Announcing the World Smart City Forum

On July 1st at the “Arsenale” of Venice, Italy, a terrific masterpiece of pre-industrial archeology, where the historic vessels were built, allowing Venice to become a powerful republic, opening the door to commercial trade between Europe, Mediterranean sea and Far East (including Marco Polo’s famous travel to China), I was directly involved in an exciting event related also to the impact of Green ICT on sustainability:

The Innovation group announced during VeneziaCamp 2010 the launch of “World Smart City Forum, to be held next year in the same place, with a broader participation of experts and stakeholders representatives.

I’m providing here just some insight from my presentation and the founder’s one more related to the scope of this blog, since a short recording is available in the following link (sorry that the speeches were in Italian since VeniceCamp 2010 public was mostly Italians, obviously we plan for a more international event next year, above all for speakers and Best Practices in smart & sustainable cities):

Why Cities are so important to achieve sustainability:

55% of the world population already lives in a city, by 2050: Urban population should reach 70%. Cities occupy 2% of the world’s geography but account for 75% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, (but as David Owen proved in his book “Green Metropolis” average people living in cities have a lower impact than ones in rural, dispersed environment in developed countries). The 100 largest cities account for and 25% of GDP. This drive for cities to cut carbon emissions and increase the energy received from renewable sources and efficiency, while providing better services and leverage e-democracy.

Smart City to Serve the Community, the Environment , the Culture and the Economic Sustainable Recovery

  • A “smart” city is a city that makes a conscious effort to uptake innovative ICT based solutions to:

–      Improve conditions of living, studying, working  and enjoying social relations

–      Support a more open, inclusive, efficient and sustainable urban environment.

  • This open and holistic model, empowered by a smart City leadership, enables:

–      A seamless creative environment involving the relevant city players and stakeholders

–      Environment sustainability aligned with the Economic and employment development while addressing social inclusion and cultural growth.

A great example is the Network of European Smart Cities (Eurocities) by Vienna University of Technology since it provides  an Holistic View, from which I derived next slide:

This means to address the role of ICT in increasing the efficiency and lowering waste of resources of a smart city as a complex system of systems as in this slide:

I should conclude this first excerpt on Smart City Forum with the following slide that summarize the Innovation Group approach to this topic:




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