Westminster eForum

Next steps for UK Smart Cities - innovation, serving local needs and engagement with the supply chain

Morning, Thursday, 21st February 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will bring out latest thinking on next steps for supporting the development and application of smart technologies in cities across the UK.

Delegates will discuss key issues including how cities might more effectively articulate their needs to the supply chain and attract innovators in order to address local challenges for driving economic growth and social benefits.

Taking place in light of the Government’s recently launched call for evidence into the UK’s geospatial sector - looking at how geospatial data can be used to transform public services and support the UK’s productivity - attendees will examine key issues around the delivery and support for urban services, including attracting and focusing investment, data management and analysis, and connectivity and infrastructure.

They will also consider what lessons can be learnt from existing smart cities around collaboration, funding, and citizen and stakeholder engagement.

Further sessions will examine priorities for the creation and adoption of standards to enable the roll-out of smart cities across the UK, focusing on interoperability and system integration, sustainability and best practice.

The agenda also looks at what is needed in policy development, regulation and leadership, as well as next steps for positioning the UK at the forefront of intelligent innovation

Guest of Honour

Nicola Yates

Chief Executive Officer, Future Cities Catapult

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jacqui Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, FlyingBinary; Advisor, HM Government and Advisor, Chinese Government

Nicola Yates

Chief Executive Officer, Future Cities Catapult


Erika Lewis

Deputy Director, Data Strategy, DCMS

Deborah Colville

Portfolio Manager, Innovation and Smart Belfast, Belfast City Council

Sam Ibbott

Head of Smart Cities, The Environmental Industries Commission

Dr Peter van Manen

Executive Vice President, Research & Development, LivingPlanIT

Dr Rick Robinson

Digital Property and Cities Leader, Arup

Dr Jennifer Schooling

Director, Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge

Dr Ilian Iliev

Managing Director, EMV Capita

Theo Blackwell

Chief Digital Officer, Mayor of London’s Office, Greater London Authority

Dr Colin Birchenall

Chief Digital Officer, Glasgow City Council