CommsConnect Melbourne 2021

Anton Abrahams

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 19 – 21 October, 2021

After a successful live Comms Connect NZ last month in Wellington, we are excited to announce our headline speakers and initial program highlights for Comms Connect Melbourne, to be held at the MCEC 19–21 October.

The program will feature a ‘State of the industry’ leadership panel on day one, with the heads of ARCIA and ACCF/TCCA being joined on stage by public safety and critical comms leaders, and public sector key players, to discuss the future of the critical comms and public safety sectors in Australia, and the region.

Headlining day one will be Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons from Resilience NSW discussing the future of emergency and disaster management, to be followed by an update on all things First Responder Network USA, from FirstNet CEO Ed Parkinson. The program will also include a Black Spots panel session moderated by Scott Leyonhjelm of Nova Systems. A similar Comms Connect Virtual webinar last year saw over 100 attendees view the live streamed event.

Other confirmed program highlights include:​

  • a joint presentation on the fire and disaster infrastructure planning being undertaken by Data61 on the Western Sydney Digital Twin project with NSW Dept of Customer Service
  • drone pioneer Jackie Dujmovic on the mission-critical role this new tech can play
  • global smart cities guru Meredith Hodgman on how we can better build critical comms infrastructure into the cities of tomorrow
  • an ACMA update on the many changes taking place in the Radio communications chapter this year