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"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.

The Smart Community Podcast Zoe Eather

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"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.

    The Value of Human-Centred Data in Smart Communities, with Kylie Legge

    The Value of Human-Centred Data in Smart Communities, with Kylie Legge

    Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast I have a wonderful conversation with Kylie Legge. Kylie is the founder of Place Score which is an organisation offering human-centric data and you may remember Kylie from her previous episode all the way back in episode 15. Kylie tells us about her background in architecture originally and her current work in Place Making, her passion for human-centric cities and making places better for people, what a Smart Community is to her before we discuss the importance of inclusion and human-centric focus in Smart Communities. We then discuss some of the learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, Kylie tells us about her company Place Score and the liveability census they are currently running before we discuss the value of data and how it can be used to better the community. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trends of the positive and potential challenges of technology, the need for more contextualised data and to be more strategic about the use of data. As always, we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Kylie via LinkedIn or the PlaceScore website

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital

    • 42 min
    Developing Digital Representations of Reality, with Jack Barton

    Developing Digital Representations of Reality, with Jack Barton

    Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, I welcome back Jack Barton and we have a great chat about what he has been up to since he was last a guest on the podcast back in 2018. Jack starts by telling us about his background in architecture, his passion for developing the digital representations of reality and how this can help make cities better places, before telling us about his current work managing the Geospatial Research, Innovation and Development Lab at the University of NSW. Jack shares with us what a Smart Community is to him, we discuss some of the impacts the Covid-19 pandemic has had on our communities and jobs and how we can now normalise digital connections more. Jack shares with us his journey into the Smart Communities space, some of the projects he is currently working on, the importance for basic operational standards in the digital twin space and he discusses the benefits of LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and how it can be used in communities. We finish our chat discussing further the emerging trends of LIDAR and its exciting future. As always, we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Jack via email, Twitter or LinkedIn

    Connect with GRID_UNSW via Twitter, LinkedIn or visit their website

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital

    • 37 min
    Letting Children Build our Smart Communities, with Jonathan Reichental and Brett Hoffstadt

    Letting Children Build our Smart Communities, with Jonathan Reichental and Brett Hoffstadt

    Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast I had the pleasure of speaking with both Jonathan Reichental and Brett Hoffstadt, the co-authors of their new book, Exploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids.

    Jonathan is currently the founder of advisory, investment, and education firm, Human Future, and also creates online education for LinkedIn Learning. He has written two books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for Dummies and of course Exploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids.

    Brett Hoffstadt has a unique fusion of a technical and creative background with achievements in aeronautical engineering, project management, corporate innovation initiatives, and music composing.

    We talk about Brett and Jonathan's backgrounds in aerospace engineering and tech respectively, Brett's passion for encouraging people into STEM careers, Jonathan's passion for Smart Cities and how the two came to meet to co-author their book. Brett and Jonathan tell us what a Smart Community is to them, we discuss the importance of big and bold ideas in the Smart Communities space and how important children are to contribute to driving change in this space. Brett and Jonathan then give us an overview of their book and how children can benefit from it, before sharing some narratives from the book. We then discuss the importance of creating 'active citizens' at an early age by teaching children about cities and communities, how they can contribute to making communities smart and how teachers may benefit from their book as a resource to teach their students.

    We finish our chat discussing the emerging trends of the use of drones and self-driving cars in our communities and more transparency around product and service development in cities. As always, we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Brett via LinkedIn or Twitter

    Connect with Jonathan via LinkedIn or Twitter

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital

    • 44 min
    Episode 250 Celebration: Ask Zoe Anything!

    Episode 250 Celebration: Ask Zoe Anything!

    Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, host Zoe Eather is back in the hot seat! In celebration of this being episode 250, Zoe and producer Ellen Ronalds Keene sat down for a chat where she answers questions from you, the audience of the Smart Community Podcast.
    We can't believe we're at 250 episodes and now over 128,000 downloads. It's been just over 3 years of the show and thank you so much for all of you tuning in! Zoe answers 11 questions today from the many that were sent through via LinkedIn. Thank you to those of you who submitted questions! 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 with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital

    • 45 min
    Digital Ethics and Bias in Technology, with Niels Wouters

    Digital Ethics and Bias in Technology, with Niels Wouters

    Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode I have a fascinating talk with Niels Wouters. Niels is a designer and researcher with a particular interest in identifying architectural qualities and engagement opportunities afforded by digital media in public space. Niels is currently Head of Research for Science Gallery Melbourne, and Research Fellow in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

    Firstly Niels tells us about his varied background in computer science and architecture, his PHD focused on human computer interaction and his current work in the Smart Cities/Smart Digital ethics space. He tells us how he came to work in the space of ethics, technology and interaction in public spaces, the importance of quick and agile responses to ethical issues before sharing with us what a Smart Community is to him. Niels then tells us all about the Biometric Mirror project he has been working on and what is involved, we discuss the potential risk and biases associated with facial recognition systems, before Niels tells us about the project, Decolonising the Urban Screen, he has been working on.

    We finish our conversation discussing the emerging trends of less facial recognition systems being used in some countries and more use in other countries and the self governance of data. As always, we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Niels via Twitter or LinkedIn

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital

    • 43 min
    Where to Next for Smart Cities and Communities (Part 19)

    Where to Next for Smart Cities and Communities (Part 19)

    Hello #smartcommunityfriends. I'm back with another bonus episode of the Smart Community Podcast sharing various guests answers to the question, 'Where to next with Smart Cities and Communities?" And this time I'm sharing with you the answers from these guests:

    •Jacqueline Nagle from Episode 247
    •Dawid Jacobs from Episode 246
    •Michael Healy from Episode 244
    •And finally Dr. Kelly Turner from Episode 245

    Some themes that come through in the guest answers are around the current population shift for regional communities, better collaboration and integration, interconnectedness and more human centric focus in communities.

    The opportunities now for our regional communities to embrace the Smart Communities concept is growing and the learnings from Covid have shown us that work is no longer as location dependent and topics are not as geographically constrained. We have more resources available through technology and digital integration which gives us the ability to share knowledge on a global scale and opens many doors for better collaboration. Our interactions now do not have to be either digital or physical, but our interactions should be specific.

    As Jacqueline Nagle says, "Wherever you are right now needs to be intentional and deliberate, and that's the one thing I hope we don't lose, we have to get rid of the either or, one or the other. And this is what being smart is all about, wherever we are, we need to be deliberate and intentional about it."

    As always we hope you enjoyed 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 with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 19 min

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