Smart Nation 2020

  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:30
150+
Conference
Attendees
8
CPD
Credits
10+
Expert Speakers
20+
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. The UK will need to apply emerging technologies in a coherent and cost-effective manner to thrive - particularly in a competitive, post-Brexit landscape. This conference will present Smart models and initiatives that operate at national and local levels to deliver integrated services and information that citizens need - assessing how they can be adapted to the UK's infrastructure, geography and economy to create a coherent strategy for a Smart Nation that embraces transformation in the way services are delivered in cities, healthcare, towns, connectivity and agricultural settings.   

Keynotes and panel discussions will spotlight smart city and digital agricultural initiatives such as:

  • Interconnection of IoT devices in agriculture; unmanned aerial/ground vehicles identifying potential soil defects, providing accurate timings for sowing, irrigation and harvest as well as supporting systems of sensors that provide metrics on humidity, exposure to light and soil moisture. Allowing farmers to work remotely.
  • How smart developers must work in unison with environmentally conscious solutions to secure sustainable technologies and reduce net carbon emissions.
  • Domestic 5G roll-out; its impact on public and autonomous services, farming and bridging socio-economic gaps by providing internet access to communities that have previously been excluded from connectivity.
  • Government-commissioned home construction using smart technologies – improving the way towns, precincts, and buildings are planned and equipping homes with solar panels, smart lighting and pneumatic waste collection.   
  • Regulating against a backdrop of concerns about overreach and access to citizen’s data. Developing and enforcing policies/safeguards to protect citizens from hostile manipulations of data, attacks on digital infrastructure and infringements on citizen’s rights.
  • Can the delivery of smart models overcome some of the complex and often competitive political and institutional structures that have developed for delivering UK public services.
  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Supporters

  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair's Opening Address

09:30

Keynote Address

  • Foo Chi Hsia, High Commissioner, Republic of Singapore (confirmed)

The blueprint for a Smart Nation is provided by Singapore, which aims by 2024 to be the first nation to achieve this. Whilst the Singapore model cannot be transposed en-bloc to the UK – the geography of the two nations is completely different, with Singapore having a much higher population density - there is much that can be adapted to benefit the UK:

  • Leveraging technology and assistive robotics in healthcare can sustain independent living for the elderly, improve patients access to healthcare, support disabled people in completing activities and transporting food, linen documents and heavy items around medical estates.
  • Autonomous vehicles are the future of Singapore’s public transport network. The nation has developed self-driving cars, trucks and is exploring the deployment of autonomous freight transportation services at non-peak times to ease congestion.
  • Academic and Industrial Partnerships are being developed in Singapore’s Punggol Digital District – a co-location of the Singapore Institute of Technology’s new campus and JTC Corporation business parks, Punggol is a purpose-built community based on a relationship between academia and industry to develop, test and apply digital innovations.
  • National Strategic Projects such as a single, digital, cross-government platform to enable the delivery of better, personalised and more cost effective digital services to citizens using common tools and standards throughout government.
09:50
  • Tony Sceales, Sector Coordination Lead, 5G Programme, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (confirmed)
"5G in the UK"

Multiple barriers are obstructing local authorities in the UK from taking advantage of Smart initiatives. The absence of accessible knowledge and learning materials available to councils, a lack of appropriate training opportunities and damaging cuts to local authority budgets result in abandoning projects that, if the resources were available, could make considerably impacts on local housing, transport, health and social care issues. The next generation of cellular network technology could open-up new possibilities for communities in the UK, including improved public transport, enhanced security, free internet access, IoT connectivity and reduced carbon emissions.  

 

The roll-out of 5G in the UK could help to bridge socio-economic gaps between communities, with quick and easy access to free, high speed internet - communities that have been locked out of opportunities due to a lack of connection can begin to access online capabilities.

10:10

'The speed of ICT development creates unprecedented opportunities and risks. It can make it practically impossible for governments to develop appropriate regulation in order to avoid dangerous outcomes... The complex dynamics between ICT development and ICT governance can be described as co-evolution. Rather than playing the role of clients for technology companies, cities should be partners and enablers in ICT development, regulation, incentivisation and implementation. Essential in the co-evolutionary process will be the development of appropriate new governance structures to ensure that sociotechnological development is guided towards societal goals.'

Sustainable Smart Cities: Applying Complexity Science to Achieve Urban Sustainability, 

United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

 

This presentation will explore the complex regulatory dynamics at play in the co-evolution between governance and Smart cities, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

10:30

Main Sponsor

10:50

Question and Answer Session

11:10

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:40
  • Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & international Smart City Ambassador, Amsterdam (confirmed)
"Amsterdam Smart City Project"

The Amsterdam Smart City Project is a world-leading exemplar in smart energy and transport, open data and citizen engagement. The project connects local government, knowledge institutes, private sector innovators and citizens, facilitating collaboration on Smart projects across the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area through online channels and offline events – the ambition being, to build the right consortium of people with the capabilities to build reactive social and technological infrastructures that facilitate and accelerate sustainable growth, ultimately aiming to become a futureproof city. This session will discuss how an open, collective approach to developing Smart cities - inclusive of municipalities, communities, corporations and SMEs is the best way to build an urban space that responds to the needs of citizens.

