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Smart City Live 2020 KSF Side event

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KSF organises a side event for Smart City Live 2020 conference on 18 November. The event will discuss the relation between European digital policy developments and the role of ICT managers in the city.

CIOs as linking pins: bridging IT and European digital policy for smart cities

The extensive digital agenda of the European Commission provides both challenges and opportunities for smart cities. In this session, Eurocities’ KSF discusses the role of CIOs to address European digital policies in a local context.

The twinning of the green and digital transformation, excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence, development of new digital identity frameworks, governance on common European data spaces and the roll-out of novel infrastructures such as 5G: European legislative initiatives on digital topics relevant to our cities are numerous and complex. They are meant to improve research opportunities for academics, improve European competitiveness, create new business opportunities or enable better services for citizens.

How do these initiatives relate to the management of a city’s IT services or the implementation of IT projects? What should be the role of the smart city CIO in bridging IT and these European digital policy initiatives?

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Joan Batlle Montserrat, Head of Technology and Digital Rights, Barcelona City Council.


EU Digital policy update:

Lodewijk Noordzij, Policy Officer Digital Transformation, Eurocities.


Sofa Panel:

Marijn Fraanje, CIO, Municipality The Hague.

Michael Donaldson, CTO, Barcelona City Council.

Bart Rosseau, Head of Unit Data & Information Management, City of Ghent.



1. Welcome and introduction

2. EU digital policy update

3. CIOs sofa discussion

4. Audience Q&A


Event details

Date: 18 November 2020

Time: 09:00 – 09:45

Type: Expert roundtable

Venue: Session broadcast on SCL2020 platform

Language: English

Audience: Open to the public