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.
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.