This workshop of the Smart Cities and Smart Government Research-Practice Consortium is to continue conversations started since 2012 among teams of researchers interested in doing collaborative work by sharing protocols and data with the purpose of advancing knowledge in the area of smart cities and smart government. The workshop will welcome researchers that are current members of the Consortium, potential new members and general public interested in the topic to discuss current research in Smart Sustainable Cities. Smart Sustainable Cities and related concepts of Digital, Intelligent and Smart Cities represent a progression of how cities around the world apply digital technology to serve their populations, pursue sustainable socio-economic development, and transform themselves in the process, and require strong capacity for public governance in the digital world. In order to identify the gaps concerning missing knowledge and training needs in this area we propose to validate a Smart Sustainable Cities roadmap through a scenario-building approach.
The objectives of the workshop are as follows:
The workshop will be divided into four steps: 1) Welcome and workshop opening; 2) SCSGRP Consortium introduction; 3) lightning talks; and 4) group activity. The opening is planned in the first 10-15 minutes and will include the welcome and brief introductions of participants.
The second part (45 minutes) will introduce the Smart Cities and Smart Government Research-Practice Consortium (SCSGRP). The consortium is a robust global research community focused on innovations in technology, management and policy that change the fabric of the world’s cities. Created in 2012, the Consortium now includes more than 40 researchers representing over 30 countries, and their members share ideas, new knowledge, and the latest results in research and practice innovations in the interest of increasing opportunities for all those who live in and work in smart sustainable cities.
The third part (1 hour) consists of lightning talks on current smart city related research from current members and potential new members and discussion. The planned talks are as follows:
The final step of the workshop is a group activity (1 hour) following a scenario-building approach for roadmapping the Smart Sustainable Cities area: gaps, main challenges and research directions. The activity will be based on the data collected during the first stage of the SUSTAIN (Erasmus + Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities) project on the current status of the smart sustainable cities research, practice and education worldwide. The participants of the activity will be asked to validate and construct scenarios of possible future developments in the field.