Connected Liverpool in London

Yesterday was another inspiring day at the Connected Liverpool office. CEO Lee Omar and Innovation Lead Jordy van Kuijk traveled to London to meet up with CTO Paul McGrath and the well respected Ajit Jaokar, Director/Principal – futuretext, in London. The Connected Liverpool team was reunited.

After an excellent meeting at the top floor of The Gherkin, the Connected Liverpool team traveled to the Royal Mint Court, the home of Liverpool’s Business Hub in London. The Royal Mint Court is situated opposite the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and is just a few minutes walk to Liverpool Street Station, an amazing location. Connected Liverpool used the Business Hub’s meeting room facilities to brainstorm and strengthen its strategy to transform Liverpool into the first Smart City in the UK allowing it to sharpen its focus to create one coherent cross-departmental strategy. It was a fruitful brainstorm session full of innovative ideas and thoughts.

At 6 p.m. sharp, the Connected Liverpool team had a meeting with Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, to discuss the journey of making the Liverpool City Region (1.5 million citizens) smarter and better-connected. Meeting Max Steinberg was essential to ensure that Connected Liverpool is heading in the right direction to realise its vision of increasing the quality of life of the Liverpool City Region residents, to empower them to achieve more, and to revitalise the city region economy. Global smart city best practices and initiatives were discussed while considering the aims and objectives as set out in The City Deal and The Mayoral Development Corporation. Additionally, significant attention was paid to the collaboration between the public and private sector in Liverpool and the way Connected Liverpool should be taken forward.

At 7 p.m., Connected Liverpool joined the London Autumn Business Club event which was chaired by Chris Heyes, Head of Liverpool in London. With key note speaker Max Steinberg and networking afterwards, it was an exciting event with entrepreneurs and the public sector both active in Liverpool and London hosted in The Heron Tower.

All together, it was an excellent day full of ideas and thrilling meetings with the right people. Connected Liverpool took the excitement back to Liverpool with only one aim:

LET’S MAKE LIVERPOOL SMARTER!!

 

 

 

Barcelona: SmartCity Centre of Excellence in the 22@ district

The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, has signed an agreement with the Chairman of Schneider Electric España, Julio Rodríguez Izquierdo, to create the first SmartCity Centre of Excellence in the 22@ district.

With this initiative, the Council aims to turn Barcelona into a world smart city benchmark, boasting applications for smart mobility, energy-efficiency enhancement (managing water, distribution networks and buildings) and citizen relations with the authorities.

Rodríguez Izquierdo accordingly explained that his company and the City Council would be co-developing a smart-mobility plan for Barcelona.

“For some time now the Council has been at the forefront of this Smart City commitment, a concept that will raise the level of well-being for people”, explained Trias.

For his part, the Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat, Antoni Vives, explained that the agreement would be creating “a future prospect for the good of the city’s future”.

The centre will operate as a technology knowledge and development cluster, focused on smart city management. One of its main objectives will be to promote a collaboration framework with university centres, institutions and businesses, to launch research lines and encourage the incorporation of highly qualified university staff. Therefore, there will be subsidised programmes and exchanges promoting specialist training.

The agreement also commits both sides to the joint promotion of the City Protocol initiative, a global city-model standard that will allow varying levels of excellence to be assessed.

We from Connected Liverpool are very impressed with this initiative. It proves how    forward-thinking Barcelona really is. We’ll keep you informed….

DataKind in New York

Are you loving data? In a way that it could keep you busy day and night? Then this might interest you….

From 7 – 9 September, the School of Visual Arts located in Manhattan, New York City, will host an exciting event for data lovers: “DataDrive”. DataDive will allow civic hackers to work directly with NYC government agencies and open data to create innovative and exciting new projects. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to speak with representatives from City government through an evening kick-off event. Meals will be provided throughout the weekend and the whole event is free!

Wanna join? (We think you should.) To register and check out a full schedule of the event(s) visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4028174378