chat discussing the emerging trends of education, inclusivity and diversity being more important than technology when building Smart Communities. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Ricardo via LinkedIn Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 The role of education and ethics in the design of self-driving cars, with Vienna Harvey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1069

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe brings you an interview she did on location in Silicon Valley as part of her Churchill Fellowship trip investigating Smart Mobility around the world. By the way, if you want to hear more from Zoe about her trip, you should subscribe to her exclusive podcast about her Churchill Fellowship. It's exclusively for her supporters on Pozible, so head to Pozible.com today, search for My Smart Community, and hit support. There's several episodes there already for you to get stuck into and hear Zoe's insights from the various people, places and platforms she's been exploring as part of her Churchill Fellowship. In this episode, Zoe speaks with Vienna Harvey from online learning company, Udacity. Vienna is a Learning Technologist that specialises in the Self-Driving Car nano-degrees at Udacity. She also did a thesis project about the role of ethics in the design of self-driving cars, and she shares some really interesting findings from her research in this area. Zoe and Vienna also discuss the talent-gap in the autonomous vehicle industry and how Udacity's nano-degrees are one way to combat this, as well as the emerging trend of actually seeing self-driving cars on the road in more places. There are a couple of tech glitches in this episode. It's very listenable, however you will notice a few spots where Vienna's words get slightly clipped, or the speed changes slightly. As always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Vienna on LinkedIn and find out more about Udacity on their website Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Climate change, energy efficiency and the built environment, with Don McLean | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1859

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a fascinating conversation with Don McLean from IES. Don has been in the energy space for nearly 40 years, and is truly passionate about finding intelligent ways to improve energy efficiency as a way of combating climate change. Don shares why he believes aggregation and using the collective is imperative to making better decisions and being more efficient, as well as how he sees Scotland embracing Smart Concepts. He then tells us about his company IES, and how their 'digital twin' simulation technology helps in the design of energy efficient buildings, as well as some other technologies they are developing to support the creation of energy efficient groups of buildings, such as university campuses or city districts. Don then explains some of the barriers he sees to integrating across disciplines and really solving our energy problems in order to combat climate change. Zoe and Don finish their chat discussing the emerging trend of positive energy blocks, and how IES is trialling these. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. This episode of the Smart Community Podcast is brought to you by IES. Did you know IES provides 3D performance analysis technology that helps all those involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings to reduce the carbon emissions of buildings and cities worldwide? So far, through use of its technology, IES has prevented over 30 500 Mega Watt power stations from having to be built. IES is about to launch new, exciting digital twin technology that will help you create a more sustainable and intelligent world. You can find out more at www.iesve.com Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Don via email don.mclean@iesve.com or find out more about his work at the IES website iesve.com Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 User Experience at the Intersection of Digital & Physical Environments with Martin Tomitsch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1942

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe speaks with Martin Tomitsch, Associate Professor in Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Chair of Design, and Research Director of the Design Lab - an interdisciplinary research group that investigates the role of design across a range of domains and contexts. Martin shares with Zoe the concepts of media architecture and hybrid infrastructure and how it can improve the lives of citizens in Smart Communities, as well as the importance of user experience design principles when designing Smart Cities. Martin tells us about his new book, "Making Cities Smarter, Designing Interactive Urban Applications" and some interesting projects designed to use emerging technologies to in one case reduce litter, and in another case make traffic lights not only fun, but safer. Zoe and Martin finish their conversation discussing the emerging trends of bio design, and cathedral thinking, and why we should be thinking long term when it comes to Smart Cities and Communities. As always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. By the way, if you want to hear more from Zoe about her round-the-world trip, you should subscribe to her podcast about her Churchill Fellowship. It's exclusively for her supporters on Pozible, so head to Pozible.com today, search for My Smart Community, and hit support. There's several episodes there already for you to get stuck into and hear Zoe's insights from the various people, places and platforms she's been exploring as part of her Churchill Fellowship on #smartmobility! Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Martin on Twitter @martintom, LinkedIn @martintomitsch Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Episode 100 Celebration: Ask Zoe Anything! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3157

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, host Zoe Eather is back in the hot seat! In celebration of this being episode 100, Zoe and Ellen sat down for a chat where she answers questions from you, the audience of the Smart Community Podcast. Fittingly, when this episode goes to air, as well as being episode 100, it's also exactly one year since Zoe started her own Smart Community consultancy Zemcon. It's been a whirlwind time and Zoe is currently on her round the world Smart Mobility investigation via her Churchill Fellowship. In this episode Zoe shares her thoughts and experiences in response to the questions some of the community has asked, but if you want her up to date news of her trip, head over to Pozible.com and search My Smart Community to get access to the exclusive podcast all about her Churchill Fellowship journey. In the meantime, enjoy this 'ask me anything' episode with Zoe, and as always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.

