22 - 24 April, 2020
Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, UAE
Raffaele Gareri, Chief Digital Transition Officer and Co- Founder at The City of Rome and The Smart City Association Italy

Raffaele Gareri

Chief Digital Transition Officer and Co- Founder
The City of Rome and The Smart City Association Italy

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

9:40 AM MOVING TECH BEYOND THE HYPE - A deep dive into the key challenges cities are faced with while implementing smart city infrastructure

Technology and IoT 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 technology use cases.

·         Creating a network powered society
·         Discovering new IoT applications and importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration using 5G
·         Limitations of IoT networks
·         How to improve functionality of IoT networks?

10:30 AM The Italy implementation of a digital infrastructure to sustain social and economical development

This session will highlight the implementation of a digital infrastructure in 28 municipalities located in the north of Italy whose aim is to sustain the social and economical development of those areas. The digital infrastructure provided IoT connectivity covering all the territory with a low power wide area network protocol (LoRa). This kind of connectivity  facilitated the business digitalization both for local governments and private companies producing efficiency and new quality of services for citizens and entrepreneurs.
Raffaele will illustrate business models, public-private partnership models and communication initiatives used to build and manage the governance of the initiative. He will also point out how this experience has provided a good practice to avoid a wave of digital divide for communities located outside big metropolitan areas. Finally he will also point out how this initiative has been partially funded by a contemporary initiative of energy efficiency in public lighting and by private investment of a smart city operator.

Day One Plenary Sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019


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?