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Smart Cities and Communities: Achieving Smart Urban Growth

March 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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smart-cities-and-communitiesOur cities and communities are changing at an unprecedented pace and scale. The UK Department for International Trade reported that by 2050 the number of people living in urban environments will have grown to around 7 billion. Alongside increased pressures on housing and transport there are strains on health services further compounded by complexities relating to public health and ageing populations. Local areas need to find smarter ways to support the complex needs of their people and develop the infrastructure to overcome some of the grand societal challenges. Making a city smart is not just about technology and connectivity. People are key and are the lifeblood of any city or community. Digital innovation opens up vast potential for new types of interaction with our citizens, with physical spaces and systems becoming part of a connected conversation. Policy makers from the leading smart places around the world are engaging directly with their communities to understand and improve their lives.

At Smart Cities and Communities: Achieving Smart Urban Growth you will have the opportunity to learn how International city projects are using frontier technology to tackle some of the biggest problems and use existing resources smarter. We will explore perceptions, experiences and ideas on what makes a city smart, and how we can sustain our places and communities to thrive for generations to come.

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Governments around the globe are continually working to make urbanisation more manageable and, most importantly, sustainable for the future. With smart technologies being essential to achieving this, the UK has taken a number of positive steps to help position itself as a leader in the provision of innovative solutions. For example, London is to become the global capital for digital health, having established itself as an industry leader in Europe, and the government have back a series of local pilots aimed at harnessing smart technology to benefit local communities and areas.

London is leading the way in the adoption of digital innovations to solve today’s challenges impacting the delivery of care. However, the smart city vision often fails to recognise the role that behaviour and culture play in the way cities work. A partnership between academia and Future Cities catapult focused on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the CityVerve, are some of the current UK demonstrators aiming to show the possibility of the Internet of Things solutions to solve urban challenges by encouraging healthier behaviour. Bristol is also at the forefront of the smart city revolution. The platform “Bristol Is Open”, designated as Smart City Innovator, has been created to revolutionize how citizens experience interactions with local government by developing a programmable city.

As world urbanisation continues to grow and the total population expected to double by 2050, there exists an increased need for better city-based services in transport, infrastructure and health that meet the current pressures and offer citizens a high quality life. Aiming to meet the future urban mobility needs, the London Borough of Greenwich is now at the forefront automated vehicles with a project funded by industry and Innovate UK. In the International landscape numerous cities are becoming aware of the need to focus on quality over quantity to meet citizen’s needs. The City of Copenhagen is planning a large scale implementation of Smart Parking technologies in areas of the city with parking capacity challenges; and Amsterdam, has been recently awarded European Capital of Innovation after successfully embrace a bottom-up approach based on smart growth, livability and digital social innovation.

Join us at Smart Cities and Communities: Achieving Smart Urban Growth to explore the most innovative and efficient ways to use technology and data to tackle some of the biggest problems in urban areas. High-profile speakers from across the world will be sharing their projects and experiences to help you tapping your possibilities into the revolution towards a smarter city and community.

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  • Explore the smarter and most innovative ways to support the complex needs of citizens and develop the infrastructure to overcome some of the grand societal challenges.
  • Get a better understanding of how Internet of Things solutions can solve urban challenges by encouraging healthier behaviour.
  • Receive practical advice and inspiration from a range of real-life examples from the leading authorities in smart city projects around the world and see how they are tapping their possibilities into the smart city revolution.
  • Boost your understanding of how services can be delivered better through technologies and data.
  • Develop new perceptions, experiences and ideas on what makes a city smart, and how we can sustain our places and communities to thrive for generations to come.
  • Implementing smart technologies to overcome the pressures on housing, energy and transport.
  • Network with a wide range of organisations all dedicated to explore the more efficient way for smart city revolution.
  • The role of government in encouraging collaboration between business and city leaders.
  • Explore new practices, new thinking and new contacts to support you taking the next steps towards a more efficient city.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

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Esri UK

Esri_UK_Emblem_4CEvery community can be a smart community. This means big cities and small towns alike, all around the world.

