New on the scene  |  11 Sep 2019

Thousands of people have seen the future, pouring into the Christchurch Town Hall to tour this year’s Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo packed with leading-edge technology.

The expo – featuring more than 40 exhibitors – has provided a platform for technological advancements and fresh approaches to creating smarter, more liveable cities.

Planning is already under way for next year’s expanded event, with many exhibitors registering their interest following this year’s success.

Interactive innovation has attracted big crowds to the Smart Christchurch expo.

Interactive innovation has attracted all ages to the expo.

Christchurch City Council Smart Christchurch Programme Manager Michael Healy says the response to the expo has been remarkable, “exceeding all expectations”.

“The Innovation Expo plays a major role in the evolution of a smart city,” Mr Healy says.

“We have a rapidly developing cluster of innovators in Christchurch, and the expo has opened the door to stronger connections that benefit all.

“Combined, the remarkable range of smart solutions on show illustrates that cities can thrive within an environment of sustainable innovation.”

Well over 2000 people visited the one-day expo to see and learn from some of the best innovators in New Zealand. The panel and presentation sessions also attracted big crowds as industry experts discussed data security, AI, 5G, future transport, and New Zealand Smart Cities.

Among the transport technology on display were Christchurch International Airport’s autonomous vehicle, a Tesla Model S, Yoogo Share electric cars, and a functional cut-in-half Nissan Leaf electric car.

“Many of the exhibitors have international profiles and are creating the technology of the future,” Mr Healy says.

“The expo lets people know what is on the innovation horizon.”

Smart technology takes the spotlight.

Smart technology takes the spotlight at the Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo.