The Smart & Intelligent Cities Group

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About the group

Smart and Intelligent Cities can be defined in many ways and their importance for us all and our quality of life now and in the future, is unquestionable. Technology will play the crucial role in delivering Smart and Intelligent Cities and the low energy society we all desire.

The Smart and Intelligent Cities SIG will address a broad range of issues such as, city platforms, interoperability and the integration of a myriad of technology applications as well as the need for standards, procurement and regulation. With an open and collaborative approach, we will draw on participation from academia, government, industry, cities and the citizen to shine a spotlight on the opportunities and challenges both in the UK and globally.

SIG meetings will provide an excellent opportunity to network with key people within the ecosystem to access information on the latest trends and issues across what is a multi-sector subject.

Core objectives of the Smart Cities SIG are:

  • To Provide Insight: Informing members and providing analysis on the latest trends in market development, in technology innovation and in new insights into end user needs and behaviour
  • To Stimulate Fresh Thinking: Assembling thought-leaders from a broad ecosystem to broaden the understanding and sharing of ideas, creating fresh insights critical to fuelling innovation and developing new businesses
  • To Create New Partnerships: Facilitating valuable new connections between individuals and organisations, and between traditionally different industry sectors. Smart Cities will continue to accelerate with technology providing the disruptive innovation that, creates both many new challenges and many more new opportunities to trade

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SIG Champions

  • Mr David Brown — VP Smart City & Urban Innovation , GeoSpock

    I'm an American who's spent the past 15 years helping start-up/scale-up companies in the UK building successful Customer Service, Customer Success, and Professional Services teams. I've done this mainly as a player/coach; initially working with customers myself and only building teams once I've gained a clear understanding of what's needed to support the company's unique customer base. In 2015, I...

    I'm an American who's spent the past 15 years helping start-up/scale-up companies in the UK building successful Customer Service, Customer Success, and Professional Services teams. I've done this mainly as a player/coach; initially working with customers myself and only building teams once I've gained a clear understanding of what's needed to support the company's unique customer base. In 2015, I 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. I'm a keen believer that the best way to become successful is to help others become successful and "What comes around, goes around." I enjoy seeing success — whether it’s mine or yours — so send me a message if there's anything I can do to help you.

  • 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 — Smart Cambridge Programme 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...

    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 — Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Greenwich

    Paul Copping is Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Greenwich, serving the Royal Borough of Greenwich, population 270,000. His role is to engage with industrial partners to deploy integrated technology solutions that will result in more innovative, agile and cheaper services for Greenwich citizens. Paul is currently working on connected and autonomous vehicles; 5G wireless; and a collaborative smart city procurement...

    Paul Copping is Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Greenwich, serving the Royal Borough of Greenwich, population 270,000. His role is to engage with industrial partners to deploy integrated technology solutions that will result in more innovative, agile and cheaper services for Greenwich citizens. Paul is currently working on connected and autonomous vehicles; 5G wireless; and a collaborative smart city procurement framework. Paul has an MBA in Marketing from Cass Business School and an MA in Spanish and French from the University of Cambridge. His earlier career background is in telecoms (Nortel, BT) and mobility (Transport Research Laboratory) with a focus on corporate development and innovation management. He is a Director of the City Protocol Society. 

  • 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...

    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.

  • Miranda Sharp — Director Innovation, Ordnance Survey

    Miranda Sharp created Ordnance Survey’s Smart Practice and now heads a team which innovates with start-ups and collaborative projects using place-based insights to seize the golden opportunities now emerging from a ‘Smarter’ world. She is a member of the Mayor’s Smart London Board, the National Infrastructure Commission’s Future Technology panel, Future Leader for ICE Project 13 and a board advisor...

    Miranda Sharp created Ordnance Survey’s Smart Practice and now heads a team which innovates with start-ups and collaborative projects using place-based insights to seize the golden opportunities now emerging from a ‘Smarter’ world. She is a member of the Mayor’s Smart London Board, the National Infrastructure Commission’s Future Technology panel, Future Leader for ICE Project 13 and a board advisor to the award-winning See Sense. She’s excited about creating a world-beating digital economy in the UK based on high performing digital infrastructure and innovative business models.

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