City Innovation Lead, Wellington City Council

Sean has an Urban Planning Degree from the University of Auckland and has served on a number of international bodies including the Open Government Partnership Expert Advisory Panel, Digital Twin Taskforce, the World Economic Forum’s G20 Smart Cities Advisory Group and the Global Futures Council. Sean has been recognised with a number of international awards including as a Harvard Global Innovator 2020 and Smart Cities Council Leader 2020.


Aotearoa Planning Futures

Our Digital and Physical worlds are fusing together to change lives, places and futures. As cities and regions globally position themselves to meet the challenges of accelerating urbanisation, a fourth industrial revolution and the century of climate impact our environment is becoming increasingly digital. New Zealand’s cities and communities are also embracing these trends as we shift from a post pandemic to post climate emission future. Sean’s presentation will give an insight into the digitisation happening in New Zealand Cities through the eyes of a planner leading globally recognised projects in Wellington and how we respond to the challenge/Hīkina te Mānuka before New Zealand – how do we best use technologies to make the city less mechanical and more human?