Agenda at a glance


Registration and refreshments


Opening remarks from the chair

Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe & European Communications


KEYNOTE 1: Vodafone’s smart city strategy

The term “Smart City” does not refer to a technology. Digital services – and how they are connected – are what make a city “smart,” forming a thriving ecosystem of suppliers, operators and partners. However, cities are not static entities and Phil will discuss how urban growth and rapid shifts in urbanisation mean that the challenges to keep cities moving, growing, safe and pleasant places to live will continue to increase.  With growth, the demands of the city will change, creating additional use-cases of IoT applications in smart cities. But success in smartening the city is about the long-term transition. This movement needs to start with congestion management, integrated transportation, sustainable/smart housing and environment monitoring, for the fabrication of any modern efficient high-density city.

Phil Skipper, Head of IoT, Vodafone Business


KEYNOTE 2: Digital Greenwich’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. 

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, ALSO & Program Director, Smart Tampere

Toni Luhti, CEO, Platform of Trust

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

Jan Vettensaari, Senior Account Manager, Elisa


5G hyper-connected cities and how to achieve them

The concept of smart cities is fast becoming a reality globally. From iWireless Solutions experience of getting cities connected in the UK, Ravi Mondair explains what a 5G hyperconnected city is and what it looks like, what is required to become a connected city and how to achieve it, describing some of the common challenges and risks.      

Ravi Mondair, CEO, iWireless Solutions


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?

Christian Koch, Director GRC & IoT/OT, NTT Security

Andy Bridden, Principal Consultant – IoT, PA Consulting

Amy Lemberger, Cybersecurity Director, GSMA




Future cities: Demonstrating use cases and IoT technology applications

This presentation will describe the IoT technology stack and the role for telecommunications companies in the IoT ecosystem, explaining the opportunities that exist beyond connectivity solutions. We discuss specific example use cases from BT’s smart city deployments in Manchester and Milton Keynes, in terms of both technology and business benefit. 

Prof John Davies, Chief Researcher, Applied Research, BT


PANEL: The evolution of the smart city ecosystem

As non-traditional players enter the marketplace, will the likes of Sidewalk Labs, Microsoft, Samsung and 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 (Telefonica-Transport Systems Catapult collaboration)

Tom Gardner, Head of MVNO & IoT, Hutchison Whampoa (Europe)

Reinier Huisman, Group Product Director, IoT, Liberty Global

Davina Fell, Digital Infrastructure Programme Manager, Southwark Council


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 Principal 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.

Dimitrios Spiliopoulos, IoT Strategist, O2 (Telefonica UK)

Geoff Stevens, Urban Technology Lead, Connected Places Catapult

Shane Mitchell, Consulting Advisor, BSI

Graham Thrower, Head of Infrastructure & Investment, Urban Foresight


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


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