England & Wales

Policy Café Wolverhampton: Shaping Smart Cities


Cities across the globe are becoming smarter – in their use of data, in their use of new technologies. How is local government in the UK approaching the Smart City agenda? How do we make sure that Smarter Cities are also fairer, cleaner and healthier for the people that live in them?

This event is an opportunity for officers at LGiU member councils to share what they’re working on, and hear about others’ strategies.

12:00 Lunch, introductions
12:10 Context setting by Andy Johnston, LGiU

  • What does being a ‘Smart City’ mean for us?
  • Smart cities, democracy and transparency
  • How can technology empower citizens?
  • How do we future proof decisions made now?
12:20 Presentation from City of Wolverhampton Council

  • Developing a Smart City approach
  • Smart sectors: what areas are affected?
12:45 Presentation from guest council (TBC)

  • Developing a Smart City strategy
  • A networked Smart City – building relationships with other smart cities (in the UK and beyond)
  • Working with the private sector and communities
13:05 Discussion: what does local government need in order to actively shape a Smart City?
14:00 Close of event