On the 27-28 March 2019 at The Westin Warsaw Hotel, the next edition of the Smart City Forum took place. More than 600 people attended during the two-day project in order to discover Polish cities anew.
The opening ceremony of the congress was hosted by the Chairman of the Advisory Board, an expert in the area of smart city solutions and the Deputy Mayor of the City of Wrocław in the years of 2007-2018, Maciej Bluj. Then the Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, took the floor. The mayor of the capital during his presentation underlined that every city should be a city of development, open to investors. The first debate, keeping the slogan of the project “Discover the city anew” in mind, touched on completed projects, plans for the future and effects of these operations. Remembering that above all else, a city should be a platform which helps the communication between the city, it’s residents and its surroundings, there was a discussion between mayors on how to implement innovation taking into account the opinion of citizens. Smart Citizen is an issue which often comes up in conversations about smart city concepts. There was also no lack of examples of development strategies of small and medium-sized cities and talks about financing investments. A dynamic variety of the standard method of knowledge transfer was a “sparring” of smart city technologies. In short presentations, participants could listen to 7 examples of innovative implementations and unusually interesting solutions for their cities. The topic block dedicated to payments also enjoyed a high level of interest. Payment system issues were addressed in the context of short use cases and standard debates. The Smart City Forum also touched on the topic of smart cities going from problem to solution. In this way, the issue of air pollution and the efficient use of energy was discussed.
Participants could also discover their city anew by taking part in round tables sessions. This part of the agenda, which was attended by crowds of congress participants, is the perfect occasion for the free exchange of thoughts, inspiration and to hear opinions on certain issues from many perspectives. Each table was hosted by an expert of the given field who moderated the whole discussion. During the round table session, participants could widen their knowledge and exchange experience in the following topics:
- Emission-free transport in practice – challenges and responsibilities
- How to finance operations from the field of energy efficiency and environmental protection?
- Good bike sharing practices of cooperation between local government and operator
- The benefits of a simple, integrable infrastructure that delivers and analyses data in real time
- City information superhighway as a Smart City tool for managing information and urban space
- Shared mobility / electric scooters – a joint solution as a complement to public transport in cities
Speakers of the 9th Smart City Forum included:
- Krystyna Danilecka-Wojewódzka, Mayor of the City of Słupsk
- Beata Moskal-Słaniewska, Mayor of the City of Świdnica
- Wojciech Bakun, Mayor of the City of Przemyśl
- Piotr Grzymowicz, Mayor of the City of Olsztyn
- Piotr Kuczera, Mayor of the City of Rybnik
- Tadeusz Krzakowski, Mayor of the City of Legnica
- Bartłomiej Pawlak, Vice-President of the Management Board, Polish Development Fund
- Roman Szełemej, Mayor of the City of Wałbrzych
- Bogdan Wenta, Mayor of the City of Kielce
The Smart City Grand Gala took place at the end of the first day, during which awards were presented during the “Smart City” competition.
Partners of the 9th Smart City Forum:
Akcelerator Inteligentnych Miast, APA, Asseco Data System, Atende S.A., Biuro Informacji Kredytowej, BIG Biuro Informacji Gospodarczej, LUG, Polish Development Fund, W.P.I.P.
Axis, CEZ, ICE Gateway, hive, Netia, Nextbike, Smart Factor, Abak, ProfesCapital, Gamfi
We invite you to view the full photo gallery of the 9th Smart City Forum.
The organizer of the event is MMC Poland.