Connected Smart Cities

The classical approach to develop cities is to develop them by sector. A specific problem is identified and dealt with by a department in the city – for example the traffic department deals with congestion. And each department has a traditional set of tools to solving these issues, e.g. build more roads or install a state of the art Intelligent Transport System.

This model has served cities well, but with the emergence of the Internet as a backbone to many services including their democratization, this model feels more and more dated. Instead we are looking for ways of addressing cities holistically, not solving problems with classical solution, but looking at the effect of problems and their solutions in a broader perspective, allowing cities to leverage and ecosystem of actors to participate and shaping the future. This session will highlight through tangible examples from our EC research programmes and beyond, how a carefully designed ecosystem of ICT infrastructure, researchers, innovators, civic hackers, citizens and local administrators have the potential to change the way we live in modern urban environments.

We will try to address issues that link our typical R&D programmes with all the above actors and try to find the most promising ways and instruments to raise funding support to this end in a sustainable way. The keyword is Connected. The result is Smart.

This session aims to address the following issues:

  • identify the ecosystem for creating connected smart cities: who are the actors, how are they organized and connected and what basic infrastructure and policies are needed
  • what does leadership mean in this new paradigm and how can we break the funding barrier going from silo budgets to holistic thinking
  • how can we learn from each other and what are success stories?
  • how can we motivate a broad participation including the citizens?

The topics covered will be:

  • Government coding: collaboration to create, build, and invent open source solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology for smart connected cities
  • Sustainability and evolution of ICT infrastructures: identify examples with the right mix of private investment, public funding (including procurement) and citizen participation to solve socioeconomic and environmental challenges relevant to their neighborhood/city
  • Continuous flow of knowledge from research to innovation: create the technology pull -instead of technology push- from local administrations and citizens to EU research.

A round table discussion will then aim to develop an initial set of recommendations on how the best-identified solutions can be put into practice.

  • Challenges about data in cities – privacy, society and policy.
  • Organisational challenges – multi-stakeholder activities and leadership.

Detailed Workshop Outline

10:00. Overview and rationale of the session – Martin Brynskov Aarhus University – Chair Connected Smart Cities

Learning from the practice: lessons learnt and how to scale up experience drawn from research projects and from the European Innovation Partnership on smart cities.

  • Dan Hill Future Cities Catapult
  • Pieter Ballon iMinds
  • Graham Colclough UrbanDNA
  • Roberto Saracco EIT ICT Labs (presentation)

10:45. Sustainability models: Emerging innovative models that will help cities to sustain smart city cosystems

  • Kim Spiegelberg Stelzer City of Copenhagen
  • Brian Field European Investement Bank (presentation)
  • Patrik Regårdh Ericsson (presentation)
  • Garry Clifford Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies
  • Iñigo Jodra ferrovial

11:45. Panel discussion and interaction with the audience with  closing remarks Martin Brynskov


Session Speakers

Martin Brynskov
Martin BrynskovAarhus University
Martin Brynskov, Ph.D., is associate professor in interaction technologies and director of AU Smart Cities at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is also chair of the Connected Smart Cities Network, which oversees the newly launched Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative, coordinator of the Danish Smart City Network, coordinator of the OrganiCity integrated project, research fellow at Participatory IT Centre at Aarhus University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Master in Information Studies and Classical Greek.
Patrik Regårdh
Patrik RegårdhHead of Strategic Marketing, Ericsson
Patrik Regårdh has been heading up Strategic Marketing for the Ericsson Group since 2004. In this role he reports to the group CMO and is focused on market development, industry dynamics and driving strategies and initiatives for Ericsson’s long term positioning. Patrik has worked for Ericsson for the past 20 years and has held previous positions within strategy and business development as well as account management. On the international record he has had assignments in Brazil, Thailand and Germany.
Dan Hill
Dan HillExecutive Director of Futures at Future Cities Catapult
Pieter Ballon
Pieter BallonDirector Living Labs, iMinds
Pieter Ballon is Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Director Living Labs at iMinds. He also heads the Smart Cities Task Force within iMinds. His research team is currently leading various European projects and programmes related to Smart Cities, including projects related to Smart Mobility and Parking; Creative Cities; Smart Retail; and helping Starters and SMEs develop future internet-proof applications and systems. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cultuurnet (Culture Net) in Flanders. Since 2009, he is also the international Secretary of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Previously, he was senior consultant and team leader at TNO in the Netherlands. Pieter Ballon holds a PhD in Communication Sciences, and an MA in Modern Socio-Economic History. He is a member of the editorial boards of Telecommunications Policy, the Journal of Media Innovation, and the Journal of Theoretical and Applied E-commerce Research.
Roberto Saracco
Roberto SaraccoEIT ICT Labs Italy, Trento Node Director
Dr. Roberto Saracco is in charge of the EIT ICT Labs Italian node based in Trento and committed to make this node a point of excellence in fostering innovation. He is still involved in technical aspects, mostly in looking at the impact of technology on biz.
Dr Saracco is the Chair of the Future Direction Committee of the IEEE.
Dr. Saracco joined Telecom Italia research centre in 1971 and had the opportunity of contributing to the very first Stored Program Control system in Italy and later to the first data network. He was in charge of the development of the first Network Management Centre in Italy. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank Info Development project in Latin America generating over hundred business proposals for leveraging the Internet in the continent.
Dr. Saracco is part of the Italian Telecommunications Association and member of Quadrato della Radio. He was born in Torino, back in 1953 and has a diploma in Computer Science, a University degree in Mathematics from the University of Turin and a specialization in Particle Physics. He likes reading books, and thinking about what the future might be like.
Dr. Saracco writes a daily post on the EIT ICT Labs blog discussing the evolution of technology and its impact on economy and Society. A collection of his commentaries can be found in 7 iBooks on the Apple iBook Store. He used to like windsurfing
Iñigo Jodra
Iñigo JodraFerrovial Services
He started his professional career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on projects in Europe and the Americas. Subsequently he has led Strategy, Corporate Development and International Development areas in multinational companies of different sectors, including Ferrovial Services. In his current position, he is responsible for developing and delivering innovative business models and solutions in the urban services space.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Deusto University and a Master in Business Administration degree from Insead.

Brian Field
Brian Field European Investment Bank
Brian Field is a senior economist at the European Investment Bank (EIB), where he is also the Bank’s Special Managerial Adviser on Urban Planning and Development and therefore, de facto, the Bank’s leading urban specialist. His professional career has covered the full spectrum of contemporary planning practice and, prior to joining EIB, included a number of senior appointments at executive manager, director and board levels, in both the public and private sectors, for example as Head of Planning and Economics at WS Atkins International. He has also enjoyed a successful academic career, including professorial appointments at the National University of Singapore and, more recently, as Head of the School of the Built Environment at De Montfort University in the UK, where he still holds the chair as Professor of Planning and Development to reflect ongoing research and other academic commitments. His current research focuses on the built environment and the promotion of more sustainable development at all spatial scales, spanning low energy planning and transport policies, and the social implications of settlement patterns that embrace a more explicit pursuit of the “green” agenda. He has published extensively on planning and related matters in books and scholarly papers, and is on the editorial board of several international refereed journals.

Professor Field has degrees from Brunel University, Cambridge University, the City University and the University of Westminster, and was a doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics. As a qualified planning and development practitioner, he is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT).