IOT//EDI (Smart Cities & Open Data)

This is a past event

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N.B. We've been moved from classroom H9 and will now be in H5.

According to Wikipedia ( a smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets – the city’s assets include, but not limited to, local departments information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services. The goal of building a smart city is to improve quality of life by using technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs.

Open government data ( initiatives aim to make non-confidential data available to anyone so they can use and share it. For example, information about local government housing, train and bus timetables, traffic and pollution levels, crime statistics etc. It is hoped that by giving citizens access, they can better understand and interact with the world around them.

Lead sponsor for this event is CivTech (; a cross-public-sector tech accelerator, operated and funded by the Scottish Government. It aims to harness the power of digital to drive daring and innovation in the civic world to produce a more prosperous, just and equal society in order to make people's lives better. The CivTech Accelerator starts this summer!

For more information including how to get involved and dates - whether you’re from a public sector organisation, a citizen group, an established SME, a determined coder, or an aspiring entrepreneur - please check out their website ( and contact the CivTech team at [masked]


18:15 - 18:20 WELCOME

18:20 - 18:30 Simon Montford ( (WEB3//IOT)

Open Forum; members are invited to make announcements, share news, seek project collaborators, recruit talent, promote their IoT events, and request topics for future Meetups.

18.30 - 18:50 Leah Lockhart ( (Relate Lab)

As a community of interest we understand why open data, smart cities and IoT will create enormous economic, environmental and social benefits and opportunities. But how well do citizens understand these ideas and concepts? What responsibilities do we have to foster understanding and to bridge technical and non-technical communities in the development of open, smart and IoT agendas? We'll look at research and case studies to frame a discussion about the importance of meaningful citizen engagement and involvement in the development of technologies and services that will eventually impact nearly everything in their lives.

18:50 - 19:10 Rui Cardoso ( (CivTech)

CivTech is a Scottish government initiative that aims to harness new technologies to drive daring and innovation in the civic world, and so produce a more prosperous, just and equal society - and along the way, make people's lives better. Rui will invite SME’s and start-ups to use digital solutions to solve public sector challenges.

19:10 - 19:30 DISCUSSION & Q&A

19:30 - 21:00 NETWORKING & DRINKS


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