05 - 07 April, 2020
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Carles Agusti i Hernàndez, Open Government Director at Barcelona Provincial Council

Carles Agusti i Hernàndez


Open Government Director
Barcelona Provincial Council

Connected Mega Cities Forum Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019


9:40 AM EXECUTIVE THINK THANK: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CITY FROM ALGHORITH BIAS, DATA ACCESS, KILLER ROBOTICS AND GENOME EDITING?

First generation of virtual assistants exposed algorithm fallacies- from Facebook’s algorithm election controversy to voice command software struggling to understand female voices etc. The developments in autonomous drone manufacturing pose major threat for city security and freedom. How can cities work together to create a common regulatory environment where technology can thrive while providing safety and security for citizens?

Housing & Residential Development Forum Conference Day One: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019


3:30 PM Smart governance: Connecting smart cities and open government

Society is changing, and the demands that citizens make to the public administration have also changed. What do citizens demand? Why do they ask for it? Public administrations, also private companies, have to adapt to these new demands that represent a change in the relationship with citizens, a cultural change based on what is known as open government, a new way to do policy based on transparency, open data and citizen participation, where technology is the vehicle that will allow us to implement it.

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019


3:30 PM Smart governance: Connecting smart cities and open government

Society is changing, and the demands that citizens make to the public administration have also changed. What do citizens demand? Why do they ask for it? Public administrations, also private companies, have to adapt to these new demands that represent a change in the relationship with citizens, a cultural change based on what is known as open government, a new way to do policy based on transparency, open data and citizen participation, where technology is the vehicle that will allow us to implement it.

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

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019


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

Day One Plenary Sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019


9:50 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?

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