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.
The conference started with an international mainstreaming session on September 13th. During this session, policy-makers from the North Sea countries and the European Commission took stock of which aspects of the extensive Smart Cities output and results are interesting for national governments and which key results are candidate to be mainstreamed by other countries and central governments.
During the "Smarter Cities, Smarter Services" conference in Brussels on September 14th, attendees first listened to trends, opportunities and challenges for service delivery by the authorities. In the afternoon they were introduced to a number of concrete achievements of the Smart Cities project. In the exhibition area some of the developed tools were shown and could be tried out by the attendees.
On September 15th, the conference moved to Kortrijk, with a focus on the local development of the Smart Cities project and the presentation and signing of a new regional ambition for better service delivery and eGovernment. This statement puts services central in the functioning of local governments and helps them further their vision and build a strategy.