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Smart cities are those cities which, while performing their functions and providing various types of public services (including those related to transport), focus on innovative and creative solutions in order to care for sustainable development and increase the standard of living of their inhabitants. Technological solutions related to machine learning, big data, i.e. the collection and analysis of data in real time, but also the increasingly common artificial intelligence in various aspects of our lives, play a huge role in their development. The challenges faced by cities implementing the smart city idea will be the topic of the discussion on Solutions for smart cities, which will take place on October 20 during the free, hybrid conference Made in Wroclaw 2021.

What is a "smart" city?

During the Made in Wroclaw, experts from companies and universities specializing in the development of the smart city idea will talk, among others, about how cities that can be described as "smart" are defined today.

- Smart cities are spaces where technology is an enabler of citizen-centered and environmentally friendly services offered to society to improve the quality of life in urban areas. There are different ways to make cities smarter and more livable, from high-tech solutions to temporary measures. However, in all scenarios, the needs of the residents should always be a priority. Only by listening to the future beneficiaries of projects and creating a participatory map of transformation is it possible to achieve progress - explains Jan Hauser, Business Creation Manager, EIT Urban Mobility.

It should be emphasized that the cities of the future implementing the smart city idea focus on deploying new technologies not only in the area of collective mobility policy, including the organization and development of public transport in the city. Constant implementation of innovative solutions that provide cities with new technologies serve them, among others. to build their resilience, more and more vulnerable to climate change, and to increase the level of social participation of their inhabitants. Examples of this can be, among others, systems for monitoring air pollution, water flow, popularizing electronic payments, and finally programs allowing residents to participate in the distribution of funds from the city budget.

 -Smart cities use data and digital technologies to make better and faster decisions that affect the quality of our lives. They will offer greater security, speed up and facilitate communication, improve the health of their inhabitants and, finally, take care of our environment. Cities that take advantage of these opportunities will be able to develop faster - comments Tomasz Smolarczyk, Head of AI, Spyrosoft, SoDA Member.

Smart, meaning unlimited potential

Along with the implementation of new technologies, the smart city idea is also developing, and its success largely depends on the cooperation of local governments with innovators who create solutions that can be successfully used not only in business or industry, but also in cities.

When we talked about smart cities a few years ago, the conversation was mostly about smart metering, data gathering, and the Internet of Things. Today we're talking rather about the potential of distributed energy storage, induction loops for mobile car charging, or artificial intelligence supporting image recognition and infrastructure management - comments Dr. Paweł Kurtasz, Vice President of the Board of the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone.

Such cooperation requires openness to innovation and new trends. Speakers and participants of the Made in Wroclaw conference, which will be held for the fifth time, will talk about them.

- Made in Wroclaw is a business event during which every year we talk to business leaders, innovators and scientists about trends and technologies that affect how business develops and how our cities operate. This year we meet under the slogan "Driven by intelligence", and the main topic of our discussions will be artificial intelligence - comments Mateusz Jarzombek, Director of the Business Support Center at the Wrocław Agglomeration Development Agency.

- Recently, the city of Wrocław signed an agreement with EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub East Network Partner Memorandum of Understanding, therefore among the topics that will be discussed at the conference, there must be "SmartCity" unquestionably related to AI today - explains Robert Bednarski, Deputy Director for SmartCity, Department of City Promotion and Tourism, Wrocław City Hall.

Participation in Made in Wroclaw is free, but registration at www.made-in-wroclaw.pl is required. In addition to the discussion panel entitled Solutions for smart cities, which will be attended by representatives of: Share.P, EIT Urban Mobility, Spyrosoft, Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone and the University of Wrocław, during the event there will also be discussions about the role of a leader and team building in the era of artificial intelligence, e-commerce and the MedTech industry.

Made in Wroclaw 2021 is organized by the Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency and the City of Wroclaw. The honorary patronage over the conference was taken by: Coventry University, the National Center for Research and Development, Wroclaw University of Technology, WSB University, Wroclaw University, Wroclaw University of Economics, Walbrzych Special Economic Zone, Wroclaw University of Applied Informatics Horyzont, AHK Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce . The event is organized in cooperation with ITCorner, SoDA and ABSL as well as Wolves Summit, an event for the global technology community, which will take place in Wroclaw on October 19-21, 2021.

More information about the conference can be found at www.made-in-wroclaw.pl