Zoe Eather Smart City Podcast



Zoe Eather is an Engineer specialising in Smart City technology and Smart Community strategy. Through her consultancy, Zemcon, she provides expertise on smart mobility/self-driving cars and the future of transport. This includes gap-analysis, recommendations on technology platforms and advice on strategy.

Zoe is passionate about using Smart technology in any shape or form to make things more efficient and effective, and in turn make people’s lives better. She has a particular interest in bringing Smart City concepts to the regions so that smaller communities can be as liveable as big cities. Zoe was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship that will see her head overseas in 2019 to study Smart Mobility.

Zoe also delivers ‘The Smart Community Podcast’ in over 60 countries. The podcast has experienced significant growth, or 35,000 downloads, in its 12-month life and it is a valued and growing resource for the Smart City community. Find out more about the podcast at the website, or listen in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or your favourite podcast app.

In July 2018 Zoe was invited by Austrade as a young business leader in the Smart Communities space to be part of the Future Leaders, Future Cities business delegation to Japan, led by the Hon. Steven Ciobo (former) Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism. In 2016, she was selected for a 3-month Women in Engineering International Exchange to Seoul, South Korea, where she explored a variety of advanced transport technologies with a focus on Smart Mobility.

Zoe wants to educate others about technologies emerging today and how we can use them to build a better future tomorrow. She’s a sought-after speaker, including keynote presentations at the Engineers Australia ‘Creating Legacy’ Southern Regional Forum on the Gold Coast, on the Millennials and Future Generations Shaping the City Emerging Innovators Roundtable at the Smart Cities Week Conference in Sydney, and at the Regional Development Australia Ignite MNC Symposium in Bellingen. She was also a founding member of the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand Emerging Innovators group, which is about bringing the voice of young people to the Smart City table.



A selection of images of Zoe can be found here:

Zoe Headshot

Zoe Thoughtful

Zoe World Traveller

Zemcon Logo

Smart City Podcast Cover Artwork


Connect with Zoe

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Socials: Connect with Zoe via LinkedIn, or follow the podcast on Facebook and Twitter @smartcitypod

Other Media 

As featured in…

  • Churchill Trust 2018 Fellows announced
  • Zoe was a guest on Episode 14 of the Beer with an Engineer podcast
  • Zoe was interviewed by Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast for their blog in advance of the Ignite MNC Symposium
  • Zoe wrote an article for Smart Cities Council of Australia explaining why your Grandma needs to know what a Smart City is
  • Toowoomba Woman’s Churchill Fellowship Success article here


Praise for Zoe Eather

“Zoe is well connected with the transport and technology sectors in Australia, and will leverage her networks to share knowledge and catalyse smart mobility projects across Australia. We have much to learn from international and Smart Mobility leadership, and I have no doubt Zoe will turn her Churchill Fellowship experience into positive outcomes for our cities. She will be a wonderful ambassador for the Churchill TRust and the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.”

~ Mr. Brook Dixon,

President, Australian Smart Communities Association

Managing Director, Delos Delta

2016 Churchill Fellow


“Zoe is hard working and a high achiever. She has a real thirst for gaining new and exciting knowledge. She is conscientious and diligent but also very generous with her time, and has always impressed me with her commitment to her work but also to making the world a better place. When the Director General of the Department Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) offered the chance for an engineer to spend three months in South Korea to research connected and automated vehicles, Zoe couldn’t wait to apply! Her application was successful and she then passed an interview with the Trade Commissioner of Korea to secure this amazing opportunity. Zoe then took the initiative to develop and execute the program and communication strategy to ensure the information and knowledge was shared across the department and externally. This included regular social media posts, blog posts and keeping everyone updated via email. Very passionate about the “Smart City” movement, in her spare time Zoe hosts the Smart City Podcast (which she founded) in the hope to continue building expertise but also to make Smart Cities accessible for everyone.”

~ Ms. Kellie Charlesworth

Associate – Environment and Resources, Arup


Reviews of the Smart Community Podcast


“Educational and entertaining. This is such an interesting podcast! Before listening to this show I didn’t really know anything about Smart Cities, as it’s not an industry I work in, but I am fascinated by it. Love the mix of topics this show covers and also the focus on the human element. Highly recommend The Smart City Podcast to one and all!”

~ 5 stars | 8 May 2018 | Ellen RK


“Cranking up the volume! The Smart City Podcast is a much needed service for aggregating the voices of key leaders to provide a “journal” of sorts reflecting the nuances and evolution of this incredible global movement to transform our human experience. Well done Zoe! Your passion and unique style shine through in this important work. Keep on keeping on…”

~ 5 stars | 5 October 2018 | Merrick Spain


“Wow – exactly what was needed! Thankfully someone has started a podcast looking at the concept of smart cities from the viewpoint of a wide variety of people. Host Zoe needs to be applauded for the quality of guests she has had on who give their unique takes on what smart cities are and what the future could and should look like.”

~ 5 stars | 5 October 2018 | BetterCitiesGroup