Esri works side-by-side with governments, big to small, to build smart communities—places where people feel safer, healthier, and happier. We help you be productive and efficient while increasing transparency and collaboration with citizens and businesses. When you work with Esri you gain access to the entire ArcGIS platform, for one department or across your organisation. We have 40+ years of expertise and offer 150+ apps that solve real-world problems for economy, infrastructure, health, public safety, and more. Plus, you become part of our supportive user and partner community.

Find out more: www.esriuk.com/smartcommunities




Selux have been providing innovative lighting solutions for nearly 70 years. Partnering lighting designers, architects and engineers we specialise in high quality interior, public realm/exterior and high protection luminaires with a reputation for leading edge technical lighting development





caci_large_rgbCACI specialises in delivering data warehousing and analytics solutions that help our clients gain the real-time insight they need to make the best possible decisions, now and in the future.

For construction, engineering and property businesses, we’re helping our clients to move to a Digital Built Britain, where technology can lay the foundation for future growth, whilst having an immediate impact on the bottom line. Better access to information, advanced analytics and sophisticated visualisation will play a crucial role in viewing smart infrastructure data, improving efficiency and driving advances in sustainability.

Find out more, visit our website: www.caci.co.uk/smart-cities

Email:    info@caci.co.uk

Twitter: @CACI_BI

Phone: 0161 232 7100


Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company

High Resolution DS LogoDassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 210, 000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.3ds.com.



HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connecand home to car and mobile.



Scott Cain, Chief Business Officer, Future Cities Catapult

scott-cainScott leads on business and project development at the Future Cities Catapult, as well as overseeing its relationships with key stakeholders in city governments, academia and high growth SMEs.

Scott previously led on future cities for Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, including its £34m Demonstrator programme and the investment case for the establishment of the Catapult centre.

Scott previously co-founded and Chaired Global Entrepreneurship Week, which involves over 10 million people in pro-entrepreneurship activities in over 120 countries each year. Scott was also CEO of Enterprise UK, the business-led body to create a more enterprising culture, public policy and economy in the UK, where he worked to a board of the Director Generals of the CBI, IOD and British Chamber of Commerce.

Scott is a founding partner of The Long Run Venture, which creates new accelerator programmes like Clean and Cool and Solve, and makes seed level investments in early stage technology firms.


Stephen Lorimer, Smart London Policy and Delivery Officer, Intelligence, Greater London Authority 

Dr. Stephen Lorimer is the Smart London Strategy and Delivery Officer at the Greater London Authority. He develops the Mayor of London’s smart city policies and programmes. City Hall’s goals are to improve the lives of Londoners, deliver better public services through technology, data, and innovation. He is the co-author of The Future of Smart: Harnessing digital innovation to make London the best city in the world and Digital Masterplannning: An Emerging Strategic Practice in Global Cities. Before entering public service, Dr. Lorimer managed UK research council funding for technology to solve societal challenges in the Sustainable Society Network programme, took on energy and transport data challenges in doctoral and post-doctoral research at The Bartlett, University College London, and was an urban design and regeneration consultant to local authorities.




Lola Fernandez-Redondo, Head of Integrated Planning and the Built Environment, DG Cities – Digital Greenwich

Lola is a multidisciplinary urbanist with 11 years experience, in the UK, Europe, US and Africa, in the fields of economic geography, spatial development, urban planning, urban design and architecture.

Her work lies at the intersection between the built environment and digital infrastructure/new technologies having a strong urban innovation and sustainable development component.

Lola spearheads cutting-edge urban innovation projects which explore the potential of digital and new technologies to optimise the use of resources, to improve the sustainability and resilience of the built environment and its communities, and to lead the transition to a low-carbon future and the green economy.

Her academic career includes graduate degrees in MSc Urban Economic Development (University College of London, 2013) and in MSc City Design and Social Science (London School of Economics, 2010), as well as a Masters and Bachelor degree in Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, 2005.

Prior to joining the DG Cities team, Lola worked in international architectural and urban planning practices such as Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), and Foreign Office Architects, where she led design teams and projects in different continents and development contexts (ie. UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Turkey, United States and Nigeria), including Birmingham New St Station, Ravensbourne College and, as part as the RSHP team, developed a set of policy and design guidance for “le Grand Paris”, commissioned by former French President, N. Sarkozy.




