Ljubljana Forum 2016
Ljubljana Forum 2016 gathered around 150 participants who exchanged knowledge and discussed the opportunities and ideas for empowering cities and people.
»Knowledge and experience of city governance combined with visions of young people are crucial for future development of cities smart strategies.«, emphasized Mr. Blaž Golob, Chairman of Ljubljana Forum in his introduction speech. He welcomed the participants with Mr. Zoran Janković, Mayor of the City of Ljubljana and support of Mr. Miro Cerar, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia.
Key note speaker, one of the most important futurists of our age, Mr. Jerome C. Glenn, gave us an insight into conscious-technology, cities of the future and smart technology. First session offered insight information on how technology is an enabler of smart cities and what steps Ljubljana as a green capital took towards achieving sustainability. Mr. Miran Gajšek, Head of the Department for Urban Planning at City of Ljubljana, emphasized Ljubljana’s legacy in the European green city initiative, while speakers also addressed important themes such as introducing technology to the elderly and the importance of partnerships for green growth. Mr. Milutin Folić, Director of Urban Planning of the City of Belgrade, highlighted the problem of discommunication with citizens. Other city leaders shared that opinion and are aware of the need to give the voice to the people. For that reason many established special apps. City of Tirana is already working on a free city app, a digital guide of the capital with the sole purpose of facilitating and improving the citizens’ lives, said Mr. Erion Veliaj, Mayor of the City of Tirana.
Next session offered many industrial solutions that address different city problems such as safety, mobility, parking and city data. Mr. Julij Božič, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer at BTC d. d., pointed out the green mission – sustainable development of cities, in line with ISO standards and ECO projects. Mr. Simon Novak, Head of Sales & Marketing at SmartIScity Ltd., presented their open cloud platform, Smart City Platform, which gathers all city data in one place, helps citizens, companies and city leaders to access the data and improve the quality of life. Industry solutions and smart infrastructure connect green cities with industry providers. With that in mind, Petrol d. d. addressed important questions in the area of smart mobility and infrastructure – reducing CO2 in public lighting, district heating and water system.
Second day of Ljubljana forum 2016 started with democracy and institutional partnerships that force cities to include citizens in institutional decision making. “We need new tools for understanding reality and expectations of citizens.”, highlighted Mr. Enric Bas, University of Alicante, EU SFRI Advisory Group. Presentations of many inspiring projects about health, digitalization, smart districts and ecosystems followed in the next session. For conclusion, there was a round table of entrepreneurs, who discussed about encouraging environment for young companies, start-ups. The main point was that many young people have ideas with which they want to succeed and for that they need an adequate support environment.
Each year the Ljubljana Forum Future of Cities Award is granted to the most outstanding smart city development project. We are proud to announce that Ljubljana Forum Future of Cities Award 2016 was granted to the City of Tirana. They developed a mobile app “Tirana Ime”, which offers an instant access from the mobile phone to all real-time information related to road traffic, urban transport, tourism and many more things of interest. The app serves to all groups of citizens in Tirana.
For the very first time in Ljubljana Forum was presented Crowd sourcing & funding platform by Mr. Jean Michel ERRERA from MIPISE company Paris. Crowd sourcing & funding platforms enables cities to involve citizens in co-creation of the cities and funders to financially support different city projects.