Shaping connected cities and regions within the digital landscape…

May 9th, Croke Park, Dublin

Smart Cities and Regions Summit 2019

Shaping connected cities and regions within the digital landscape…

May 9th, Croke Park, Dublin

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A smart city is by definition ‘a designation given to a city that incorporates information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage and overall costs’ ( The overarching aim of a smart city is to enhance the quality of living for its citizens through smart technology. Ireland has seen some recent successful initiatives that could realise our potential to be a world-leading player in the smart technology economy which is forecast to be worth €1.25 trillion by 2020.

In 2016 we saw the launch of Smart Dublin, a collaboration between Dublin’s four local authorities which aims to engage with smart technology providers and researchers “to solve city challenges and improve city life’. Several initiatives have since been launched including the delivery of real time passenger information, the traffic management centre, phase 2 of Dublin’s dashboards and the docklands smart district project. The idea behind Smart Dublin is to turn key challenges into opportunities for innovation and to call out for new ideas and solutions such as the need for better mobility and transport management, quicker response to extreme weather and flooding events, improved energy efficiency and environment, better citizen engagement and more efficient service delivery. But, as Dublin is really starting to make progress on its Smart City journey, it is not without its challenges and does require high level buy in as well as strong support across government. And, what about the rest of the country? Where are we making ‘smart’ strides regionally, and where needs improvement? Where are the opportunities for our other cities and urban regions?

It’s against this backdrop that the Sunday Business Post is launching the 2019 Smart Cities Summit, being held appropriately in Croke Park Conference Centre which is now a test bed for some of the most cutting edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

The 2019 Smart Cities and Regions Conference will bring together experts from government and industry to give their views on how smart technology can be used to improve the lives of Irish citizens. A wide range of topics will be covered providing exclusive insights into how we can deliver more efficient, sustainable and safer cities and towns.

This event will look at our current urban living challenges and ask what is needed for the cities and towns of tomorrow and who will be leading the way? We will bring together those who are passionate about sharing their ideas for smart cities to network, learn and engage with top industry leaders and influencers. So, if this sounds right up your street this is the forum for you.

Topics will include:

  • Powering the cities of the future: The role of 5G in realising smart cities
  • Smart governments for smart cities: Addressing the data knowledge gaps in administration
  • Smart regions: Opening access of smart cities doesn’t make sense?
  • How efficient cost savings can be made through sensor technologies
  • Unlocking the smart city through open data delivery
  • Addressing silos through data standards
  • Building with sensors, smart control systems and data: How the City of Umea became smarter with smart energy
  • Using IoT data platforms to unlock citizen focused service models
  • Incorporating smart cities into the wider economic strategy of cities – beyond basic infrastructure
  • Unlocking value through smart city investment
  • What can be gained from public and private collaboration to introduce new technology to city and regional spaces – which projects so far have yielded multiple results?
  • Building and improving citizen engagement with smart technology: Securing user buy-in
  • Listening to the success stories from other European cities
  • The case for environmental smart cities – intelligent mobility and infrastructures that respond to societal needs and trends
  • Chief Information Officers and heads of IT
  • Innovation leaders
  • Heads of sustainability
  • Local authority officials
  • Development managers
  • Central Government
  • Agencies
  • Heads of planning
  • Project and programme managers
  • Heads of transport
  • E-Government leaders
  • Software developers and engineers
  • Heads of marketing
  • Consultants
  • Investors looking into AI markets and opportunities
  • Heads of research
  • Legal

Companies who have previously attended our events include these well-known names

Dublin City Council – Fingal County Council – Trinity College – EPA – RPS – Arup – Enterprise Ireland – ESB – IBEC – Mitsubishi Motors – SEAI – Gemserv – Schneider Electric – Bord Gas Networks – Cork County Council – Codema – Galway County Council – EMC – Louth County Council – Siemens – Laois County Council – Fujitsu – Intel – Waterford County Council – IBM – Wexford County Council – HP – Vodafone – Meath County Council – Department of Transport – University College Cork – Dalkia – NUI Maynooth – Oracle – Limerick County Council – Ericsson – Tipperary County Council – Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment – Offaly County Council – Goodbody – Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland – AIB – Accenture – Veolia – South Dublin County Council – Egis – Limerick Institute of Technology – Citi -Wicklow County Council – Bank of Ireland – OSI – EAI – Codema – Schneider Electric – Atkins

Our Speakers

Below is a selection of the excellent speakers we have lined up for the day

Miquel Estapé

Deputy Director, Open Government of Catalonia

Dr Stephen Brennan

Chief Digital Advisor to the Irish Government

Jamie Cudden

Smart City Program Manager at Dublin City Council

Mark Kellett

Magnet Networks Group CEO

Professor Rob Kitchin

ERC Advanced Investigator, National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis Maynooth University

Clodagh Barry

Executive, Western Development Commission

John Halligan, T.D

Minister of State, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Dr Carol Gibbons

Director of ICT Commercialisation, Enterprise Ireland

Our Tickets and Pricing

Single tickets and multi-ticket bundles available

Early Bird Ticket

1 – 3 tickets



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Multi-Ticket Bundle

4 tickets for the price of 3



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Multi-Ticket Bundle

6 tickets for the price of 4



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Multi-Ticket Bundle

10 tickets for the price of 6



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Past delegate feedback:

Norzeran Charly


“Very interesting, great speakers, impressive level of knowledge and expertise”

Adam Saleh

ESB Waterworks

“One of the best conferences I’ve ever been too”

Pamela Power


“Speakers in the morning are the best I’ve heard in some time”

Eoin Murray


“Many congratulations on successfully delivering a very enjoyable event”

Our Sponsors and Supporters

Our valued partners for this event:

Lead Sponsor

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Supported by

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For Sponsorship Opportunities Contact

Wayne Leitch

Head of Sponsorship Sales/ Conferences and Events

Mob: +353 86 8575144


Contact Us

This summit is organised by iQuest and our events partner The Sunday Business Post. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan

Conference Facilitator

Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913



The Hogan Stand, Croke Park, Dublin

Croke Park

The Smart Cities & Regions Summit takes place in the Hogan Stand, Croke Park, Dublin 3 – located off Jones’ Road. Please DO NOT enter the Cusack side for this event.  The red box below has directions to this event including all bus, DART, train and Dublin Bike information. Parking: Free car parking is available in the Davin Car Park this is located on North Circular Road and accessed via St Margaret’s Avenue. There is pedestrian access from the car park onto Jones’ Road / Russell St for the main entrance to the Hogan Stand (on Jones‘ Road, opposite the Croke Park Hotel). GPS coordinates 53.360712, -6.2533977 Tel: + 353 1 819 2300 Email: Eircode: D03 P6K7

Croke Park