Dr. Dejan Drajić, Impact and Dissemination Manager, WeLive (EU H2020 project)

dejan-drajicDr Dejan Drajic holds a PhD degree from University of Belgrade, Serbia for his work in the area of chip equalization in advanced receivers for WCDMA downlink. His main research interests are future mobile networks (LTE and beyond LTE), WSN (Wireless Sensors Networks), M2M (Machine to Machine) communications, IMS (IP Multimedia subsystems) and IoT (Internet of Things). From 2010 he is involved as a senior researcher in FP7 projects related to these areas (SENSEI, LOLA, EXALTED, IoT6, SocIoTal, Citisense), and H2020 project WeLive. Dejan has published more than 40 peer papers in journals and conferences, as well as 5 chapters in Monographs.



Alexandre Parilusyan,Vice-President 3DEXPERIENCity, Dassault Systèmes 

As Vice-President of 3DEXPERIENCity©, Alexandre Parilusyan leads the development of a dedicated worldwide Business Transformation organisation for the portfolio and actively contributes to Dassault Systèmes’ business growth and customer satisfaction in the smart and sustainable cities domain.

Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes in 2010, Parilusyan held several instrumental positions in enterprise sales management and business transformation in the Aerospace, Transportation and Automotive industries at ComputerVision, EADS and Siemens.  He also leveraged his business consulting and services experience to deliver complex business solutions as the Automotive Business Solutions leader at IBM Business Consulting Services, covering the EMEA region.

Since 2015, Parilusyan’s in-depth experience of addressing cities challenges was exemplified by his interactions with the Virtual Singapore project on the 3DEXPERIENCity© platform, developing  many innovative solutions in sustainability and mobility for governments and enterprises.


Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer at City of Amsterdam, Gemeente Amsterdam

Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. His professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.





Barney Smith, CEO, Bristol Is Open

BarneyBarney is a Smart Society Leader with particular experience in Sustainable Development, Innovation and Technology.

Barney has been leading 2 major initiatives:

  • Programme Director at Bristol City Council to implement an ambitious integrated, multi-partner City Operations Centre;
  • Interim CEO of Bristol Is Open – a Joint Venture Company between Bristol City Council and University of Bristol delivering a world leading smart city R&D testbed.

In his spare time, Barney sails, explores the countryside and volunteers in the community – for instance as a Chair of a local Outstanding Special Educational Needs school.

Barney studied at Cambridge University (MA) and Imperial College (MSc), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.




Paul Clarke, Head of Practice – Government, Esri UK Ltd 

Paul is a geographer who has worked in technology for almost 25 years and now leads the Government Practice at Esri in the UK.

His primary focus is to help Local, Central, Regional and Devolved Government administrations, unlock the full potential of location data and spatial analytics to deliver efficient and open Government through the use of collaborative tools.






Norman Emery, Managing Director, Selux UK Ltd

The Selux group has always been at forefront of lighting innovation. From a small family business created in 1948 to meet the needs of the city for chargeable portable lighting it has grown to be a world leader in quality architectural lighting solutions; building a reputation of working in partnership with landscape architects, lighting designers and architects to help realise their visions and make truly unique spaces to live and work. Norman Emery has been a leading influencer in the lighting industry for decades. From his early industry experience in South Africa he has led Selux UK’s operations for over 20 years.  Responsible for the early development of overlapping gear tray technology, allowing the first application of lines of light, he now works closely with Selux technical researchers on new applications for light and technology.




Dr Sarah Gallacher, Senior Research Associate, Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL)

sarah-gallacherDr. Sarah Gallacher is a Research Scientist at Intel Labs Europe. She is currently working in partnership with University College London, Imperial College London and Future Cities Catapult to create an Urban Internet of Things “Living Lab” in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. The project aims to test IoT solutions at scale and show their potential to solve urban challenges with economic, environmental and social focus.

