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Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges

Date & Time of Event: 
27 September, 2018 - 08:30 to 16:30
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Our cities and communities are facing increasing pressures on housing, energy, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare due to rapid urbanisation and ageing populations. The UN estimates that by 2030, 5 billion people will be living in cities across the world. To address these societal challenges governments across the globe are embracing the smart city concept and developing cutting-edge technologies to improve the quality of life for citizens. New innovations at the forefront of smart projects include Artificial Intelligence, open data, Internet of Things, remote healthcare monitoring and clean technologies to improve sustainability. Smart services can make our cities better but as digital technology and transformation evolves there are challenges as well as opportunities for both citizens and stakeholders.

The latest projections from Future Cities Catapult (Smart City Strategies: A Global Review) show that the smart cities market is expected to grow by 20% per year from over $300bn in 2015 to over $750bn in 2020. As the market continues to grow urban life is rapidly changing, recent years have seen the rise of companies such Uber, Airbnb, and Deliveroo that have brought digital disruption to ecosystems and place. Local governments are now realising that they have a role to play in both protecting and furthering the interests of their citizens and businesses amidst this ever changing and complex landscape.

The scale and reach of new technology is impacting on people’s lives at an unprecedented pace. At Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges you will have the opportunity to discuss the very latest research, policy areas and projects and to reflect on the smart cities strategies that are emerging around the world. Receive practical advice and inspiration from a range of real-life examples from the leading authorities in urban and community projects and learn how they are tapping into the possibilities of the smart city revolution.

Cost - Charity Sector: £160 + VAT, Public Sector: £230 + VAT, Private Sector: £495 + VAT

For further information and to book a place, visit: https://openforumevents.co.uk/events/2018/smart-cities-and-communities-solving-urban-challenges/

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