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Smart Cities Live Debates – 13th November

Following the success of the 2012 IBM Start Summit focusing on UK City Infrastructure, two Smart City live debates were launched on Wednesday 13th November which were filmed at the London Stock Exchange. Like last year, four UK cities were toured: Birmingham, Bristol, Peterborough and Sunderland in partnership with Start and Centre for Cities and discussions covered local infrastructure challenges. The culminating event brought the four city leaders back to participate in two live debates where they examined how to develop smart city strategies, services and infrastructure.

The debates were run by Marketforce, facilitated by Lindley Gooden, the broadcast journalist and were interactive to allow live questions and polling.

Recordings of the live sessions are now available below.

Debate One: Smarter Cities Innovation and Data (13th November: 12.00 – 12.45)

Cities generate a wealth of data – the challenge is to turn it into useful information. This debate assesses how city governments, businesses and communities can collaborate to get the most value out of technology and use data to deliver better, more efficient services.

Dave Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Sunderland City Council
Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham, Birmingham City Council
Alexandra Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Cities
Pol Mac Aonghusa, Research, IBM

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Debate Two: Smarter Cities Getting Started (13th November: 13.45 – 14.30)

A smart city vision requires a clear, collaborative roadmap, strong leadership and communities. This debate looks beyond the smart city hype to what cities can do now to create and deliver more innovative, low-carbon services in a budget-constrained environment.

Lorraine Hudson, Smart City Team Manager, Bristol City Council
Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, Peterborough City Council
Joey Tabone, Chief Executive Officer, Start
Mary Keeling, Manager, Economic Analysis, Smarter Cities, IBM

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Cities: Our journey to a smarter future

Welcome to ‘Cities: Our journey to a smarter future’, a collection of videos examining the challenges facing UK and Irish cities today.

Hear from experts and those involved in creating the change necessary to help our cities deliver the services, safety and infrastructure our citizens need.

Watch the films, share them with a friend and let us know your thoughts. Is your city ready for the challenges that lie ahead?

The Smarter City

View the latest three Smarter City films and hear the views of Rashik Parmar, CTO & Distinguished Engineer (IBM), Lynn Ferguson, Local Public Services Executive (IBM) and Trevor Gibson, Director of Environmental Strategy Opportunity, Peterborough.

A vision of Smarter Cities

Making cities more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent isn't only about overcoming the challenges they face. It also recognises that cities provide us with some of the greatest opportunities for making the planet smarter, too.

Cities symbolise and centralise so many aspects of what will make for a smarter planet: smarter education, smarter healthcare, smarter water and energy use, smarter public safety, smarter transportation, and smarter public services ... to name but a few.

A new report from the IBM Institute for Business Value, "A Vision of Smarter Cities," makes the case that cities must use new technologies to transform their systems to optimise the use of finite resources. As sustainability for cities and the planet becomes ever more important, the question isn't whether cities will do this; the question is: Which ones are doing it first? And who will do it best?

Smarter Cities for smarter growth

In the twenty-first century, growth, economic value and competitive differentiation of cities will increasingly be derived from people and their skills, creativity and knowledge, as well as the capacity of the economy to create and absorb innovation. To compete in this new economic environment, cities will need to better apply advanced information technology, analytics and systems thinking to develop a more citizen-centric approach to services. By doing so, they can better attract, create, enable and retain their citizens’ skills, knowledge and creativity.

Moving citizens in the Smarter City

The latest White Paper by Frost & Sullivan is entitled "Moving citizens in the Smarter City - using a framework approach to plan intelligent transportation systems, strategies and implement solutions."

Beyond the Boundaries

The Centre for Cities is an independent, non-partisan research and policy institute that IBM have been partnering with. This new report 'Beyond the Boundaries', written in partnership with IBM, looks at why cross-boundary collaboration matters and what this means for local enterprise partnerships.