FIREBALL Smart Cities Workshop February 15, 2012

Check the presentations from the FIREBALL Smart Cities Workshop here.

Session 1
09.00 – 10.30
Opening session: Towards Smarter Cities

Session 210.30 – 11.30

Dave Carter,

Smart City CIP portfolio chair

Challenges for cities in becoming smarter: current practice, issues, solutionsThis session introduces the current issues, problems and challenges which cities are addressing in “becoming smarter cities”, told by the cities themselves, as a starting point for improved knowledge sharing:

MANCHESTER – Dave Carter (Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency & chair of Smart Cities Portfolio Working Group)

AMSTERDAM – Audrie van Veen (Amsterdam Innovation Motor)

LISBON – Joana Fernandes (Project Coordinator, Lisbon E-Nova)

HELSINKI – Jarmo Eskelinen (CEO, Forum Virium, Helsinki)

BARCELONA – Julia Lopez Ventura (Project Manager & Technician, International Cooperation at Barcelona City Council)

Session 3

12.00 – 13.15


Pekka Sauri,

Deputy Mayor of Helsinki city

Opportunities for creating smarter cities, This session brings a spectrum of topics to the foreground which are currently being worked on in various EU projects. Special emphasis on results from the FIREBALL project. The FIRE relevance for cities. The Smart Cities CIP ICT-PSP projects will also address their relevance for cities.
Topics includes:

  • Technologies for smarter cities.
  • Promises of the Future Internet and how to realize them in cities
  • Future Internet empowered Innovation culture of the city

Speakers , (invited presentations , Maximum: 10 minutes each)

Session 4

14.15 – 16.15

Dave Carter,

Smart City CIP portfolio chair

(Coffee will be served in parallel with the break out sessions)

Towards smarter cities: policies, approaches, actions

This break-out session is addressing the issues cities are experiencing with a forward looking view. What are the innovation roadmaps of cities? What are the actions, initiatives to be taken in next few years? How could policies support such roadmaps, at EU, national, regional and urban level? This session will see participants split into multi-disciplinary groups to discuss :

  • Roadmaps towards smarter cities: interactive session
  • Horizontal issues in the roadmaps: pilots for creating network effects, innovation culture, infrastructure, bottom-up empowerment etc.
  • Policies to stimulate the implementation of city roadmaps, at urban, regional, national and EU level
16.15 – 17.00

Roberto Santoro,


Panel – Conclusions and outlook
Panel of people from the previous sessions, representing the Commission, Eurocities, Fire, and Living Labs.

The questions will be answered by the panelists and by the participants. Discussion on:

  • Understanding : The Smartness in Smart Cities: what progress have we made today in understanding the substantial elements characterizing city`s programs that have decided to become smarter.
  • Experiencing : Are there Initial cities experimentation that show the way (reference practice)? Innovation Culture, FI Infrastructure, the Innovation process…
  • Building a Smarter Future: Strengthening interlinks among Cities, Future Internet and Living Lab Communities. Creating joint working groups on critical horizontal issues. Suggested groups form the workshop?

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