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Data Innovation Day 2017: Building Smart Cities for Tomorrow’s Data Economy

by Daniel Castro

Europe consistently ranks high as having some of the best cities in the world. However, its successes today are the results of past investments and strategic planning. The advent of smart cities—cities that use data to improve the way they work—has created a new inflection point in the development trajectory of cities. The choices European cities make today will have long-term consequences for their future competitiveness, sustainability, and quality of life.

Smart cities have many important objectives: make public transport more practical, ease road traffic, cut carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency, enhance social care for people who are older or disabled, provide government services more efficiently, boost the local economy, cut red tape, and even fight crime. While a number of European cities have begun exploring smart city projects, more should be done to ensure that Europe becomes a global leader in smart cities and that associated industries and firms that support them.

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a conversation with leading experts from industry and government about the future of smart cities and the steps policymakers should take to lead the way in the development of smart cities.

Date and Time:

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 9:00 AM -5:00 PM


  • Résidence Palace – International Press Centre, Polak Room, Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Opening Remarks: Nick Wallace

Keynote Remarks: Matthias Wieckmann

Panel: How Can Cities Move From Pilot Projects to Implementation?

Panel: How Can Smart Cities Empower Citizens With Personal Data?

Panel: What is the “Killer App” for Smart Cities?

Panel: How Will the Internet of Things & Data Analytics Reshape Public Transport?

Closing Remarks: Nick Wallace

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