16 - 17 April, 2019
ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI

Connected Mega Cities Forum Conference Day One: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

PLENARY SESSIONS

AI POWERED INFRASTRUCTURE – CREATING THE NEXT ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE

9:30 am - 9:40 am Chairman’s opening remarks

9:40 am - 10:00 am TRAILBLAZER: GOING BEYOND THE KNOWN WITH AI

Jonathan Reichental - Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto, California
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Jonathan Reichental

Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
California

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to boost the global economy by $13 trillion by 2030, adding roughly 1.2% to global GDP a year (Source. McKinsey). While a number of countries are in race to be the first to adopt AI, USA and China are maintaining the lead .How will the global race change the world we live in? What must countries and cities do to increase AI adoption to gain global competitive advantage?

  • What countries must do to increase AI adoption?
  • What will be more important in future cities – automated domination or leadership?
  • How can cities ensure that AI is used as a tool of progress?
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Collin Boyce

Chief Information Officer, City of Lansing
Michigan

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H.E Marwan Jassim Al Sarka

Executive Chairman
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, UAE

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Mark DeSantis

Chief Executive Officer
RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh

10:20 am - 10:40 am CREATING THE NEURAL NETWORK OF THE CITY: Enabling digital transformations to be seamless and agile

The global big data market is expected to reach USD 123.2 billion by 2025* (Source, Grand View Research, Inc.) By 2020, we will create approximately 44 trillion gigabytes of data each year. From placing millions of sensor across cities to implementing open data initiatives, cities are increasing efforts to transform urban data into smart cities information. The key challenge cities are faced with when it comes to big data is how to make sense of it.

  • The edge VS the cloud
  • Defining edge computing opportunity
  • Innovative tools that cities can use to make sense of big data toimpact change?
  • How cities can use AI to make data driven decisions for their residents?
  • How can we empower citizens to leverage open data to resolve key city urban challenges
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Dr. Abdulqader Amir

Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs
Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia

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Raeffaele Gareri

Chief Technology Officer, Brescia & Chairman
The Smart City Association, Italy

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Carles Agusti i Hernàndez

Open Government Director
Barcelona Provincial Council

11:00 am - 11:20 am COFFEE BREAK

11:20 am - 11:40 am SPEED NETWORKING

Imagine making more contacts in one hour than some people do in a career. Welcome to Speed Networking, an intensive session of one-minute mini meetings. It’s all about maximum impact, because after your one minute each way is up, the whistle blows, and you change partners!

BREAKOUT AND START OF INDIVIDUAL FORUMS

SMART CITY CONNECTIVITY

11:40 am - 12:00 pm INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT: 5G REVOLUTIONS IS AT OUR DOORSTEP – is your city ready for its rollout?

Dan Mathieson - Mayor, City of Stratford, Ontario, Canada
5G promises to change the world we know today. It is set to revolutionise data connectivity, move driverless car into transport mainstream and optimise healthcare, energy and industrial manufacturing. How can cities prepare infrastructure to welcome this game changing revolution?

  • How will 5G rollout impact the existing 4G use cases
  • How will intelligent traffic and transportation systems evolve with 5G
  • Facilitating communication and heavy data load using 5G
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Dan Mathieson

Mayor
City of Stratford, Ontario, Canada

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT: IMPROVING IOT POWERED CITY INFRASTRUCTURE- How will cities infrastructure evolve in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)?

Cities around the world are expected to spend $41 trillion on IoT technologies in the next 20 years according to the Harvard Business Review. City sectors such as healthcare, energy, agriculture, have been impacted by sensors, AI, IoT, cloud services and other innovations. While IoT promises to improve city efficiency it also presents several important challenges that cities will have to address to maximise its benefits.

  • How to integrate IoT into legacy Infrastructure
  • Addressing underutilized data Interoperability
  • How to ensure the data-gathering systems are designed together with analytics
  • How to protect citizens data while implementing IoT

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT

BLOCKCHAIN

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm EXECUTIVE THINK TANK: MOVING BLOCKCHAIN BEYOND THE HYPE - A deep dive into the key challenges cities are faced with while implementing blockchain technology

Jonathan Reichental - Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto, California
Raeffaele Gareri - Chief Technology Officer, Brescia & Chairman, The Smart City Association, Italy
Dr. Petar Stojanov - Managing Partner, Ebtikaar, UAE
Around 10% of global GDP is likely to be stored on the blockchain by 2027 *( Source. World Economic Forum). Blockchain has the power to transform the way data is shared and improve its transparency. While cities around the world were among the first to recognize the benefits of this technology there are still many challenges inhibiting cities blockchain use cases.

  • Creating a blockchain powered society
  • Discovering new blockchain applications and importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Limitations of Government blockchain networks
  • How to improve functionality of blockchain networks
  • Key takeaways from government blockchain projects
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Jonathan Reichental

Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
California

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Raeffaele Gareri

Chief Technology Officer, Brescia & Chairman
The Smart City Association, Italy

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Dr. Petar Stojanov

Managing Partner, Ebtikaar
UAE

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS

WORKSHOP A

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ROBOTICS IN SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
Enabling robots to automate infrastructure in your city. Where to start and where to implement robotics? How do you maximise return on investment?

WORKSHOP B

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm SUSTAINABILITY IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
Using IoT solutions to resolve growing problems of sustainability and renewable energy.

WORKSHOP C

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm SMART TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
How does innovation in ITS help in traffic management? How data analytics is disrupting monitoring and management

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS

IDG One

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm The power of autonomous vehicles and usability for smart transportation

IDG Two

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm The role of robotics in day to day jobs; curse or boon?

IDG Three

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm What does affordable and clean energy mean to intelligent cities?

IDG Four

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm What could be the apt funding options for developing the smart cities?

IDG Five

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm How are shared economies playing a vital role in intelligent cities?

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm END OF DAY ONE