MacKay Hannah

Rethinking Smart Cities and City Regions After Coronavirus


10:00  Chair's opening remarks
Hannah Smith, Director, ICE - Scotland, Institute of Civil Engineers

10:05  Rethinking smart cities and city regions after coronavirus
Professor Simon Joss, Professor of Urban Futures (Urban Studies), School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

  • Technology, smart cities and post-coronavirus
  • The role of data intelligence, capabilities and uses and big data
  • After pandemic, what is a smart city and city region?

10:20  Reflecting upon where smart cities and city-regions are heading in ‘new normal’
Alex Tosetti, Chief Commercial Officer, VU.CITY

  • The differing potentials of ‘smart’ in cities and city regions
  • ‘New normal’ – A journey or a destination?
  • The need to focus on opportunity and potential from adversity

10:35  How cities and city-regions can respond innovatively to the economic challenge
Jonathan Guthrie, Director Public Sector Partnerships, Scotland, Robertson

  • What do our city economies and their regions need?
  • Using investment in infrastructure to leverage growth, employment and skills development
  • Thinking innovatively about partnership in promoting economic recovery

10:50-11:00  Discussion and Q&A
Hannah Smith, Director, ICE - Scotland, Institute of Civil Engineers

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