Westminster eForum

Next steps for smart cities and connected places in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 7th May 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


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 include:

  • 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.

Speakers

There will be speaking contributions from:

  • Nicola Yates, Chief Executive Officer, Connected Places Catapult;
  • Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London, Mayor of London;
  • Noelle Godfrey, Head of Digital Infrastructure and Programme Director, Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire County Council.

Further speakers include: Rabih Arzouni, Fujitsu UK; Valerie Hastie, Midlands Connect; Stu Higgins, Cisco; Tony Sceales, 5G Testbeds and Trials, DCMS; and Rick Robinson, Arup.


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.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster eForum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: BEIS; DfT; Cabinet Office; Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; Crown Commercial Service; Office of Rail and Road; DCMS; Defra; DIT; HMRC; Home Office; Homes England; MHCLG; the National Crime Agency; and the Welsh Government.



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

Speakers

Tony Sceales

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

Rick Robinson

Digital Property and Cities Leader, Arup

Rabih Arzouni

Chief Technology Officer, Transport, Fujitsu UK

Stu Higgins

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

Valerie Hastie

Senior Policy Officer, Midlands Connect