Presentation and Debate with Dan Byles Chair of SmarterUK

With urban populations growing and funding resources shrinking, cities are facing increasing challenges to meet the needs of their people. What are these challenges and how can smart technology contribute to solutions for economic development by delivering service more efficiently with lower environmental footprint, and in doing so raising the quality of life in cities?

There are growing numbers of smart grid and smart building pilot projects around the world that demonstrate smart city technologies and how they can bring significant financial and resource savings by automatically optimising energy, infrastructure, and digital networks in a way that was unimaginable just a few short years ago.

This is a Smarter Cities discussion and debate with Dan Byles, Chair of SmarterUK & Vice President of Living PlanIT, with Plymouth University’s Institute of Digital Art & Technology (i-DAT) Exeter's Co-Cars “on-demand low carbon smart mobility for all” and Plymouth City Council.

Dan is Vice President of Corporate Development for Living PlanIT, smart city software specialists who pioneer a smarter approach to buildings, cities and community development.

Dan also chairs the independent UK smart city trade association SmarterUK, bringing together stakeholders from across sectors, championing smart city development within the UK and helping to shape the strategic policy environment for smart city solutions.

Before joining Living PlanIT, Dan was a British Member of Parliament serving on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and the Science & Technology Select Committee. He has strong expertise in energy, environment and clean tech policy, serving on the Parliamentary Bill Committee for the Energy Act 2013 and chairing a number of high profile All Party Parliamentary Groups. Dan was the founding Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Smart Cities Group and a member of the UK Government Ministerial Smart City Forum.

The event is supported by the British Science Association (BSA) and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commence and Manufactures (RSA South West) and is part of the BSA national Future Debates Series.

These events are part of BSA’s work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. We want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their lives, their local economy and the UK’s future. Supported locally by the Real Ideas Organsiation and part of a developing body of work around the forthcoming Devonport Market Hall – Plymouth’s new centre for digital arts, enterprise, research and visitors.

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