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The People's Choice Award

Having received over 40 applications for this award, we have shortlisted it down to 7 nominees. You can read all the entries below, and make your vote!

Laurence Kemball-Cook - Pavegen


Founded by Laurence Kemball-Cook, Pavegen is the leader in harvesting energy and data from footfall. It's patented technology connects people to sustainability and smart cities, creating powerful experiences which convert footsteps into off-grid energy, rich data and rewards. Pavegen supplies both permanent installations and experiential activations and can power off-grid applications such as lighting, sensors and data transmission. Founded in 2009, Pavegen has delivered 200 installations in 30 countries. Latest projects including a large permanent installation in Washington DC, creating the world's first smart street in London, and partnering Google to create the largest single energy and data harvesting array in Berlin.

Vitor Pereira - Zoom Smart Cities


Vitor was chosen in 2014 as the Ambassador for Portugal for the worldwide Young Innovators competition, promoted by ITU, the most relevant UN agency for Information and Communication Technologies. Vitor is also the founder and organizer of one of the most creative and innovative Smart Cities event in Europe. Since October 2014 he has cooperated with Smart City Magazine Barcelona and since January 2015, he is the delegate for the Smart City Business Institute. He is a Senior Consultant and Strategic Advisor in 6 Portuguese cities and working close with stakeholders and organisations.

Dan Clarke - Cambridgeshire County Council


Dan has built the Smart Cambridge programme over the past three years, it was listed No 10 in the Huwaei smart cities index this year. The programme is embedded in the Greater Cambridge City deal giving a governance structure, access to funding and a strong mandate to develop Cambridge a s leading Smart City. Dan has built strong collaborations with the University of Cambridge, Business, residents and multiple other cities across the Uk and Europe. The projects being delivered are there to address real, identified problems the city faces. Dan has led the development of an IoT infrastructure across the city, built both a static and real time cutting edge data hub, delivered air quality sensing pilots and a smart waste pilot. Congestion is the key issue facing the city and dan has been involved in an early stage MaaS project, AV work as part of the public transport system, built a multi modal journey planner and are looking at how to use AI and Machine learning to create a predictive city. Dan in partnership with RDM has just secured 3.2m to deliver the first UK deployment of AV’s as part of a commercial public transport system. 

Jeanette Carlsson - Tech Nordic Advocates


Jeanette Carlsson is the Founder of Tech Nordic Advocates - Northern Europe's largest tech leader network, including startups to public sector organisations and corporates, and #SmarterCitiesNOW: An ongoing UK/Nordic Smart City structured collaboration forum, with focus on Sustainable Urban Development, led by London and Copenhagen. #SmarterCitiesNOW focuses on 5 areas: Innovation projects; Smart Solutions; Data Solutions; Urban Datasharing Platforms; and Digital Skills and 8 Sustainability themes: 1) sustainability, 2) construction & tech, 3) transport & mobility, 4) engineering, 5) digital infrastructure, 6) culture, 7) public health and 8) experience Enabled by:-A structured collaboration framework and work programme - 2 bi-annual collaboration events - A Pan-Nordic/Baltic/UK Networking & collaboration platform enabling continued collaboration between physical events#SmarterCitiesNOW’s vision is to be the de facto platform for intelligent city/sustainable urban development collaboration between the Nordics/Baltics/UK. The mission is to create a continuous framework for collaboration within which UK and Nordic smart city thinkers and do'ers can come together to share and develop new thinking, projects, solutions and innovations together, to deliver synergies for all. It is supported by the Mayor of London; Future Cities Catapult, the Capital Region of Denmark, Copenhagen Capacity, leading UK and Nordic universities, regions, corporates, SMEs and startups.

Yunus Mayat - City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council


In the last 12 months City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council have been pioneers when it has come to Smart Cities with the following being some of the achievements • One of the first Local Authorities in the UK to have a LoRaWAN network in place.• Deployed a dozen water sensors into the district using the LoRaWAN network • Initial pilot of streetlight with IoT connecting to LoRaWAN with LucyZodion • Innovation funding bid with SME especially ABOpen • Working with Ele (ExtremelyLowEnergy) on Smart Office and Homes • Working with TechData on the following o Road Gullies o Road Surfaces o Litter Bins• Working with Vodafone on IoT and seeing where NB-IOT plays a part in the wider remit• Working with our flood team on a Defra funding for Natural Flood Defence programme and to see how community groups, volunteers etc can get involved with providing data via IoT devices.• Finalising the roll out of SigFox Gateways across the district with WNDWe have really excelled in 12 months in IoT technology from IoT devices to the backend infrastructure, we are the only the Local Authority that has really embraced the possibility in this space and involving local SME to be involved in our Journey

Dave Carter - University of Manchester


Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Policy Studies (CUPS) at the University of Manchester, working on smart cities and digital inclusion. Previously he was Head of the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA), part of Manchester City Council, from 2004 to 2014. MDDA coordinates the Manchester Living Lab, an innovation centre focusing on digital technologies and their applications to support smart, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and is responsible for strategic initiatives and projects across the Greater Manchester city-region and European funded projects. He is a founder member of the Telecities network set up in 1993, now the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum (KSF), and the first President of Telecities (1994-96), and a founder member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).He is also Chair of the European Connected Smart Cities Network, which supports projects funded under the ‘Future Internet enabled services in Smart Cities’ theme of the EU Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and was Chair of the Eurocities KSF Smart Cities Working Group (2010-14). MDDA was also involved in projects supported through the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Interreg programme. Prior to the setting up of the MDDA in 2004 he was Head of Economic Development for Manchester City Council (2002-04) and previously Deputy Head of Economic Development (1999-2002).

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