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Exeter City Futures at Smart to Future Cities 2017

Event : 17 - 18 May 2017

On 17-18th May Liz O’Driscoll, Head of Innovation at Exeter City Futures, will be attending Smart to Futures Cities 2017 for a series of panel discussions.

The discussions will be focussed on issues that are central to dealing with the problems of urbanisation, including those within the scope of our goal to make Exeter energy independent and congestion free by 2025.

About The Event

Smart to Future Cities is the only Europe-centric smart cities event to focus on practical, scalable applications of smart city initiatives to improve infrastructure and quality of life. This focus is aligned with Exeter City Futures own goals of having a wide impact on Greater Exeter’s well-being and prosperity by achieving energy independence and zero congestion.

Key issues of funding, security, scalability and citizen engagement will be addressed at the event through case studies, discussion groups and interactive panels in a program that aims to identify the real needs of smart city leaders.

Smart Solutions and Supporting Start Ups

On Day One, at 10am, Liz will be participating in the panel discussion ‘Creating a Truly Smart City’ – Bringing together Silo’d Smart solutions’. The questions discussed will be:

  • What role do accelerators and incubators play in supporting innovation to drive forward Smart Cities?
  • How can the public sector support new ideas and disruptions for achievable growth?


Day Two will see her participate in ‘Supporting Start Ups in Smart Cities’. In this session the panel will discuss:

  • Is it a city with lots of isolated pilot projects really smart?
  • Implementing smart infrastructure to underpin multiple initiatives
  • What different parties need to work together to ensure successful centralization of solutions?


Those working within a local or central government organisation can book a free pass. A delegate and networking pass can be purchased for £1500 (excl. VAT).


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