Agenda at a glance


Registration and refreshments


Opening remarks from the chair

Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe & European Communications


KEYNOTE 1: An operator’s smart city strategy

A leading European operator will outline its smart city strategy, how it’s developing services both for enterprises and consumers, and their achievements and key takeaways to date. 

Phil Skipper, Head of Business Development (IoT), M2M at Vodafone Global Enterprise


KEYNOTE 2: A city authority’s smart city strategy

Digital Greenwich is the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s in-house team, created to develop and take forward Greenwich’s smart city strategy, and lead its work on city innovation. The existence of a dedicated team, reporting directly to the Chief Executive, ensures focus and sufficient weight is given to bringing forward new ideas, new technologies, and new approaches to address the challenges Greenwich faces, and in particular, to address the increasing pressure on infrastructure, services, the environment and communities.  Allan will showcase some of the services and successes to date, and outline some of the key areas which will need to be addressed going forward. 

Trevor Dorling​, Director, Digital Greenwich

Allan Mayo, Smart City Strategist, Digital Greenwich


Morning break for refreshments & networking


PANEL: Making it all work – Partnerships in practice

Smart Tampere is the strategic development programme of the City of Tampere, in Finland, 2017-2021.  The programme is building a sustainable, secure and tech-enabled region in which housing, living and mobility are carbon-neutral, services are user-orientated, and work is flexible and digitally enabled.  This panel discussion will show how partnerships in Tampere work in practice, and how they continue to evolve to deliver a world-class place to live, study and work. 

Tero Blomqvist, Smart City, IoT & Ecosystems Business Lead, Smart Tampere

Toni Luhti, CEO, Platform of Trust

Teppo Rantanen, Executive Director, Growth Innovation & Competitiveness, City of Tampere


PANEL: Securing the smart city

Last year more than a billion people suffered a data breach. Safety and security considerations are essential when building a smart city.  Whenever new technological solutions are adopted, security must be taken into account.  This panel will explore the growing cybersecurity risks in smart cities as more things become connected and complex networks of partners deliver services. How do we minimise the risks and maintain trust with citizens?  What innovation solutions are being deployed in practice?

David Gray, Senior Manager, NTT Security

Dan Mosca, Consultant, PA Consulting




PANEL: Threats from beyond the city walls

Are others muscling in on operators’ turf in smart cities – will the likes of Sidewalk Labs, Microsoft or Apple become the smart city integrators, leaving operators as simply connectivity providers? What can these different partners offer to cities? Panellists will share their views, and consider how the smart city ecosystem is evolving and new stakeholders emerging. 

Raphael Anic, Head of Intelligent Mobility, Wayra UK​

Tom Gardner, Head of MVNO & IoT, CK Hutchison

Reinier Huisman, Group Product Director, IOT​, Liberty Global


PANEL: Sceptics and cheerleaders – a view from the analysts

Leading analysts will provide a snapshot of the smart cities market. What is the real smart city opportunity? How much progress are we actually making? What are the hold-ups? What’s required and are the existing providers/vendors up to the job?  How can we accelerate progress?  What are the limitations of the ‘smart city’ evolution? 

Jeremy Green, Independent Analyst

Bengt Nordstrom, CEO, Northstream

Julian Watson, Senior Principle Analyst, IHS Markit


Afternoon break for refreshments & networking


PANEL: Making the business case – where’s the ROI?

How can operators get return on investment in smart cities, especially amid the shift to 5G? Operators and smart city strategists will examine the nitty-gritty of deploying infrastructure, capex increases, and how the revenue opportunity can be accelerated.

Jonathan Rowan, Partner, Arthur D. Little

Dimitrios Spiliopoulos, IoT Strategist, O2 (Telefonica UK)​

Alex Lorette, VP Enterprise Solutions, Proximus


CLOSING KEYNOTE: Funding the development of smart cities

Many cities face tough budget challenges. What innovative financing strategies are helping cities transform the vision into reality? What are the pros and cons of these approaches? What does this mean for business models?  Paul will consider the various sources of funding, structuring private-public partnerships, sustainable financing strategies and performance-based revenue models. 

Paul Morrissey, Chairman, Smart Liverpool


Closing remarks from the chair 
Sarah Wray, Editor, Smart Cities World

Sarah Wray, Editor, Smart Cities World


End of conference