“What disruptive tech do town planners need to factor into their planning cycle?” was the question posed by AECOM’s Planning Lead when he approached me to facilitate a sponsored session at the Planning Institute of Australia’s national congress in May 2016. My response was to forget about the tech and recognise that the planning cycle would be disrupted. This inspired a hypothetical style discussion based around “Journey Toward 50 Million” a report on planning implications for Australia’s growing population to be released by PIA at the Congress. Our panelists included former UN Chief Scientist and father of Google Earth Prof Tim Foresman, Regional Development Australia’s economic clusters expert and The Competitiveness Institute Board Member Tracy Scott-Rimington, IBM’s Asia Pacific Education Lead Simon Eassom, AECOM’s Mike Gillen and PIA CEO Kirsty Kelly. I plan to write up and publish a transcript of sorts – drop me a line on the contacts page if you’d like to stay informed.