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European Social Innovation Forum 2018

Théâtre du Vaudeville
Galerie de la Reine 11, 1000 Brussels

Participation at this event is free of charge.


European Social Innovation Forum 2018

Quality of Life in Complex Urban Spaces


Event jointly organised by CEPS and Hitachi.

Quality of Life in Complex Urban Spaces
How can data analytics contribute to more efficient and resilient communities?

Venue: Théâtre du Vaudeville, Galerie de la Reine, 1000 Brussels

The conference explores ways in which digital technologies can contribute to the resilience of EU society, with specific emphasis on smart urban spaces. In complex urban environments, where various systems will be integrated into a seamlessly integrated conundrum of technologies, the use of big data analytics can enable, if well implemented, a more secure and enjoyable environment, thus contributing to the quality of life and the fruition of opportunities for social interaction. But how can policy-makers and the private sector help to solve the social challenges linked to growing urban spaces? How can digital technologies contribute to improve the resilience of the society, enhance quality of life, enable thriving communities? And to what extent can technologies such as video intelligence allow transport operators, retailers, and public authorities to make spaces more convenient and secure, without fatally impinging on citizens’ privacy?

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Draft Agenda:

  • 9:00 Registration and coffee
  • 10:00 Welcome and Introduction by Hitachi and CEPS
  • 10:20 Keynote Speech
    • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (video message)
    • Patrik Sjostedt, Chief Commercial Officer, Social Innovation Business Division, EMEA-CIS, Hitachi Europe
    • Matthew Caine, Sales Director EMEA – Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence, Hitachi Vantara
  • 11:00 Panel discussion: Discussion moderated by Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS
    • Michal Boni, EPP, Member of the European Parliament
    • Silvia Ganzerla, Policy Director EUROCITIES
    • Patrik Sjostedt, Chief Commercial Officer, Social Innovation Business Division, EMEA-CIS, Hitachi Europe
    • Loretta Anania, Programme Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission
    • Radoslaw Olszewski, DG HOME – Terrorism and Radicalisation unit/Protection sector, European Commission
  • 12:20 Closing speech by Hitachi
  • 12:30 Lunch
Andrea Renda Andrea Renda
Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy