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Transport Innovation Summit bound for ‘Smart City’ of Christchurch

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New Zealand’s transport innovation conference, T-Tech, featuring presentations by international thought-leaders, technology experts, innovators, academics and government, is to take place in Christchurch for the first time on 6 - 7 May. The two-day summit will examine emerging solutions to make our cities more liveable and efficient, that will inform and inspire decision-makers from the public and private sectors, including urban planners, transport managers, commercial property developers and logistics businesses. An official smart city that is home to some of New Zealand's most innovative transport solutions, the 14th annual Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand (ITSNZ) conference will take place at the recently reopened Christchurch Town Hall. Tickets are now available at www.ITSNZ.org/T-Tech.

"Committed to our Smart Cities programme and to the development and testing of innovative transport solutions, Christchurch welcomes the opportunity to host T-Tech 2019," says Councillor Vicki Buck, chair of Christchurch City Council's Innovation and Sustainable Development committee. "As a smart city and a test-bed for emerging technology, the whole innovation ecosystem is crucially important to Christchurch. We're embracing the conference as an opportunity to learn and exchange ideas about clever and sustainable transport solutions that may benefit our cities."

T-Tech is a vital forum to learn of emerging transport trends and innovations and to explore their value and applicability to New Zealand. An impressive line-up of 40 speakers, from the US, Australia and New Zealand, includes Keynote Horace Dediu, the world’s most renowned expert on the global disruption of scooters, e-bikes and shared vehicles, known as Micromobility, who is regularly interviewed by Forbes and Bloomberg.

One of New Zealand's most sought-after speakers, Multi-award-winning Nanotechnologist, Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) is MC, and a fellow Keynote set to lead discussion on opportunities to address climate change in transport and mobility,

"A New Zealand showcase for national and international experts to share knowledge and explore solutions to make transport more sustainable, more efficient and safer, T-Tech informs, inspires and connects attendees." says David Vinsen, Chair of ITS New Zealand. "Whether you are a private business, consultant, in the Government, a planner or from a public sector agency, can you afford not to be well-informed on trends, challenges and opportunities in the sector?

"New Zealand is often viewed internationally as a leader in innovation, and we stand to benefit greatly as a country both socially and economically by being prepared for the changes coming, by clever development of innovations here, by better use of data quality, and by being informed on how to get the best from new solutions in transport."

The T-Tech programme will launch on day one with a look at some major transformative transport modes, followed by papers and presentations from across New Zealand industry and academia. On day two, challenges including climate change, transport equality and behaviour change will be examined, along with emerging mobility innovations, business models, and policy designed to help pave the way for change.

For more information on ITS New Zealand, T-Tech speakers and programme and to register visit www.ITSNZ.org/T-Tech

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