Last week’s Smart City Conference in Brussels

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On the 21st of January Copenhagen Solutions Lab participated in the 3rd edition of the Connected Smart Cities Conference in Brussels. The conference is developed to support the Open & Agile Smart City initiative and to stimulate debate and share perspectives on smart city needs in terms of economic, social and technical development.

What is the Open & Agile Smart City?

This initiative that is relatively new – officially launched in March 2015 – has grown big since its birth last year and currently holds 75 cities from 15 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. The aim of the network is to kickstart the use of common standards (e.g. FIWARE) to foster the development of Smart City applications and solutions. The network is strongly contributing to the global need of a common Smart Cities framework to create market, taking advantage of the potential of this sector to create jobs and growth, by deploying innovative and replicable solutions increasing the competitiveness of businesses (market), avoiding vendor lock-in (competition), improving services offered by cities, and enabling more widespread participation in service development and community engagement.

The role of Copenhagen Solutions Lab, as one of the representative for the city of Copenhagen, is to share current experiences and implementation challenges with other network members and smart cities.

At the conference, Copenhagen Solutions Lab presented some of our projects including: Select for Cities, The Street Lab and the City Data Exchange – our collaboration with Hitachi to create a new innovative big data platform in the city of Copenhagen.

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Copenhagen Solutions Lab also took part in several meetings the days before the conference with members from these two networks that we are part of:

Eurocities

”Knowledge Society Forum”. Read more here:

eurocities.eu/eurocities/forums/knowledge-society&tpl=home

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC-UP)

Read more here:

ec.europa.eu/eip/smartcities