IoT Conference

Humans, technology and data in focus at the IoT conference

Drones, self drive miniature smart cars, and smart data were highlights of the National IoT (Internet of Things) Conference in Melbourne on 4 June. Amongst the smart gadgets, it was the human aspect of technology that was brought into focus.

The event attracted around 800 technological minds to discuss the future of technology and its impact on business and community across Australia and the globe.

Articulous was invited to speak as an expert in community engagement, given our experience in open data and smart cities engagement.

Emma Andrews joined the Smart Cities and Environments Panel with representatives from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities, Australian Government, Citizen Cities Australia, and Adshel.

The panel touched on the benefits of technology in communities including smart cities, and the impact technology is having on environment and lifestyle decisions. In particular urban design choices and the use of space.

The panel also spoke about the need for greater engagement and collaboration across all levels of government through technology and knowledge sharing.

Feedback from attendees was that they appreciated the ‘human’ perspective raised in the panel, especially how communities are being engaged with to contribute to decision making.


  • Anthony McGregor (Director – Cities Division, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities, Australian Government)
  • Sandy Burgoyne (Executive Director, Citizen Cities Australia)
  • Greg Power (Head of Smart Cities & Innovation, Adshel)
  • Emma Andrews (COO, Articulous)