16 - 17 April, 2019

Day One Plenary Sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 2019



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


Raeffaele Gareri

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

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?

Collin Boyce

Chief Information Officer, City of Lansing


H.E Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal

Executive Chairman
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, UAE


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

10:40 am - 11:00 am EXECUTIVE THINK TANK: TAKING BIG DATA TO THE NEXT LEVEL- How can cities better utilise big data to improve smart services and understand the needs of citizens and visitors?

Dr. Abdulqader Amir - Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri - Chief Executive Officer, Maqta Gateway
Carles Agusti i Hernàndez - Open Government Director, Barcelona Provincial Council
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

Dr. Abdulqader Amir

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


Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri

Chief Executive Officer
Maqta Gateway


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!