SPEAKERS Be Smart: Smart City Masterclasses

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Daniel Latorre 

Co-founder, Digital Placemaking Institute, Founder, The Wise City and Senior Fellow, Digital Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces

  • Community Engagement and Customer Service Masterclass

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation Masterclass

Daniel is founder of The Wise City, a strategic design studio focused on making digital civic engagement apps, and training and capacity building for civc service design. He is also the Senior Fellow for Digital Placemaking at Project for Public Spaces, where he started the Digital Placemaking practice in 2010. He was a steering committee member for NYC Participatory Budgeting’s first 3 years, and previously helped advance sustainable urbanism with Streetsblog & Streetfilms, and rebooted the community mapping product strategy at OpenPlans.


With 20 years of digital design consulting experience from Razorfish, Funny Garbage, Scholastic, and others, his focus today is on building communities of practice around place, socially engaged arts & media. Daniel offers talks, presentations, and training, most recently at Columbia University GSAPP, School of Visual Arts, Parsons The New School for Design, DOX Museum for Contemporary Art Prague, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, and the NYC Center for Architecture. With a Colombian & Norwegian-American background this "Third Culture Kid" brings a multi-cultural awareness to all he works on. He lives in New York City where he also co-founded a neighborhood public space alliance in Brooklyn.

Johanna Pitman                            

Programme Director, CityConnect, Blue Chilli 

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation Masterclass

  • Smart Financing, Funding and Procurement Masterclass

Johanna Pitman directs BlueChilli’s latest accelerator program, CityConnect: an open innovation program to co-create solutions addressing the biggest challenges facing the world’s urban communities. Prior to BlueChilli, Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.


Dr Martin Tomitsch            

Associate Professor in Design, Head of Design Lab, University of Sydney 

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation Masterclass

Dr Martin Tomitsch is an Associate Professor in Design and the Head of Design Lab at the University of Sydney, where he teaches interaction design and human-computer interaction. He is the Director of the Design Computing program and a member of the Design Lab, an interdisciplinary research group within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Rodger Watson                     

Design Innovation Research Centre, University Technology Sydney (UTS : DI)

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation Masterclass

Rodger Watson is Deputy Director of the Designing Out Crime research centre at the University of Technology Sydney. Designing Out Crime has developed an innovation practice model based on Frame Creation (Dorst 2015) which it uses in partnership projects with the public and private sectors.  

Designing Out Crime work with partner organisations on real world problems and the results can be seen in NSW and internationally in product design, policy development and educational programs. The practice model is currently being taught on the NSW Public Service Commission’s Innovation Leadership Development Program.

Joe Langley                                    

Technical Director - Infrastructure Advisory, AECOM

  • Smart Financing, Funding and Procurement Masterclass

Joe is a Technical Director in AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory team and has over 30 years of experience in urban planning, property development, strategic planning and integrated transport - land use projects. He has served as a project manager and technical specialist on a wide variety of urban development, transport infrastructure, infrastructure funding projects.

Joe is a leading practitioner and proponent of innovation in infrastructure and urban planning in Australia. He has provided advice and led investigations into the introduction of alternative infrastructure and urban renewal funding methods for the Commonwealth, state and local governments, and industry associations. 

Joel Fredericks

Researcher and community engagement practitioner, Design Lab, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney

  • Community Engagement and Customer Service Masterclass

Joel Fredericks is an academic researcher, community engagement practitioner and urban planner. He is based in the Design Lab, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney where he is currently completing a PhD in collaborative city making.

Joel’s research looks at the use of digital and physical media channels for the design and implementation of community engagement. His research has been published in books and journals and he has spoken at academic and industry conferences. 

Prior to this, he worked as a consultant on a range of community and infrastructure projects in the road, rail, water and energy sectors. In this role, he facilitated national, state and local community engagement programs across a diverse range of stakeholders.

Georgina Inwood

Program Manager, newDemocracy Foundation

  • Community Engagement and Customer Service Masterclass

With a background that ranges across local, state and federal government, Georgina leads the implementation, oversight and evaluation of the newDemocracy Foundation’s democratic innovation and outreach programs. Georgina’s professional experience has spanned political, communication and infrastructure projects with a speciality in communication and strategy development, with an emphasis on balancing innovation, informed decision making and competing priorities with a healthy dose of common sense. Georgina holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management (UTS) and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Administration (University of Sydney).

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