2021APCS Special Edition Highlights

The 2021APCS Special Edition, which was held in Brisbane, Australia, Home of the APCS, from 8 - 12 September, has successfully concluded. 

The 2021APCS Special Edition utilised the latest-generation technology and for the first time, took place in a hybrid format - physically for local attendees and virtually for those outside of Queensland. The Summit welcomed more than 700 physical and virtual delegates representing 74 cities including 51 Mayors and Deputy Mayors for the Summit. Through the new virtual platform, the 2021APCS Special Edition was still able to welcome delegates from the Asia Pacific and beyond who were unable to attend in person. 

Throughout the Summit, physical and virtual delegates made new business connections, engaged in meaningful conversations about healthy, vibrant, connected, and intelligent cities, and heard from inspiring speakers. The 2021APCS offered an extensive program featuring 100 presenters, including keynote speakers Martin O'Malley, 61st Governor of Maryland and former Mayor of Baltimore and Kurt Fearnley AO, Australian wheelchair racer and three-time Paralympic gold medallist. 

The 2021APCS Mayors' Forum enabled Mayors and Deputy Mayors from Australia and across the Asia Pacific to meet virtually and discuss the urban challenges and opportunities facing cities as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with the Summit's sub-themes, while city and business leaders had the opportunity to collaborate on ideas and pathways for cities to move towards recovery in the new world. These discussions were facilitated by Urbis and were incorporated into the 2021APCS Mayors' Accord. 

The 2021APCS Special Edition was able to defy the challenges of a global pandemic and brought delegates together to network and exchange ideas on the future of cities will look like. 

Did you miss out on the 2021APCS Special Edition and wish to access event recordings? Registrations for 'Post Event Access' are now open. Register now 
2021APCS Special Edition Photos: Click to view 

The 2021APCS Special Edition introduced several new initiatives: 

  • Hybrid Virtual Platform was a web-based digital platform which gives virtual delegates access to speaker sessions, networking opportunities, exhibition areas and much more. 
  • Inaugural City Leaders' Forum was an opportunity for city leaders and senior government executives to network with their peers and was comprised of several presentations by industry leaders. A panel session facilitated by Griffith University and the forum was attended by physical and virtual delegates. 
  • Project Showcases were aligned with the sub-themes and were held on Thursday and Friday of the Summit. Delegates heard from industry leaders and experts about innovative and major transformational projects underway in Brisbane including Olympic legacy (speakers from Brisbane, Sydney, London and Tokyo) and opportunities relating to the city-shaping Brisbane Metro project. 
  • Tourism Case Studies provided delegates with the opportunity to study Brisbane and South East Queensland's local tourism strategies and providers who have successfully navigated the current environment. 

2021APCS Special Edition in numbers: 

  • 717 Delegates (502 Physical/ 215 Virtual) 
  • 74 Cities (46 International / 28 Domestic) 
  • 51 Mayors and Deputy Mayors (24 International / 27 Domestic) 
  • 59 City Leaders (18 International / 41 Domestic) 
  • 100 Speakers & Presenters 
  • 87 Exhibitors 
  • 26 APCS Partners 

For detailed information about the 2021APCS Special Edition, please view the 2021APCS Special Edition Program Handbook

To view 2021APCS Special Edition photos, please visit the official APCS Flickr album.

  • For the list of cities attended the 2021APCS Special Edition, click here. 
  • For the list of speakers participated in the 2021APCS Special Edition, click here. 
  • For the list of exhibitors participated in the 2021APCS Special Edition, click here. 
  • for the list of partners participated in the 2021APCS Special Edition, click here. 


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