Seminar hall, Pavilion 6, Inter Expo Centre Sofia
17 April, 2019
7th Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe "Smart cities"


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The Sofia Smart City Marketplace Conference is taking place on April 17 in the framework of the 7th Southeast Europe Exhibition and Conference "Smart cities" 16-18 April 2019 in Inter Expo Center - Sofia. This one-day conference is focused on technologies, models and solutions for knowledge & smart cities. It is a forum for presenting the achievements of companies, universities and research institutes that can be used in the process of transforming Sofia into a knowledge & smart city. Important accent of the conference is the 150th anniversary of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

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Sofia Smart City Marketplace

10:00 - 10:30    Registration and Welcome coffee

10:30 - 11:00    Opening

  • Veselin Todorov, Chairman of Managing Board, Cluster Sofia Knowledge City
  • Prof. Kostadin Kostadinov, Bulgarian Academy of Science and Special Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science
  • Elena Andonova, Policy Officer at Directorate General Joint Research Centre, European Commission (video) (presentation)

11:00 - 12:00   Knowledge for smart city

  • Louis Lapidaire, Managing Director of United Academics, Netherlands and Board member of Knowledge 4 Innovation think-tank network in Brussels, the Netherlands (video) (presentation)
  • Disruptive education for the needs of future cities, Massimo Andriolo, Principal at IXL Center Italy and representative for Europe of the Global Innovation Management Institute in Boston, Italy (video) (presentation)
  • Innovation Management competences - a step to smart urban redevelopment, Milena Koleva, Innovation Management Academy Leader (video) (presentation)
  • Basaksehir Living Lab - good practice for city knowledge centre, Yilmaz Cakir, Turkey (video 1) (video 2) (presentation 1) (presentation 2)

12:00 - 13:00   Strategy for smart city

Moderator: Dimitar Hristov, Executive director, Cluster Sofia knowledge city

13:00 - 14:00   Education for smart city
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Eugenia Kovatcheva, PhD, Director, Directorate-General for Scientific Policies, ULSIT 

  • Ciela Class Book - electronic diary for schools, Marussia Batsieva, Product manager, CIELA Norma
  • Smart entrepreneurship education for smart cities, Evgeniy Ivanov, Association for regional social and economic development
  • Student entrepreneurship based on innovative ideas for a Smart City - Experience of Junior Achievement, Vera Petkanchin, Chief Operating Officer of Junior Achievement Bulgaria
  • Professions of the future knowledge cities, Assoc. Prof. Eng. Boyan Jekov, ULSIT

14:00 - 14:30   Coffee break

14:30 - 15:30   Science for smart city
Moderator: Prof. Roumen Nikolov, Deputy Chairman of Managing Board, Cluster Sofia knowledge city

  • Direct social benefits from cooperation between public science institutions and business, based on a real private partnership, Prof. Dr Latchezar Avramov, Institute of electronics
  • How to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy security and tackle fuel poverty whilst driving “Green Growth” in smart cities. A new approach of COALESCCE, Vihra Andonova, Euro-perspectives Foundation
  • Urban infrastructure for aviation mobility, Georgi Georgiev, Institute of Building Physics, Fraunhofer
  • Technical aspects of the realisation of urban aviation mobility, Prof. Dr Zafirov, PhD, Space Research and Technologies Institute-BAS

15:30 - 17:00   Technologies for smart city
Moderator: Nikolay Yarmov, co-founder and Executive Director of CEED Bulgaria

  • Smart street lighting – a first step towards a smart city, Kuzman Dragnev, ADD Bulgaria
  • Variety of IT solutions for the public and private sectors of RISK Electronics, Georgi Kisyov, RISK Electronics
  • Smart City = Smart Public Transport, Mladen Zamanov, Telelink
  • Modern technologies in the management of urban and transport infrastructure, Eng. Kalin Kalinkov, EKJ Bulgaria consulting engineers
  • The Digital Twins: The Future for Smart Cities, Desislava Dimitrova, David Holding


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The event is organised with the financial support of the Operational Program "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014-2020, co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the project № BG16RFOP002-2.009-0018-C01 "Establishment of organisational capacity and development strategy for Cluster Sofia knowledge city".

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