VIA MEDIA RELEASE: 14 JULY 2015
Lake Macquarie City Council is calling upon 18-to-25 year olds to share their ideas with prominent industry futurists and help explore how technology can be used to shape the Lake Macquarie of tomorrow.
Kicking off at 6pm on Wednesday 29 July at The Place, Charlestown Square, TomorrowMakers is a free event, featuring six interactive stations and a host of guest speakers.
This event is an important part of Council’s consultation with the community about how Lake Macquarie can become a Smart City, with the ideas and suggestions received informing the preparation of the City’s first Digital Economy Strategy.
Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope said, TomorrowMakers will be a unique opportunity for young people to get together and investigate how the use of technology can make Lake Macquarie an even better place.
“Guests will spend an evening hearing from inspiring industry experts, interacting with technologies like 3D printing and virtual reality, and generating ideas with their fellow forward thinking peers,” Ms Pope said.
Guest speakers will include Trent Bagnall of Slingshot Accelerator, Kristy Ryan of The Design Partnership, and urban planner and community engagement specialist John O’Callaghan.
“This is an exciting initiative from Lake Macquarie City Council. Only a handful of councils across Australia have adopted or are preparing a Digital Economy Strategy,” Mr O’Callaghan said.
“This is really positioning Lake Macquarie as a leader and I encourage young people to take full advantage of this fantastic opportunity by attending TomorrowMakers.”
Interactive stations will explore six key components of a Smart City including: app development; councils online; city management and infrastructure; new industries and innovation in local business; community skills and digital inclusion; and great places to meet and connect.
Throughout July, Council is asking residents, businesses, industry experts what opportunities and improvements technology can make in Lake Macquarie.
The most innovative and achievable idea will win an Apple Watch Sport.
“We are very pleased with how well our discussions with the community are going and encourage people to continue to share their ideas online, in writing or in person,” Ms Pope said..
For more information visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/smart-city. Have your say by Friday 31 July 2015.