UPCOMING EVENTS ( 1 - 8 from 8 )

January 2020
30 January - 1 February 2020
Paris, France
Grand Palais

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February 2020
EIP-SCC Matchmaking
City representatives meet investors: Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities
20 February 2020, 09:00 - 17:30
Brussels, Belgium
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Are you looking to make investments in the area of mobility, ICT or energy? Is your city thinking of redeveloping certain areas? Are you a provider of smart city products or services?

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is hosting a matchmaking event for policy makers, and city and regional representatives looking to connect with peers and start discussions with business representatives from the smart city community.

Taking place in Brussels (Belgium) on 20 February – back-to-back with the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – brings together city and regional representatives, businesses, and investors and focuses on exploring and shaping opportunities for persons involved in smart cities projects.

This is the first in a series of matchmaking activities. It offers a unique knowledge-sharing opportunity for those in charge of policy-making and those representing cities and regions, and gives cities the opportunity to offer advice to peers, learn from best practices, present projects, and find investors and Smart City Solutions.

The EIP-SCC offers a forum for discussion, assists in the development of innovative urban ideas, and brings together urban innovators, developers, investors, and private equity.

The event is promoted by the European Commission's EIP-SCC Marketplace initiative:

Why should you join?

This event fosters much-needed collaboration between city and regional representatives, policy makers, business representatives, and investors. This is a unique occasion to network and explore investment opportunities with key smart cities decision-makers such as European and local authorities, research institutions, and leading smart cities and infrastructure investors.

What can you expect?

At the Matchmaking event, you will learn about existing smart city best practices in the areas of mobility, ICT and energy in an Explore Zone. Experts will assist you in shaping the concept of your planned Smart City project or planned investments in a round-table format during Shape discussions. Finally, you can engage in one-on-one meetings between solution providers and the investment community during the focussed Deal matchmaking sessions on Smart Cities and Communities (pre-registration required).

To learn more and to register, please click here.

June 2020
Resilient cities are smarter cities, and smart solutions must be resilient
9 June 2020, 09:30 - 11:00

ities all over the world are facing the same problems in fighting COVID-19. This sudden and unpredictable crisis has forced cities to respond immediately but as we emerge from the crisis, there is an opportunity to make our cities smarter and more resilient ensuring a better quality of life for citizens and improving the response to future crises.

It goes without saying that ‘resilient’ and ‘smart cities’ are inextricably linked, now more than ever. Resilient cities are smarter cities, and smart solutions must be resilient. However, the two have not always come naturally together, at least not with the urgency that is needed. Collaboration between existing smart cities and resilience networks are key in this new (digital) time!

This city dialogue will explore how these two key elements can come together successfully, to ensure smart, resilient cities of the future.

Speakers will include (to be confirmed):

Albert Engels, Coordinator or RUGGEDISED, on behalf of the Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projectsArnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of Rotterdam and member of the global steering Committee GRCNEddy Hartog, Head of Unit EC DG ConnectLina Liakou, Managing Director GRCN (Global Resilient Cities Network Europe & Middle East, former known as 100RC)Martin Brynskov, Chair of OASC (Open & Agile Smart Cities) , Ass. Professor University Aarhus

The objectives of this city dialogue are to:

Understand how to move from wishful thinking to smart resilience.Increase funding in the upcoming European (EU and national) programmes for holistic approaches to smart resilience.Rally cities and communities as big buyers and drivers of innovation to join forces and shape the smart technology market.Promote simple and agile mechanisms (technical, financial, legal) instead of complex schemes.Short interventions from speakers will be followed by interactions with all participants.

Registration is mandatory. All the details for joining the city dialogue will be sent to registered participants.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilient-cities-are-smarter-cities-and-smart-solutions-must-be-resilient-tickets-106919284458

Smart City Deep Dive: Umeå
10 June 2020, 10:00 - 12:00


With most of Europe working remotely, RUGGEDISED is happy to invite to a Digital Deep Dive session focused on the city of Umeå. One of our lighthouse cities, Umeå is a very special place. Sitting on the edge of the Arctic Circle, it is a young modern city, with a population of 124,000. Here, the natural world co-exists with the urban environment.

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Energy efficiency and low carbon solutions are especially important in such places. Sadly, we can’t bring you to Umeå at the moment. But through the Digital Deep Dive we hope to do the next best thing, showcasing the smart city solutions being developed there. We also hope for your help to improve them!

During this interactive online session, Umeå partners will be lifting the lid on their key developments. We’ll be hearing about the city’s integrated approach to combining their technical solutions, and their smart building concept. This includes the use of smart control equipment to control airflow, room climate and presence-activated lighting.

A wide range of sensor-data, time-scheduling components and weather station data are aggregated in their Demand Side Management system. This allows the data to shape a more detailed understanding and improved management of energy needs and usage. Solar energy is stored in batteries to manage energy use and top loads and all of these solutions interact and depend on each other.

The Digital Deep Dive will give you a front seat to hear the Umeå story. It will also give you the chance to react, exchange and bring your own experience to the discussion. Just because we have stopped travelling, doesn’t mean we’ve stopped connecting!

For the most updated information go to: https://ruggedised.eu/deepdive/

Register here (limited room available): https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrfu6srjMtGtE4sYSUZiXfUZ92CKGOBc2H

Delivery models, funding & procurement for smart cities
How to choose the delivery model(s) for your smart city ambitions?
18 June 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

City governments have a key role in planning, delivering, and ensuring the uptake of smart technologies. The key to success is to define this role adequately.

