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Connected Smart Cities and the Creative Ring Workshop at Pre-FIA Dublin 2013

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Connected Smart Cities Workshop – Pre-FIA, Dublin. May 7th 2013.

Connected Smart Cities and Future Internet: Open, Shared Experimental Platforms and Ecosystems

09.00 Welcome, Keynote presentations and panel discussion: Connected Smart Cities Network – Meeting the Challenges of the Future Internet and the Digital Agenda for Europe:

·       Dave Carter (Manchester City Council),

·       Jarmo Eskelinen (Forum Virum Helsinki),

·       Joan Batlle (City of Barcelona),

·       Pieter Ballon (iMinds).


09:45 City case studies and pilot projects (part 1):

Practical experiences from the Smart Cities projects and participating cities: achievements and challenges:

·       EPIC – EU Platform for Intelligent Cities: Wouter Van den Bosch, iMinds;

·       SMARTiP – Smart Innovation & People: Dave Carter, Manchester City Council;

·       PERIPHERIA – MyNeighbourhood - Alvaro Oliveira, Alfamicro;

·       Open Cities & Commons for Europe - Bringing Open Innovation to Smart Cities: Esteve Almirall & Laura Castellucci, ESADE;


10.45 Coffee break

11.15 City case studies and pilot projects (part 2):

§     Practical experiences from the Smart Cities projects and participating cities: achievements and challenges:

·      Life 2.0 – Social Networks: Impact on Quality of Life: Dr. Neeli R. Prasad & Dr. Rasmus H. Nielsen,University of Aalborg;

·      LiveCity – tbc: Donal Morris, RedZinc;

·       PEOPLE – A user-centric innovation methodology for the development of services in Smart Cities: Lorena Bourg - Ariadna Servicios Informáticos

·       Smart Islands – tbc;

·       iCity – Connecting open public infrastructures to public interest apps: Joan Batlle, Barcelona City Council;

·       City SDK – Smart City Service Development Kit and its Application Pilots: Marja Mattila, Forum Virium Helsinki;

·       i-scope – open source toolkit for 3D smart city services: Raffaele De Amicis, Graphitech;

·       CITADEL … on the move – harnessing the power of open data to develop ‘high speed’ Mobile Applications: Geert Mareels, EiB-Corve;

·       SPECIFI – Smart Platforms Enabling the Creative Industries for the Future Internet: Pieter Ballon, iMinds;

·       TV Ring – testbeds for connected TV services: Sergi Fernandez, i2CAT Foundation;

·       SenseSmartCity – ICT architecture for services in smart cities: Christer Ahlund, CDT, Lulea University of Technology;

·       Smart Santander – tbc.


13.00 Lunch

14.00 Special Session: Launch of the ‘Creative Ring’: Towards Connected Smart and Creative Cities and citizens

14:00h - Introduction  

·       Pieter Ballon, iMinds, representing the SPECIFI project

·       Artur Serra & Ines Garriga, Directors of BLC, i2cat and City of Barcelona


14:10h - Round Table: What can/should the Creative Ring be? Initial proposals

·       Moderation: Artur Serra


·       Carmen McWilliams, Grassroots Arts, Koln, Germany

·       Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, UK (The Bristol city “Digital Playground”)

·       Artur Binczewski, Poznan, Poland

·       Frédéric Noël, Visionair, Grenoble, France


14:50h - The Creative Ring in action: let’s start!

·       Francisco Iglesias, IGLOR, Barcelona, Spain: “Performing combined live events in HD across Europe”

·       Fabio Antonelli, CREATE-NET, Trento, Italy: “Enhanced video-based platforms for tourist services”

·       Nick Vercammen, ZETICON, Gent, Belgium: “Media Asset Management”


15:20h - Questions and conclusions

·       Pieter Ballon, iMinds

·       Artur Serra, i2CAT



15.30 Coffee break


16.00 Debate and panel discussion: Special session at Tuesday 7th May Pre-FIA Workshop Day: The Future Internet as backbone for European Innovation Ecosystems


