Students sponsored to attend Smart Communities Summit

Six Sunshine Coast high school students were given a rare opportunity last week to hear from international and national thought leaders at the forefront of smart city technologies.

Unity College student Jordan Josic, Jarna Baudinette, Shanna Douglas (RDA Sunshine Coast)
Unity College student Jordan Josic, Jarna Baudinette, Shanna Douglas (RDA Sunshine Coast)

Sponsored by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast, the students from Kawana Waters State College, Mountain Creek State High School, Caloundra State High School and Unity College attended the Australian Smart Communities Summit which explored new challenges for the administration of communities to bring about transformational change to the way they are managed.

oshua Wynne (Mountain Creek State High School), Shanna Douglas, Jennifer Millers (Kawana Waters State College)
Joshua Wynne (Mountain Creek State High School), Shanna Douglas, Jennifer Millers (Kawana Waters State College)

More than 20 speakers from Germany, the United States and across Australia represented leading technology, telecommunications and infrastructure providers, as well as local government, universities and key research organisations.

RDA Sunshine Coast Chair Tony Riddle said the Summit provided the selected students with an insight into current uses of drone technology, smart assistive

Megan McMaster (Kawana Waters State College), Danielle Gowlett (Caloundra State High School), Jane Argue (Mountain Creek State High School), Shanna Douglas
Megan McMaster (Kawana Waters State College), Danielle Gowlett (Caloundra State High School), Jane Argue (Mountain Creek State High School), Shanna Douglas

technology and smart data in the development of smart communities.

“It was a great opportunity to introduce some of our youth to see how our future cities are being developed. We appreciated the time the students took from their study to be part of this event,” he said.

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