DCC Conference

High Level Conference

Digital Cities Challenge:
A strategy for EU cities in the 21st Century

05 June 2019

What?

Cities host 72% of the EU population and are Europe's economic engine, contributing to two thirds of its GDP.  As centres of economic activity, employment and innovation, cities have a vital role to play when it comes to promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and tackling economic, environmental and social challenges.

The revolutionary potential of emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, data analytics, Internet of Things, blockchain offers to cities unprecedented opportunities for innovative business models, new market creation and addressing societal challenges, climate change, resource efficiency and a circular economy.

The European Commission with the Digital Cities Challenge initiative is helping over 40 European cities to reap the benefits of advanced technologies, develop comprehensive strategies and thriving ecosystems and achieve smart and sustainable growth. Launched in October 2017, the initiative offers policy advisory services, mentoring and coaching opportunities, while the cities share a network of collaboration, knowledge sharing and peer learning.

Programme

The technological, social, and economic effects of emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, data analytics, Internet of Things, blockchain are rapidly changing the world around us. Nowhere is this more evident than in cities – where the density and diversity of human settlement creates innovation-friendly ecosystems that promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. City leadership must be aware and empowered to direct such transformation for the long term benefit of citizens. The European Commission’s Digital Cities Challenge initiative drives urban and industrial transformation in 40 European cities and helps them achieve smart and sustainable growth, through four pillars: demonstrating visionary leadership, building thriving local innovation ecosystems, creating new markets based on smart infrastructures, advanced technologies and data and upskilling the city. The initiative offers policy advisory services and coaching opportunities and provides cities with tools and best practices both for assessing current city readiness and moving forward their vision for the future. The cities share a network of collaboration, knowledge sharing and peer learning. 

Objectives of the conference: 
The high-level conference will showcase the effects of technological transformation in European cities and will seek to agree on policy priorities and pave the way for the future strategy for Intelligent Cities in the 21st century. 

It will discuss the following thematic priorities: 

  • Setting ambitious vision and creating modern, sustainable city-ecosystems for transformation of their territories 
  • Shaping the cities of the future, by promoting innovation in policy, decisions that are made on sound EU values as well as robust data, by investing in high-tech infrastructure, technology and open data and piloting the next generation of technological solutions 
  • Upskilling the cities through disruptive education and training, as an essential condition for the industrial modernisation and digital transformation of a territory.

 

Over 300 participants are expected including high level speakers, such as: 

  • Policy makers 
  • Industry and business leaders, clusters and associations
  • Representatives of international organisations (UN, WEF, OECD, etc) 
  • Academics, digital transformation and smart city experts, representatives of think tanks, training experts


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08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction

John Higgins, BCW

09:15 - 09:30 Welcome

Timo Pesonen, Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the European Commission

09:15 - 10:15 Setting the Scene: Sustainable Urban Growth and Development in the EU Agenda
  • Markku Markkula, First Vice President of the European Committee of the Regions and Rapporteur for the Digital Europe Programme

  • Normund Popens, Deputy Director General for Regional and Urban Policy

  • Catherine Trautmann, Vice-President of the Strasbourg Metropole

10:15 - 10:45 Cities leading the global economy
  • Jan Schoenig, Director Urban Development & Smart Cities - Siemens Global Center of Competence Cities

  • Paulius Kulikauskas, Chief in UN-Habitat

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:30 City-ecosystems: Visionary leadership and governance
  • Olga Blanco, Executive Partner IBM Global Business Services

  • Success stories of city governance and reputation through the Digital Cities Challenge initiative. Panel discussion with:

    • Vojko Obernsnel, Mayor of Rijeka

    • Adrian Ballester Espinosa, Vice-president in Diputación Alicante

    • Felix Alberto Martin Gordo, Deputy Director of IT Systems at the City Council of Madrid

    • Fabio Graziosi, Professor at the University of L'Aquila

12:30 - 13:30 Networking lunch

The lobby will host an exhibition of cities participating in the Digital Cities Challenge initiative and other city related initiative.

13:30 - 13:45 Towards the Finnish Presidency: Sustainable growth fuelled by digital cities

Marja-Riitta Pihlman, Director General in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

13:45 - 14:00 Cities of tomorrow: smart Growth & quality of life

Martin Klein, Global Head of Industry Business Unit for Public Sector at SAP

14:00 -15:15 The future of cities: infrastructure, technology and data

Cities have the opportunity to become pioneers in the adoption of emerging technologies, from ethical trustworthy AI to smart waste management and self-driving vehicles. Cities-ecosystems collaborate to facilitate technological transformation, transform data sets available into tools to improve urban management and trigger innovation and economic growth.

