Johanna Pitman directs Australia’s only smart cities accelerator program, CityConnect. In its first cohort, CityConnect boasts 7 inspiring smart cities startups with solutions across infrastructure, urban amenity and citizen engagement. CityConnect is powered by BlueChilli, Australia’s leading startup incubator/accelerator with over 100 portfolio companies, its own venture fund, a team of in-house experts, and a full tech team to help entrepreneurs build their technology product and business.
Prior to BlueChilli, Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government’s overseas trade network. Johanna holds a Masters in Regional Studies from Harvard University and is passionate about creating smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.