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The Future of Urban Movement

Brought to you by The Smart & Intelligent Cities Group

An informal evening pub event combining a couple of short talks led by the Smart Cities SIG with an evening of face-to-face networking in a relaxed setting.

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About the event

The Smart Cities SIG is putting on a pub social at the well-known and friendly Maypole Freehouse in Cambridge. The event will start at 6:30pm (with registration and time to get a drink from 6pm) and short talks from experts in the Smart Cities space who will explore the changing needs of citizens for transport in cities and towns, and examine the challenges of meeting these needs in a sustainable way. We have a private room upstairs booked until 8:30pm after which delegates are welcome to continue networking in the bar area downstairs.

Registered delegates are entitled to one free drink from the bar on CW.

Background to the talks:

Covid significantly disrupted the way that people move around and between cities and towns. This had led to city authorities having to reimagine the future and adapt to these changes. Core to this has been the collection and use of data, utilising new technologies to both better understand where, when and how people are moving. Authorities are developing better tools and models to understand and plan for the future, including visualisations, models and digital twins. Regions are seeing new modes of transport emerge such as electric scooters, demand-responsive transport and shared vehicles to meet this new demand. How can cities begin to integrate these modes into a user friendly transport system and ensure that we are supporting a move from the car to more sustainable modes?


Unfortunately there is no access for wheelchair users to the private room upstairs where the talks will take place.  However, delegates are welcome to network in the bar area downstairs as well.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWSmartCities.


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Registration and networking


CW welcome


Introduction to the Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG by Dan Clarke, SIG Champion and Stakeholder & Partnerships Manager, Connecting Cambridgeshire


Bus Open Data Service - Helping the UK's Department for Transport Drive Patronage and Digitally Transform the UK Bus Industry: Andy Walker, Commercial Director, ITO World

At Ito World we are passionate about public transport. Globally, we are encouraging passengers out of their vehicles and onto more sustainable and efficient modes of transport, through the availability of highly accurate and real time passenger information. The UK Bus industry uses our analytics and reporting to support future policy, governance and operational decisions.


Smart Infrastructure, Smart Cities: Megan O’Connor, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Vivacity Labs

A look back at how we began monitoring our travel, how local authorities are using data to benefit their cities and citizens right now and what the future may hold for the data we collect and how we use it for safer, cleaner, quicker travel.


Informal discussion around the topic followed by networking


Event close


Megan O'Connor - Head of Strategic Partnerships, Vivacity Labs

Megan is a seasoned expert within the transport technology industry with over 15 years of experience leading teams and delivering key solutions for the likes of National Highways and TfL. She is passionate about helping clients succeed and get true value from innovative technology, with a keen interest in the full service lifecycle and delivery excellence.

Andy Walker - Commercial Director, Ito World

Andy is Commercial Director for Ito World, leading Ito’s efforts in developing customer and partner relationships to support transit agencies and authorities in driving increased use of public transit. Andy has spent over 30 years growing leading edge software businesses. His career includes 10 years in the geo-spatial industry and 10 years with McLaren Applied Technologies, helping businesses harness the power of data through the use of technology originating in the highly data driven environment of Formula 1 motorsport.

SIG Champions

Dejan Bojic - Director, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Director, High Summits Consulting

Dejan is an independent senior consultant advising a range of clients across both public and private sectors. His particular focus is development of open and shared connectivity and data infrastructure to support product development and service transformation within complex innovation ecosystems.

Dejan’s most recent work has included development of Digital & Innovation propositions for the Belfast Region City Deal, shaping and delivery of engagement workshops for DCMS’ 5G Urban Connected Communities project, and expert contribution to Future Cities Catapult’s Hyperconnected project. Prior to this Dejan has led the UK Smart Cities market strategy development for NEC Europe where he established a number of key partnerships, notably with Bristol Is Open and Digital Greenwich. And previous to Smart Cities Dejan has spent over a decade in technology marketing roles covering products and services in high speed optical transmission systems, mobile and wireless networks, and data communications.

A firm believer in creating value through collaboration between public and private sectors and across technology layers, Dejan’s aspiration as a SIG Champion is to shine a spotlight on market innovation opportunities through CW’s uniquely rich network of experts and influencers.

David Brown - VP Public Sector, Alchera Data Technologies Ltd.

David has spent the past 15 years helping start-up/scale-up companies in the UK build successful Customer Service, Customer Success, and Professional Services teams. He has done this mainly as a player/coach; initially working with customers himself and only building teams once he’s gained a clear understanding of what's needed to support the company's unique customer base.

In 2015, he used the knowledge gained from years of working in web analytics to found Adavow, an ad suppression platform that enables advertisers and ad networks to stop serving digital ads to consumers who have recently purchased a similar item, which increases digital budget efficiency by 10% or more.

David is a keen believer that the best way to become successful is to help others become successful and "What comes around, goes around."

Mary-Ann Claridge - Founder, Mandrel Systems

Mary-Ann is the Lead data scientist at Mandrel Systems. She started her career with research into sonar (think Hunt for Red October without Sean Connery). She is now embracing application and technical domains including education (all the analysis, modelling and visualisation for BestCourse4Me), smart city, retail, voice and speech recognition, and financial and logistical optimisation.

Daniel Clarke - Stakeholder & Partnerships Manager, Connecting Cambridgeshire

Dan is the Programme Manager for the Smart Cambridge programme which was set up to explore how data, innovative technology and better connectivity can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond. Local councils, technology businesses, university researchers and partner organisations are working together to find smart ways to tackle city challenges, such as transport and air quality.

Paul Copping - CTO, Fawley Waterside, CEO, Maxathon Ltd

Paul Copping is CTO at Fawley Waterside, a new build £1B+ smart city development in the Solent which will form an international merchant city, see

He is also Vice President Corporate Development at Sightline Innovation Inc of Toronto, with a focus on data trusts and privacy. He is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group AI Task Force on Data Governance. Paul was previously Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Greenwich (2014-2018) while chairing an Industry Specification Group at ETSI called City Digital Profile. His earlier career includes leadership roles in telecoms (Nortel, BT) and transport (TRL).

John Davies - Senior Advisor, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

John has carried out a unique mix of strategic and operational roles with placements in the USA and Europe and partnerships in Asia. Over recent years much of his private sector and Government activities has been in the area of mobile and wireless communications, digital media, Smart Cities, Cloud and Big Data and M2M/IoT as well as emerging and disruptive technologies. Helping technology start ups in the UK and internationally sourcing technology and partners as well as provide due diligence in areas of M&A and stock listings. Operating as a UK Government Advisor John has briefed both UK and International Government Ministers and Departments on Smart Cities and respective technologies and applications. This has included providing international workshops, mentoring and consulting at senior levels. John has designed and ran awareness and implementation workshops for international companies and led international delegations to overseas markets, the most recent to Singapore and Malaysia in partnership with InnovateUK. John is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Smart Cities. John will be engaging with potential new international companies and organisations, and supporting CW member companies.

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The Maypole Freehouse, 20a Portugal Place, Cambridge CB5 8AF

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