Both urban and the surrounding communities’ of rural areas are currently undergoing through a process of smart transformation. Even if we talk about digitalization, safety or road and public infrastructure, the administrators and decision makers should react quickly to the population’s actual needs and the overall global trends in terms of city development. In few words, cities and rural areas should make the best from the available and multiple technology solutions and follow on the road to becoming smarter, more sustainable and resilient.
Leveraging on best practices of the already completed projects and the success stories of several Romanian cities, The Diplomat – Bucharest organizes the 7th edition of SMART TRANSFORMATION FORUM to be held on 22th of September 2022 at GRAND HOTEL BUCHAREST (former InterContinental)
Event benefits from the support of:
DIAMOND PARTNER: WIPRO TECHNOLOGIES
PLATINUM PARTNER: NXP SEMICONDUCTORS
GOLD PARTNERS: IMMOFINANZ, BOSCH ROMANIA, Dell Technologies, Intel, Electrica Furnizare
CONNECTIVITY PARTNER: TELEKOM ROMANIA
PARTNERS: Continental Romania, Happy Cities
WITH THE SUPPORT OF: ARSC – Romanian Association for Smart City, BRCC – British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, AHK Romania, BEROCC – Belgian Romanian Chamber of Commerce, HENRO – Electricity Producers Association, World Energy Council, HRCC– The Bilateral Greek-Romanian Chamber of Commerce, ACUE – Federation of Associations of Energy Utility Companies, ANIS – Employers’ Association of the Software and Services Industry, ADAA – Association for the Development of Local Entrepreneurship, Cluj IT, Lovering & Partners Business Performance Consultants, HIM Public Affairs, SCS, Wave
MEDIA PARTNERS: Automotive Today, Outsourcing Today, Financial Intelligence, Economistul, Romania Durabila, Club Economic, Ziarul Bursa
7th EDITION | SMART LIVING | SMART MOBILITY | PEOPLE ORIENTED | SUSTAINABLE
KNOWLEDGE SHARING | IDEAS INCUBATOR | SMART CLUSTERS
08:00 – 9:00 Welcome coffee & registration of participants
09:00 – 11:20 PANEL I THE ROADMAP TO SMART CITY
11:20 – 11:40 Coffee Break
11:40 – 13:30 PANEL II – SMART AND GREEN LIVING
13:30 – 14:30 Networking Lunch
09:00 – 11:20 SESSION I THE ROADMAP TO SMART CITY
OVERVIEW OF SMART CITY DEVELOPMENTS: THE VOICE OF AUTHORITIES
The roadmap to smart city and rural areas is ongoing, with bigger or smaller steps but, dare to say, in the right direction. The smart concept is all about developing innovative cities that use data and communication technologies, as well as other means to improve the quality of life, the efficiency of urban operations and services in order to meet the needs of present and future generations from an economic, social, and environmental perspective. The policy makers, city managers, mayors and opinion leaders, along with urbans services providers and private companies should engage in a transparent and continuous dialogue with the clear goal of making the cities smarter, resilient and sustainable.
PNRR FINANCING OF SMART PROJECTS
The financing offered through by the Recovery and Resilience Facility – at the heart of NextGenerationEU – will support the implementation by 2026 of crucial investment and reform measures to put forward the Romanian cities’ development. What is the current status of attracting and using the PNRR funds in smart-oriented project in the cities, which are the main areas of interest to use the PNRR funds, what is the current used and attracted amount of money and what are the challenges anticipated for 2022.
THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE CITY
Smart development is closely linked to innovation and technology. The private tech companies are always fast-paced and deeply connected to global evolutions. The policy makers, city managers, city mayors and opinion leaders, along with urbans services providers and private companies should work together and share resources to emerge a digital functional and useful ecosystem for Romanian cities and urban areas, too.
11:40 – 13:30 SESSION II | SMART AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING
CREATING A SMART LIVING ECOSYSTEM IN THE CITIES
Globally, the traditional development of smart cities emphasizes on technology, road infrastructure, city surveillance systems, public services structures and sometimes, the development concepts tend to run over the needs of people and the living challenges. The past years proved that the healthy, safety and well-being of citizens are of outmost importance and necessity. The smart city designs need to deliver the components of a sustainable and people-centered smart living, leveraging on the cost-effective and viable urban and rural solutions . Also, a major matter became lately, the collective safety and security of citizens.
GREEN TRANSITION OF CITIES
Cities are administration entities that are planned, designed and built in such manner to better respond to people’s needs. The concept of smart city is wide but the necessary changes to be performed within a city’s life and organization has to match the current needs of modern life and preserve, at the same time, the green component. Cities, as centers of social life, have to include safe and healthy infrastructure by supporting well-being through early intervention and prevention, while leveraging digital technologies and green energy resources.
GREEN MOBILITY IN THE CITIES: SMART, SUSTAINABLE AND As-A-SERVICE
The future of sustainability begins with mobility,” says the UN’s World Economic Forum. Cities should be developed in such way that should function towards offering digital, clean, intelligent, autonomous and intermodal mobility. The concept of 15-minute city starts to take shape and cities are being designed in a way that amenities and most services are within a 15-minute walking or cycling distance, creating a new neighbourhood approach. Inter-connected public services should function to the benefit of communities along with a smart and efficient designed infrastructure The mobility of the future cities should be more diverse, more intelligent, more shared, and cleaner.
IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Investing in clean energy sources and using technology to help closely monitor real-time energy use and reduce energy consumption for city and rural areas. Tackling aspects of a smart city concerning the control and monitoring of environmental factors such as pollution, waste, planning of green areas, and energy. Effective use of public natural resources means avoiding fossil fuels, reducing carbon footprint, meeting energy needs from alternative energy sources, and using clean energy in transportation to manage the environment inside and outside living areas.