Focused Programme in Smart City ++
The world is experiencing unprecedented processes of rapid and disruptive change, driven by new digital technologies, which are generating new paradigms in different aspects of society.
The Digital Age is defining a new world, in which people, information and things will be connected as never before, just a click away. It is the time for cities. Never in human history have cities had the prominence they have today. Our world is urban, society is urban and people are urban beings. In this hyperconnected world, cities and territories need to explore new ways of understanding the convergence between physical reality and the digital world.
This constantly evolving society requires an update of the mechanisms of intervention on the city and territory. At this time of new prominence of cities, and in this context characterized by permanent innovation, an opportunity arises to explore new ways of understanding and intervening in the city. Some cities are working on improving their positioning in anticipation of the future in a global, competitive and changing context. A Smart City is one capable of defining, agreeing upon and implementing a vision of the future around people, aimed at the best possible development of the society that inhabits it.
The Smart City ++ Focused Programme is of special interest to the following profiles:
The programme consists of 2 modules.
The Urban Being in the Digital Age: Innovation and Territory The Keys to Smart Cities and Territories The New Smart Territories Scales: Cities in the Network Strategic Development Projects and Urban Innovation Nodes From Vision to Action: Urban Development for a Rapidly Changing World.
The cities of the 21st century. Main challenges Technology as an enabler: why Smart Cities? The main objective of 21st century cities: to be the most attractive city for talented citizens and investors Magnetism of the City City Performance (Citizen Contract) Conclusions. Next steps.
With this programme, participants will:
Vice-President of the Metrópoli Foundation, an international innovation centre for cities and territories, which orientates its research around Smart Territories. For over a decade, he has been director of the Executive Master’s in Urban Planning and Zoning at the CEU. Over his three decades of professional experience, town planner Ignacio Alcalde has contributed to the creation of urban areas, the transformation of cities, and the development of regions from a Smart Territory perspective, with an approach that integrates strategic vision and action. Some of the work projects in which he has been involved have won international recognition, such as the European Urban and Regional Planning Award on 4 occasions; the global award for innovation at the Smart City Expo 2015, or the world award for the best project 2017 from the International Association of Urban Planners. He studied Architecture at the University of Navarra.
Director of Government Solutions, specialised in SmartCities for Microsoft Europe (14 countries). Since 1995, he has worked in several positions in the company, including sales, strategy, partner management, operations, and marketing. In 2004, he brought in the business of local and regional administrations. He created the programme of solutions for cities called “Digital Cities Accelerator”, which was the forerunner of the “Digital Town Hall” initiative. The proposal now is to call this CityNext (SmartCities Solutions from Microsoft partners): a worldwide programme with over 400 partners and more than 1000 solutions. Recognised as one of the top 300 influencers worldwide as far as SmartCities are concerned, José Antonio regularly participates in international congresses and is leading a doctoral thesis on the future of SmartCities. He collaborates with Urban Agenda and works as a SmartCity strategy consultant for various European municipalities. He studied a Higher Degree in Telecommunications at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, a Master’s in Business and Institutional Communication Management at the Autónoma University of Barcelona.