8.30 Arrival, Registration, Exhibition and Refreshments

9.25 Conference Opening
Opening remarks from Conference Chair Professor Mark Thompson, Exeter University

9.30 Session One: Smart Living - Organising our urban future

Creating Smart Places
Russell Haworth
, CEO of Nominet and Chair of Digital Leaders

Connected Places
Jonathan Flowers
, Associate Director, Connected Places Catapult

Panel Discussion: Digital Living

The public sector is seen as the best lead partner for a Smart City in many cases because it has a resource, a wide agenda, political accountability and is responsible for much of the Cities infrastructure. In this panel, we pick up a range of challenges that are part of delivering a successful smart place. Engaging the Community, transforming services, the security of data and procuring innovation.

Chaired by Ben Hawes, Associate Director, Connected Places Catapult:
Jenny Nelson, Digital Newcastle Programme Manager, Newcastle City Council
Robert Franks, Interim Managing Director, WM5G
Baldeep Dogra, Director, Enterprise Solutions, EMEA, Blackberry
Stuart Misson, Strategic Category Lead for Technology Products and Services, Crown Commercial Services


Fireside Chat - Geospatial Data and City Economies

William Priest, CEO, Geospatial Commission and Seth Finegan, CEO, Informed Solutions

11.00 Coffee, Exhibition and Networking

11.30 Session Two: Smart Work - The urban business economy
Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, Senior Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries HSBC GROUP

Digital Twins
Nigel Watson
, CIO, Northumbrian Water Group
There’s been lots of hype about Digital Twins, but what can they really do for us as we move towards smart cities? Spinning 3-D models aren’t going to change the world, are they? The killer app of digital twins comes in the form of simulation. Lots of businesses model scenarios today, but the models are typically limited in their scope and don’t represent full systems. Many of these are niche applications that are industry-specific and remain on old technology platforms. What possibilities might cloud computing unlock for the smart cities of the future?

Panel Discussion: The Urban Business Quarter

How does a Smart City interact with its business community? Does it need to focus on tech businesses and how does it create the workforce, connectivity and business space, visitor attractions and transport a Smart City needs?

Chaired by Lesley Seary, Former Chief Executive at L.B. Islington:
Nicola Williams, Responsible Transformation Lead, Lloyds Banking Group
David Pegg, Head of Government, SCISYS UK
Olivia Walker, Head of City Development, Bosch Group
Phil Bull, Managing Partner, Reed Professional Services
Dave Vincent, Chief Digital Officer, Tourism NI


12.40 Innovation in action: Digital Streets
At HM Land Registry one of the key values is to drive innovation in the property market, and in our research and development project, Digital Street, they are doing just that.

John Abbott, Director of Digital, Data and Technology, HM Land Registry
David Wray, Associate Director, R3
Alastair Moore, Head of Analytics & Machine Learning, Mishcon de Reya
Simon Charnock, Commercial Director, Yoti
Gordon Coe, Digital Director, Methods

1.10 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition

2.10 Welcome back
Conference Chair Professor Mark Thompson, Exeter University

2.15 Session Three: Smart Play - A great place to be

Smart mobility in the modern city
Emma Silver, Government Partnerships (Policy) EMEA & APAC, Bird

2.30 Panel Discussion: Young people in the Smart City

This year’s Young Digital Leader Finalists will be sharing their ideas for the smart city of the future and reflecting on the opportunities they see for society and business offered by the Smart Places

Chaired by Ben Towers, Entrepreneur:
Leon Ifayemi, Founder & CEO, SPCE
Kirstie Wilkins, Technology Consultant, Deloitte
Andrea Rodriguez, National College for Digital Skills
Jon Edwards, POP Community Manager, Group Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

3.15 Fireside Chat on Transforming Planning for Smart Places

Emma Williamson, Assistant Director, Planning from Haringey Council and Paul Downey, Head of Digital Land Services at the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government


3.40 Closing Remarks from the Chair, Mark Thompson

Final Coffee and Networking

4.00 Close and depart