About the Conference
Data Innovation Day is a high-level forum for policymakers, thought leaders, and other experts to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that will arise from the data revolution and discuss the positive steps that government can take to support the development, adoption, and use of emerging data-driven technologies.
Since 2013, the conference has been organized annually by the Center for Data Innovation, the leading global think tank studying the intersection of data, technology, and public policy. This is the first year the conference will be held in Brussels.
About the Theme
The theme this year is “Building Smart Cities for Tomorrow’s Data Economy.”
Europe consistently ranks high as having some of the best cities in the world. However, its successes today are the results of past investments and strategic planning. The advent of smart cities—cities that use data to improve the way they work—has created a new inflection point in the development trajectory of cities. The choices European cities make today will have long-term consequences for their future competitiveness, sustainability, and quality of life.
Smart cities have many important objectives: make public transport more practical, ease road traffic, cut carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency, enhance social care for people who are older or disabled, provide government services more efficiently, boost the local economy, cut red tape, and even fight crime. While a number of European cities have begun exploring smart city projects, more should be done to ensure that Europe becomes a global leader in smart cities and that associated industries and firms that support them.
Join the Center for Data Innovation for a conversation with leading experts from industry and government about the future of smart cities and the steps policymakers should take to lead the way in the development of smart cities.
Date and Time:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Résidence Palace – International Press Centre, Polak Room, Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Brussels, Belgium