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Our Smart Belfast programme seeks to harness the potential of technology and data science, to nurture an environment where citizens, businesses, innovators and universities can collaborate, experiment and co-create solutions to address current challenges and meet our future needs; making Belfast a great place to live, work, study and visit.

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