Leeds, England - October 15th 2019



Venue: Leeds Town Hall

Host: Leeds City Council

Address: The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

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Latest Delegates

  • Data and Innovation Manager, Leeds City Council

  • Head of Economic Growth, City of York Council



08:45 - 09:30 - Registration 09:30 - What the Series is all about Speaker - Scott Buckler, Smart Cities UK, Director 09:40 - Welcome to Leeds Speaker - Stephen Blackburn, Data & Innovation Manager, Leeds City Council 09:50 - Benchmarking your smart city strategy

Allan Mayo, Smart City Strategist, Digital Greenwich Cities, outlines how DG Cities is using an evidence-based tool to ensure its smart city strategy has resilience and adaptability at the core. Other cities could replicate the methodology.

Cities are Darwinian: they need to adapt to the unprecedented changes – societal, technological, economic and environmental – that are taking place now and will continue for the foreseeable future.

Smart processes and the use of benchmarking are critical to helping cities analyse their adaptability and resilience to change – providing city leaders with not only a toolkit to focus their efforts, but also an evidence base for a stakeholder-led, holistic approach to providing solutions and achieving long-term goals.

Speaker - Allan Mayo, Smart City Strategist, Digital Greenwich Cities 10:20 - How we can benchmark adaptability and resilience Workshop hosted by Smart Cities UK & Digital Greenwich

Via a facilitated workshop, SC UK and Smart DG will examine current challenges from regions along with other local authority/borough data to make meaningful comparisons about how resilient the boroughs are to the significant changes afoot, and to gain powerful insights into priorities and risks, with a view to developing smarter, more effective interventions that will ameliorate the situation.

This interactive workshop will harness experiences, evidence and education from delegates in attendance to formulate three main themes:

1. The dynamism to cope with/capitalise on changing technology and globalisation

2. The resilience to climate change and the contribution the city can make to a circular, low-carbon and healthier world

3. The political and social elements which make for a peaceful, cohesive and vibrant community and the city’s ability to respond to the challenges their citizens face in a world of radical and perpetual change

11:30 - Refreshment break/Networking 11:45 - How the City of York is improving travel, housing and digital engagement

York have built an ambitious programme around IoT and Smart Technologies. They have a developing smart transportation agenda through their Smart Transport Evolution Project (STEP), backed by £2.85m of Department for Transport funding, and are currently trialling LoRaWAN-based environmental- monitoring solutions in their social housing stock and AI-driven wellbeing monitoring in support of their independent living initiatives.

They are also partnering with Leeds City Council in the 2019 GovTech Catalyst challenge, working with IoT suppliers to develop innovative solutions that generate insights around the correlation between internal environments and public health.

Speaker - Simon Donnelly, ICT Digital Manager & Roy Grant, Share Head of ICT, City of York Council and Harrogate Borough Council 12:10 - Smart Cities Procurement support Phil Hodgson, Business Development Manager, Crown Commercial Services 12:25 - Delivering the digital foundations to enable Smart Cities

Intechnology Smart Cities will discuss and demonstrate how they are working with key cities and towns throughout the UK to realise the Smart City vision by getting the digital building blocks right. Their presentation will focus on key locations that have successfully implemented the right digital infrastructure and are now benefitting from the opportunities and benefits it enables.

Speaker - Rob Woollard, Technical Product Manager, Intechnology Smart Cities 12:40 - Leeds City Council: Ensuring everyone in the city benefits from the online revolution

Find out how Leeds City Council is taking a pioneering approach to digital inclusion with their 100% Digital Leeds programme. Our innovative approach to funding the different strands of 100% Digital Leeds sees us combine budgets from different council departments with a focus on improving outcomes.

Speaker - Jason Tutin, Digital & Learning Development Manager, Leeds City Council 13:00 - Lunch 13:30 - Facilitating Smart City Growth Through Full Fibre Infrastructure

Find out how CityFibre are facilitating the development of Smart Cities across the UK by providing full fibre infrastructure. Through collaboration, CityFibre will enable cities to exploit the full potential of emerging technologies underpinned by full fibre, while connecting homes and businesses to its ever growing, gigabit-capable network.

Speaker - Speaker - Kim Johnston, City Manager – CityFibre 13.50 - Hull City Council: Procuring data platforms and tackling air quality through innovation Speaker - Adam Jennison, Business Relationship Manager & ICT lead, Hull City Council 14:30 - Why cybersecurity needs to be a focus area when creating a Smart City

According to Forbes, there will be 80 billion devices connected to the internet by 2025. At the same time, we see an ever-increasing amount of cyber threats. How can cities ensure that they work in a structured and efficient way when it comes to cybersecurity? Listen to Axis Communications and their experiences of how vetting a vendor needs to be the first step towards a more cybersecure approach.

Speaker - Jens Strinsjö, Business Development Manager, Smart Cities, Northern Europe, Axis Communications 14:50 - Close roadshow


Justin Tutin image Stephen Blackburn profile Adam Jennison profile Roy Grant profile
Jason Tutin, Digital & Learning Development Manager, Leeds City Council

Jason has worked in digital leadership roles in Leeds Libraries for over ten years. He is currently leading the city’s “100% Digital Leeds” digital inclusion programme.

100% Digital Leeds is increasing the digital confidence, capacity and connectivity of organisations across Leeds with the biggest tablet lending scheme in the country, grant funding opportunities, Digital Champions training and extending free Wi-Fi. Jason and his team are working with communities to remove barriers to digital inclusion and improve outcomes for everyone: www.digitalinclusionleeds.com

Stephen Blackburn, Data & Information Manager, Leeds City Council

Stephen has worked for the council for 15 years and leads on the Leeds City Council's smart cities programme, Smart Leeds. He has headed up the open data portal, Leeds Data Mill from its inception and oversaw the re-brand to Data Mill North

Adam Jennison, Business Relationship Manager & ICT lead, Hull City Council

Adam Jennison is a Business Relationship Manager and ICT lead for Hull City Council's LoRaWAN/smart bin project, with Street Scene service one of his major areas of focus

Roy Grant

Bio coming soon

Simon Donnelly profile
Simon Donnelly, ICT Digital Manager, City of York Council

Bio coming soon