National Digital Conference:
Smart Places 2030

In 1950, the population living in UK cities was 79% - already a large figure - but one which is set to rise to 92.2% by 2030. The challenge to create urban areas where people, society and business can thrive in the next ten years has never been more urgent.

Digital transformation of these urban communities is necessary and is already underway from Belfast to Cardiff, London to Edinburgh. Whether innovation is transpiring in business space, infrastructure, public services, transport, connectivity, education or civil society, change is happening.

Join us, 12 UK urban areas and those leading these digital innovations to hear how data, IoT, infrastructure, 5G, security, skills, geospatial data and AI are helping them innovate in our cities and urban communities to make them Smart Places by 2030.
— Robin Knowles, Founder & CEO, Digital Leaders

Overview of the Day

The National Digital Conference 2019 will bring together those people who are leading the way in creating the UK’s smartest places. There will be keynotes from Ministers, an active exhibition, a chance to interact with exciting innovations and inspirational programmes on our main stage and lots of networking with delegates from across all sectors, all hosted in central London at the Congress Centre.

Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg said, “In god we trust, everyone else bring data”.


The National Digital Conference: Smart Places 2030 will hear from those leading the transformation of our urban areas using Data, IOT, Infrastructure, 5G, Security, skills, geospatial data and AI to innovate in our Cities and urban communities to make them Smart Places across the UK.

Smart Society will cover how our cities and urban areas need to rethink the role of public services, blue light services, infrastructure and using data to make smart decisions.

Smart People will examine how our communities can acquire the skills and be connected to the support they need, play a part in civil society and live, work and play together in harmony.

Smart Business will consider what infrastructure, workspace, connectivity, transport and access to skills are needed.


We are expecting our 250+ audience to be made up of central and local government, health and blue light service delegates, private sector suppliers and businesses as well as civil society and academics specialising in this complex topic.