On Tuesday night we are excited to have Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the world wide web, as the keynote speaker at our first City Talk for 2013.
When Sir Tim helped invent the web in 1989, no one could have predicted the fundamental and sweeping changes we've now seen. Communication, research, learning, retail, banking, music and even social interactions have been turned upside down by technology.
Sir Tim's experience and insights are sure to provide the audience with some real inspiration. Tickets for the City Talk booked out in less than three hours!
If you missed out you can still get involved on the night. We will be live-streaming the City Talk through our website (http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/podcasts/citytalks/default/default.asp) so that you can follow from the comfort of your home or office.
We'll be inviting questions for our panel of speakers (Hael Kobayashi from UTS, Glen Boreham, Chair of the Australian Government's Convergence Review, Alan Noble from Google and others) through twitter using the hashtag #sydcitytalk.
The City is embracing the possibilities that technology offers. We are creating new and easier ways for residents and businesses to do business with us. Our new website will be launched next month with better information and easier use.
You can already pay for childcare online, report an issue in your neighbourhood through twitter or facebook or use a mobile app to track down one of our food trucks.
Sydney has a strong reputation for creativity and leading tech businesses.
The City is supporting innovation and technology by offering affordable work spaces to start-up companies. This vital support for a new generation of entrepreneurs means Sydney could be the home to the next YouTube, Instagram or AirBandB.
I've also asked our CEO, Monica Barone, to create a new Digital Strategy for the City of Sydney to help ensure that our work is coordinated, collaborative and makes the best use of examples of other cities from around the world.