4TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE|REGISTRATION|PROGRAMME | KEY SPEAKERS | ACCOMODATION | VENUE AND CONTACTS
Rakvere Smart House Competence Center 4th Annual Conference „Smart Cities and Communities- knowledge based development in Europe“ is taking place on 25-26 of November in Aqva Hotel & Spa Conference Center.
This year´s conference is international. Our goal is to introduce smart city and smart house European initiatives and also show some practical examples in this area.
Sustainability, affordability and innovation are the main goals of Europe 2020 plan. Societal and environmental hanges pressures cities, regions and citizens to develope living environment, which ensures high quality but affordable conditions for living. Innovation is a keyword which should characterize European cities and regions development in the future.
Opening presentation is made by Hanno Pevkur, Minister of the Interior, Republic of Estonia.
Accordingly to the European objectives, European Commission has started an Innovation Partnership which in turn has started an initative called Smart Cities and Communities, which is the largest sectoral network. This network brings together cities, developers, research institutions, companies and citizens who all have a common goal- effective, affordable and sustainable living environment.
Axel Volkery as an European Commission representative, will present this initiative more closely.
Jan Panek, who is a Head of Unit at Directorate-General for Energy will talk about regional development in Europe thourgh the Covenant of Mayors and focuses on promoting smart cities and energy efficiency.
Also, we are looking outside the European borders. U.S. Ambassador in Estonia Jeffrey D. Levine will give an overview about U.S. approach to climate change.
UN Economic Commission for Europe Housing and Land Management Unit is also working out smart city initiatives outside European Union, where Rakvere Smart House is actively participating and is a best practice example. This initiative will be brought to listeners by the Head of Housing and Land Management Unit Gulnara Roll.
UN Housing and Land Management Unit has worked out a methodology, which is scientifically analyzed for mapping smart cities in Europe. This methodology is brought to You by RAND Europe Senior Analyst Catriona Manville, UN Expert Domenica Carriero and Austria´s Environment Agency Project Manager Gundula Prokop.
The first day will be closed with a panel discussion lead by Inder Treufeld- How smart are our cities? In this panel we have representatives from Tartu, Tallinn, Rakvere and Cesis.
Second day will be opened by Csaba Borboly who is European Committee of Regions representative. He will talk about resource effiency opportunities in Europe.
Best practice examples are the most important links between developers and networks. Showing that in real life investing to smart solutions really pays off, leads to actions.
Rakvere Smart House Competence Center is a best practice example in European level and thus we have had the chance to be a model to other developers in Europe. At the conference we would like to present examples which deserve to be highlighted. We are happy to welcome Kalasatama district representative Veera Mustonen, UBC Head of Enivronment and Sustainable Development Secretariat Björn Grönholm and Living Labs Global Chairman Jakob Rasmussen.
Second day is focused on the practical side of innovation and smart developments. 3M which is one of the world´s most innovative enterprise will be represented by Kristian Maslov. Toomas Kärner will talk about about smart home opportunities.
Architect of Rakvere smart house Oliver Alver will explain the concept of smart house. Ülar Mark will give more information about European initiative Smart Cities and Communities.
If You feel that You would like to know more about smart city and smart house development, come to our conference. It is a great opportunity to get ideas, gather knowledges and establish contacts