Conference Agenda

Feb 7th 2019

*Programme subject to change. Smart Cities UK is a CPD Accredited Conference, all attendees will receive certification of attendance for continued professional development

08:30am - 09:30am - Registration/Expo

09:30 - 09:50 - Chair Introduction

Allan will open the conference with a discussion on the importance of developing a holistic and integrated approach to smart city strategies whilst exploring how this links to the United Nation SDGs which form part of our afternoon session.

Chair: Allan Mayo, Smart Cities Strategist, Digital Greenwich


09:50 - 10:05 - Intelligent Leadership

Speaker: Jacqui Taylor, Government Advisor on Smart Cities, CEO, FlyingBinary - Confirmed

10:05 - 10:30 - Panel Discussion- Procurement as an enabler

Speaker: Dr Jacqui Taylor - Smart City Tsar
Speaker:Stuart Misson - Crown Commercial Services Category Lead
Speaker:Alex Weedon - Director Transport Catapult System

This session hosted by CCS, TSC and FlyingBinary will discuss the role of un-locking procurement to enable smart city progress in the UK ahead of a new announcement. This is an exclusive announcement for Smart Cities UK, a must attend session for all Cities , Towns and Industry Providers!

10:30 - 10:50 - Inward investment and benefits for Smart Cities in the UK

Speaker: Dylan Thomas, Deputy Director, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Advanced Manufacturing International Trade and Investment Department for International Trade (DIT)

10:50 - 11:10 - Northern powerhouse & sustainable investment in the North

Speaker: Ken Cooper, Managing Director, British Business Bank

11:10 - 11:30 - Refreshments, Expo & Surgeries


11:30 - 12:30

Flying High: Shaping the Future of Drones in UK Cities

Flying High will place cities and people at the center of designing how drone technology could operate in complex city environments to address local needs

Speaker: Kathy Nothstine, Lead, Future Cities, Nesta

Newcastle Helix – Global innovation in the heart of the City

Newcastle Helix is a 24-acre development built for international tech and science businesses, the local community and residents to transform quality of life with new services and products. This global innovation hub will bring together world class researchers, industry leaders, buzzing start-ups and international brands in the heart of the city, helping them collaborate to bring brilliant innovations to the marketplace.

Tom Warburton, Director of Place at Newcastle City Council, will discuss the Helix development and its vision to improve sustainability and promote better living.

Steve Caughey, Director of National Innovation Centre for Data, will be speaking about how Helix collaborates with businesses by commercialising data.

Speaker: Tom Warburton, Director of Place at Newcastle City Council & Steve Caughey, Director of National Innovation Centre for Data

Kent County Council LED and CMS Street Lighting

Kent County Council will be presenting their £40m county-wide street lighting upgrade, converting over 120,000 lamps to LED and installing a smart Central Management System to optimise lighting levels. The talk will cover how the authority developed this scale of project, lessons learned from implementation, and key benefits for the authority and residents.Salix Finance contributed over £27m of interest-free finance towards the project and will be co-presenting about the significant opportunity to support innovative energy-saving across the public sector.

  • Sue Kinsella – Street Light Asset Manager, Kent County Council
  • Richard Emmett – Street Lighting LED Project Manager, Kent County Council
  • Lindy Frey – Street Lighting Programme Manager, Salix

Smart transformation of our Housing to improve wellbeing of citizens

York council is taking steps to harness LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) in social housing. The first efforts are being made in council houses in the north of the city, where a natural bowl makes homes susceptible to damp. Combinations of single-function sensors are being installed to monitor CO2, temperature and humidity levels.

Speaker: Roy Grant, Shared Head of ICT, City of York Council

Virtual reality can change lives in social care

Whilst many challenges within social care have been the same for the past 20 years – increasing in scale and exacerbated by funding pressures and the rolling saga of health and social care integration – technology has quietly revolutionised the world in which it is delivered. Over 100 clients taken through virtual reality experiences across residential and day services, partnership with leading international virtual reality start-up to conduct trials in pain management, wellbeing and structured reminiscence, validated by Harvard, Stanford and Yale universities in the US

Speaker: Richard Dolan, Innovation and Technology Manager, Tricuro


12:30 - 13:00

Our annual accelerator elevator session for start-up innovators seeking to drive economic and social impact in the UK. Each accelerator has 5 mins to pitch to our delegation

2019 Accelerators:

  • Hello Lamp Post
  • Immense Simulations
  • QI Managed Services
  • SmartWorld Connect
  • Medium Systems

    For more information click here

    13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch, Expo & Surgeries


    14:00 - 15:30

    These accelerated learning workshops will focus on 4 different SDGs in-line with the Smart Cities agenda. They will provide learning and support for those working to develop a smart strategy in their city or town.

    To read more about the SDGs click here (link opens in a new window).

    *Please note rooms may change depending on capacity/Delegates choose one stream

    Stream 1 - Location: Camden 1

    SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

    Enabling digital engagement in rural UK

    Speaker - David Cullen, Director - Regulation and Policy, ITS & Board Member of Independent Network Cooperative Association

    Helping local authorities identify the potential for digital technology in delivering their policy commitments

    This workshop will showcase how local authorities can identify the challenges and prioritise digital opportunities

    Speaker - Olly Thomas, Business Development Director, PCSG Limited

    Stream 2 - Location: Highgate 1

    SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

    Energy Efficiency in social Housing

    Speaker - Sarah Butler, H2020 Sharing Cities Programme Coordinator, Digital Greenwich

    Smart Connected Homes

    Speakers - Hayley Ash from Bristol City Council & Dave Tudgey from Bristol Energy Network

    Stream 3 - Location: Highgate 2

    SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

    How to Collect Data effectively for a Truly Smart City

    Speaker - Hugo D’Ulisse, Technical Director, Public Sector, SAS UK

    Transport Innovation Workshop - What are the most pressing issues facing Local Authorities?

    Speaker - Fergie Miller, UK Smart Cities and Intelligent Transport Lead, EIT Digital

    15:30 - 15:50 - Coffee break, Expo & Surgeries


    15:50 - 16:40

    Chair - Scott Buckler, Smart Cities UK Conference Director

    Panel includes:

  • Jacqui Taylor, CEO, FlyingBinary

  • John David, CEO and founder, Amnick
  • Allan Mayo, Smart Cities Strategist, Digital Greenwich
  • Ian Meikle, Director of Clean Growth & Infrastructure, Innovate UK

    Key discussion points:
    • Where is the investment coming from?
    • Do we have the skills base to create a smart UK?
    • Is the government invested in supporting city growth?
    • What impact will Brexit have on Smart City funding in the UK?

    16:40 -17.00pm

    Fireside discussion with Scott Buckler & Jacqui Taylor on future plans for Smart Cities in the UK, summary of the day and what we have learnt & Close conference

    18:45 - 23:00 - Smart City UK Awards Dinner & Reception

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