  • Jose Antonio Ondiviela Garcia, Western Europe SmartCities Director at Microsoft

  • Willem Jonker, CEO at EIT Digital

  • Panel discussion with:

    ○ Dan Folkesson, Chief Digital Officer for the city of Gothenburg
    ○ Pauliina Harrivaara, Manager of the ROBOCOAST cluster
    ○ John Baekelmans, Managing director & Vice President of imec the Netherlands
    ○ Swarna Ramanathan, Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company

 

15:15 - 16:00 Upskilling the city: Disruptive education and Training

Industrial modernisation and digital transformation of a territory depend on people and their skills. Mismatches between the skills available and those needed to harness advanced technologies remain and are projected to increase. Cities need to invest on people, attract and retain talent to reap the benefits of advanced technologies.

  • Christian Tordo, Deputy Mayor of Nice responsible for digital transformation

  • Sotiris Siagas, Investment Director at iGrow Labs in Thessaloniki

  • Olivier Crouzet, Director of Pedagogy in Ecole 42- accompanied by Cristina Fernandez Borna

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:45 Cities as market creators

Cities pioneer in digital transformation and create the conditions for innovative business models and new markets to thrive. This session will discuss how cities can enhance growth and innovation at local level, by bringing together the new and the old economy, investing in advanced technologies and promoting innovative solutions.

  • Pierre Alexander Ballard, innovation strategy advisor and professor at Utrecht University and MIT Media lab

  • Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersen, Head of JASPERS Smart Development, European Investment Bank

  • Success stories of market creation through the Digital Cities Challenge initiative: panel discussion:

    • Vladimir Danailov, CEO of Sofia Investment Agency

    • Piia Wollesten, Development Manager in the city of Espoo

    • Miguel Fontes, Executive Director of Startup Lisboa

17:45 - 18:00 Conclusion and steps ahead

Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit for Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy in the European Commission

18:00 Networking Cocktail

The lobby will host an exhibition of the 40 cities participating in the Digital Cities Challenge initiative and of other EU level initiatives.

Speakers

Markku Markkula
Markku Markkula
First Vice President of the European Committee of the Regions and Rapporteur for the Digital Europe Programme
Ulla Engelman
Ulla Engelmann
Head of Unit for Advanced Technologies, Clusters, and Social Economy – DG GROW, European Commission
Timo Pesonen
Timo Pesonen
Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the European Commission
Philman-DCC
Marja-Riitta Pihlman
Director General at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (Finland), Department for Regions and Growth Services
Normund Popens
Normund Popens
Deputy Director General for Regional and Urban Policy
Piia Wollsten
Piia Wollsten
Development Manager, City of Espoo
Vojko Obersnel
Vojko Obersnel
Mayor of Rijeka
Pauliina Harrivaara
Pauliina Harrivaara
Liaison Manager, Robocoast
Christian Tordo
Christian Tordo
Deputy Mayor of Nice Responsible for Digital Transformation
Olga-Blanco-Poves
Olga Blanco Poves
Executive Partner IBM Global Business Services
Adrian Ballester Espinosa
Adrian Ballester Espinosa
Vice-president, Diputacion of Alicante
About Cristina Fernandez Bornay
Cristina Fernandez Bornay
Student, 42
Pierre Alexandre Balland
Pierre Alexandre Balland
Innovation strategy advisor and professor at Utrecht university and MIT Media lab
Catherine Trautmann - Bio
Catherine Trautmann
Vice-President of Strasbourg Eurometropole
Willem Jonker
Willem Jonker
CEO, EIT Digital
Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersten
Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersten
Head of Smart Development, JASPERS, EIB
Martin-klein-DCC
Dr. Martin Klein
Dr. Martin Klein, Global Vice President and Head of the Industry Business Unit for Public Sector, SAP
Dan Folkesson
Dan Folkesson
Chief Digital Officer for the City of Gothenburg
Olivier Crouzet
Olivier Crouzet
Head of Pedagogy, 42
Fabio Graziosi
Fabio Graziosi
Professor, University of L'Aquila
Vladimir Danailov
Vladimir Danailov
CEO, Sofia Investment Agency
Jose Antonio Ondiviela
Jose Antonio Ondiviela
SmartCities Solutions Director, Microsoft
Jan Scheonig
Jan Schoenig
Director for Urban Development & Smart Cities in the Siemens Global Center of Competence Cities
Sotiris Siagas
Sotiris Siagas
Investment Director, iGrow Labs Thessaloniki
Fontes-DCC
Miguel Fontes
Executive Director, Startup Lisboa
John Baekelmans
John Baekelmans
Vice President & Managing Director, IMEC
John Higgins
John Higgins
BCW
Felix Martin
Félix Alberto Martín Gordo
City Council of Madrid
Paulius Kulikauskas
Paulius Kulikauskas.
Chief of the UN-Habitat Office for Europe and European Institutions

Venue

The High Level Conference will take place on 05 June 2019 at the:

Fine Arts Museum of Belgium
Rue Du Musée (Proceed through Place Du Musée)
1000 Brussels

50.842799, 4.357075

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