Where can IoT, 5G and AI play a part in Smart Cities of the future in New Zealand and what that could look like? What is currently happening in the market and the wider ecosystem, including key drivers, challenges, and opportunities, and the all-important why to hopefully help push things forward.

Join us on the next Spark Spotlight Webinar with guest speaker Jannat Maqbool as she explores what New Zealand’s cities and towns of the future could look like and why it matters. Jannat will discuss who this is important to and the impacts it may have and where we should be looking to invest time, effort and money.

Date: 28 October 2021

Time: 10am – 11am

Place: Online


About the speaker:

Jannat Maqbool – Director, NZ Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ)

Jannat is an Australian born Punjabi and mother of three based in the Waikato. She is a CPA and former CIO with a Masters in Digital Business and is actively engaged in the New Zealand technology ecosystem. Jannat's initial career, spanning more than 10 years, was in the financial services industry leading mid to large-scale technology adoption initiatives including releasing NZs first online origination system for finance.

Following that period of her life Jannat spent more than a decade in the vocational education sector, and more recently Jannat has been involved with supporting digital inclusion and enablement initiatives in the Waikato, including as Smart Cities Advisor at Hamilton City Council and Tech Sector Lead at Te Waka: Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency.

With a focus on leveraging technology in innovative ways to benefit individuals, organisations and communities, Jannat is the Director - NZ at Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand and Principal Advisor – IoT, Agritech and Fintech across Asia Pacific with Ecosystem, a technology research firm based in Singapore.
Jannat is also a Trustee at Web Access Waikato Trust and Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust, Chair of the Waikato Intercultural Fund, on the Executive Council at NZ IoT Alliance and TechWomen NZ, and a board member at NZ Tech and the Waikato Wellbeing Project.

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Launch & Announcement

8th March

Applications open

15th March to 28th June

Finalists Announced

27th July

Judging Starts

26th August

Winners Announced

4th September

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