Knowledge & Smart Cities International Conference

November 26th, 2018
Knowledge & Smart Cities

Building a Market for Smart Cities and Communities
Integrated Planning & Policy Regulations
under the auspices of Sofia Mayor
Yordanka Fandakova


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Knowledge & Smart Cities

8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:30 Opening (video)

  • Veselin Todorov, Chairman of the Management Board, Cluster Sofia Knowledge City
  • Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia
  • Bas Eickhout, European Parliament, Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance

9:30 - 11:00 Panel A - Strategies for knowledge & smart cities development: Moderator: Milena Koleva, Strategy and Development Expert, Cluster Sofia Knowledge City 

  • Knowledge for development and experience of Vienna - Dr Andreas Brandner, Managing Director, K4D, Austria (video) (presentation)
  • Building a Market for Smart Cities; the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities - Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Senior Researcher Smart Sustainable Cities, NTNU Sustainability, Initiative leader EIP - SCC (video)(presentation)
  • The paradox of the smart cities and the way forward to the cities of the future - Francesco Grillo, Advisor to Italy's Minister for Universities, Research and Education; President of the think tank Vision and Value (video) (presentation)
  • Peterborough DNA: Future Cities Programme - Trevor Gibson, Smart City Leadership & Development manager, Opportunity Peterborough, Great Britain (video) (presentation)
  • Digital Mapping of the Smart Cities Creative Ecosystem - Alain Heureux, Brussels Creative & Creative Ring, Belgium (video) (presentation)
  • UAM & Smart Cities - Georgi Georgiev, Fraunhofer, EIP-SCC UAM Ambassador Bulgaria (video) (presentation 1) (presentation 2)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 Panel B - Business models & good practices of transforming the cities into smart cities: Moderator: Prof. Rumen Nikolov - Vice Chairman of the Management Board, Cluster Sofia Knowledge City

  • Development and implementation of Cluj-Napoca’s Smart City Strategy - Bianca Muntean, PhD, CEO, iTech Transylvania Cluster, Romania  (video 1) (video 2)  (presentation)
  • In the name of SMART cities - Stefan Malinowski, Head of Intelligent Systems, Telelink, Bulgaria (video) (presentation)
  • Smart city and living labs of Istanbul - Dr Fatih Gündoğan, Deputy General Manager, ISBAK, Architect of the Smart City, Turkey (video) (presentation)
  • Success factors for smart cities initiatives - Ljupcho Trajkovski, General manager, TP Consulting, Skopje, Macedonia (video) (presentation)
  • Digitalisation - Are You Ready? - Balyo Dinev, CEO, David Holding Company, Bulgaria (video) (presentation)
  • How to set up a successful Living Lab and operate it properly - Yilmaz Cakir, Basaksehir Living Lab, Turkey (video) (presentation)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch



Developing a roadmap for integrated planning of smart city projects with the Smart City Guidance Package

14:00 - 14:20 Welcome and Introduction

  • Sofia Smart City: what is already going on? An overview of the rich diversity of Sofia’s smart city plans - Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia (video)


14:20 - 14:30 The City of Sofia in the SmarterTogether project - Francesco Goncalvez, Energy Cities

  • Introduction of the SmarterTogether project - What has been done so far Lighthouse and Fellow cities, presentation of the project’s replication plan

14:30 - 14:40 An energy roadmap for Sofia and the role of standards - Georgi Georgiev, Institute of Building Physics, Fraunhofer (video) (presentation)

  • Presentation of this tool for policy makers and stakeholders

14:40 - 14:55 The Smart City Guidance Package for Integrated Planning and Implementation - Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (video) (presentation)

  • Brief introduction of the SCGP and its roadmap for integrated planning and management (delegates Action Cluster Integrated Planning and Policy and Regulation), link to SmarterTogether project

14:55 - 15:15 Explanation interactive part of the workshop - Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (presentation)

  • What are we going to do: main purpose, approach, what can we use as resources, expected outcomes (proposed content for the urban plan)
  • How do we use the SCGP and other resources during the interactive part?


15:15 - 16:00 Interactive brainstorming session A (in 2-3 parallel groups) - moderators Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Georgi Georgiev, Milena Koleva, Zhivka Nikolova

  • Vision, Decision and Commit: How do we see the city in 10-20 years from now? What are the prospective smart city solutions the follower city wants to implement in future? How to engage stakeholders and keep them engaged during different phases of implementation - mapping urban stakeholders and their roles/tasks: who should be involved? Which coordination tasks can be expected and how to deal with them - using the SCGP for filling the gaps

16:00 - 16:45 Interactive brainstorming session B (in 2-3 parallel groups) - moderators Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Georgi Georgiev, Milena Koleva, Zhivka Nikolova

  • Plan, Do: Proposed content for the urban plan: which elements should be included? What are the prospective smart city solutions the city wants to implement in future and gap analysis current urban plans. While implementing plans, adopt solutions, how can we prevent barriers, and achieve technical, spatial and temporal coordination

16:45 - 17:15 Coffee break

17:15 - 18:00 Interactive brainstorming session C (in 2-3 parallel groups) - moderators Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Georgi Georgiev, Milena Koleva, Zhivka Nikolova

  • Check, Act: How can Key Performance Indicators and tools help to evaluate alternatives and track progress. How to design for that from the beginning and use this information to make amendments to the plan
    Replication and upscaling

18:00 - 19:00 Wrap up & next steps - moderators Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Georgi Georgiev, Zhivka Nikolova, Dimitar Hristov (video)

  • Debate on follower cities’ needs and evaluation of SCGP testing results today
  • Future collaboration with both IPPR Action Cluster and SCGP and SmarterTogether project
  • Ideas for concrete projects in future
  • Next steps and definition of to-do’s until next meeting

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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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