Breakfast Briefing: iCity "Building a Smarter London"

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By invitation only, 100+ senior managers from the iCity stakeholder group, representing London interests across property development, architecture, construction, energy, health services, transport, London Boroughs, IT and technology sectors.

An extended breakfast  event, combining structured presentation from leading speakers with interactive working and shared learning.  A model or reference framework is shown in appendix 1.

Workshop Aims:

  • Set out a context – definitions, share knowledge, educate, build consensus as to the challenges for London, possibilities, and benefits for London as a ‘Smart City’;
  • Highlight existing ‘Smart City’ initiatives in the UK e.g. TSB ‘Future Cities’ projects, and abroad EU T-City and iCity, to determine the priorities and projects for building London as a ‘Smart City’;
  • Identify project opportunities for ‘Building a smarter London’, outline plans to introduce iCity based transport, housing, and air quality pilot projects;
  • Set up an ongoing programme and inform the direction of the mayor’s Smart London Board (SLB). 

Sessions/Guest Speakers:

  • Introduction – mayoral vision, strategy and policies (Mayor’s office);
  • Smart Cities’ types and characteristics – three alternative scenarios and defining points (alternative proposals from leading consultants and technologists);
  • Planning for success - Masterplanning a smarter London (Bob Allies);
  • Future Cities’ – why development can drive building the ‘Smart City’ (Sir Stuart Lipton);
  • BIM – planning, collaborating, and managing the building of a smarter London (tbc);
  • Technology enablers – Internet of Things, ‘Cloud’, ‘Big Data (Ken Cukier);
  • Practical examples of ‘Smart Cities’ – EU T-City and iCity (Sam Kingston and Nick Bromley);
  • What will make for a ‘Smarter London’ – capture of the defining characteristics,  target projects, funding opportunities (All, facilitated);

Questions to be addressed:

  1. Which type of ‘Smart City’ best suits London?;
  2. What national, regional, and city policies are guiding the direction and construction of London as a smart city?;
  3. What the benefits are today and in future to your organisation and the city of London;
  4. What ‘Big Data’, ‘The Cloud’, and ‘Internet of Things’ contribute, and which other technologies need to be considered as part of ‘Building a smarter London’?
  5. Why  you will need to incorporate policies and technologies in your Masterplanning and scheme designs;
  6. Where should the GLA invest resources, what projects will be required in the portfolio to build a smarter London, where will the funding come from, and which organisations need to collaborate in the delivery of the benefits?

Appendix 1.

Reference framework for building London as a ‘Smart City’:  Knowledge and speakers correspond to the main topic areas, as they discuss and create what is intended to become an Open City Architecture (OCA).  A structured approach will help feedback to the Smarter London Board and provide input to GLA ‘Smart Cities’ vision and strategy. This framework is also a guide to help engage stakeholder participation in the workshop as openly and transparently as possible.


GLA Organising team:

Nick Bromley

Sponsoring SRO: Andrew Collinge

Advisory Team: David Gann SLB Chair, Linda Chandler Microsoft, Jacqui Taylor Flying Binary, Adam Poole Buro Happold, Michael Mulquin cityprotocol.