Westminster eForum

Smart cities: next steps for UK advanced urban services - local priorities, supply chain relationships and standards development

Morning, Thursday, 21st February 2019

Central London


This timely conference will examine next steps for developing ‘smart city’ solutions that address local needs - taking account of local strategic and user priorities, relationships between local government commissioning and the supply chain, and developing standards and learning from best practice.

It takes place in the context of an investment and policy focus on digital infrastructure and its role in economic growth - including support for future investment in 5G technology following the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review, the development of a National Geospatial Strategy with a focus on how geospatial data can be used to transform public services and support the UK’s productivity, and the Mayor of London’s Smarter London Together plan to position London at forefront of intelligent innovation.

It also take place in light of the Government’s drive to coordinate initiatives for improving wellbeing and tackling social issues such as loneliness, supporting mental and physical health, and incentivising environmental stewardship.

Delegates will discuss latest thinking on smart cities design and delivery - including how cities might more effectively articulate their needs to the supply chain, addressing sustainability issues, understanding and incorporating innovation in applications and issues around open data, data management and analysis.

They will also consider what lessons can be learnt from existing smart cities around collaboration, funding, and citizen and stakeholder engagement, as well as 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, including around investment, addressing procurement issues, improving access to data and supporting collaboration.

Guests of Honour

Nicola Yates

Chief Executive Officer, Future Cities Catapult

Dr Jacqui Taylor

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

Guest of Honour

Dr Jacqui Taylor

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

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Yates

Chief Executive Officer, Future Cities Catapult

Lou Downe

Director of Design and Service Standards for the UK Government, Government Digital Service


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

Jono Adams

Associate Director and Smart Cities Lead, Anthesis Group