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Dimitar Filipov
Member of the Advisory Board at the Cluster Sofia Knowledge City

My visit to the 2019 edition of the EU-Taiwan cluster matchmaking event was a surprisingly pleasant experience. I represented Cluster Sofia Knowledge City at this meeting. This was the first participation of CSKC to this event and my first participation as well. The event was organised in the context of the international fair “Global Industrie 4.0” held in Lyon, France.
City of Lyon
A few words about the city. Lyon is one of the biggest cities in France and is currently No1 industrial centre for the country. I have never been to this city before and what I saw was a typical French city with nice people, large boulevards, lot of green areas, cosy suburbs and the notorious smell of coffee and freshly baked croissants everywhere around. This is an extremely vivid city with lots of young people and boiling social life. One can observe lots of building construction sites, both public and housing, which indicates that that city is actively growing.
Global Industrie 4.0
The fair itself was one of the biggest I have ever seen.

Judith Borsboom-van Beurden,
Senior Researcher Smart Sustainable Cities, NTNU Sustainability,
Initiative leader EIP SCC, Action cluster Integrated Planning, Policy and Regulation

I feel very honoured that the City of Sofia is our first testbed for the Smart City Guidance Package. I know the City of Sofia from their active role in the European smart city project Smarter Together and am happy to visit the city again. In the EIP SCC we have worked on this roadmap for integrated planning and management of smart city projects for nearly two years. Coming months, we visit a couple of European cities to test it. I would like to thank Knowledge Cluster Sofia for hosting this workshop, co-led by my colleague Georgi Georgiev of Fraunhofer Institute. All outcomes of this workshop will be very useful to finalise the right content of the Smart City Guidance Package, which will be presented early next year in the European Parliament

This is a shortened version of an interview with Dimitar Hristov, Executive Director of Cluster Sofia Knowledge City (CSKC), conducted by Desislava Nikolova - Marketing Manager at Via Expo. The interview is about the Cluster's participation in the 7th Exhibition & Conference for South-East Europe on 16-18 April 2019

D. Nikolova: Mr. Hristov, Cluster Sofia Knowledge City will participate for the first time in the 7th Exhibition & Conference for South-East Europe. Please, present your organisation in short and its main objectives and priorities?

Cluster Sofia Knowledge City

At the end of 2017, IDC FutureScape published a report, in which the global analyst presented its 10 forecasts for the development of the Smart City Market for the period during and after 2018. These forecasts are intended to inform the leaders of the urban centers, incl. mayors, city managers, members of city and municipal councils and innovation managers to be able to support the process of digital transformation.

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