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 - 09:40 - Chair Introduction

Chair: Allan Mayo, Smart Cities Strategist, Digital Greenwich

09:40 - 09:50 - Keynote - The role of the Industrial Strategy to drive smart cities in UK

Speaker: Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy - Invited


09:50 - 10:05 - Intelligent Leadership

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

10:05 - 10:20 - TBC

Speaker: TBC

10:20 - 10:40 - 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) - Confirmed

10:40 - 11:00 - Northern powerhouse & sustainable investment in the North

Speaker: Ken Cooper, Managing Director, British Business Bank - Confirmed

11:00 - 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

Transforming the quality of life for families, communities and cities around the world

Newcastle Helix brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers in a new innovation community. It is an exemplar of sustainable urban development which combines prestigious commercial and residential space with first class research and education facilities in the heart of a flourishing city. This presentation will examine the 24-acre testbed and collaborative ecosystem for public and private bodies that’s unlike anything else in the UK

Speaker: TBC

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

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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 7 - Affordable and clean energy

Stream 2 - Location: Primrose 1&2

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

Stream 3 - Location: Highgate 1

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

Energy Efficiency for Housing

Speaker - Allan Mayo, Smart Cities Strategist, Digital Greenwich

Stream 4 - 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 Itlligent 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 - Chair’s closing remarks

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

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