Wednesday 20 June 2018

Dublin's 'Smart District' Docklands showcased to global CTOs at tech innovation event

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Chief technology officers from around the world gathered at Dublin's Docklands on Tuesday afternoon at an event focused on our 'Smart Districts' model.

The Smart City Innovation Accelerator, convened by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, showcased the Dublin example of innovation in establishing its 'Smart District' status.

Attendees at the Grand Canal event, from 23 cities including San Jose, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Paris, discussed the 'Dublin Principles' which define the criteria for this status as similar districts emerge across the globe.

The high connectivity of future districts, internet-of-things sensor deployments and role of technology in delivering better outcomes for citizens and business communities were also debated.

Gardai smart cars and Microsoft’s flagship first responder connected jeep were used as a demonstration of the latest in smart vehicle technology, sparking discussion around public safety.

Created and chaired by Dr David S. Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, it is intended that the Accelerator will be an annual event. 

"Smart Docklands showcases what can happen when a city district develops the level of connectivity and sensor density to make a significant jump in the quality of life for people living and working in the area," said Dr David S. Ricketts.

With its density of new builds, global tech companies, smart assets and range of connectivity options, the Smart Docklands district provides a unique platform for SMEs and entrepreneurs to develop new and innovative solutions, transforming the way cities operate.

Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said that "Dublin City Council is in a unique position to act as an ‘honest broker’ and bring together stakeholders who want to trial innovative new solutions to challenges faced by our cities in collaboration with technology companies, entrepreneurs and researchers on the ground."

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