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If we assume that the responsibility of visioning, financing, procuring and managing smart city projects lies solely on the shoulders of cities, then implementing smart city ambitions may seem like a daunting task. In a time of global uncertainty, public officers indeed rarely have the resources and expertise to bear the sole burden of delivery. The good news is that such a delivery model is rarely the only option available.

A successful smart city project will equally benefit technology solutions providers, investors, local businesses and community stakeholders. Provided the vested interests of those parties can align (so that supply matches demand at the correct price), then those actors all have an incentive to drive projects forward.

Because of a lack of market dialogue in the smart city solution markets, those private and public interests rarely align spontaneously. The role of cities is therefore to understand the reasons behind market failure and use the wide array of regulatory, financing and procurement tools at their disposal to address it and encourage market activity.

The current COVID-19 crisis illustrates why cities should avoid relying on a single delivery model to support all of their smart city ambitions. In times of great market disruption/uncertainty it is helpful to have a mix of funding, procurement and delivery strategies to:

  • spread the risk and costs of disruption between different actors, and
  • avoid dependency on single providers/funders who might reconsider their commitment during disruptive periods.

This webinar will go through four different, but complementary, roles that cities can play to support the adoption of smart city solutions within their boundaries, highlighting their associated funding models and how they each address various market failures. These models include:

  • Cities as regulators With cases from Copenhagen (DK) and Cincinnati (US) - delivering smart redevelopment through use of regulation - Dr. Luise Noring, City Facilitators
  • Cities as facilitators With a case from Barcelona (ES) - delivering smart Last-mile-delivery through public facilitation - Gonzalo Cabezas, Barcelona CIty Council
  • Cities as buyers (direct procurers) Case tbf.
  • Cities as partners (public-private partnerships) With a case from Rotterdam (NL) - delivering the digital city with in partnership with stakeholders - Roland van der Heijden, The Municipality of Rotterdam
  • The delivery models described in the webinar should be seen as complementary – they all have their place as part of a sustainable smart city delivery strategy, both now and in the future.

    The webinar will be moderated by Philipp Tepper from ICLEI Europe and Georg Houben of the European Commission. The discussion will be supported by real life examples from different panelists, who will share their experiences of applying each delivery model.

    You can also share this webinar with your network, by joining the LinkedIn event here.

    ICLEI Europe and The Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

    July 2020
    Impact of AI on society - ECDA Annual Summit 2020 (online)
    8 July 2020, 15:00 - 18:00


    The Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics welcomes you to Erasmus Data Summit 2020. This year’s summit will be held fully online due to the COVID-19 related restrictions. COVID-19 has brought the world to stand still and has had a major impact on society. During the crisis, we observed how exponential technologies are used towards the benefit of society, and if not regulated properly, can lead to severe negative outcomes as well. This is true for AI as well.

    Therefore, the theme of this year’s summit is “Impact of AI on society” and throughout the session, we shall explore the topic of AI and its impact through multi-disciplinary lenses, both optimistic and cautious.

    The Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics has gathered an outstanding list of speakers to share their insights with you. The event consists of a plenary part followed by 5 tracks of breakout sessions where our academic directors share their insights. The keynote speakers this year are Frans Muller, President & Chief Executive Officer at Ahold Delhaize and Hans-Aloys Wischmann, Program Manager AI for Precision Diagnosis at Philips.

    See the full programme here: https://www.rsm.nl/ecda-1/ecda-annual-summit-2020-impact-of-ai-on-society

    Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/erasmus-data-summit-2020-impact-of-ai-on-society-registration-108673324840

    Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics


    September 2020
    URBIS - Smart City Fair
    2 - 3 September 2020, 09:00 - 18:00
    Brno, Czech Republic
    Brno Exhibition Centre

    The URBIS Smart City Fair is a culmination of the exceptional innovative potential that exists in the RUGGEDISED Fellow City of Brno. RUGGEDISED and the wider Smart City Community will be a the URBIS Smart City Fair to present technologies, visions and solutions, as well as promote the positive impact these will have on people’s lives.

    *This event was originally scheduled for 3-4 June

    From Replicators to Implementers (Urbis Smart City Fair/EIP-SCC General Assembly)
    2 September 2020, 15:30 - 17:00
    Brno, Czech Republic
    Room S4 at the URBIS SMART CITY FAIR and online

    SCIS Roadshow: Creating Smart and Sustainable Cities using lessons learnt

    The essence of any Replication process is to take advantage of previous efforts, innovations and knowledge applied, collect the lessons that can be learned and use them in the most suitable and appropriate way, keeping in mind the specific nature of the different local contexts.

    The possibilities from effective replication are clear, and the cities of Brno (RUGGEDISED) and the City of Litoměřice (Stardust) are two examples of how ambitious local governments can work to quickly improve their ‘Smartness’ for the benefit of the environment, the citizens and the economy. Alongside more than a hundred European Smart Cities they share their experiences from the so-called Lighthouse projects through the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).

    Join the parallel session at 15.30 taking place live at the Urbis Fair (register here) or online during the General Assembly of EIP-SCC (register here).

    This workshop will bring together cities - Fellow, Lighthouse and other cities not yet involved in a Smart City project – as well as the European Smart City initiative SCIS working to share knowledge learnt from the Smart Cities and Communities projects under the Horizon 2020 EU funding programme. The aim of this event is to facilitate knowledge sharing and to allow participants to hear from other cities’ experiences and grasp different perspectives on the ways a smart city project is planned, implemented and managed. There will be one plenary session with speakers from different SCC01 projects and cities, followed by an interactive session (both for those joining online or in-person at the Urbis Fair) that will look more deeply at the main barriers and enabling factors for a successful replication of smart city projects.