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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Bold vision for Queensland’s future cities at this week’s Myriad Festival

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Bold vision for Queensland’s future cities at this week’s Myriad Festival

    The planning and development of future cities and its impact on the way we work and live will be explored this week by international thought-leaders at Myriad, Queensland’s innovation event.

    More than 100 speakers will present at Myriad in areas exploring the future of cities, culture, health, money, and work and play.

    Myriad builds on the successful 2016 Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit which attracted more than 1700 venture capitalists, startups, industry representatives and business operators from 17 countries.

    Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said international and local guest speakers will present thought-provoking insights as part of the Future of Cities stream of the program.

    “By 2031, Queensland’s population is estimated to grow from 4.8 million to 6.6 million – an increase of almost two million people. Our cities will not only look different but how we live in the cities of the future will be very different,” Ms Enoch said.

    “The Future of Cities line-up at Myriad brings world-class industry leaders to Queensland to help us better understand the impacts and opportunities of growth and help shape our growing cities. The presentations will be thought-provoking for town planners, property developers, demographers, IT experts, industry, policy makers and governments.”

    Myriad co-founder and former civil engineer Martin Talvari said: “Australia builds a lot. But construction at large has not been revolutionised by modern technology yet. The industry employs about seven percent of the world’s working-age population, with $10 trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year. Future cities will be designed like nobody has yet imagined and it's being architected as we speak.”

    Springfield Land Corporation’s Maha Sinnathamby, one of the Future of Cities speakers, is the entrepreneur responsible for the award-winning Greater Springfield city-building development, the largest master planned community in Australia.

    “Technology serves us and not the other way round. Technology must help grow new and innovative jobs not just make them redundant and our education areas must advance our communities to meet that challenge,” Mr Sinnathamby said.

    “Greater Springfield’s new ‘IDEA City’ precinct, which will be demonstrated at Myriad, is an example of chasing down and growing these opportunities. 

    “A city of the future offers vast opportunities from education to work in an environment that takes an active interest in health and importantly wellness and one that is also multi-generational. Affordable housing and access to affordable renewable energy are important and connectivity must be an exponential foundation with a view to efficiencies and smart city status.”

    Europe’s 2014 Top Chief Information Officer (CIO) Taavi Kotka, a global giant in the e-commerce sector, will also speak on the Future of Cities.

    Mr Kotka led Estonia’s e-residency program which provides a transnational identity to anyone in the world interested in establishing location-independent online businesses.

    “People will start buying government city services like they buy music. The government service model is changing due to globalisation,” Mr Kotka said.

    “It’s the idea that a small country can become a large country. For example, Estonia is a country of only 1.3 million and we want it to grow to 10 million by 2025. But we don’t want this growth through immigration - instead as a service provider to e-residents.”

    Visit for more information on Myriad Festival, to be held (Wednesday) 29 – (Friday) 31 March at the Brisbane Powerhouse.


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