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SmarTomorrow Co-creation Q&A lab for the smarter cities of tomorrow

Wed 9, October 2019
09:15 - 10:45 CET

 

On October 9th, 2019 in Brussels, SmarTomorrow participatory lab will be launched as EWRC’s session, open for debate, dialog, partnering and co-creation.

Science, knowledge, data-driven innovation are critical to build-up climate friendly, environmentally responsible, socially valuable, citizen-centric cities. New challenges to design, create, procure and integrate solutions are emerging.

This co-creation Q&A lab looks for new, fresh, positive and inspiring ideas! 

  

The city of Vilnius, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution invite all public authorities, businesses, technologists, universities, researchers to discuss today's problems and potential solutions. 

During this project lab, Smart City key-challenges such as: climate, energy, data, housing, (urban) space, water, waste, mobility, work, and people and community centric urban life are going to be discussed. 

Besides with introductory addresses, floor is open to questions, debate and remarks from the audience. Project ideas are expected to target upcoming H2020 calls open to cities together with universities, research institutions and, in general, the innovation ecosystem. Please intervene, your views are very much welcome!

 

Topics for discussion are as follow:

I – Digital technologies

II – Energy technologies

III – Mobility technologies

IV – Urban environment

V – Social and cultural innovation

 

 

In order to provide participants with a lively overview of different cases, lessons and experiences, the presentations of invited speakers are limited to 10-15 min. Thus, most of the questions from the audience are expected to be asked during the debate part.

Strategic networking relates to the need to establish long term cooperation relations. That is often the case when urban governance, innovation, smartification are the topics and strengthening public policies’ scientific density. The room is open for networking after the Q&A lab. 

The session includes an elected politician from the city of Vilnius, demonstrating the city’s strategy and plans for how to become smarter, more open, sustainable and innovative.

This project lab, being organized during EUWRC 2019 in Brussels, will provide a unique meeting spot for smart city sectors and innovative ideas to be gathered.

 

 

AGENDA

Date: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Address: Committee of Regions - Atrium 6

JDE - Jacques Delors Building 

1000 Brussels

9.15 - 11.30

 

09.15 - 09.25  Welcome address and introduction of the  Speakers, Marcos Nogueira, Moderator, Head of EU Office

09.25 - 09.40  Annemie Wyckmans, Key-note address - Professor and Head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities

09.40 - 09.50  Vytautas Mitalas, Vice- Mayor of the City of Vilnius,

09.50 - 10.00  Carmen Carvalheira, Vice-President of the Region of Alentejo (CCDR)

10.00 - 10.10  Antanas Čenys, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

10.10 - 10.40  Debate / Co creation session with invited guests

10.40 - 10.45  Wrap up address, Marcos Nogueira, Moderator, Head of EU Office

10.45 - 11.30  Networking followed by closing remarksJens Bartholmes, Policy officer, DG-Energy, European Commission (TBC)

 

For all the updates, please visit events website: http://events.irradiare.com/20191009/

 

 

Marcos Nogueira, Head of EU Office, IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution, Portugal.
Carmen Carvalheira, Vice- President, CCDRAlentejo, Portugal.
Vytautas Mitalas, Vice Mayor, Vilnius City Council, Lithuania.
Annemie Wyckmans, Professor and Head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities, NTNU, Norway.
Antanas Čenys, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania.
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City of Vilnius, IrRADIARE EU Office
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Address: Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels

Session summary

The Co-Creation Q&A Lab for Smarter Cities of Tomorrow took place on 9 October 2019, during the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) in Brussels. Organized at the Committee of Regions, we welcomed attendees from European regions, cities, businesses and universities, along with technologists and researchers, to discuss today's problems and potential solutions.

The EWRC session started with a welcome address and introduction of the speakers by Marcos Nogueira, coordinator of SmarTomorrow consortium, who moderated the whole event, including the further debate with the participants.

The first presentation was delivered by the deputy mayor of Vilnius, Vytautas Mitalas, who presented the "city as a service concept" and the "city of two INs"(INtelligent and with INtegrated development goals for the community). The vice-mayor discussed the city's main principles, which are identified in Vilnius City strategic documents and are necessary to retain leadership in the Region, namely: speed, openness and ingenuity.

"To bridge the gap between the groups that don't think the climate transition is going fast enough and those who think it is going too fast, we need #GameChangers", said the key note speaker Annemie Wyckmans, professor and head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities.
During the talk, Annemie presented an integrated roadmap methodology for co-creation and support with decision-making, including:

-Open and inclusive governance processes for the co-design and co-creation of people-centric, demand-driven Smart City solutions;

- Advanced visualization and simulation technologies, in combination with UrbanData, to support the co-design and co-production of Smart City solutions;

- Economic and non-economic value from Smart City solutions for different stakeholder groups.

Carmen Carvalheira, the vice-president of the Region of Alentejo showcased how to become a "smart mobility place" and how CCDR will work with its municipalities to model on-demand transport. The latter will be based on the sustainable selection of route centres and itineraries, with the objective of increasing the coverage of existing public transport networks (providing a service in areas and/or periods of the day or year where this service does not exist or is insufficient).

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) was represented by its vice-rector for research and innovation, professor Antanas Čenys, who presented some of the digital solutions needed to create a Smart City. Collaborating directly with the city of Vilnius, VGTU briefly presented three sectors in this area that they are interested and involved in - namely Smart Buildings, Smart Mobility and Smart ICT - as well as the university’s overall role in city’s ecosystem.

In addition to the introductory addresses and presentations, the floor was open for questions, debate and remarks from the audience.

This co-creation Q&A lab was filled with new, fresh, positive and inspiring ideas.

The session was a great opportunity to share a moment with our wonderful speakers and audience, and to reflect together on Smart Cities of tomorrow.

 

Take away message

SmarTomorrow took place on 9 October 2019 during the EWRC in Brussels and welcomed attendees from European regions, cities, businesses and universities, and technologists and researchers, to discuss today's problems and potential solutions. Besides the introductory addresses and presentations, the floor was open to questions, debate and remarks from the audience. This session was filled with new, fresh and inspiring ideas and was a great opportunity to share a moment with our wonderful speakers and audience, reflecting on Smart Cities of tomorrow. 



"A definition of a Smart City is a city that permanently reinvents itself with science, innovation, society, businesses, citizens and fellow cities".
Marcos Nogueira, head of Alentejo EU office, event moderator

"To bridge the gap between the groups that don't think the climate transition is going fast enough and those who think it is going too fast, we need Game Changers" 

Annemie Wyckmans, professor and head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities.

 

"If you want to create a Smart City, you'll need some digital solutions!"
Vice-rector for research and innovation, prof. Antanas Čenys, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

"The city’s DNA: the main attributes of Vilnius, which are being strengthened in the social, cultural, political and economic narrative of the city".
Vytautas Mitalas, deputy mayor of the City of Vilnius

"Transforming Alentejo into a Smarter Region requires change in the mobility sector".
Carmen Carvalheira, vice-president of the Region of Alentejo (CCDR)

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  • Posted by: Periklis Christidis
    On: 09/10/2019 - 10:15am

    Presentation slides

    Is it possible to have the presentation slides? Will they be available for download, or can they be sent to me by email.