Seminar: Overcoming barriers in smart city projects

11 March @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, G.12, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Smart City Projects

What are the biggest challenges faced in managing smart city projects?

UCL welcome governmental, industrial actors and academics to this interactive event, where they will demonstrate the results of research that includes more than 70 senior officials in over 50 UK based smart city projects and hear from people that found innovative solutions to frequent problems.


The seminar will begin with a presentation of the current situation of the smart city market in the UK and the main barriers. The presentation will also focus on the enablers in managing these projects.

The following session will feature a presentation of 3 innovative solutions to some of the most common barriers. These will focus on lack of human skills, sustainable business models for councils and replicability of projects.

In the last session, you will have the chance to share your own experiences as well as learn from others, in a series of focus groups on the subject of your choice.

The seminar will close with a networking event starting at 17:00.

Issues that will be discussed:

• Lack of consistent funding and human resources

• Replicability of the projects and scaling up

• Creating sustainable business models for both the cities and businesses involved in smart city projects

• Bureaucratic barriers

• Communication/coordination between actors and barriers in citizen involvement

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Travelling from outside London and working in the local or central government?

If you are working on smart city projects, we might be able to partly subsidise your travel. Please contact [email protected] for further enquiries.

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