Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018 Opened in the Capital

Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018 stage

On October 31, one of the main events of Eastern Europe, Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018 was held at the Parkovsky Exhibition Center. Smart city experts presented the cutting-edge technologies, thanks to which "smart cities" are developing today. The event united everyone who effectively uses digital instruments for urban transformation.

This year, the Forum has become a communication platform for more than 1,200 people. More than 50 leading Ukrainian and international experts discussed the latest urban trends, as well as methods for implementing the blockchain, creative economy, e-democracy, energy efficiency.Vitalii Klitschko attends Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, commented: "There are already a number of digital services for Kyiv residents in the capital, namely Open Budget, Participation Budget, e-petition, Safe City, IAS Property, Contact Center 1551, information and alert system for residents. Starting on November 1, tomorrow, we begin to test the work of an e-ticket. We need to actually see how a system works where there are weaknesses where problems occur. To eliminate them, so that the system is fully operational. New technologies are a small step in the future that we do every day."

As part of the Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018, an annual award ceremony was held for leading cities to introduce innovative solutions to the infrastructure of cities. The best projects, public and state initiatives were awarded in 6 nominations:

  • Eco-friendly and energy-efficient city - Kryvyi Rih for the development of the “Environmental Monitoring” module
  • The most comfortable city for life - Kyiv for increased security, e-ticket in public transport
  • The best transport model of the city - Ternopil for the creation of an automated system of fare payment and passenger accounting
  • The most innovative city - Kharkiv for successful implementation of smart solutions in such areas as infrastructure, e-government, administrative services, ecology. Kharkiv is also the first city where the Vodafone Smart City program is being implemented.
  • The city of startups - Lviv for the promotion of innovative ideas among young people
  • Open City 2018 - Drohobych for the creation of the Smart City platform

More than 50 leading professionals from 11 countries have shared experience in applying technologies and innovations to improve the urban environment.

Hiroki Matsuura, founder Office MADMA urbanism + landscape
Hiroki Matsuura, founder Office MADMA urbanism + landscape
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv
Mark Ginzburg, Blockchain technology ideologist
Mark Ginzburg, Blockchain technology ideologist
Kyiv Smart City Forum speakers
Kyiv Smart City Forum speakers
Jörg Rainer Noennig, professor at CityScienceLab and Daniela Allmeier, founder of RAUMPOSITION
Jörg Rainer Noennig, professor at CityScienceLab and Daniela Allmeier, founder of RAUMPOSITION
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The speakers stressed the dynamic development of the creative economy and the effective use of blockchain in urban infrastructure. Ideologist and Blockchain Evangelist Mark Ginzburg exclusively explained the benefits of introducing blockade on the real estate market. Marloes Pomp, head of blockchain projects at the government of the Netherlands, spoke about real smart-cases that can be applied in Kyiv. 

During the Smart Building panel, architects and urbanists discussed urban planning, analytics, and new technologies for housing. Jorg Reiner Noenig, a professor of science laboratories at CityScienceLab and DigitalCityScience, spoke about the innovative urbanism of Hamburg. Dutch architect Hiroki Matsuura, founder Office MADMA urbanism + landscape, showed that powerful transformation of urban space awaits us in the near future.

Besides, Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018 raised the topic of Ukrainian and foreign experience in Open Government Initiative. Leading entrepreneurs, managers and officials also discussed the results of the development of Kyiv's digital infrastructure and city authorities plans for the next year.

"Tools for creation of a smart grid of startups" workshop was held for participants of the forum that plan to realize their ideas for improvement of the city. Ihor Peyer, Founder of Open Innovation Incubator «Be Next IT», and David Arie, founder of Transfotech Ltd, shared the basics of how future innovators need to prepare for the launch of their urban project, and outlined the risks of entrepreneurship.

Igor Peyer noted: "Today everyone talks about unmanned cars with a smile. But imagine that every driver who is comfortable sitting at the wheel will be replaced with the autopilot. And then the same thing will happen in homes, in factories, in the streets. Every person who will be replaced by a robot will strike against automation. A total of 5 to 7% of startups attract investment. Among those who got an investment, only one in ten survives in the future."

The Forum was organized by the Kyiv Smart City initiative, with the support of the Kyiv City State Administration. Partners of the event: Platinum Partner: Visa. Gold partners: Hikvision, Huawei Ukraine, ELKO / Lenovo, Hewlett Packard, Enterprise / ERC / LanTec, EKTA. Telecom partner: Kyivstar. Smart Expo partners: 10Guards, 6SYSTEMS, CLAP, Hype Media, FDI, Transmedia, ERC / Cisco / Belintech / Mediatrade, BASIC GROUP, OnCharge, 5PL, Promsvyaz, NEXTBIKE. Partners: "Ukrpochta", FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG, Elite Tourism Club "Seventh Heaven", "Boris", ECODRIVE.

Photos provided by Kyiv Smart City initiative.

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