2019 Smart Cities and Regions Summit

May 9th, Croke Park Stadium, Dublin


Registration and coffee


Welcome from the morning Chair

Professor Dirk Pesch

Professor Dirk Pesch

School of Computer Science and Information Technology, University College Cork


OPENING MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: Delivering innovative solutions for smart cities and regions in Ireland

John Halligan, T.D.

John Halligan, T.D.

Minister of State, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Smart Cities and Data


INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Best practices and lessons learned from a global village – learning from Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam has long been known for its canals, cafés, and bicycling culture. In recent years, though, it has also become known as a model for what it takes to become a “smart city,” utilizing information technology to improve city services. This keynote session will include an in-depth review of the steps Amsterdam has taken since 2009 to become a smart city innovator and the insights the city’s experience presents into the complexities facing managers.

  • What Amsterdam has learned and what other cities should borrow from years of smart city experiments
  • Exploration into how local authorities can control energy use through building with sustainability at the forefront of the planning process
  • Controlling air, heat and light through a smart control system
  • Towards efficiency: Where else can sensors inform general maintenance and energy savings
  • The prosumer city: Using new technology to improve transparency around energy use within the public sector
Frans-Anton Vermast

Frans-Anton Vermast

Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador, Amsterdam Smart City


Empowering and enabling smart cities everywhere

  • Industry leaders in smart city integration, Irish company Magnet Networks is at the heart of smart projects in Ireland and around the world.
  • Delivering Smart Buildings, Places and Cities: the challenges, the opportunity and the future
  • To build a Smarter future we have to change the way we build.
Mark Kellett

Mark Kellett

Group CEO, Magnet Networks


PANEL DISCUSSION: The smart way to build smart cities and regions

Cities become smarter through implementing individual projects that use data and technology to develop effective solutions to specific pressing problems. However, if these are not planned properly, they can simply lead to disconnected islands of smartness. All over the world, rapid urbanisation is putting enormous stress on resources and infrastructure, which cannot be solved in a traditional way. However, cities can remedy these challenges by adopting a new approach and embracing innovative solutions and smart technologies to not just manage problems, but to enhance sustainability and competitiveness. This panel of leading experts will discuss their experiences of what’s working in the area of smart city and regional development and what improvements need to happen in order to expediate project delivery…

PANEL CHAIR: Niall O Brolchain

PANEL CHAIR: Niall O Brolchain

General Manager, Open Agile Smart Cities Ireland

Jamie Cudden

Jamie Cudden

Smart Cities Programme Manager, Dublin City Council

Dr Stephen Brennan

Dr Stephen Brennan

Chief Digital Advisor, Irish Government

Aidan Sweeney

Aidan Sweeney

Senior Executive, Government, Enterprise and Regulatory Affairs, Ibec

Paddy Conlon

Paddy Conlon

Executive Director, A&T Occupier Services, CBRE


Morning Break

Disruptive Technology Delivery


OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Smart governments for smart cities: Addressing the data knowledge gaps in administration/span

  • Understanding the importance of data analysis across local authorities
  • Clearly defining a space and role within local administration for data
  • Unlocking the potential to forum public initiatives through evidence-based data
Miquel Estapé

Miquel Estapé

Deputy Director, Open Government of Catalonia


PANEL DISCUSSION: Smart spaces and smart citizens?

  • Can AI solve long standing city problems and serve our citizens?
  • Can social opportunity be created by opening up broadband access and connectivity?
  • Are our smart city and region initiatives formulated with citizens in mind?
  • Are smart cities serving the needs of state and businesses over citizens?
  • How do we create and deploy smart city technologies that provide business opportunities and civic value?
Dr Mihai Bilauca

Dr Mihai Bilauca

Head of Digital Strategy & EU Programmes Limerick City & County Council

Dr Carol Gibbons

Dr Carol Gibbons

Director of ICT Commercialisation & Sector Manager for Electronic Clients, Enterprise Ireland

Professor Rob Kitchin

Professor Rob Kitchin

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

Smart Infrastructure


3D modelling in action in the planning process for cities of the future

  • The Environment Information Model: Combining 3d mapping, architectural and engineering buildings and structures with gaming technology
  • 3D Town and City models from drone surveys
  • 3D model exchange between architects and planners: The 3D Planning Assessment System
  • Practical Demonstration: Portlaoise 2040 Vision
Gavin Duffy

Gavin Duffy

Director, RealSim




Welcome back from the afternoon Chair

Jamie Cudden

Jamie Cudden

Smart Cities Programme Manager, Dublin City Council


Mapping the Future in Cities: How maintaining Deployed Infrastructure can be transformed through Emerging Technologies (e.g. Low-Power Wide-Area – LPWA)

  • Enabling sensors in communications infrastructure to spot real time issues, e.g. spotting preventive maintenance problems before long-term damage is caused
  • Exploration of the potential for smaller authorities, with large deployed infrastructure, to save money and maintain communication infrastructure through this technology
  • Looking towards using legacy technology for future-proofing when emerging technology is entering the deployed city ecosystem
David McDonald

David McDonald

CEO, Danalto

Smart Regions: Spreading the access of the smart city


The Smart Atlantic Way – a roadmap to a smarter future

  • The Smart Atlantic Way (SAW) sets out to design the long-term smart strategy to secure our place in the North-West of Europe
  • The Smart Atlantic Way is a framework for a regional smart approach.
  • The SAW can marry the regional desire and set out to bring agility & responsiveness to bear on our regional and rural challenges
  • The SAW engages community, technology and expertise to reach an ambition, towards a Smart Regional future
Clodagh Barry

Clodagh Barry

Executive, Western Development Commission (WDC)


Power of Collaboration: The All Ireland Smart Cities Forum

  • The collaboration of 8 cities on the island of Ireland across shared interests, challenges and opportunities
  • Placing the citizen at the heart of the smart cities agenda
  • How cities can effectively deploy smart technologies to improve service delivery
Niall Connolly

Niall Connolly

Research Fellow, Lero


Thriving in the age of digital transformation: Key insights and lessons learned for future Smart Regions

  • Emerging Technologies and the Impact on City Transformation
  • Analytics as key enabler for Future Better Services
  • Potential of AI resolving Present and Future Smart City Challenges
  • Citizens Engagement as key enabler for Cities Transformation
Dr. Martin Serrano

Dr. Martin Serrano

PI & Unit Head, Insight Centre for Data Analytics


LOCKNOTE ADDRESS: Turning smart cities into intelligent urban ecosystems

Current smart city strategies are inadequate if governments, businesses and citizens want to benefit from the broader value of an intelligent urban ecosystem. CIOs and their stakeholders driving digital transformation need to develop a data-focused urban infrastructure and citizen service strategy

Bettina Tratz

Bettina Tratz

VP Analyst, Gartner




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