This two-day event, hosted in Wollongong and Sydney, provided an opportunity for Itree customers, government agencies and industry representatives to network in beautiful surroundings. It was also a chance to see the innovation that Itree are developing in the safety, regulation, compliance and enforcement domains.
The occasion also provided opportunities to receive feedback and understand issues from the perspective of those in the industry.
The first day of the Community Forum was held at the state of the art Innovation Campus in Wollongong, Itree’s headquarters. Attendees were fortunate to hear Professor Pascal Perez open the event with his speech about 'Smart Cities and Infrastructure: The good, the bad and the ugly'. Perez was followed by Itree’s CEO, Ben Hobby, who informed the group of the Itree 20-year success story and of future prospects for both the company and the industry.
John Wall from Transport NSW, Road Safety Technology Centre, educated the attendees about recent road technology trials with NSW Safety Cars, including a live demonstration of the newly acquired Volvo XC90 safety car, which was on display at the Innovation hub forecourt.
The final session of the first day was concluded by John McCawe from Maritime New Zealand, speaking on 'Being Agile in Government', giving examples of how Maritime in New Zealand has successfully employed an agile approach to building it’s compliance and regulation solution.
Attendees headed to Sydney to network during an evening dinner cruising on the iconic harbour.
Day two of the Community Forum started at the Sydney Business School city location, where guests were treated to spectacular views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Attendees were given the choice of attending one of two workshop sessions. Session one focused on understanding Transport Safety, the other session focused on enhancements and innovation within RegulationWorks, Itree’s industry leading regulatory, compliance and safety platform. These deep dive sessions provided current and prospective clients with an opportunity to view existing, as well as shape future offerings.
The Community Forum generated an ideal environment for Itree customers, government agencies and industry to meet one another and to engage in productive discussions relating to the importance of safer communities, protecting citizens and preserving environments. We are already looking forward to the next Community Forum event in 2018!
Professor Perez is a world leader in participatory modelling of complex systems. He is the co-editor of ‘Complex Science for a Complex World – Exploring Human Ecosystems with Agents” (ANU-E-Press). Before joining the University of Wollongong, he has been a Team Leader at CSIRO and an Associate Professor at the Australian National University. Professor Pascal Perez has 20-years’ experience working in South East Asia, Western Africa, Pacific Island Countries and Australia.
He is responsible for the management and delivery of all aspects of infrastructure modelling and simulation at the SMART Infrastructure Facility. As Director he is responsible for SMART’s academic governance and for establishing strategic scientific partnerships in Australia and beyond.