SmartSheffield is an open community of people and organisations who are interested in the ‘smart city’ concept and its applications in Sheffield. The group meets regularly, generally on the first Monday of the month, in the cafe space at Arup's Sheffield office on the 6th Floor of the new 3 St Paul's Place building.
The group is open for anyone to come along, find out what’s going on and contribute - the main aims of the group are to bring together a community of people who share a common interest, and to discover, discuss and get involved in local smart city projects.
The format is similar to that of an 'Open Space', and is essentially self-organising. Following introductions, the first hour or so is given over to presentations and all-group discussion - there is a presentation space for anyone to present their project, idea or challenge, and you can either let us know in advance or turn up on the day and we'll allocate times based on how many people are taking the floor. There are also break-out spaces for further conversations and networking in the second half (food and beverages are laid on).
If you let us know in advance that you would like to present, we will reserve your slot, and promote your talk in advance so that it's more likely that interested people will attend.
A quick note on the 'smart city' concept and how we treat it: The idea of the 'smart city' is generally thought of as the application of digital technology (especially sensors, data analysis and the internet) to improve the management, planning and livability of cities. We like to expand the concept to include new urban applications of technology in general - both 'hard' technologies like sensor systems, communication protocols or materials, and 'soft' human technologies, such as new ways of organising or new business models. We also emphasise the importance of collaboration between citizens, city authorities, private companies and university research. The terms 'future city' or 'urban innovation' might be better suited, but 'smart city' has now stuck!
You can find more information and updates from previous events here: http://smartsheffield.rocks/
Places are limited to 40 people, so please register early. (Also, if you have a ticket and can't attend, please release your reservation for others, thanks!)
SmartSheffield is a collaboration between Arup, Unfolding and Sheffield Digital:
Arup is a global independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services to shape the future of the built environment.
The firm's independent spirit, culture of responsibility and unorthodox approach stem in part from its ownership structure, as it is owned in trust on behalf of its staff.
Sheffield was Arup's first UK office to open outside of London and has become embedded in the regeneration of the city, continuously contributing to the region’s transformation.
Unfolding is a small, independent consultancy that helps organisations and cities transform by helping them to develop strategies around digital technology, data and collaborative networks.
The firm focuses on three related areas:
- Smart Cities
- Digital Transformation
Unfolding works with leaders, senior managers, city policy-makers and delivery teams to explore, clarify and determine approaches to digital innovation, and then supports the necessary transitions, initiatives and education to affect change.
Sheffield Digital is the association for the people and businesses of Sheffield's digital industries. Founded in 2015 by five local tech industry veterans, it aims to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region.
Sheffield Digital does this by concentrating on three things:
CONNECT – bringing together the people and businesses that are Sheffield’s digital industries, to foster collaboration and learning, and to have fun.
REPRESENT – providing a single, powerful voice for the digital community in order to influence policy makers and educators.
PROMOTE – shouting about our digital businesses and their capabilities locally, nationally and internationally.
Sheffield Digital operates on a not-for-profit basis, with any income made going back into running the organisation and supporting the work it does. It exists to support and amplify the wide range of activity that is already going on in Sheffield, and will not duplicate or compete with initiatives or events that already exist. The organisation is founded on principles of independence and sustainability, which means that it does not rely on public sector funding, but on support from the community via individual and company memberships, and by sponsorship from selected non-digital companies.