What is the Digital Innovation and Smart Agriculture Festival?

Southern Grampians Shire Council (SGSC) presents the second Greater Hamilton Digital Innovation and Smart Agriculture (DISA) 2020 Festival leveraging off our experience as a regional area undergoing a digital transformation program for our community.

Our theme for DISA20 is ‘Creating Smart Regions’, looking beyond the Council boundaries to implement innovative practices, partnerships and technology to uplift regions. DISA19 showcased of how rural communities are embracing new technology and innovative practices to gain an edge, DISA20 is going to be bigger and better.

Our program for DISA20 takes you onto farms, into laneways, deep drives into Smart Ag workshops and connects you with the many practitioners of smart technology that are becoming important to our way of life in a regional area.

Whether you are from a rural council, work on a farm or live in a rural community, you will learn from your peers and those who have taken up the challenge to create Smart Regions across Australia. The Greater Hamilton region is transforming into a Smart Connected Community that is a leading example of a successful digital economy for regional Australia and we invite you to become part of our journey.

Smart Agriculture

A focus on the farming community, suppliers and innovators within the agriculture space. How sensor technology can be leveraged to help farmers make better decisions and be more efficient in how they manage their farm. SGSC has invested in a LoRaWAN sensor network which is free for our community to use allowing a low cost entry into using sensor technology.

Smart Community / Council

It is time for rural councils, agencies and authorities to step up and embrace digital transformation and transform into a Smart Community. There are many examples of smaller councils using technology and innovative practices to help their communities thrive. From sensor technology, public WiFi, smart lighting and open data, all these topics are relevant to help smaller rural councils, agencies and authorities improve and be more efficient.

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Meet some of our 2020 speakers

Zoe Eather

Zoe Eather


Zoe is an engineer and a millennial with a passion for Smart Communities, Smart Cities and Smart Regions. She believes in using technology and Smart ways of thinking as enablers to make the places we live more accessible, liveable and sustainable for all. 

Zoe keeps up-to-date with the latest trends and shares her learnings through hosting The Smart Community Podcast.
Zoe's background includes civil construction, project management, environmental engineering and advanced and emerging transport technologies. Through her boutique consultancy, she offers Smart Community advisory services with a focus on Smart Mobility, Smart project management, Smart technology in regional communities, dealing with disruption and facilitating genuine collaboration.

Warren Dean

Warren Dean

(Smart Community Stream)

Warren is passionate about all things data especially enabling others to understand complex problems via simple visualisations. Warren currently leads the analytics function at the City of Casey and is referred to as the Power BI Wizard. He founded the Local Government BI Meetup in Victoria which now had attendees from over 30 councils. Warren has spoken at multiple events and conferences including the Zurich & Melbourne Power BI User Groups. He is a Certified Data Science Associate via Dell EMC and was part of the team awarded the Victorian I-Award for AI or Machine Learning innovation of the year in 2018.

Catherine Caruana-McManus

Catherine Caruana-McManus

Smart Cities and IoT

Catherine is a global expert in Smart Cities and IoT. Co-Founder and Director of Meshed IoT Integrators, Founder of the Global Community - Giant Ideas for Smart Cities, Co-Founder and Board Member the IoT Alliance Australia.
As a global leader in smart sustainable cities and digital transformation, Catherine has been awarded prestigious industry awards including the IoT Ambassador Award by the IoTAA and Smart Cities Industry Leader by Smart Cities Council.
Prior to Meshed, Catherine was the Director of Smart Cities and Industries for IBM and has held other Executive positions for KPMG, MC2 Consulting, Telstra and PMP Communications and earlier in her career was a Strategic Planner for the City of Prahan (aka as Stonnington.)
Catherine is an Advisory Council Member for University of Wollongong SMART Infrastructure and holds university qualifications in urban planning, economics, telecommunications, management and applied finance.

Chris Rowlands

Chris Rowlands

Smart Community Stream

Chris is an urban planner and is currently employed as the Innovation Officer with the City of Greater Bendigo where he is driving the innovation and smart cities agenda with a view to how Bendigo can become a City of the Future. One of Chris’ award-winning initiatives is called Clever Weather, where the City of Greater Bendigo has teamed up with La Trobe University to install 100 weather sensors throughout the city, including outer suburbs. He is passionate about improving the collaboration between academia, industry and government in order to address some of the challenges facing our cities and regions today.

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