Empowering Smart Solutions for Better Cities


Budapest, Hungary




Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) and the European Commission


Yana Pargova, Project Manager, GOPA Com. E-mail: yana.pargova@gopacom.eu. Tel: +32 2 234 37 20

The conference “Empowering smart solutions for better cities”, taking place in Budapest on 2 & 3 October 2017, will bring together creative thinkers and decision-makers in urban planning, sustainable energy, mobility, ICT, smart business models and user-centric innovation, whom, along with high level city representatives, will debate the transformation of European cities. Moreover, smart cities projects will showcase innovative solutions and discuss crucial steps on the path to a smarter city.

Organised by the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) and the European Commission, the conference seeks to encourage the replication of technological solutions, good practices and lesson learning among cities and businesses. It will, thus, contribute to the ambition of accelerating Europe’s transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient, competitive and inclusive economy. Interactively designed, the event will engage the audience in full participation and collective story-telling.

Themes and presentations will include how innovation building, technological transfer and knowledge sharing helps the transformation of our cities; best practice case studies illustrating the blend of technology, finance, society, communication and governance; and demonstrating tools and innovative solutions.

The conference will also include a Smart Walking Tour of Budapest, which includes the state-of-the art Central European University building; the large-scale traffic reduction and mobility measures of the ‘Heart of Budapest’ programme; the Design terminal; the first underground line in continental Europe; and a geothermal energy project, where waste heat from a thermal spring is fed into the heating network of an adjacent zoo.

Speakers to the conference include Balázs Szeneczey, Deputy Mayor of Urban development of Budapest; Ulf Kamne, Deputy Mayor of Gothenburg; Dominique Ristori, Director General of DG Energy at the European Commission, Tomasz Pactwa, Director of the Welfare & Social Projects Department of Warsaw, and Usman Haque, Founding Partner of Umbrellium — a collective of architects, designers, tactical urbanists and creative technologists based in London.

You can register for the event here. Registration closes on 10 September.


About the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS)

The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) brings together project developers, cities, institutions, industry and experts from across Europe to exchange data, experience and know-how and to collaborate on the creation of smart cities and an energy-efficient urban environment. Launched with support from the European Commission, SCIS encompasses data collected from ongoing and future smart cities and energy efficiency projects co-funded by the European Union. Focusing on energy, mobility and transport, and ICT, SCIS showcases solutions in the fields of energy-efficiency in buildings, energy system integration, sustainable energy solutions on district level, smart cities and communities, strategic sustainable urban planning.

With the aim to foster replication, SCIC analyses project results and experiences to:

  • Establish best practices which will enable project developers and cities to learn and replicate
  • Identify barriers and point out lessons learnt, with the purpose of finding better solutions for technology implementation and policy development
  • Provide recommendations to policy makers on support and policy actions needed to address market gaps.

Website: www.smartcities-infosystem.eu.