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Smart Cities & Communities: Shaping the Future

  • Tuesday, 15 March 2016
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

The smart city revolution is underway. Urban regions are the source of innovation, ingenuity and key drivers for economic growth. However, as populations continue to rise, they also present an increasing challenge to keep citizens safe and healthy, to sustain vibrant communities and reduce damage to the environment. Greater advances in technology, such as the expansion of the Internet of Things, are enabling cities to make an important progress on open data, delivering innovation, and therefore enhancing the lives of citizens. All of which result in smarter and more sustainable places. Technologies have the potential of boosting productivity, delivering better public services, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs and protecting citizens. What can governments do to help achieve the potential value of technologies in their cities and communities?

Policy makers from around the world are using these tools to turn conurbations into ‘smart cities’, where digital and telecommunication technologies strengthen communities, improve economic growth, enhance public services and reduce energy consumption and environmental emissions. Smart solutions involve data gathering, real-time processing, data analytics and visualisation. Using data ultimately seeks to support better decision-making and enable innovation. In the North of England smart city technology is being used as a catalyst for economic growth fuelling the Northern Powerhouse agenda and regenerating city regions. Our agenda aims to support central and local governments willing to join the change. Through the provision of practical advice and inspiration from the leading authorities in smart city projects around the world you would be able to see how they are tapping into the possibilities of the smart city revolution.

At Smart Cities & Communities: Shaping the Future you can benefit from hands-on experience of new technologies with the opportunity to explore the smartest way towards the urban revolution through unique interactive sessions. Smart city experts from across the world will be sharing with you the most innovative ways to use technology and data to make life in the city safer, smarter and more sustainable.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Introduction to the Conference


Keynote Address

  • Foo Chi Hsia, High Commissioner, Republic of Singapore (confirmed)
"Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision"

A new revolution is going on – IT advances and the Internet are causing immense changes
to the way we live, and it is time to take advantage of the technology and make a quantum
leap forward. High Commissioner Foo will also speak on what Singapore is doing to make
its Smart Nation vision become a reality.

  • Steve Turner, Head of Future Cities, Manchester City Council (confirmed)
"Building the City of the Future"

What can we learn from cutting-edge and award-winning projects about building smart
infrastructure and the opportunities it brings? Steve led the design of Manchester’s
successful €24m EU Lighthouse submission -Triangulum, for which he is programme
director and the £10m UK Internet of Things City Demonstrator – CityVerve.

  • Ewen Gibb, Innovation & the Lab, Future Cities Catapult (confirmed)
"Searching for the City of the Future"

Initiatives such as the Future Cities Demonstrator and the Catapult Centres, both
established by Innovate UK, are exploring innovative ways to use technology and data to
make life in cities safer, smarter and more sustainable.

"Strategic Projects Underpinning Urban Transformation"

Caribe & Santanderes is an initiative for competitiveness & ecodevelopment in a complex
region in Colombia, combining “Urban Intelligence” + “Digital Technology”. Led by Findeter,
Government Development Bank, and the governors of 10 departments. Conceptual and
technological support of the Fundación Metrópoli and Microsoft.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Miranda Sharp, Head of the Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey (confirmed)
"Putting Smart into Perspective"

The presentation will help put Smart into perspective and its role in delivering solutions in
both the built-up and developing world.
OS assert that to achieve Smart objectives geospatial precision is essential. Specifically
enhancements Smart can provide for mobility, health and welfare and urban resilience

  • Nic Cary, Head of Digital Transformation, Department of Transport (confirmed)
"Smarter Transport with IoT"

Our roads and railways already benefit from the use of IoT to monitor their performance,
manage traffic flow, report on equipment faults, collect air quality data and many other

  • Esteve Almirall, Director of the Center for Innovation in Cities, Esade Business School (confirmed)
"Platforms, Invisible Infrastructures for Citie"

Platforms, with their ability to connect and deploy marketplaces are changing cities. They
are becoming the Invisible Infrastructures of the XXI century, infrastructures based on
DATA. Barcelona’s involvement in the smart city concept has brought it to lead the ranking,
being designated “Smart City of the World” in 2015 by Juniper Research.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Panel Discussion

  • Robert Coop, User Experience Lead, The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) (confirmed)
  • Ian Wright, Head of Insight, Passenger Focus (confirmed)
  • Melanie Johnson, Chair, The UK Cards Association (confirmed)
"From Information to Reinforced Services – NFC Technology "

From Information to Reinforced Services – NFC Technology
Are contactless smartcard and NFC payments the future for transport ticketing? Are the
benefits of this payments outweighing the risks? The panel will be discussing the challenges
and opportunities of the Near Field Communication implementation in the city services.


Case Study

"Smart Cities Have Good Cognitive Function"

Good cognitive function correlates well with good health and education. A smart city needs
an inclusive, yet personalised approach to monitoring and improving the cognitive function
of its citizens, something MyCognition achieves regardless of age, gender, race, culture or
health status.


Case Study

  • Robert Mitchell, Director and Business Development, Philips Lighting (confirmed)
"Smart Public Lighting and the Data Driven City"

This presentation will look at how information from connected street lights combined with
data from other applications and sensors can be integrated in a single integrated city
dashboard, giving cities a 360 degree view of their smart city assets for better planning and
cost management. This will be illustrated with real-life examples, such as the city of Buenos
Aires where a state-of-the-art connected street lighting system combined with the city’s
asset management system has resulted in significantly improved services for citizens,
reduced maintenance costs, energy savings and improved safety.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Coffee Break

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