Delivering Smart Cities

Date: 21 March 2013

Barclays, Cisco and Bird & Bird, in partnership with the Guardian Sustainable Business, are pleased to be hosting a Smart Cities event at the Design Museum, London (click here for directions), on Thursday 21 March 2013.  
Smart Cities are often portrayed as a long-term aspiration, reserved for greenfield developments. We believe that this overlooks both the pressures that our existing cities are under today and the opportunities that technology already provides. Smart cities aren’t a futuristic idea, they are happening now.

Delivering Smart Cities poses some system-level challenges however, focussing on collaborative thinking. Our challenge is to move urban innovation from finding standalone solutions to a connected approach that produces enduring results.

We will be running a series of events in 2013 focusing on the Smart Cities agenda, launching with an online Q&A held on 11 March hosted by Guardian Sustainable Business.

This will be followed by the major event hosted at the Design Museum. Bringing together key stakeholders, who are actively involved in the delivery of these new urban solutions, we will explore new, collaborative ways of working and develop the models necessary to unlock further investment.

At the event we will examine a number of case-studies and look at practical issues and common themes through a series of panels and workshops, ensuring that you can engage and connect with other participants.

The event will start at 10.00 and run until 18.30, followed by networking drinks and canapés. See the complete agenda and details about the follow-up event below.

If you're interested in attending this event or for further information, please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

Please note entry will be strictly on a first come, first serve basis.


Agenda item

10.00 – 10.30

Registration and networking with refreshments

10.30 – 11.50

Welcome address
Dimitri Zenghelis

Keynote address

Worked through Models for Smart Cities:

Making a Smart City a reality
Brian Devlin, Glasgow City Council

Enabling a Smart City
John Baekelmans, Cisco

Financing Efficient Technology
John Jones, Barclays
Dipak Haria, Barclays

Moderator’s summary of the big challenges
Dimitri Zenghelis 

11.50 – 12.20


12.20 – 13.45

Panel session intro: How to address the big challenges, potential solutions
Dimitri Zenghelis

Harnessing Innovation
Facilitator:   Sean Duffy, Barclays
                  Victor Christou, Wellington Partners
                  Christopher McAtominey, Intelligent Energy
                  Kaveh Memari, Renew
                  Chris Lonvick, Cisco

Comparative City Development
Facilitator:   Gareth Macnaughton, Cisco
Panel:         Anne Lange, Cisco
                  Vincente Guallart, Barcelona City Council
                  Raj Mack, Digital Birmingham
                  Stephen Hilton, Bristol City Council
                  Ruth Buckley, Cork City Council 

Collaborative Structures: healthcare & energy sector
Facilitator:   Ronald Hendrikx, Bird & Bird
Panel:          Professor Moxham, King’s Health Partners
                  Jonathan Maxwell, Sustainable Development Capital Ltd
                  Richard Ploszek, HM Treasury
                  Kevin Dean, University of South Denmark  

Panel session closing
Ronald Hendrikx, Bird & Bird

13.45– 14.45


14.45 – 15.45

Workshop series 1 - focussed groups discussing problem statements around 7 areas:

  •  Buildings
  •  Connectivity
  •  Energy
  •  Healthcare
  •  Big data
  •  Transport
  •  Water

15.50 – 16.50

Workshop series 2 – rotation of focussed groups discussing problem statements around above 7 areas

16.50 – 17.20


17.20 – 18.30

Behavioural Change
Brian Dickens MBE, SAZ

Closing panel session 1 - Workshop outcome and conclusions (Connectivity, Energy, Transport and Water)
Facilitator:     Jo Confino, the Guardian
Panel:            Peter Shearman, Cisco (Connectivity)
                    Hayley Rees, Barclays (Energy)
                    Richard Cawdron, Barclays (Transport)
                    Michael Rudd, Bird & Bird (Water)

Closing panel session 2 - Workshop outcome and conclusions (Buildings, Big data and Healthcare)
Facilitator:    Jo Confino, the Guardian
Panel:           Nick Blofeld, Cisco (Buildings)
                   Gareth Macnaughton, Cisco (Big data)
                   Dominic Cook, Bird & Bird (Healthcare)

Event wrap-up
Gareth Macnaughton, Cisco  

18.30 – 20.30

Drinks and canapés with closing remarks
Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum

Guests will have exclusive access to exhibitions through guided tours throughout the evening.

Workshop materials

View/download the materials for this workshop.

Solutions demonstration day

Finally, an integral part of "Delivering Smart Cities" is a follow-up Solutions demonstration day.

On Thursday 18th April, we would like to welcome you between 10.00 - 15.00 at the CISCO Executive Briefing Centre, to see smart city solutions demonstrated.

If you're interested in attending this event or for further information, please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.