Previously, Sarah was a Research Associate in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, before moving to University College London in 2013 where she was a Senior Research Associate in Human-Computer Interaction at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable and Connected Cities. Recent work involves building and testing novel Internet of Things prototypes to support urban citizens as “data pro-sumers” (producers and consumers). Her work has been show-cased as interactive installations in public venues across Europe including Somerset House, The Southbank Centre, The Young Vic Theatre and the Phaenomenale (Wolfsburg, Germany) where her work was shortlisted for the 2015 Human Interface Awards.




Carmel Dickinson, CityVerve Project, The University of Manchester

I am Programme Manager of Manchester Informatics – the University of Manchester’s digital research institute – which brings together over 600 academics engaged in multi-disciplinary research into all aspects of the digital world. Our major interdisciplinary themes include Smart Cities, Digital Health, Data Science (methodology and applications for working with large, complex, linked and open data) and Digital Society.

I had a lead role in setting up Europe’s first Connected Health ecosystem in Manchester, under the umbrella of the ECHAlliance. The GM Ecosystem bringing together stakeholders from industry, health and social care, academia and patients to accelerate the adoption of Connected Health technology for the benefit of Manchester’s citizens.

Currently I am responsible for coordinating the University of Manchester’s involvement in the CityVerve IoT smart cities demonstrator. We are working on use cases demonstrating how IoT can improve health and social care.




Andrew Till, Vice President, Technology, Partnerships & New Solutions – Harman Connected Services

Andrew is the VP for Technology, Partnerships & New Solutions for HARMAN Connected Services. In this role Andrew looks at new emerging technologies, developing industry market trends, develops key industry partnerships and ecosystem initiatives and works directly with many of the company’s customers helping them to deliver compelling offerings to market.

In addition to these responsibilities Andrew also heads up the Litehouse User Experience design team that supports Harman’s customers with both digital and industrial design services.

Prior to joining HARMAN, though the acquisition of SymphonyTeleca, Andrew was the CTO for SymphonyTeleca having joined the company in January 2009.

Previous positions include 9 years at Motorola in a wide range of leadership positions and 4 years at UK Technology innovator PSION as Head of Technology Strategy with PSION Plc.

Andrew has also held notable industry positions such as the Vice Chair of the Code Aurora Foundation focused on the furtherance of open source for the mobile industry.  In addition, he is a regular speaker on key issues impacting the embedded and wireless industries.




Feimatta Conteh, Programme Manager, FutureEverything 

FeimattaFeimatta is the Programme Manager at FutureEverything – leading on the delivery of the portfolio of design-led innovation projects. She recently joined the organisation after six years working across the fields of theatre, sustainability and technology development at Arcola Theatre and Arcola Energy.

Feimatta is interested in how digital culture brings together art, science and technology; with creativity integral to each sphere; this is a key part of innovation – bringing together different ways of thinking and approaches to problems and applying a spark of creative thinking.

One aspect of digital culture Feimatta is particularly interested in is the democratisation of creative, and other, opportunities; for example, through open access tools and non-place-based frameworks. Multiple engagement opportunities enrich dialogue about culture, representation and participation.



David Altabev, Project Manager & Senior Programme Manager, Nesta

david-altabevDavid is part of the Government Innovation team in Nesta’s Innovation Lab. He leads on the development of their city-based programmes, including CITIE (City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship), that assessed over 50 global cities to to support city leaders to develop policy catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship.

David was a mentor for smart city of startups as part of the Cognicity Challenge, an initiative of the Canary Wharf Group to identify and accelerate the development of smart city technology products and services.

Previously David worked for the Government Innovation Agency, Innovate UK, where he led the development of a £35m Future City Demonstrator programme with cities in the UK.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chartered Engineer, and a Built Environment Expert to the Design Council’s Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.



Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology, UK and Ireland, Cisco Systems & part of CityVerve Consortium 

With more than 20 years in product development, marketing and sales, Nick is the Head of Innovation Technology for Cisco in UK and Ireland, responsible for collaborative research and leadership of the Cisco CREATE team.

His previous roles have included the CTO of Collaboration in UK and the Head of Unified Communications Technology in Europe. A dynamic thought leader and an ambassador for Cisco, Nick has a particular passion for exploring the way cutting edge technologies can transform the way we work, live and play.


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