Day 1

20 October 2016

Smart Cities

“The smart city is an alluring vision of the future, in which civic technology such as traffic lights, smart meters for utilities and public transport could all be connected and feed back invaluable data online”

These sessions will cover all aspects of the development and future of smart cities. The track will explore the entire debate and structure of smart cities. They will discuss the effect of digital on the opportunities for smart city development, how to identify and implement an ecosystem within a smart city and also the social and societal considerations such as improving sustainability, quality of life and economic performance. The track will also discuss the energy sector and how changes within this industry fit with smart city development, and explore potential issues of technology, mobility and sustainability.


Smart Cities: Chairs welcome and opening remarks



Keynote Panel: Smart Cities on the move

Renato de Castro

International Advisor

Wego - The World e-Governments Organization

Associated Talks:

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  • Discussing smart city development in the US and beyond
  • What are different global initiatives and how does it help the digital transformation between and within cities? Exploring common set standards and principles
  • To what extend can new technologies help address socioeconomic and environmental challenges?
  • What are the challenges of adopting new technologies from local to national networks and beyond? Discussing relevant rules, regulations and policies in place
  • Exploring technologies, ecosystems and toolkits available for open and smart cities
  • Monetisation strategies for smart cities
. Renato de Castro, International Advisor, Wego - The World e-Governments Organization


Keynote: Our Future Belongs to Smart Cities

Jonathan Reichental

Chief Information Officer

City of Palo Alto

Associated Talks:

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  • By 2050, 70% of the world will live in an urban environment
  • Our challenges are growing and we need bold solutions and leaders
  • Technology will be central to rethinking and redesigning our cities
  • What are the near, medium, and long-term opportunities?
  • Examples will be provided of City of Palo Alto smart city work
. Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto


Networking Break


The future of urban mobility

  • Environmental and sustanablity issues being addressed
  • Data at the heart of transport innovation
  • Improving quality of life through smart transportation


Panel: Smart Travelling – Creating intelligent transport systems

  • Exploring the potential of IoT in the transport sector and how it can help cities to address trends such as traffic congestion, environmental awareness and improving quality of life
  • What are the latest advancements and IoT technologies that enable connected transport systems?
  • The benefits of implementing M2M technologies such as smart navigation and how it can positively affect urban mobility
  • Discovering ways in which smart transportation can add business value and generate additional revenue


Networking Break


Panel: The cloud and big data as the cornerstone for Smart Cities

  • Big data management via the cloud? – Exploring different strategies for making smart use of the width of data generated via smart cities
  • How does big data technology help to improve smart cities? From public safety, to urban transportation, water and energy management and public sentiment analysis
  • What cloud platforms, data analytics tools and other big data technology are currently available? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using those?
  • In what way can cloud-based big data analytics help cities to achieve competitive advantage?


Securing the funds for our future smart cities

  • Private investment vs. public funding – Weighing up the pros and cons and discussing best practice examples
  • How can cities create a support network to achieve community-driven innovation and entrepreneurship to support funding and drive success
  • Joint ventures and partnerships as a potential gateway


Networking Break


Transforming cities – towards a connected government

  • Discussing the value of a connected government
  • How a connected government can help to offer better social services and safe costs at the same time
  • What do citizens want from a connected government in today’s digital world vs. what are priorities for government implementation?
  • Evaluating the success and quantified benefits of a smart city to the citizen and the city


Case-study: Enabling data-driven open innovation

  • Overview of smart data project and it’s impact on future city strategy
  • How to manage vast amounts of data relevant to city systems
  • Discussing the complexity of data hubs and their value to businesses and researchers
  • Exploring concrete IoT solutions that support smart city innovation and economic growth


Smart Grids, sustainable cities and innovations in energy

  • Exploring ways to make cities more effective and energy efficient using M2M and IOT solutions
  • Smart grids as a gateway towards a better quality of life in cities?
  • What processes need to be in place to adopt and implement innovative energy such as training of electricians and engineers?
  • Strategies for individual businesses to support the path towards becoming a more sustainable and economic city (e.g. smart buildings)
  • Discussing city partnerships with global leading companies to reach smart city goals – benefits and challenges



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