FAQs - Virtually Attending Delegates

See below for some of our most commonly asked questions by virtually attending delegates. 


2021APCS Special Edition, why should I attend?

The 2021 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum Special Edition (2021APCS Special Edition ) is the region’s premier Summit that brings together one of the largest number of city leaders with the best and brightest in business. Now in its 25th year, and as a recognised and awarded leader in events, the 2021APCS Special Edition will bring together business, industry and cities to enable relationship building and contribute towards the success and sustainability of cities into the future.

Where will the 2021APCS Special Edition Summit take place?

The main Summit program will take place at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank.

Can international delegates attend the Summit?

International delegates will register and participate as virtual delegates. Virtual delegates will gain access to the hybrid platform which will allow for access to speaker sessions, networking and exhibition areas.

International delegates will receive an email with their log on details in the week leading up to the Summit. The same log on details will be used throughout the Summit. The virtual platform is a web based platform (Google Chrome is preferred). Online support is available throughout the conference via the platform.

Delegates can view log on and off the portal freely, throughout the duration of the Summit. The log on details will remain active for 180 days post-event.

What does each virtual registration include?

  • Keynote, Future Cities Panel, big picture (plenary) and deep dive (concurrent) sessions
  • Access to virtual exhibition area
  • Log on to the virtual platform (visible for 180 days post-event)
  • Access to online meetings and networking through the virtual platform.



How do I register?

Early-bird registration is available until 29 July. For further details on registration packages and to register, please visit the Register page.

Who will participate in the 2021APCS Special Edition?

  • Mayors, governors and commissioners
  • Chief executive officers and chief procurement officers of local government
  • Urban administrators, city managers and senior civic executive managers
  • Key business and industry leaders and representatives
  • Senior policy makers and municipality directors, including specialists in transport, planning, environment, infrastructure, energy, water and economic development
  • Heads of industry and senior technical directors with a strategic interest in city management
  • University and research leaders relating to urbanisation and managing cities
  • Young professionals and emerging leaders from both private and public sectors.

What are the opportunities and benefits of being involved with this event?

The 2021APCS Special Edition offers a wide range of opportunities and may provide benefits to the groups listed below.

  • Local government employees – discuss common issues and challenges facing governments throughout the world and offer professional development experiences.
  • Chief procurement officer – learn of new product and service offerings that could be used by your organisation.
  • Chief executive officer, general managers or departmental managers – participate in the City Leaders’ Forum, meet with other government leaders from the Asia Pacific region and exchange ideas, challenges and best practice.
  • Local businesses – Virtual exhibition booths are available for those businesses who wish to promote your brand or product to civic and business leaders of the Asia Pacific region. The digital platform will allow other virtual attendees to visit and view their booth.



What topics will be covered during the 2021APCS Special Edition?

The overarching theme of the Summit is ‘Redefining Cities through Opportunities and Challenges’ with four sub-themes to be discussed:

Program outline

Please refer here for the current program.

Speaker session types

2021APCS Keynote address

World renowned keynote sessions that are not attached to sub-themes but seek to address the overall summit theme of 'Redefining Cities through Opportunities and Challenges.’ Speakers by invitation only. Opening sessions on program, both Thursday and Friday.

Future Cities Panel

High level plenary session on broader city-based issues. Speakers are city leaders speaking in panel format.

Big Picture Sessions

Plenary sessions which address one of the sub-themes from a macro perspective. These feature one or two speakers (either one for 20 minutes or two for 10 minutes each) who are recognised as leaders within the field. Two themes per day, both Thursday and Friday.

Deep Dive Sessions

Focused concurrent sessions featuring immersive case studies and presentations which will delve into detail. Each Deep Dive Session will be hosted by a session chairperson.

What is the Mayors’ Forum and Accord?

The Mayors’ Forum is an opportunity for local government leaders to come together and share their insights, discuss trends and issues facing their cities and develop solutions to promote growth and prosperity in cities. This is by invitation only and is open to mayors, deputy mayors and governors. For further details, please visit the Mayors’ Forum page.

What is the City Leaders’ Forum?

The inaugural City Leaders’ Forum is an opportunity for chief executive officers, general managers and departmental managers to learn from one another and address common issues. There is no limit for how many city leaders from each city can attend this session virtually, however leaders must be of an appropriate level to participate. For further details, please visit the City Leaders’ Forum page.

Who can attend the City Leaders’ Forum?

The City Leaders’ Forum is only open to senior leaders in city government, including the following:

  • Chief executive officers and general managers
  • Divisional or departmental managers
  • Economic development managers
  • Chief procurement officers
  • Smart city leaders.

City leaders can submit their EOI to participate in this forum during the registration process.

If you are unsure if a nominated delegate meets the criteria to participate in the City Leaders’ Forum, please contact the APCS Secretariat.

For further details, please visit the City Leaders’ Forum page.

What are the Tourism Case Studies?

The Tourism Case Studies are an opportunity for delegates to study Brisbane and South East Queensland’s local tourism strategies and providers who have successfully navigated through and adapted to operating during a global pandemic. The case studies will serve as an opportunity to learn best practice and network with fellow delegates. Six (6) tourism offerings are available across the Summit program.

Are the tourism case studies available to virtual delegates?

Every effort is being made to ensure that the international delegates are able to view the tourism case studies in some capacity. A further update will be provided.



What exhibitor options are available to promote our products and services to Summit attendees?

Virtual exhibition booths are available and can be booked through the official APCS website. Each virtual booth includes:

  • Access to Keynote, Future Cities Panel, Big Picture (plenary) and Deep Dive (concurrent) sessions
  • Two (2) x virtual exhibitor passes
  • Listing in the exhibitor listing in Summit handbook and website.



How I connect with other delegates during the Summit?

Virtual attendees can also interact with virtual delegates through the virtual platform. This will allow delegates to message each other and arrange meetings, for up to 180 days post-summit.

You can also hear directly from businesses and government representatives who have previously attended APCS.



Are there any opportunities for young people at the Summit?

A concession rate is available for eligible full time students.



In what language will the Summit be conducted?

The Summit will be conducted in English. Hybrid delegates can utilise their own interpreter, as required. Interpreters will not be required to register for the Summit.



Please direct further enquiries to APCS Secretariat.

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