Davor Meersman

CEO, Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC)

Davor Meersman is CEO of Open & Agile Smart Cities, an international network that addresses global societal challenges by uniting cities and communities around a set of Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs). Davor is a global change maker with more than 15 years of international experience in setting up leading infrastructures and organisations on the forefront of technological innovation. He is a member of the United Nations SDG 11 Global Council, member of the European Commission's Steering Committee on Advanced Technologies for Industry, member of the Advisory Board of the ETSI Task Force on Citizen-Centric Standards, Ambassador of ISSIP, and a judge and mentor for Belgium's largest start-up incubator programme Start-It KBC (500+ startups). He holds a PhD in Information Systems from Curtin University, Australia.

Davor is speaking at

Application Track 5 - Smart society
November 5, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Speakers

  • Seiler, Charlotte (Chair) AI Innovation Manager, Berlin Partner
  • Roberto Di Bernardo (Chair) Head of Open Government group (R&D Laboratory), Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA / BDVA
  • Vega Rodrigálvarez (Chair) Project Manager, ITAINNOVA / Big Data Value Association
  • Tonia Sapia (Speaker) Marketing and Project Manager, FIWARE Foundation
  • Davor Meersman (Speaker) CEO, Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC)
  • Stefan Höffken (Speaker) Head of Urban Data & Platform, Tegel Projekt GmbH
  • Kaisa Sibelius (Speaker) Project manager and coordinator of AI4Cities project, Forum Virium Helsinki
  • Benjamin Seibel (Speaker) Director CityLAB, Technologiestiftung Berlin

Description

The term ‘Smart Society’ encompasses several areas including smart city, smart governance, smart mobility and smart environment. All these perspectives are central to developing societies that are both sustainable and connected in a smart way. It is estimated that by 2050 two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas, a trend which prompted the United Nations to establish ‘Sustainable Cities’ as one of their Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. SDG 11). Furthermore, the topic of urbanisation impacts several other SDGs (e.g. 1, 6, 8 et al.) and therefore must be considered as one of the key drivers of change in a sustainable transformation. 
A value chain built on AI and Big Data is a key enabler in the twin transition, requested by the Green Deal, towards a digital and green Europe, supporting the required systemic and cross-sectorial complexity of the addressed phenomena. 
The Smart Society track explores how cities are getting ready for a massive integration of AI and Big Data technologies to address their needs and how AI and Big Data can support local transitions towards a circular economy 
The track is split into two main subject areas: 
  1. "Smart City – challenges and good practices" - How are cities implementing AI and Big Data projects locally? How are cities pushing forward innovation in that field?  Which are the most promising models? Use cases across Europe will be shared: What are the success criteria for creating smart city applications? The question of public funding is examined as well as the difference in creating industry applications.
  2. “AI and Big Data for a Circular Economy” - The second subject area showcases examples of Circular Economy initiatives across Europe that integrate AI and Big Data solutions. The examples are drawn both from an urban and rural context. 

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