June 18, 2013 - Comments Off on What does it take for a city to be "intelligent"?

What does it take for a city to be "intelligent"?

Leeds is a city that’s truly buzzing with news of innovation, expansion, expertise and investment at the moment.  Therefore, it’s with great pleasure that we can announce our involvement in two brilliant events that are taking place over the next couple of weeks that focus on our city’s growth and development, placing data at the heart of their discussions.

First up, the Intelligent Cities Conference and Exhibition is taking place on Wednesday 19th June 2013. Addressing the needs of ‘smarter’ cities, the conference will look beyond the basic connectivity infrastructure to open data, mobile technologies, innovation, healthcare, medtech, wealth creation and M2M capabilities. Hosted by Leeds and Partners in collaboration with Leeds City Council, our very own Peter Laflin will be chairing a panel debate on Big Data and will be asking what Big Data and Open Data can do for societal development and enterprise growth. Fancy popping along? You can get your tickets here.

We’ll also be speaking at Leeds Data Thing’s fifth event on the 3rd July 2013.  Leeds Data Thing has gone from strength to strength over the past few months – and as we reported recently, Leeds was the fourth most influential city in the world during Big Data Week 2013. The July event will be looking at what it takes for a city to be renowned globally for its data expertise. Our insight and analysis team will be discussing Leeds’ role in the data revolution, focusing on our recent study of the conversation surrounding big data across social media. The team will be joined by speakers from Call Credit, Leeds and Partners and the University of Leeds to discuss how organisations in Leeds are driving innovation, what we can do to collaborate and, ultimately, how we can drive investment in Leeds.  Tickets are sold out for this event, but you can join the wait-list here.