 Solving Problems with Smart Concepts And Tools, with Alexis Hannah Smith | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1637

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe had a great conversation with Alexis Hannah Smith, the Founder and CEO of IMGeospatial. Alexis shares with us a bit about her background in business and how she stumbled into the Smart Community space because of her passion for helping people and make change for a better world. Zoe and Alexis talk about the gap between the ideal world and reality when it comes to sensors and data, some projects that are happening in the UK, including the Satellite Applications Catapult, plus some projects Alexis is currently working on. Alexis then shares what IMGeospatial and AI Holdings does, and why not being an engineer has been an advantage for her. They finish their chat discussing the emerging trend of branding and re-branding Smart City concepts. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Alexis on the website or Twitter: @imgeospatial Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Using Data to Manage City Curbs, with Jacob Baskin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1356

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe speaks with computer programmer and transportation enthusiast, Jacob Baskin. Jacob is the CTO at Coord, New York-based tech company that helps government agencies, companies and professionals get the valuable data they need to build and regulate transportation infrastructure in the way that works best for everyone in the city. In this episode Jacob shares what sparked his interest in the Smart Communities space, and why he feels it's important. Zoe and Jacob discuss how the US is currently embracing Smart City concepts, including cities taking the lead and putting communities back at the centre of decision making. Jacob also explains a bit about Coord, and why curb-side management is needed more and more in today's world of ecommerce and ride-share platforms. They also discuss how open data is crucial for any kind of integration and why shared data standards are so important. Zoe and Jacob talking about the emerging trend of cities doing more innovation in-house. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect via the website Coord.co or with Jacob on Twitter @jacobbaskin Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Integrating Active Transport and Infrastructure into Smart Mobility, with Kylie Nixon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1737

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has an interesting conversation with traffic engineer and transport planner, Kylie Nixon. Kylie is the Vice President of PedBikeTrans - the Pedestrian and Bicycle Transport Institute of Australasia and an Associate in Transport Planning at Arup, and in this episode she shares her passion for active transport and integrating it into our Smart communities. Zoe and Kylie discuss what walking might look like in an autonomous vehicle world, and the need for planning, technology and infrastructure that facilitates accessibility and walkability. Kylie shares some of the projects she's currently working on, including PedBikeTrans and Whole Journey Guide for Accessible Public Transport, and what she's learned about integrating across disciplines, government and industry. They finish the chat discussing what all this transport technology means for our health and wellbeing, and why it's an emerging trend we should be talking about more. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Kylie on LinkedIn and find PedBikeTrans on Facebook and Twitter Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 Public-Private Integration and Interoperability, with David Pickeral | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1697

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has an interesting discussion with entrepreneur and Smart Mobility advisor, David Pickeral. David shares his varied background from Naval Officer to practicing Law, to working with a variety of public and private organisations in the transit and technology arena. He tells us what sparked his interest in the Smart Mobility space, and how he sees the US embracing the Smart City and Community concepts. Zoe and David then cover the advantages of bottom-up, individualised approaches, and how integration and interoperability between government, industry and academia is key. They finish their chat discussing the emerging trend of public-private collaborations in the realm of Smart Mobility. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with David via LinkedIn Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

 How Uber Sees the Future of Transport, with Natalie Malligan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 946

In this bonus #mobilitymarch episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a fascinating chat with Natalie Malligan, the Head of Cities for Australia and New Zealand at Uber. This is a short but jam packed episode, and it's also a perfect follow up to our previous episode featuring Sampo Hietanen, all about Mobility as a Service, so if you haven't listened to that episode yet, I'd recommend you go back and listen to it before this one, as Zoe and Natalie do talk about MaaS a bit here so Sampo's episode will be useful for a bit more context in that regard. In this episode, Natalie shares a bit about how Uber sees the future of transport and some of their projects worldwide, including taking part in the Transport NSW Mobility as a Service Challenge, and integrating the public transport services into the Uber App in the City of Denver in the US. Zoe and Natalie discuss how Australian consumers and governments are embracing Smart concepts, and how this has changed over time, as well as why Uber has been so successful in become a household name. Natalie explains how Uber views their role in the transport sector, and some of their other projects like up-coming on-demand aircraft service Uber Elevate and the open data platform Movement. Natalie and Zoe finish their conversation on how Uber has changed their approach over the years, and the emerging trends of micro-mobility such as e-bikes and e-scooters. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with Natalie via LinkedIn Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

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