Smart Cities Cardiff – A UK and global initiative comes to the capital of Wales.

[:en]Cynnal Cymru are proud to be co-presenting an event that aims to bring the public and private sectors together to explore the potential of Smart technology to deliver a modern, low carbon economy that delivers prosperity and wellbeing in a sustainable way.

The UK Government has agreed a £1.2billion City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region in partnership with the Welsh Government and 10 local authorities. The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal will deliver £1.2 billion of investment in the Cardiff Capital Region’s infrastructure through a 20-year Investment Fund. This provides the opportunity for ambitious, innovative development to meet huge topographical, demographic, environmental and economic challenges.

The premise for this event is that Smart technology has a key role to play in realising the ambitions of the CCR. Sheila Davies, Project Director, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal will reflect on this.

Pat Laughlin, CEO of the UKBCSD will explain how her organisation links cities in the UK to a wider global network of cities on the road to zero carbon. On the back of the CCR, Cardiff can join this network, taking the opportunity to collaborate with Smart cities like Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.

The Welsh Government recognises the importance of smart technology: event sponsor PSBA is a partnership between BT, the Welsh Government and the public sector in Wales that uses digital communications technology to deliver public services in a more efficient and co-ordinated way. Chris Greenwood (PSBA) and Tom Baker (BT) will give an overview of the initiative and its future potential. Gwylim Owen from Cardiff Council will present an example of how Smart technology is being used at a local level to address emergency response and city resilience.

Eleanor Knight will speak on behalf of the Welsh Government. Her current role is assisting the Welsh Government Energy Advisor to develop the Smart Living Initiative to create a portfolio of innovative demonstrators which will influence and provide learning opportunities to help shape future thinking in this area. This initiative is backed up by innovation funding. Eleanor will explain how the door is open for businesses to work with the government in developing new ideas as demonstrators for Smart living. Alan Hendry of Jacobs UK and Chris Jones of Neath Port Talbot Council will report on how a public/private Smart Living partnership is already delivering results

Brian McGuigan of Silver Springs Network and Koshi Noguchi of Toshiba will give examples of how Smart technology is used in a commercial context while Prof. Calvin Jones and Dr. Crispin Cooper, leading researchers from Cardiff University’s Business School and Sustainable Places Research Institute, will offer analysis of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Fflur Lawton, Head of Policy and Communications Wales for Smart Energy GB will explain how the roll out of Smart meters can benefit businesses and public alike.

Public-private partnership could be a defining feature of a future, low carbon, Smart economy for Wales that overcomes entrenched challenges and unleashes innovation and enterprise for the benefit of current and future generations.

When: Thursday 2 February 10:00 – 16:00
Where: University of Cardiff, Executive Education Suite, Postgraduate Teaching Centre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, Cf10 3EU


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