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Birmingham: The Ticket to a ‘Smart Connected City’
Thursday, 26 January 2012 from 09:30 to 14:00 (GMT)
Birmingham, United Kingdom
This forum is your opportunity to find out about Birmingham’s vision for a smart, connected city of the future and to contribute and shape what this looks like going forward.
The 2012 opening event will focus on our ambition to make Birmingham a smart connected City of the future and to put in place the drivers for change to make this happen. Importantly with the current economic downturn and growing unemployment it is vital to use this opportunity to reinvent the city; to strengthen, grow and create a new economy and to use the new digital paradigm to provide the impetus. Significantly as well, for the first time in history, globally there are more people living in cities, and by 2030, that percentage will reach 60%, placing greater demands on city infrastructure and the resources needed to deliver vital services.
This means cities need to become smarter in the way they manage their resources and deliver their day to day services such as housing, transportation, energy, healthcare and education as well as enable smart growth that will drive innovation, social enterprise and support businesses and entrepreneurship. Digital infrastructure & digital services together with a holistic approach combining the potential of open data across services with an active engagement with the private sector will provide a new approach to both managing and controlling resource demands in the built environment, enhancing expectations for our quality of life and stimulating our local economy.
The Localism Bill and developments such as the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and planned Enterprise Zones, together with the recent announcement of the Super Connected Cities initiative, provide the backdrop and driver that will enable Birmingham as a forward looking city, to respond and create intelligent urban sustainable environments. In doing so it will facilitate collaborative and innovative partnerships that will be essential to achieving thriving, vibrant local and global economies.
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The programme will focus on the transformational drivers for change needed to unlock the economic and social potential of Birmingham and the region to achieve smart sustainable global growth and in doing so drive prosperity and importantly at this crucial point to create new jobs.
Facilitator: Peter Woodward, Quest Associates
|09:00||Registration and coffee|
The journey aheadConference introduction: Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council and Chair of Digital Birmingham Partnership
Choosing the right route
Creating smart cities for the future – imperative and opportunity; what’s happening globally - challenges, opportunities and global best practice from C40: Léan Doody, Associate, Smart Cities, Arup
Keynote: Integrated city supporting integrated lives
A forward looking approach at the need for smart cities and the
David Smith, CEO, Global Future and Foresightnecessity for integration at every level
What’s the dream destination?
Towards a vision for a smart successful Birmingham: Mark Barrow, Strategic Director, Development, Birmingham City Council
Economy or first class travel?Ensuring the right ambition for Birmingham: Delegate and panel discussion
Navigating the road ahead to stay on track through challenging timesProgress, proposals and role of partners - David Bull, Assistant Director of Development Strategy, Birmingham City Council
4 stakeholders offer their perspective and expectations on the Smart City - what it means to them
All Aboard!Priorities and engagement - Delegate and panel discussion
|13:00||Closing remarks by Peter Woodward and Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham followed by lunch|
Please note that parking is not available at the venue, however a pay and display car park is located nearby at Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AL
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Digital Birmingham is the city's partnership working to ensure that the benefits of digital technologies are available to all in the city.