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Smart City Roundtable in Rome

In the framework of the European project IUC Asia International Urban Cooperation, and following the exploratory mission in China in November 2018 and the High Level Forum on Policy Cooperation in Brussels on the 9th of April, a round table on the topics of Smart City and Innovation was organized on the 12th of April by the Open City IOT Smart Lab of Rome. The main goal of the round table has been the definition of possible concrete pilot projects to be jointly implemented between companies and universities from the city of Rome and Chinese cities and over 100 participants from business, academia and institution, including a delegation of 37 Chinese cities and institutional representatives met in Rome.  The round table was opened by Flavia Marzano, smart city councilor of Rome, and Hou Gang, vice mayor of the city of Liuzhou,  who illustrated the main activities of the cities of Rome and Liuzhou on the theme of smart city.

Main result from the round table has been the pre-screening of several pilot projects and innovations in order to organize targeted meetings in China with selected Chinese partners in the next visits to the cities of Liuzhou, Chengdu and Nanjing in June 2019. A list of possible projects has been identified. These projects are proposed by companies and universities cooperating as a cluster in the frame of a living urban lab presenting several pilot innovations and looking for Chinese partners to develop business activities together.

Smart Innovation

Joint Smart City Living urban lab: laboratory proposing smart concepts and innovation to be replicated in Chinese Cities. Gianluca Fabbri presented the Open City IOT Smart lab concept to be replicated in China.

Smart Tourism and Culture 

-Joint Platform to develop digital services for tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Congresses, Events) sector. Stefano Fiori from the Convention Bureau of Rome and Lazio presented the innovative digital platform Smart Mice Platform providing digital services for the MICE sector. Barbara Molinario from Skylabstudios presented innovations for interactive information points and augmented reality.

-Organization of a Joint Conference.

-Twinning of Italian and Chinese UNESCO sites – digital solutions for the WeChat platform. Elisa Morsicani from Italian Lifestyle presented the digital platform Vento d’Italia dedicated to Chinese Tourists and proposed the twinning of Italian and Chinese UNESCO sites.

Alfredo Adamo from the company Alan Advantage, proposed Re-Humanism Art and Artificial Intelligence, a Joint Art Prizes and Exibitions proposal to develop a joint prize focused on the relationship between art and artificial intelligence.

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