Digital Globalism 
Digital Localism

InterContinental Adelaide, 23 - 25 October 2019 


Digital Globalism : Digital Localism

Economic Development Australia (EDA) and the local organising committee is delighted to announce that the National Economic Development Conference 2019 (NEDC19) will be held in Adelaide, SA at the InterContinental Adelaide from 23 – 25 October 2019.


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.

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Day One

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.

Day Two

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.


Two full days of informative and interactive sessions for delegates including keynote speakers, experts in fields related to the conference themes and a half day pre-conference masterclass.

EDA’s National Economic Development Awards for Excellence will announce the winners and provide an opportunity for business and professional networking, as will the welcome reception, conference gala dinner and EDA awards and the masterclass.

Selected government and industry organisations will have the opportunity to exhibit at the conference.