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Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges

  • Thursday, 27 September 2018
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 15:00
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  • Overview

The scale and reach of new technology is impacting on people’s lives at an unprecedented pace. Governments across the globe are embracing smart city concepts and employing cutting-edge technologies to improve the quality of life for citizens. New innovations at the forefront of smart projects include Artificial Intelligence, open data, Internet of Things, remote healthcare monitoring and clean technologies. Delegates will learn from the leading authorities in urban and community projects about how to employ smart city technologies to transform UK communities.

The UN estimates that by 2030, 5 billion people will be living in cities across the world. Local governments are now embracing their role of protecting and furthering the interests of their citizens and businesses amidst this ever changing and complex landscape. At Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges delegates will discuss the very latest research, policy areas and projects; reflecting on the smart cities strategies that are emerging around the world. Receive practical advice and inspiration from a range of real-life examples.

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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Trevor Gibson, Smart City Leadership and Development Manager, Opportunity Peterborough (confirmed)
  • Mike Pitts, Head of Urban Systems, Innovate UK (confirmed)
"Better Urban Living through Smart Infrastructure"

As we add more intelligence to our urban infrastructure the way we will deliver services to citizens in the future will be radically different. Innovate UK are helping business get to that future faster. This talk will describe how the future may be different and examples of the innovation we have supported.

  • Julie Snell, Managing Director, Bristol is Open (confirmed)
"Implementing Smart Strategies, Solving Challenges"

Bristol is Open was named as a pioneering smart city, just behind London, in Huawei UK's Smart Cities Index. The smart city project was also announced as Smart City Innovator of the Year by TM Forum's Digital World Awards. This session will explore how big data is being used to solve problems such as air pollution, traffic congestion and assisted living for the elderly.

  • Matthew Gould, Director General for Digital and Media, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (confirmed)
"Privacy, Safety and Innovation - Squaring the circle with the Digital Charter"

The more that smart technology is used, the more that data is required for all sorts of information flows. This session will examine the role data and security play within smart cities.


Question and Answer Session

  • Mike Pitts, Head of Urban Systems, Innovate UK (confirmed)
  • Julie Snell, Managing Director, Bristol is Open (confirmed)
  • Matthew Gould, Director General for Digital and Media, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (confirmed)

Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & international Smart City Ambassador, Amsterdam (confirmed)
"Amsterdam Smart City project"

Discussing progress of Amsterdam Smart City project, one the world’s exemplars in open data, smart energy and transport, and citizen engagement through a smart citizens lab.


Case Study

"City Smart Services: A complete solution for municipalities"

Smart Cities was a 117-billion-euro industry in 2017. Pretty impressive for IT standards. As technology steadily advances, it’s only natural that we find new uses to make our everyday lives easier – and not just through the social apps that we’re already so very familiar with. However, even these social apps have an important role to play in terms of inspiring user adoption for this type of technology for cities. Learn more about what Smart City initiatives are available, how you can play a part in advancing your municipality and be more proactive in creating a safer, eco-friendlier environment in your region. Check out City Smart Services with Resco, and find out what you can do, to be ahead of market trends and go big with your urban data.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address

"Smart Data 2018: Real Case Studies, Real Benefits"

UrbanTide are building smart cities and communities using a unique approach and our award winning SaaS cloud software USMART.IO. Our real-life case studies from 2018 have saved money and increased revenue for public sector clients whilst embracing the ideals of openness and transparency. 

We truly are helping to unlock the power of data and making it super simple for others to do the same with easy to use, scalable and valuable data services. Please come and see what we have done! 

Case Studies include:

  • Big data insight and savings for housing organisations (with Smartline and Coastline Housing)
  • Income revenue generation North Lanarkshire Council
  • Cycling Scotland real-time big open data publication and innovation
  • Jon Sandford, National Infrastructure Planning Lead, Homes England (confirmed)
"Smart Places"

Homes England is the UK government agency responsible for delivering housing. Jon Sandford will provide some current, informal thinking and ideas from Homes England on the issues of Smart Cities as they apply to large scale housing sites - creating collective 'Smart places'. Additionally, Jon will update attendees with a summary of Homes England's overall current remit and priorities.     


Question and Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Smart Cities – Ambitions for the Future

    • Posted on 31 March 2017
  • Data Platforms to Unlock the Potential of Smart Cities

    • Posted on 09 March 2017
    • by CACI Ltd




The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Construction of The Bridgewater Hall commenced on 22 March 1993, but the idea of a new concert hall for Manchester dates back to the reconstruction of the Free Trade Hall in the 1950s after wartime bomb damage. The Free Trade Hall was home to the city’s famous Hallé orchestra and also hosted rock and pop concerts. However, despite holding great public affection, the 1850s Free Trade Hall was ill-equipped to respond to the rising standards of service and acoustic excellence demanded by performers and audiences.

Featured Events

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  • Smart Cities and Communities: Connecting Citizens

    • 09 November 2017
    • 08:30 - 17:00
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  • Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges

    • 27 September 2018
    • 08:30 - 15:00
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Smart Cities and Communities: Achieving Smart Urban Growth

    • 22 March 2017
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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who will attend

·         Academics

·         Asset Managers

·         Central Government

·         Chief Information Officers

·         Councillors

·         Development Managers

·         Directors/Heads of Enterprise and Innovation

·         Directors/Heads of Technology

·         E-government Leads

·         Executive Directors and Chief Executive Officers

·         Heads of Economic Development

·         Heads of Growth and Regeneration

·         Heads of Innovation

·         Heads of Inward Investment

·         Heads of Planning

·         Heads of Policy

·         Heads of Research and Innovation

·         Heads of Sustainability

·         Heads of Transport

·         Health and Social Care

·         Higher Education

·         Investors

·         LEPs

·         Local Authority Officials

·         Local Businesses

·         Local Enterprise Partnerships

·         Managing Directors

·         Project and Programme Managers

·         Project Director/Programme/Portfolio Managers

·         Senior Managers

·         Strategic Directors