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Future City 2019

Date: 4th June 2019   Location: Europa Congress Center

Section I: Focus on financing and planning

A significant proportion of the global population is already living in cities, and as urbanisation progresses, cities will have to meet an increasing number of development-related challenges. The digitalisation of European cities has a long way to go, which in the case of Hungary and the CEE region means that there is substantial development potential in transforming cities, towns and villages into smart and sustainable communities. The easiest way to turn smart is through financing. What opportunities do communities have in this regard? Where does the money come from, at what cost, and how does it reach cities? Do we need to worry about a lack of resources, or will there be more than adequate funding to begin or continue modernisation? We will seek the answers to these and many other questions in presentations and panel discussions.

09:00 - 09:20

Keynote speech

09:20 - 09:35

How to finance smartening, and at what cost?

09:35 - 10:15

Financers, cities and consultants roundtable

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee break

Section II: Smartening has already started, we just need to notice it. Leading developments in transportation

The time for change is here: the role of cars in transportation is decreasing or transforming, foreshadowed by the appearance of self-driving cars and the sharing of transportation. As is always the case with innovation, we might face unforeseen hazards and problems along the way. When can we expect the fist autonomous cars, and are we even ready for their use? What would it take to decrease car traffic in Budapest? 

10:45 - 11:15

The future of transportation: Will Hungary go for electric cars, conventional cars or public transportation?

11:15 - 11:45

Budapest smart concept

11:45 - 12:30

The future of transportation – Electric cars and self-driving vehicles. The city centre of the future and its impact on people

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch break

Section III/A: All-pervading networks that run the system

Change is evident not just in transportation but in everyday life as well. We have huge amounts of data at our disposal, and we make decisions relying on these. As the amount of data grows ruthlessly and new technologies appear at an extremely fast pace, people need to develop digital intelligence. We live in a world of blockchain, artificial intelligence and data science. We cannot ignore 5G networks, which could open new vistas for individual users and corporations alike in coming years. Where does this process stand now? When will we be able to experience the benefits of 5G, and what exactly are these?

13:45 - 14:00

Data runs our lives and everything else – How to analyse and make use of data?

14:00 - 14:15

The network of the future – 5G adoption breaks new ground

14:15 - 15:00

5G et al – How is coverage? To what degree do new networks serve demand? How can we analyse and use data?

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

Section III/B: Focusing on public administration, human policy and security

There are many kinds of good projects, but before deciding on funding, decision-makers must consider how many people a project will affect and whether it will provide a return. There is no point in spending money before we identify goals, which is why local residents and institutions must be involved in these decisions. This is especially true when security is on the line, be it on the streets in the actual physical space or in the online world where wolves roam in sheep's clothing.

13:45 - 14:00

The current state and future opportunities of smartening public administration: projects of city and district councils

14:00 - 14:15

Our freedom for our security!? Security and protection in the physical space on the streets, protection in the virtual space online

14:15 - 15:00

Technology is technology whether it is in good hands or bad. What kind of world should we be preparing for?

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

Section IV: Presenting smart projects – Flash presentations and roundtable networking

Introducing already implemented or promising smart city concepts, projects and ideas in six minutes.

15:30 - 16:00

Flash presentations

16:00 - 17:00

Table 1 – Where will the money come from? - Funding

16:00 - 17:00

Table 2 – Pre-smart strategy – City planning and property development

16:00 - 17:00

Table 3 – Where are we headed? – Transportation, self-driving cars, car sharing, public transportation

16:00 - 17:00

Table 4 – 5G networks – Smart grid

16:00 - 17:00

Table 5 – Challenges for local governments, investing in people – Healthcare, education, human policy

16:00 - 17:00

Table 6 – Heating and cooling, but how and at what cost? - The energy of the future

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