12:00

Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough (invited)

"The UK's Digital City"

A £250million project is underway in the North East to transform Middlesbrough into the digital city in the UK. Announced in October 2019, the plan represents the biggest investment in the town’s storied history to date and is expected to create 2,000 new jobs – half of which would be in the digital and creative sectors. This presentation will give further detail as to the vision set-out by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Middlesbrough Council for the UK’s Digital City.

12:20

Case Study

12:40
"Building a Smart, Sustainable Transport Network"

A Smart Nation will embrace cleaner, cheaper, faster, greener transport networks. The digital revolution, as in all areas, has profound potential to support the adoption of more equitable, efficient and cleaner transport. This presentation will look at the potential socioeconomic and environmental gains from the UK's comparative advantage in developing and deploying clean and intelligent mobility technologies that can transform transport infrastructure - particularly prescient, as Britain seeks new trade deals and carves out global economic and soft power advantages.         

13:00

Question and Answer Session

13:20

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:20

Chair's Afternoon Address

14:25

Jan Huitema, Member of the European Parliament (invited)

"Digi Agriculture"

Agricultural productivity must increase as the global population grows and the amount of farmland-per-capita decreases. The agriculture sector is being disrupted by the digital revolution; using new technologies, farmers can grow crops with greater efficiently, monitor harvests more precisely and reduce carbon emissions. Though less overt in the daily lives of citizens than Smart initiatives like 5G, autonomous transport and IoT connectivity; digital agricultural has just as much transformation potential.

 

Some of the new technologies that are at the forefront of digital agriculture include:

  • Real time data gathering: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and deep learning algorithms allow for the monitoring of crop health, identification of potential soil defects as well as providing accurate timings for sowing, irrigation and harvest. With the integration of IoT connectivity and a system of sensors that provide metrics on humidity, exposure to light and soil moisture – farmers can monitor their fields from anywhere.
  • Autonomous Vehicles: Satellite monitoring and drone technology allows for automated spraying of nutrients across crop fields – as well as capturing images and transmitting information about crop health to IoT connected devices.
14:45

Case Study

15:30

Afternoon Refreshment Break

15:45
"Sustainable Freight Delivery"

Traffic is time-consuming and according to government figures, has risen by almost a third in the UK (traffic rates rose from 255bn miles travelled a year in 1990, to 328bn in 2018)  – contributing to carbon emissions in the UK despite the introduction of more fuel-efficient vehicles on our roads. A Smart Nation would address these sluggish gas emissions; but how? Flying cars have long been a hypothetical solution to traffic, but the smart solution may be under our feet as opposed to above our heads.

 

Networks of underground tunnels are being developed across the globe for multiple reasons, including:

  • Express transportation systems: High-speed underground public transportation systems in which passengers are transported via compatible Autonomous Electric Vehicles.
  • Urban underground logistics system: Where urban freight volume has increased rapidly, pressure on road traffic has risen. Underground networks could manage freight delivery efficiently whilst reducing the carbon emissions that large scale freight delivery is responsible for.
16:05

Question and Answer Session

16:25

Chair's Closing Remarks and Conference Close

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• Discuss the development and enforcement of policies/safeguards to protect Smart cities from malicious disruptions of data, digital infrastructure and infringements on citizen’s rights.

• Engage with Smart solutions that tackle the challenges of modern society, such as sustainable transport and commuting, efficient waste disposal, traffic congestion management and extensive internet access; all working in unison with environmentally conscious solutions to secure sustainable technologies and reduce net carbon emissions.

• Learn more about the increasing prevalence of IoT devices in agriculture and the interconnection of IoT within Smart cities; as well as discussing the next advancement in commercial use.

• Learn more about the global introduction of 5G networks and the UK’s roll-out; discuss the plethora of uses for 5G, including free internet connection for all, autonomous vehicles, facial recognition technologies and reduction of carbon emissions.

• Network and knowledge-share with domestic and international peers, developing shared solutions to common challenges.

• Improve your understanding of the potential dangers presented by interference with data and surveillance technologies.

• Assess the potential for local/central government(s) to improve the lives of citizens with the aid of Smart city initiatives.

• See how Smart City technologies can provide citizens with innovative improvements in health and social care.

• Learn how free blanket internet access provides opportunities for groups who have historically suffered from digital inequalities.

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  • Venue
  • Featured Events
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  • Who will attend

Contact Details

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Venue

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.

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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
  • 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