Last week the Smart Cities project was ceremoniously closed during a 3-day final conference. More than 200 participants from 16 countries listened to the best strategies and practices for the development of personalized and user-oriented services.
Research showed that anno 2011 almost half of SME companies still don’t have a website, thus missing an informative communication platform towards customers. Leiedal and the Kortrijk Region now offer each company a free webpage on the site of their municipality.
Mobile services are the future for providing real time and geobased services. This is one of the conclusions of the event “The future of mobile”, organized by the NSR-projects Smart Cities and E-CLIC in Kortrijk, on May 10th, 2011 in “The Studios”.
The Smart Cities project is happy to announce the official dates of the Final Conference. The three-day conference will be hosted in the Heart of Europe, Brussels, and in the Kortrijk region. A mix of high level meetings, diners, a conference, exhibition and local case studies will inspire a target public of policy makers, eGov officers and anyone involved in eGovernment for local authorities.
The Smart Cities project is invited by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions to present the methodologies and cases developed during the past months. The council is interested in the experiences of the Smart Cities partners and the cases of service development, the work on Customer Insight, the EU service list and the Customer Contact Contres.
The Smart Cities project received lots of attention at the EU eGov conferences in Ghent and Brussels (Belgium) past week. As one of the main contributors to the Citadel Statement, we were able to co-launch this document together with the North Sea Region Programme. On both events, the Smart Cities exhibition welcomed lots of interested eGov practicioners and policy makers.
On November 18, 2009, EU Ministers signed the Malmö Ministerial Declaration outlining a forward-looking eGovernment vision to be achieved by 2015. We aim to help ‘make Malmö real’ by producing a pan-European ‘Call to Action’ - known as The Citadel Statement – that will help local government deliver on the key objectives of the Malmö Declaration.
On December 14th, nearly 400 eGovernment officers, policy makers and local, regional, national and EU officials will attend the pre-conference "Lift-off towards Open Government" in Ghent, also called the "Flemish Conference on Local eGovernment".
The conference starts with a welcome by Geert Mareels, Flemish e-Government Manager. The Citadel Statement: European policy to support local e-Government will be presented by Dr. Julia Glidden, managing director, 21c Consultancy Ltd, followed by "Modernising government to shape a better future" by Prof.
On December 15th and 16th, Smart Cities will be present at the Main Conference in Brussels on December 15th and 16th, with an exhibition on the North Sea Region Programme and the Smart Cities work. Apart from this, the City of Kortrijk and Intercommunale Leiedal show their local work to the EU audience attending the conference.