Will smart cities deliver on the hype?

25th August 2017
Joe Bush

The Mindtrek international technology conference, held every year in Finland, will once again be turning its attention on the smart city. The city of Tampere, which hosts the event on 20th-21st September, has a close affiliation with the smart city, having launched the Smart Tampere programme last year.

All over the world one city after another is declaring themselves ‘smart’ and this year’s event will focus on themes such as Smart Mobility, Digital Learning, Smart Lighting and City of Things. Special emphasis is put on the citizen’s perspective.

Among the list of speakers at the show, the most known ones in the field of the Smart City are Simon Giles from Accenture, Jacques Vermeulen from Nokia and José Quádrio Alves from CGI.

Simon Giles leads the Global Cities practice within Accenture Health and Public Service. His aim is to support cities, counties and new urban developments to deliver better outcomes for citizens through the innovative use of technology, in combination with new business and governance models. He aims to provide an answer to the question of whether smart cities will ever live up to the hype?

Jacques Vermeulen is Nokia’s Global Go-to-Market Lead for Smart Cities developing strategy, solutions, partnerships and business. He is passionate to tap into his ICT, digital video, smart city ecosystem and customer experience in order to help build a sustainable urban development. At the Smart City Event at Mindtrek he will deliver a speech on, ‘Smart Cities in Search of Sustainability Will Need Sustainable Smart City Solutions’.

José Quádrio Alves is a Vice President in CGI’s Strategic Industry Consulting. He leads CGI’s Global Future Cities and Regions initiative, addressing multiple industries, sharing CGI’s Future Cities Vision and Best Practices with clients around the world. He will talk to the event’s attendees about ‘Smart City Ecosystem and Values’.

Smart Tampere program consists of two parts - creating smart city ecosystems and digitalising the city’s services. The aim is to have all the services digitalised by 2025. The programme aims for innovative and digital smart city solutions through cooperation between companies, organisations, municipalities and citizens. This means better services for citizens as well as new business opportunities for companies by creating access to international markets in other smart cities of the world.

Conference programme

Wednesday, September 20th

  • 10:00 - 10:45 Conference Keynote: Steven M. LaValle, Huawei Technologies
  • 11:00 - 11:30 3D City Planning
  • 13:00 - 13:30 The Future of Digital Learning – Vision and Cases: 3D Bear & Mediamaisteri
  • 13:45 - 14:15 Antwerp’s Smart Zone & Living Lab, City of Antwerp & IMEC
  • 13:45 - 14:15 The Internet of Things in Future Cities: A Call for a Unified Multi-Solution Urban Infrastructure, Robert Heinecke, Breeze
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Conference Keynote: Simon Giles, Accenture: Will Smart Cities Ever Live Up To The Hype?
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Disrupting Centralisation: The Rise of the Cluster Town Rick NAssar, Skellig IoT Living Lab / Irish Tech News

Thursday, September 21st

  • 09:45 - 10:30 Conference Keynote: Brie Code, Tru Luv Media
  • 12:10 - 12:40 Smart City Ecosystem and Values José Quádrio Alves, CGI
  • 12:45 - 13:15 Smart City Development: Smart Tramway & Smart Kalasatama
  • 13:30 - 14:15  Conference Keynote: Carol Chen, Red Hat
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Lighting the Future of Smart Cities”, Maja Yhde, Gate 21
  • 15:45 - 16:15 Open Smart City IoT, Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Alex Glühak, Ann Fournier
  • 15:45 - 16:15 Smart Mobility Cases: BikeBox & Comodule
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Smart Cities in Search of Sustainability Will Need.. Sustainable Smart City Solutions, Jacques Vermeulen, Nokia

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