China Britain Smart Cities Conference
On 26 May 2016, a new FCO (The Foreign and Commonwealth Office) Strategic Prosperity Fund project was announced by UK Business Secretary Vince Cable and Yang Xueshan, the vice minister of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. This project is aiming to promote smart city cooperation between China and the UK. China Britain International Design Week (CBIDW) is pleased to host this timely conference to discuss the possibility of increasing links between China and the UK and examine how Chinese and British business and local governments in both countries can work together to expand the opportunities.
Cities are playing a leading role in addressing the challenges of the twenty-first century. The global challenges of rapid urban population growth, climate change, and pressure on resources, infrastructure and the provision of services can all start to be addressed at the city scale.
Developing smart cities bring many opportunities for business, innovation and skills. Transforming “Cities” to “Smart Cities” is a key challenge for both Chinese and British enterprises urgently in need of close collaboration. What are the drivers of innovation and deployment of smart solutions in smart city management? What are the potentials for smart technology to enter the creative industry market?
This afternoon event will bring together investors, industry leaders, architects, engineers, designers, innovators and academics - from a variety of sectors - to provide the opportunity to talk, hear new ideas, discuss best practice in collaboration and find new ways to work together.
This networking event provides an excellent platform for dialogue and communications in the emergent market.
Session 1 – Pictures of the Future
Digital technologies are crucial for our lives in cities. How will we live in the cities of tomorrow? What are the challenges that technology is facing in order to transfering data into useful resources?
Speaker 1: Mark Jenkinson at Siemens
Session 2-Smart Cities & Sustainable Urban Development
Why do we need smart cities? What are Arup’s contributions globally in promoting smart cities?
Speaker 2: Stephen Jolley at Bentley
Speaker 3: Arup
Speaker 4: Paul Priestman at PriestmanGoode
Speaker 5: Chris Wilkinson at Wilkinson Eyre Architects