Local authorities seeking to develop smart or future city solutions are invited to a series of free regional events taking place across the country to learn how to build the business case for securing investment.
The City Demonstrator Learning Events will be staged by InnovateUK, the government’s agency to support innovation, in Bristol, London, Glasgow and Peterborough in the coming months and will allow urban authorities to have a say on the future of InnovateUK’s Urban Living Programme.
In the last two years, InnovateUK has invested £33m in future cities ‘demonstrators’ in the four cities.
The programme aims to make better use of the open data created by cities and use it to meet the challenges of urban living. For example, it will allow cities to explore new approaches to improving the local economy and quality of life, while reducing environmental footprint and increasing resilience to environmental change.
The events, hosted by InnovateUK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, are also aimed at helping the organisation to gain a better understanding of the challenges that cities face and provide a stimulus for ongoing conversations.
Dates are yet to be finalised, but are likely to be held in:
- Bristol – November 2015
- Glasgow – January 2016
- London – February 2016
- Peterborough – March 2016
With capacity for around 100 people, places will be prioritised for city authority officers. Businesses are also welcome to attend.