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Next steps for smart cities and connected places in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 7th May 2020


***Taking Place Online***

This conference will consider key issues for the development of smart cities and connected places in the UK - and next steps for local and municipal authorities, central government and regulators, and the private sector.

Areas for discussion:

  • Infrastructure development to support the development of smart cities in the UK - including telecoms and mobility networks, and addressing planning issues;
  • Data handling, treatment, storage and utilisation - and applications for a number of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence, in a smart-city context;
  • Delivery of key local services such as waste management, water treatment, healthcare and energy;
  • The role of smart city services meeting the challenge of climate change and tackling other environmental concerns such as air quality and noise pollution;
  • Fostering wider engagement with citizens and other key stakeholders in the design and implementation of digitised services; and
  • Development of local technology economies, including creating the conditions for innovative start-ups and scale-ups, including attracting inward investment.

The agenda:

  • Innovation in the delivery of public services in urban environments;
  • Priorities for developing the key standards and infrastructure to support the implementation of smart cities in the UK:
    • 5G rollout across the UK - outcomes from the testbeds programme and next steps for rollout;
    • Intelligent mobility - what is needed for the UK’s transport infrastructure;
    • The smart built environment - the way forward for planning, architecture, and construction;
    • Data infrastructure for urban areas - standardisation, integration, and utilisation; and
    • Legal and regulatory issues - the implications for smart cities.
  • Developing tech clusters in the UK - research, investment, and the wider economic context;
  • Latest thinking on applications and use cases for innovative digital technologies in the smart city setting - connectivity, integration, and IoT devices; and
  • Connected places in the UK - tackling the key challenges and examining the future landscape.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

It takes place in light of:

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

The response from government officials has been particularly strong for this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the BEIS; Cabinet Office; Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; Crown Commercial Service; DCMS; Defra; Department for International Trade; Department for the Economy NI; Department for Transport; GCHQ; Geospatial Commission; HM Revenue & Customs; Home Office; Homes England; MHCLG; Ministry of Defence; National Crime Agency; Ofcom; Office of Rail and Road and the Welsh Government.

This conference will be online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Nicola Yates

Chief Executive Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Keynote Speakers

Theo Blackwell

Chief Digital Officer for London, Mayor of London

Nicola Yates

Chief Executive Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Noelle Godfrey

Head of Digital Infrastructure and Programme Director, Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire County Council


Tony Sceales

Head of Programme Development, 5G Testbeds and Trials, DCMS

Rick Robinson

Digital Property and Cities Leader, Arup

Richard Clements

Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Connected Kerb

Holly Jamieson

Head of Future Cities (Interim), Nesta

Paul Copping

Chief Technology Officer, Fawley Waterside

Stu Higgins

Head of Smart Cities and IoT, UK Public Sector, Cisco

Valerie Hastie

Senior Policy Officer, Midlands Connect