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The outline agenda below will be updated regularly with confirmed speakers. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Rose Maloney at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 070.


Tuesday 7 November, 2017


08:45 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:00

Keynote Session: Visions of Future Cities

10:00 – 11:15

Future Transport: Driving efficiency through digitisation

The transport sector is one of the key verticals in the smart cities domain. It is hoped that digitalisation projects in the sector will drive efficiencies, reduce congestion and pollution, and contribute to climate and energy objectives. This first panel will zoom in on the concrete deliverables of transport digitalisation initiatives in cities around Europe. Details of the aims, outcomes and challenges of these projects will be presented in order to help stimulate thinking on how similar initiatives might be applied in other regions.

11:15 – 11:45

Networking Break

11:45 – 13:00

Powering Connected Citizens: A digital foundation

Secure, reliable communications networks, and powerful compute functionalities provide the foundation for cities’ efforts to provide new digital experiences and services for their citizens, facilitating their everyday lives with modern applications and efficiencies. The panel will examine how technological advances, from mobile networking to edge computing, are enabling the large-scale digitisation of public services. Bearing in mind the need for investments in new infrastructures to be focussed on use cases and citizen needs, the panel will address the new possibilities created by these technologies.


13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:15

Open Ecosystems and Data Governance: Conditions for smart applications

While digital infrastructure is an essential component of delivering smart and sought-after applications for citizens, it is not on its own sufficient. The panel will address the crucial aspect of how cities can create and cater to the demand for transformed public services. Speakers will address how cities can be responsive to citizen’s actual requirements so that services can be targeted at them. With these requirements in mind, they will look at the ecosystem of organisations that should be formed in order to provide the desired applications – entailing also the provision of the necessary data in an interoperable and accessible manner. Finally, the issue of citizen access to these applications through an easily navigable interface will be addressed.

15:15 – 15:30

Networking Break

15:30 – 16:45

Building Future Cities: Modernising ageing infrastructures and developing intelligent procurement practices

The business model for a smart city may often not follow the traditional path due to challenges including a slow (long-term) return to investment and the difficulty of quantifying the (often social) benefits of the investment. The panel will look at the various possible funding and business models for smart cities, including public-private partnerships, collaborations with universities and options such as pre-commercial procurement. It will take an open look at the partnerships that city administrations need to cultivate and the investment decisions they need to take in order to build sustainable smart cities.



Tuesday 7 November, 2017
08.45 to 16.15




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