Digital Globalisation : Digital Localisation

The call for abstracts has now closed.
We will be in touch with all authors by 14 June 2019.

This year, the conference organising committee is introducing a new presentation format called “IGNITE sessions”. During these sessions, each speaker will have five (5) minutes to present their case/project to the audience.

The objective of these sessions is to provide an opportunity to economic development professionals or organisations to showcase what’s working and what’s not in their regions. Understanding that five (5) minutes might not be enough time to analyse in depth each of the cases, we will encourage the audience to utilise the catering breaks to connect with the presenters.

This format will allow the audience to listen to a wide variety of projects from across the country, while encouraging networking and further connections among the audience and presenters.

The City of Adelaide and EDA invite authors or organisations interested in submitting an abstract for an IGNITE session, of no more than 300 words, outlining the aim, content and conclusion of their presentation to do so by 31 May 2019.

Speakers are invited to take a fresh approach in their abstract submission, addressing the latest global trends in the following topics:

  • Leveraging Smart Cities for economic development
  • Digital Globalism, Digital Localism

Key dates for abstract submissions:

Call for abstracts open 19 April 2019
Conference registration open 19 April 2019
Call for abstracts close 31 May 2019
Notification to authors By 30 June 2019
Draft program available 14 June 2019
Full papers due for peer review 31 July 2019
Early bird registrations close / deadline for presenting authors to register 31 July 2019

Abstract selection criteria:

Abstracts will be assessed on their relevance to the conference themes:

Leveraging Smart Cities for economic development

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 connectivity.

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.

Questions addressed include:

  • How are cities and regions across Australia driving economic development through the application of smart solutions?
  • Why is the Smart City agenda relevant for economic development professionals?
  • How can Smart Cities improve productivity?
  • Is the Smart City discussion only relevant for big cities?
  • How can regional areas benefit from the application of smart solutions?

Digital Globalism, Digital Localism

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.

Questions addressed include:

  • What skills will our workforce need?
  • What strategies have been successful?
  • What is the role of the Digital Economy in increasing productivity?
  • How can we develop a digital strategy in our regions?

2. Conference theme and topics
Will the presentation offer something significant or unique to one or more of the conference themes?

3. Analytical
Will the presentation provide more than a description of a program or service; will it draw out insights, learnings and recommend new policies and / or actions?

4. Innovative
Will the presentation provide new ideas or develop further what we already know or have shared previously?


The local organising committee welcomes program proposals for the ignite sessions (5 minute ‘speed’ sessions)

Below are the format guidelines.

Ignite presentation submission requirements:

  • Abstracts must be sent in word.doc format and must be prepared using the appropriate template (word.doc file available in the speaker portal).
  • Abstracts should summarise the important points and highlight the content to be communicated. It needs to be concise yet informative, containing an outline of the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusion of the work undertaken.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.
  • Presentations will be (strictly) 5 minutes long and the program will be sent to you after the early bird cut-off date.
  • Please proofread the final document thoroughly before submitting it to the Conference.
  • Abstracts matching the requirements must be submitted via the speaker portal no later than 5.00pm on 31 May 2019.
  • All presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee by the early bird cut-off date. If no author is registered by this date, the abstract will be withdrawn from the conference program.

Terms and conditions

  • The lodgement of an abstract does not indicate automatic inclusion in the conference program.
  • Abstract receipt and acceptance will be acknowledged to the submitting author.
  • Further communication will be with the submitting author only unless otherwise directed.
  • Abstracts must adhere to the abstract requirements and be submitted before the call for abstracts close.
  • Each abstract must have at least one author registered by the early bird closing date. If no author is registered by this date, the abstract will be withdrawn from the conference program.
  • Authors agree to submit a full paper by the due date for inclusion in the conference proceedings. If no paper is submitted, the organising committee reserve the right to withdraw the abstract from the conference program.