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Connected Smart Cities Conference 2016

The theme of the 3rd edition of the Connected Smart Cities Conference is “Empowering the change makers in cities”.

Info about event


Thursday 21 January 2016,  at 08:30 - 18:00


Brussels, Square - Brussels Meeting Centre

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Organized in Brussels on January 21, 2016, the 3rd edition of the Connected Smart Cities Conference is developed to support the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC) and to stimulate debate and share perspectives on smart city needs, with a focus on economic, social and technical development.

Who should join this event?

  • OASC city representatives and partners.
  • City networks representatives.
  • City representatives, researchers, NGOs and companies, interested in avoiding vendor lock-in, fostering open data and services, and promoting interoperability, portability and city collaboration.
  • Smart city project representatives of pursuing synergies with other European and global initiatives.
  • Policy and programme officers from the European Commission, development organisations, institutional investors, cities, regions and National Governments contributing to the City Innovation Chapter.
  • SMEs, companies and digital entrepreneurs working in urban innovation.
  • Change makers in cities.


08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcome from the Chair, Dr. Martin Brynskov

09:15 – 10:15 Opening plenary

  • Roberto Viola, Director General, European Commission, DG CONNECT (tbc)
  • Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES
  • Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)
  • Kari Kankaala, Executive Director, City of Tampere
  • Frédérique Macarez, Deputy Mayor, Saint Quentin
  • Taina Tukiainen, Member of the Cabinet of the President, Committee of the Regions
  • Moderator: Martin Brynskov, OASC

10:15 – 11:15 Plenary panel 1: Policy & Business: “Survival strategies in the digital urban transition”

  • Judit Törökné Rózsa, EC, DG REGIO, Head of Unit, Competence Centre for Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development
  • Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, EC, DG GROW, Head of Unit, Key Enabling Technologies, Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability
  • Alain Heureux, Founder of The Egg, Partner of YourOwnLab and Founder of the Creative Ring
  • Niall O’Brolchain, Insight Centre, former Mayor of Galway; OASC Ireland (tbc)
  • Catherine Mulligan, Head of Digital Strategy and Economics, Future Cities Catapult; Director, City Standards Institute; OASC England
  • Moderator: Jarmo Eskelinen, OASC

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:45 Plenary panel 2: Data & Services: “Collaborating, competing, connecting”

  • Mário Campolargo, EC, DG CONNECT, Director, Net Futures
  • Juanjo Hierro, Coordinator and Chief Architect, FIWARE; CTO, industrial IoT and Smart Cities platform product Unit, Telefónica
  • Tuija Hirvikoski, Chair, European Network of Living Labs; Director, Laurea
  • Vincent Demortier, iHub Faubourg, Web entrepreneur
  • Moderator: Pieter Ballon, OASC

12:45 – 13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 – 16:00 Parallel sessions (with coffee break):

  • Session 1: OASC 101 – getting hands-on with API, data models and platforms [TECH].
    • Moderators: Matti Saastamoinen, Tampere, & Bart Rosseau, Ghent
    • Joel Bacquet, EC, DG CONNECT, Net Futures, Experimental Platforms
    • Peter Fatelnig, EC, DG CONNECT, Net Futures, Deputy Head of Unit, Net Innovation
    • Márta Nagy-Rothengass, EC, DG CONNECT, Head of Unit, Data Value Chain (tbc)
    • Nuria De Lama, Representative of Atos Research & Innovation to the EC; Deputy Secretary General, Big Data Value Association
    • Tom Rees, CEO, DataPress
    • Pieter Ballon, Director, Living Labs, iMinds
    • Pekka Koponen, Development Director, Forum Virium Helsinki; CitySDK
    • Seppo Haataja, Director, OASC; Director, Innovation Programs, Tampere Region Economic Development Agency

  • Session 2: IoT Large Scale Pilots [NETWORKING]
    • NOTE: BIZ/POL has been merged with Session 3
    • Moderator: Sergio Gomez, Chair, WG on Smart Cities, Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI)
    • Call Presentations and hints from presenters: Georgios Tselentis, EC, DG CONNECT, Net Futures, Experimental Platforms
    • Recommendations for Smart CIties LSPs: Sergio Gomez, Chair, WG on Smart Cities, Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI)
    • Invited presentations: Cities and city stakeholders willing to present their proposal for a reference zone for LSPs and enable networking, please fill in the following form: http://bit.ly/2345OsG

    • Session 3: Living Labs and Open Innovation [INNOVATION]
    • Moderators: Ana Garcia, ENoLL Director & Marita Holst, Botnia General Manager, Luleå University of Technology
    • Olavi Luotonen, EC, DG CONNECT, Net Futures, Experimental Platforms
    • Bror Salmelin, EC, DG CONNECT, Adviser for Innovation Systems
    • Mechthild Rohen, EC, DG CONNECT, Public Services
    • Dirk van Rooy, EC, DG CONNECT, Net Futures, Head of Sector, Software & Services, Cloud (tbc)
    • Lieve Bos, EC, DG CONNECT, Innovation, Pre-Commercial Procurement / Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PCP/PPI)
    • Hugo Goncalves, Forum Virium Helsinki. SELECT for Cities
    • Davor Meersman, City of Things, Antwerp
    • Marita Holst/ Anna Stahlbröst, Organicity and inputs from Botnia (Sweden)
    • Louise Overgaard, City of Aarhus
    • Olha Bondarenko, City of Eindhoven
    • Ingrid Willems, iMinds, CreatiFI (tbc)
    • Mikael Grannas, Mayor of Sipoo, Finland

  • Session 4: Common ground [STANDARDS]
    • Moderators: Cathy Mulligan, City Standards Institute/Future Cities Catapult, & Nikolaos Kontinakos, EUROCITIES
    • Georges Lobo, EC, DG CONNECT, Net Futures, Experimental Platforms
    • Emilio Dávila, EC, DG CONNECT, Innovation, ICT Standards (tbc)
    • Svetoslav Mihaylov, EC, DG CONNECT, Smart Cities and Sustainability (tbc)
    • ESPRESSO (tbc)
    • CITYkeys
    • Martin Brynskov, Chair, OASC


16:00 – 16:30 Plenary: Results from the parallel sessions

16:30 – 17:00 Closing plenary

  • Mary-Ann Schreurs, Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture and Innovation, Eindhoven
  • Cristina Garrido, Smart City Expo Puebla, Mexico (OASC 4th wave host, Feb 16, 2016), & Martin Serrano, Insight Centre (tbc)
  • Martin Brynskov, Chair, OASC

17:00 – 18:00 Networking


The Connected Smart Cities Conference is produced by the Connected Smart Cities Network and the OASC secretariat and Task Force, in collaboration with: European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), FIWARE, OrganiCity, SELECT for Cities, the European Commission, Committee of the Regions and EUROCITIES.


The conference is free of charge, includes lunch, coffee and networking, but registration is compulsory and space is limited. You can register here.

The event is taking place in Brussels at Square – Brussels Meeting Centre, rue Mont des Arts.

The event is back-to-back with the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (January 19-20) and the EIP-SCC Action Cluster event (January 20).

Changes to the programme may still occur.