As the flagship event for EDA, the peak national body for economic
development practitioners, the national event will attract more than 200
economic development leaders from across Australia. The event will also
host thought leaders in industry development, representatives from all
levels of government and the key organisations with an interest in
Australia’s prosperity and economic growth.
NEDC19 will feature a compelling program of highly regarded thought-leaders whose knowledge and expertise will challenge delegates, and encourage robust dialogue around the conference’s central themes Leveraging Smart Cities for Economic Development and Digital Globalism, Digital Localism.
Smart cities are people focused. Making a city smarter is all about
making cities and regions work better to increase the economic and
social-wellbeing of their communities. The idea of smart cities goes
beyond the application of technology – it is about increasing
liveability and improving sustainability through better planning and
The conference will look into strategies and practical lessons from across Australia and the world to leverage the Smart City agenda for economic development. It will explore what a Smart Cities future could look like and how it will evolve.
Not only is the new information revolution underpinning the evolution of Smart Cities it will have profound impacts on the way people and businesses interact.
Connectivity and digital technologies are generating new business models and transforming every sector. New skills are required and the competition for talent is becoming more relevant than ever. Entrepreneurship and innovation in the digital economy are becoming a must to obtain sustainable economic growth.
To remain competitive in this context of increasing globalisation and technological change, regions and cities across Australia need to drive job growth and increase income and productivity by embracing the digital economy.