‘Future cities’ to impart lessons learned to local authorities via regional events

5 Nov 2015, 5:37 pm

Local authorities are invited to a series of free workshops that will disseminate the lessons learned from InnovateUK’s Urban Living Programme, whose objective was to discover the value of integrating city services and systems.

Since 2012 the programme has seen investment of £33m in ‘future cities’ demonstrators in Glasgow, London, Bristol and Peterborough, designed to test solutions for integrating city systems and explore new business models for cities.

The events aim to share the learning and insights from these projects with other towns and cities to help them mobilise investment in new smart city initiatives. Topics will include how value has been created; what didn’t work; smart energy; insights into business models that could be replicated elsewhere; and a chance to provide input on what any future demonstrator should cover.

The demonstrator cities will share their insights at the one-day events, which take place in:

  • Bristol – 16 November 16
  • Glasgow – 21 January
  • London – 8 February
  • Peterborough – 2 March

The events have been designed to encourage opportunities for dialogue, participation and networking. According to the organiser, InnovateUK, the events are aimed at anyone in a local authority who’s ever asked the question ‘how could we do things differently?’

Register here for any of the four events. Places will be prioritised for city authority officers and members.