The City of Zagreb and Major Cities of Europe  are pleased to announce the 2017 Major Cities of Europe pan-European Conference  “The Digital Future - Cities Facing the Reality”.

 We believe that it represents a unique opportunity for European cities focused on innovation. The conference will take place in Zagreb from 12th to 14th June 2017.

The programme, the online registration and the logistic information are published on the conference webpage at www.majorcities.eu/conferences/2017-Zagreb. The programme includes various topics of interest for Policy Makers, City Managers, CIOs and Smart city managers who lead innovation in their cities such as:

·         The Great Vanishing Act – Public Administration and the Impact of Emerging Technology;

·         Boosting the Digital Economy – The Role of Local Public Services;

·         Deep Dive World Cafes;

·         Local Democracy in a Social Media World;

·         Embedding and Facilitating Innovation in Public Service;

·         eGovernment – Putting Lipstick on a Pig?

·         Resilience of Cities

·         Urban innovation and digitalisation in Public Sector Services for sustainable cities – the role of Local Providers

At this annual event, the work of distinguished speakers from European cities, the worldwide experts from both ICT providers and the academia is going to be presented and leading-edge developments enabled by new technologies, their implications, opportunities and challenges are going to be explored.

The independent and non-commercial environment of this pan-European event represents a unique opportunity for participants to engage together with their peers in innovation in the local public service delivery. Due to the friendly and open atmosphere, the Major Cities of Europe conference will offer a good opportunity for the participants to engage in informal discussions during the conference breaks, lunches and dinners, to share ideas, initiatives, experiences and learn from each other. Moreover, all delegates will benefit from both the Q&As and the roundtables. The official language of the conference is English.

 

Expected Participants:

Policy Makers, City Managers, CIOs and Smart city managers who lead innovation in their cities from across Europe

State: Pending

References

Contact email
mce2017@zagreb.hr

Details

Agenda

Up to date programme can be dowloaded here http://bit.ly/2oHEvYp 

As always, this annual event will host distinguished speakers from European cities alongside worldwide experts from ICT providers and academia. Emphasis will also be given to high interest solutions from Start-ups, SMEs and EU projects. Thanks to the friendly and open atmosphere of the Major Cities of Europe conferences all delegates can take advantage of the Q&As and roundtables and participate in informal discussions to share ideas, initiatives, experiences and learn from each other.

The program includes topics of interest for CIOs, Policy Makers and City Managers leading innovation in their cities such as:

eGovernment – Putting Lipstick on a Pig?

For over twenty years, the promise of e-government initiatives and digital developments have been the transformation of public services. Has that transformation happened? Or have the changes been often little more than cosmetic? What major further transformations are needed?

The Great Vanishing Act – Public Administration and the Impact of Emerging Technology

Developments including block chain technology, internet of things and artificial intelligence will have a major impact on public administration. What will this mean for how public services are configured and delivered, including the impact on jobs, and how citizens request and receive those services?

Boosting the Digital Economy – The Role of Local Public Services

Most local public administrations are keen on the creation of new digital businesses in the local area and the nurturing of digital entrepreneurs. What actions can city leaders take to achieve this? What is the role of the CIO, directly or indirectly?

Deep Dive parallel World Cafes

A new development for 2017, there is the opportunity to participate in a world café discussion. With several running in parallel, it is likely that there will be a topic of interest to you.

Local Democracy in a Social Media World

Arguably social media is playing an increasingly important role in local governments decisions and in the outcome of elections, including new parties emerging and the ready dissemination of both information and misinformation. How to manage the response of local politicians and local public servants? What solutions? How to leverage technologies?

City Resilience

Cities have long planned for natural disasters – flood, avalanche or a pandemic. In addition, today there are more insidious challenges – terrorism and large population movements, for example. What role does technology and the CIO play in assisting with the resilience of our cities?

Embedding and Facilitating Innovation in Public Services

Innovations in local public services are often managed as one-off initiatives and are perceived as that by both the public and public servants. Is it desirable and possible to embed innovation in our city administrations, creating a culture that encourages, fosters and rewards innovation?

Urban Innovation and digitalisation in Public Sector Services for sustainable cities – the role of local providers

Developing strategies of European cities for sustainability, digitalization and smart projects can reach better results if based on multi-stakeholder governance and integrated activities with local actors. The role of providers of public services (mobility, energy, lighting, water and waste management, parking) together with municipalities and local authorities, can be more and more crucial for effective projects.

Location
Zagreb
Hotel International Zagreb
Miramarska cesta 24, 10000, Zagreb, Croazia
http://www.hotel-international.hr/
N.B. special conditions agreed with the hotel for the conference delegates
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