The smart city concept is still in flux and subject to debate. Definitions of smart cities vary across countries and institutions according to the geopolitical context and to the specific issues at hand. However, in most cases, smart cities revolve around initiatives that use digital innovation to make urban services more efficient, sustainable and inclusive and thereby increase the overall competitiveness and well-being of a community. At a time of physical distancing and lockdown, digital technologies are playing a major role in relaying real-time life-saving information, ensure the continuity of key public services and bridge social isolation.
The BRILLIANT virtual exchange programme aims to empower clusters and their SME communities to consider a smart city approach in their products and services in order to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology while considering also circularity and inclusivity of the proposed solutions.
The lecturers and workshops proposed for the virtual exchange will enable us to better understand the interplay between smart cities and clusters and businesses, and provide insights on how can clusters support the development of smart cities? How can smart cities foster clusters? What are the enablers for and obstacles in this “collaboration”? The connection between clusters and smart cities is quite significant in relation to the need for promoting and supporting research, innovation and education of cluster’s members (mainly SMEs), and for developing and implementing solutions and projects for smart city areas. In this respect, the direction of this connection is not univocal: existing clusters may be the main supporter of the development of smart cities as well as smart cities can be seen as cluster boosters.
The BRILLIANT CxC virtual exchange will involve clusters and SMEs from the lighting, furniture and building sectors as well as sector experts and researchers in the smart city technologies, strategies and challenges. The envisaged six events will address topics of key importance for the BRILLIANT partners, addressing challenges and business prospects of lighting, furniture, buildings in the smart city concept, with a particular focus on digitalisation, new technologies and circular economy.
The virtual CxC exchange of the BRILLIANT project is organised in six half-day sessions of 4 hours each (corresponding to 3 working days) planned in six subsequent weeks, starting from 15.04 to 20.05.2021 (9.30 - 13.30 CET via Zoom platform).
15.04.2021 SMART LIGHTING FOR SMART CITIES - registration open: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xA1nhBmFSW2oWRnYzuSbcQ
23.04.2021 SMART FURNITURE FOR SMART CITIES
29.04.2021 SMART BUILDINGS FOR SMART CITIES
06.05.2021 SMART TECHNOLOGIES FOR SMART CITIES
13.05.2021 CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR SMART CITIES
20.05.2021 NEW FUNDING & COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES
Each event is composed of 3 parts:
- a technical capacity building addressing strategic topics for BRILLIANT clusters and their SMEs of the lighting, furniture and construction sectors in the framework of Smart Building and Smart Cities;
- a showcasing of innovative products, services and solution by SMEs, clusters, up-scaling organisations and/or other EU-funded projects;
- B2B and C2C networking
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Marta Krakowiak, BRILLIANT Coordinator: [email protected]