Smart City Festival is an event that brings together key actors – organizations, companies, startups, entrepreneurs, citizens, and consumers in the field of urban innovation, IoT, green energy, and climate.
Smart City Festival 2020 (SCF2.0) is a joint project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), SmartCity Education Initiative (SCEI), and partner organizations.
This event was held online in October 2020 for two days and was completely free. The global Covid-19 pandemic took advantage of our interconnected global societies to spread at record speed. These same global networks empower humanity to unite its efforts against the pandemic like never before. Drone deliveries, remote work, online services, telemedicine –The digital infrastructure of smart cities is instrumental in tackling this pandemic.
With 60 percent of the global population living in urban areas, its cities have become hubs for connectivity innovation. But new technologies like 5G networks and IoT are making it possible to include anyone in smart solutions, wherever they may be.
Topics at Smart City Festival 2020.
Topics that were current on SCF2.0 are:
- How are international organizations cooperating across closed borders to implement smart solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Police drones, mass surveillance, movement restrictions – These draconian measures are becoming increasingly normalized as governments deploy them to fight the pandemic. Is it necessary for personal privacy and democracy to become permanent victims of smart cities?
- The global COVID-19 pandemic has tested our readiness, yet new evidence shows a correlation between smarter cities and success in managing the spread of the virus. Could smart solutions make our societies more resilient to future crises like Climate Change?
- Smart city technology may seem like a novel idea, but it’s been a few years in the making. Technologiestiftung’s Victoria Boeck gives us a short history of how Smart Cities reached the point they’re at today.
- As centers of human cultural and economic life, cities are natural laboratories for technological innovation. However, conditions that make smart city solutions viable–urban density, big data, localized networks–exclude by design rural communities from participating in the benefits. Can new technology like 5G and Edge Computing help make smart solutions ubiquitous beyond cities?
The most prominent speakers
- This Smart City Festival had 25 speakers, among which the most prominent were:
- H.E. Thomas Schieb – Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Serbia
- Michael Roick – Project Director Western Balkans FNF
- Prof. Dr. Zoran Radojičić – Mayor of the City of Belgrade
- Milan Trivić – Deputy mayor of the City of Sarajevo
- Dragana Bećić – Assistant Director, Office for IT & eGovernment, Serbia
- Dominic Weiss – Head of the Smart City Vienna Agency Vienna, Austria
- Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier – Professor of Globalization Ethics at the University of Tübingen, Germany
- Victoria Boeck – Technologiestiftung Berlin, Germany
- Slobodan Marković – Digital Governance at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Marina Dimova – Governance Chief Technical Specialist at United Nations Development Programme Blerina Ramaj – Project Manager at Open Data Kosovo
- Nasiha Pozder – Ph.D., Faculty of Architecture Sarajevo, MP at Parliamentary Assembly of FBiH
- Aleksandar Macura – Programme Director of the RES Foundation
The next step for the Smart City Festival
The Smart City Festival will once again open its doors to innovative solutions this year – for a better and easier life in cities. SerbianTech will be one of the organizers this time as well. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. to be among the first to find out all the details about SCF21.
Everyone is welcome!