Bristol Is Open was presented to leading academics, government officials and technology experts at three different conferences across two continents last week.

Bristol Is Open was presented to leading academics, government officials and technology experts at conferences taking place in four different countries across three continents in the past two weeks.

The events in China, South America and India brought authorities together to share ideas around what future cities may look like and Bristol received positive feedback on its innovative work so far.

All three countries have a high proportion of inhabitants in cities and urban areas and the Bristol Is Open project is a valuable learning tool for using technology to make cities more efficient and responsive to people’s needs. By inviting delegates from Bristol and covering the full travel and accommodation costs for speakers this has created unprecedented opportunities for the project on an international level.

Stephen Hilton, Director of the Futures Group attended the Smart City Landscape conference in New Delhi, India, to talk about how Bristol is tackling issues around urban growth.

He said:

It was the perfect time for Bristol to visit India to present our experience of developing a smart and sustainable city. The Indian Government has issued a City Challenge that will result in 100 Indian Smart Cities being created – the first 20 being identified before the end of this year. The challenge is backed by 5 billion pounds of investment from the Indian Government and Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing support.

It was both a great privilege and a fantastic opportunity to attend in person to share Bristol’s experiences. Even in the few days since returning to Bristol, a number of businesses have been in touch who are keen to explore how Bristol can enter into future collaboration on the India smart cities programme. There is huge potential for Bristol Is Open and for Bristol’s businesses.

Roundtable discussion at the Smart City InFocus 2015 conference

Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Bristol Is Open, travelled to the Smart City In Focus 2015 congress in Yinchuan, China. His presentation covered areas such as developing a smart city infrastructure to a sustainable business model whilst also implementing the necessary policies and governance. Paul was also invited to present Bristol Is Open at the IIR’s Network Virtualization Forum in Madrid, a conference for Telecom R&D professionals.

Paul Wilson added:

From visiting Yingchuan it was clear that Bristol has a role in helping to define the technical architecture of a smart city, but also use ‘fun’ to drive citizen engagement, which is fundamental to its success . This can be seen in projects such as the internationally recognised Playable City Award, now in its third year, which uses city infrastructure in surprising and fun ways.

Kevin O’Malley speaking at the World Resources Institute (WRI)

Kevin O’Malley, City Innovation Team Manager for Bristol, took part in a panel discussion on “Cities, Open Data and Transparency” at the Cities & Transport International Congress in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This panel looked at how data available to citizens and decision-makers can be used to plan, operate and manage cities in more intelligent ways, with Brazil taking a huge step forward to implement this.

Kevin O’Malley explains:

It was a pleasure taking part in the panel in Rio and meeting so many people interested in Bristol Is Open. It really shows how well regarded the project is around the world and its importance in finding solutions to future cities.

Other engagements for the Bristol Is Open team include the Expo Real in Munich, Britain’s Smart Cities (a Telegraph Business Event) in London, Open Data in European Cities Workshop in Brussels, SDN & NFV Summit in Madrid, European Utilities Week in Austria, Smart Cities Forum in Barcelona and Subscribed Summit in London, which will further develop Bristol’s international links and profile.