Projects and initiatives invited: FI-PPP, FIRE, ENoLL, Connected Smart Cities, EIT ICT Labs, including:

The format is simple: representatives of the initiatives mention present their perspective to a few key questions (as below) followed by discussion. Moderator: Ilkka Lakaniemi (tbc)


Session objectives: This session will discuss the relation and potential future collaboration between several initiatives that are related to the Future Internet and to new types of innovation ecosystems. These are FIRE,  FI-PPP, ICT Labs and Connected Smart Cities as well as the European network of Living Labs. With a view towards the future shape of research and innovation ecosystems at the European level, this session  explores the interfaces between these initiatives from technology, business, user and societal perspectives.  Opportunities will be identified for collaboration and exchange among the initiatives in the context of Horizon 2020. Ideas will be further developed regarding how interconnected research, experimentation and innovation facilities and testbeds will facilitate open innovation ecosystems across Europe as a backbone for European 2020 strategy.


Questions to be discussed include:

·       What is the 2020 vision regarding Future Internet-based research and experimentation facilities as backbone for European innovation ecosystems

·       Does an ecosystem interrelating FIRE, FI-PPP and ICT Labs facilities make sense, and who will benefit?

·       What are practical ways for interconnecting between the various Future Internet related initiatives (FIRE, FI-PPP, ICT-Labs)

·       How will Future Internet facilities facilitate and sustain Connected Smart Cities and Regions?

·       How can we create open platforms engaging with H2020?

·       How would smart cities and smart regions be able to benefit from interconnected facilities and testbeds?


17:20- 17:45. Artistic demo between musicians in Barcelona, Kortrij, Trento and Dublin (in FIA Expo area)



18:00 Finish and networking (BYO drinks - ‘buy your own’).  


More information about The Creative Ring: Towards Connected Smart and Creative Cities and citizens

A new generation of entrepreneurs and creative individuals is emerging in our cities. Gathered in a diverse set of urban “tribes” (wikipedians, digital artists, local media producers, fablabbers, arduins,  new designers,…) they are creating new jobs and opportunities in difficult times, not just by creating and improving products and services on their own but also enriching and revitalizing existing economic activities. This informal innovative community is increasingly being discovered by scientific and cultural institutions such as universities, cultural centres, academia and also by corporations and local governments that are starting to understand this new system for innovation and try to create bridges.

However, in many cases these urban creative communities are isolated from their counterparts in other cities, and do not have access to Future Internet technologies and solutions (both in terms of high-speed wired and wireless infrastructure and in applications) which could be highly instrumental in both the creation and the exchange of innovative content and applications. As a consequence, the immense potential of the European Creative Industries, in size as well as in diversity, is currently not fulfilled.

In order to address this, the Creative Ring is proposed and discussed as a new experimental community and platform for sharing creative and innovative content and activities all over Europe, using advanced Internet technologies and networks. It is based on an open collaboration between local artists and creative industries (comprising cultural, media, arts, advertising and other sectors) with universities, local authorities and ICT companies in each city and region. This way, the Creative Ring intends to bring together solutions for infrastructure, useful and proven FI systems and applications, the Creative Industries which can experiment or deploy these systems and the resulting innovative content. During this session, the objectives, structure, composition and first plans will be discussed with stakeholders in an open way. Also, a first example of a Creative Ring inspired collaboration between Creative Industries and citizens in multiple European cities will be presented, and subsequently illustrated live during the FIA demo sessions.


In terms of projects involved, the project responsible for this session is CIP SPECIFI. However, it is the precise objective of the Creative Ring to operate independently from a specific project –in any case beyond the project’s lifetime- so as to attract members and interested stakeholders from other projects active on the crossroads of FI and the Creative Industries. In first instance, this concerns the Connected Smart City projects, the FIRE+ Community, FI-PPP and regional and national initiatives on Creativity (such as the newly established Creative Regions Network). Examples of projects we are currently already in contact with are FI-CONTENT, CityLIVE, EPIC and VISIONAIR.

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