25-29 May 2015 lisbon congress center, portugal
Bio & Abstract

Dave Carter
Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency
City of Manchester

MDDA runs the Manchester Living Lab, an innovation centre focusing on digital technologies and their applications to support smart, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. MDDA coordinates strategic initiatives and projects across the Greater Manchester city-region and European funded projects, including those supported through the Future Internet enabled services in Smart Cities programme. He is a founder member of the Telecities network set up in 1993, now the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum (KSF), and the first President of Telecities (1994-96), and a founder member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). He is currently Chair of the EU Connected Smart Cities Network and Portfolio Working Group, which coordinates the fifteen projects supported under the EUs 2010 Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and Co-Chair, with the City of Barcelona, of the Eurocities KSF Smart Cities Working Group. MDDA is also currently involved in projects supported through the EUs Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Interregional programme.

Connected Smart Cities and the Future Internet

Smart Cities need Smart Citizens and this means focusing on citizen engagement and user driven open innovation using ICTs, ensuring that citizens are at the centre of ICT service development through co-production. The Connected Smart Cities Network is a joint initiative between Eurocities and the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), bringing together the collective experience of more than 20 projects supported through a range of EU programmes. Now, looking towards Horizon 2020, the Connected Smart Cities Network is working closely with the Future Internet PPP (FI-PPP), FIRE and the EIT ICT Labs to consider the Future Internet as a backbone for open, shared experimental platforms and ecosystems. This includes the development of Local Green and Digital Agendas at a strategic level through to practical applications and services being piloted and reused across Europe and globally which all share the commitment to citizen engagement and empowerment.