Our cities and communities are facing increasing pressures on housing, energy, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare due to rapid urbanisation and ageing populations. The UN estimates that by 2030, 5 billion people will be living in cities across the world. To address these societal challenges governments across the globe are embracing the smart city concept and developing 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 to improve sustainability. Smart services can make our cities better but as digital technology and transformation evolves there are challenges as well as opportunities for both citizens and stakeholders.
The latest projections from Future Cities Catapult (Smart City Strategies: A Global Review) show that the smart cities market is expected to grow by 20% per year from over $300bn in 2015 to over $750bn in 2020. As the market continues to grow urban life is rapidly changing, recent years have seen the rise of companies such Uber, Airbnb, and Deliveroo that have brought digital disruption to ecosystems and place. Local governments are now realising that they have a role to play in both protecting and furthering the interests of their citizens and businesses amidst this ever changing and complex landscape.
The scale and reach of new technology is impacting on people’s lives at an unprecedented pace. At Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges you will have the opportunity to discuss the very latest research, policy areas and projects and to reflect on the smart cities strategies that are emerging around the world. Receive practical advice and inspiration from a range of real-life examples from the leading authorities in urban and community projects and learn how they are tapping into the possibilities of the smart city revolution.
“The most beautiful visions and the most intricate plans fall down when they are confronted with the messy reality of living cities… if cities do not engage with this issue, then technology will disrupt them regardless.” Jarmo Eskelinen, foreword Smart City Strategies: A Global Review 2017
Smart city strategies are typically underpinned by a drive to improve economic, social and environmental outcomes through digital transformation and ICT solutions. As the Future Cities Catapult report (Smart City Strategies: A Global Review 2017) makes clear there has been a rapid evolution of the smart city concept. In recent years the narrative has shifted from a technology-led focus on reducing costs and improving service efficiencies to a more citizen-centric approach, focusing on how services and infrastructure can be transformed to improve quality of life and empower citizens. Local authorities have become more proactive engaging with citizens through service co-design, innovation hubs, digital platforms, open data portals and crowd-funding schemes.
Now we are in the third wave of the smart city, one bypassing old systems and focusing on the consumer, with tech companies using digital technology at scale to transform cities. The digital connectivity and infrastructure of cities is being utilised as a platform for companies to create their own markets and providing consumer services such as food deliveries, taxis, accommodation and travel planning. Alongside the opportunities of disruptive technologies in the marketplace there are also challenges, for example the strong evidence that Airbnb can drive up rental prices. Governments are having to manage the implications of digital disruption and take measures to protect their citizens and their data in this new marketplace. How can local government play a more active role in enhancing the positive impacts of technology and safeguard against the negative consequences? How can new technology be harnessed to be more inclusive, transparent and help empower citizens?
Join us at Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges to learn about the latest strategies to stimulate local economic growth, optimise services, improve connectivity and inclusivity, and better understand citizens needs. The agenda will explore the impact of global platform companies, the sharing economy and how local and national governments are responding to the digital disruption challenges. There is growing pressure from citizens for our cities to provide public services in line with what they expect as consumers. This event will help you to tackle implementation challenges for smart city projects and take advantage of the opportunities of the smart city revolution.
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.
Bristol is Open was named as the leading 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.
The more that smart technology is used, the more that data is required for all sorts of information flows. Discussing what data and security mean in smart cities.
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.
With Bots and cognitive services more accessible than ever before, now is the time for all organisations to start thinking about introducing these services to drive efficiencies, reduce costs and engage citizens & employees. In this talk we will discuss what a Bot is, what makes a great Bot, and how they can support citizens in accessing local government services.
This panel session will reflect on the smart cities strategies that are emerging around the world in the context of digital disruption, citizens as consumers and a technology market that is shifting at pace.
It has long been argued that major investments are often put into cities and large towns much more than smaller, more rural areas. Technology is no exception and rural areas are often left behind in the latest gadgets and best quality connectivity. This session will explore how the smart city model can be adapted for rural communities and how technology can be utilised in less populated areas
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