Tuesday 7th December, 2021

Virtual Summit

9:00

Welcome & opening remarks from the chair

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

9:05

OPENING GOVERNMENT ADDRESS

Mr Patrick Neary

Mr Patrick Neary

Chief Technical Officer, Department of Environment, Climate and Communications

CONNECTED CITIES AND TOWNS BEST PRACTICE

9:20

INTERNATIONAL OPENING ADDRESS:

The global connected cities movement: what’s working, what’s not

The movement to create better communities through innovation, technology and connectivity is accelerating. It is becoming clearer in cities of all types what efforts are having the best outcomes. It is also evident now what many cities struggle with and where lessons have been learned. This international keynote will take you on a short journey around the world to illustrate what Ireland can learn from other cities.

Jonathan Reichental

Jonathan Reichental

Founder, Human Future, USA. Best-selling author, Smart Cities for Dummies

9:40

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY:

Breda, The Netherlands

A case study on the municipality of Breda in The Netherlands – a city where digital infrastructure has top billing, while simultaneously retaining space for rest, human contact and interaction.

 

Judith van Brussel

Judith van Brussel

Programme Manager - Digitalisation, Breda, The Netherlands

10:00

Crafting connected cities and towns in Ireland

  •  The Smart Landscape (EU & Irish Context)
  •  Smart Pathfinders
  •  Funding our Villages, Towns and Cities
David Minton

David Minton

Director, Northern and Western Regional Assembly

10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION:

What technology, funding and investment is needed to drive forward connected cities and towns?

Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy

CEO, eTownz.ie

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy

Regional Manager, Smart Dublin

Rosie Webb

Rosie Webb

Senior Architect, Head of Urban Innovation, Limerick City and County Council

10:45

COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK

CONNECTED COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE

11:00

How digital ready are we?

One of the biggest challenges facing rural Ireland is bridging the digital divide with urban areas. To remedy this situation forever, NBI is delivering high-speed broadband to every household and business in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) rollout area – no town, village or community will be left behind. Peter will also outline where Ireland stands in an European context in terms of our digital infrastructure.

Peter Hendrick

Peter Hendrick

CEO, National Broadband Ireland (NBI)

11:20

Unlocking opportunities in the circular and bioeconomy

Connecting cities, towns and regions.

The circular and bioeconomy’s are growing rapidly in significance in a bid to create and balance new economic growth with climate change challenges and advance the transition to a low carbon future.The current linear economic model is based on ‘take-make-waste’ method which is become more costly for organisations because of regulations and penalties as well as casing damage to the environment and having negative societal impacts. By contrast, a circular economy designs out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems. In a circular economy, products, components and materials are kept in use for as long as possible. Supply and production chains operate in ‘closed-loops’ making them less wasteful and more robust.
New circular business models include sharing, remanufacturing and recycling, enabling business growth, creating new revenue streams coupled with reducing destructive environmental impacts.This topic will provide the audience with an introduction to the opportunities, challenges and impacts in the circular economy and the bioeconomy.

Mary Cronin

Mary Cronin

Founder, UpThink Innovation Agency

11:35

CASE STUDY:

From drones to 5G and connected everything! 

Jamie will talk about how new and emerging technologies are helping Dublin City Council to deliver better services and outcomes for citizens and communities. This session will cover the breadth of Dublin’s Smart District programmes, where the City Council and partners fast-track innovation projects as well as showcasing Dublin’s “innovation ecosystem” where community groups, companies, researchers, and public bodies are exploring new technology, new processes, new services and new ways of working, to build a better, greener, more inclusive and resilient Dublin.

Jamie Cudden

Jamie Cudden

Smart City Lead, Dublin City Council

11:50

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Regenerating local communities 

  • How IoT and connectivity are enabling rural regeneration
  • The rollout of Broadband Connected Points to rural towns and villages 
  • The development of the National Hubs Network
  • Connected communities and the future of work
  • The rollout of high speed, good quality broadband across the country 
  • Are we ready for citizens to work from remote working hubs?
Joanne Mangan

Joanne Mangan

Employers Lead, Grow Remote

Stephen Carolan

Stephen Carolan

National Hubs Programme Manager, Western Development Commission

Daniel Peeters

Daniel Peeters

Digital Project Leader, Cavan County Council

12:20

LUNCH & NETWORKING

LEVERAGING DATA TO ENABLE CONNECTED CITIES AND TOWNS

12:50

How 5G and IOT is enabling the progression to fully connected cities and towns

5G technology will accelerate the pace of digital transformation and create the potential for a vast number of applications through greater communications. What are the main differences between 5G and 4G technology? And what are the potential Connected Cities’ applications it will enable and the investment required to unlock this potential.

Graham Arnott

Graham Arnott

IoT Product Manager, Vodafone Group

Colin Barrett

Colin Barrett

Country Manager - IOT, Vodafone

1:10

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Why real-time data holds the key to effective and efficient cities and towns

  • What data can and should we be collecting?
  • How do we better define what data will drive the best insights and outcomes?
  • How can we best use data in real time to inform smarter decisions?
  • What are the privacy and security challenges faced in data collection at scale?
  • Examples of data driven success
Jeff McCann

Jeff McCann

Director, Customer Solution Centers, Innovation Labs, Dell Technologies

Ruth Buckley

Ruth Buckley

CIO, Cork City Council

Dr Beatrice Heneghan

Dr Beatrice Heneghan

Head of Information Systems and Innovation, Mayo County Council

Professor Markus Helfert

Professor Markus Helfert

Director, Innovation Value Institute (IVI), Maynooth University

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

1:40

CASE STUDY:

The just transition in the Irish Midlands – the importance of community engagement

Community engagement is important to:

  • tailor to the needs of communities
  • provide a sense of ownership and control
  • enhance a sense of recognition and contribution
Geertje Schuitema

Geertje Schuitema

Associate Professor, Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption, UCD School of Business

2:00

Enabling citizen centric problem solving

The citizen innovation lab is a collaboration between Limerick City & County Council and the University of Limerick and it enables citizen centric problem solving to decarbonise the region. It is an accessible space for citizens, academia, industry and government to take on the significant challenges of decarbonisation.

Alan Dooley

Alan Dooley

Head of Digital Strategy, Limerick City and County Council

2:20

Closing remarks from the Chair

2:30

Conference ends