Smart cities: a more liveable future?

13 March 2019 14:45 – 15:30 Invest Newcastle Stand, C.19

This event will discuss smart cities and their benefits. Smart, clean and digital technologies will enable cities to overcome the economic and social challenges they face in the years to come. Newcastle has been named one of the UK’s top smart cities and the second fastest growing region for digital and tech jobs.

With progress on the development of Newcastle Helix, the £350m flagship project that aims to bring together academia, the public sector, communities, and businesses to create a hub for innovation, the city has pushed forward with its ambition to become the UK’s leading smart city. What can Newcastle learn from other UK smart cities like Bristol, which overtook London as the UK’s leading smart city? What are the potential risks when developing a smart city?

Newcastle’s Great Exhibition of the North 2018 showcased the UK’s smartest street in partnership with Cisco, which saw sensors installed on bins and car parking spaces, amongst a range of other pioneering data collecting initiatives. What potential could be untapped through utilising a new wealth of data?

All of this could enable Newcastle to develop in a way that sees its communities and businesses thrive like never before. How will this strengthen Newcastle’s international proposition?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Anna Gissler, Acting CEO, Stockholm Business Region
  • Simon Bedford, partner and Cities Advisory Practice lead, Deloitte Real Estate
  • John Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, Stellium Datecenters
  • Tom Warburton, Acting Director of Inclusive Economy, North of Tyne Combined Authority, Newcastle City Council

In partnership with Newcastle Helix.