Innovation and data: IBM webinar to focus on smarter cities

An upcoming webinar hosted by IBM seeks to investigate the trend of "smart cities", and hopes to uncover the many challenges and solutions being thrown up around the world.

Taking place on Wednesday 13th November, the panel discussion will include Dave Smith chief executive of Sunderland City Council, Centre for Cities CEO Alexandra Jones, and Raj Mack, the head of Digital Birmingham. Experts from IBM will also be present. The talk will be chaired by Lindley Gooden the former presenter for the BBC, Sky and ITV and managing director of Greenscreen.

"Cities generate a wealth of data," the company argues. "The challenge is to turn it into useful information."

IBM claims that the webinar will "assess how city governments, businesses and communities can collaborate to get the most value out of technology and use data to deliver better, more efficient services."

The webinar will especially focus on how we can create what they call a "smart city vision," something that requires a "clear, collaborative roadmap, strong leadership and communities".

The hosts of the webinar promise to "look beyond the smart city hype to what cities can do now to create and deliver more innovative, low-carbon services in a budget-constrained environment."

Topics to be discussed range from the role of technology, data and information in a smart city vision, and how to align formal institutions with informal creativity, as well as how to maximise returns on technology investment.

The talks will also revolve around a number of case studies from cities that are successfully exploiting data and implementing emergent technology.

IBM promises a talk that balances "easy wins with longer term strategic programmes".

With just five days until the event, you can find out more and get involved in the conversation over on the webinar registration page.