Bristol, UK (January 19, 2016) – TM Forum, the global industry association for digital business, today unveiled its Smart City Forum Leadership Team, including Bristol Is Open. The mission of the Smart City Forum is to accelerate smart city sustainability, workability and liveability by connecting the best minds in the world to achieve more by combining pragmatic execution with top academic research. By adopting a very hands-on approach, the team will bridge city visions and pragmatic solutions within the collaborative platform and accelerate rapid proof-of-concept projects enabled by TM Forum.

When fully built out, the Smart City leadership team will include seven smart city leaders (G7), a rotating chair from the Smart City Think Tank Group, a rotating chair from the Smart City Innovation Centres, three service providers, three equipment suppliers, two leading systems integrators and two impactful global consultancies.

Carl Piva, VP of TM Forum and leader of the Smart City Forum said, “with a combination of arts, culture, rich history and a state-of-the-art city-scale digital innovation platform, I believe Bristol could turn into a role model for cities around the world. Many of our nearly 1,000 member companies are interested in using Bristol as a test bed for the development of their next generation solution offerings.”

Bristol Is Open’s managing director, Paul Wilson, said “This is a good opportunity for Bristol Is Open to work alongside some of the world’s leading smart city thinkers, and the most innovative cities in the world, to address a plethora of urban challenges.  Bristol Is Open manages a software defined, digital infrastructure, established to provide ‘city-experimentation-as-a-service’ to the ICT industry and local innovative SME’s.”

Other members of the Smart City Forum Leadership Team are:

  • Paulo Carvalho, general director, City of Lisbon
  • Jane Chen, SVP of ZTE and Chairman of ZTEsoft
  • Jamie Cudden, Smart City leader, City of Dublin
  • Peter Marx, CTO of the City of Los Angeles
  • Mark McDonald, chief information officer, City of Vancouver
  • Samir Saini, Commissioner and chief information officer, City of Atlanta

The Smart City Forum is poised to encompass 100+ leading smart cities and governments worldwide, the top 10 global smart city research groups, 10 Smart City Innovation Centers (example) and hundreds of suppliers, service providers and international bodies from the wider smart city ecosystem.

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Media Contacts:

Izzy Kongsgaard
Digital Public Relations Officer – Bristol Is Open
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Hanah Johnson
March Communications
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About Bristol Is Open

How cities work is changing. Bristol Is Open, a joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, is a research infrastructure to explore developments in software, hardware and telecom networks that enable more interaction between people and places and more machine-to-machine communication. The project uses a high performance software defined network as the city operating system, then internet of things platforms and big data analytics feed an emerging number of smart city applications. This is giving people more ability to interact, work and play with the city that they live in, and will help cities address some of the biggest challenges of modern urban life. This is the Open Programmable City –

About TM Forum

TM Forum is the global industry association for digital business, connecting talented individuals, leading companies, and diverse ecosystems to accelerate our members’ successful digital business transformation. The collective experience and interests of our member community – comprised of tens-of-thousands of professionals within 950+ market-leading global enterprises, service providers and technology suppliers that together account for trillions of dollars in annual revenues – drives everything we do, from thought-provoking research and publications, to practical guidance, collaboration programs, tools and best practices, hands-on events, and training for business and IT leaders.

Through three key programs – Agile Business and IT, Open Digital Ecosystem, and Customer Centricity – we provide an open platform for our members to connect and collaborate with individuals and groups from around the world to solve key challenges and rapidly innovate to deliver new services, improve business agility, partner for success, reduce cost and risk, and enhance customer value and loyalty. To accelerate your R&D and join our digital journey as a valued member and collaborator, please visit