Smarter Places Training Course – May 2024

Category: Workshop

Smarter Places 
The tools and knowledge to deliver smart and green growth 

Your learning opportunity 

We all want a thriving place to live, work and play. The world’s leading places are realising their economic growth and climate action success by embracing innovation. Urban and rural authorities continuously need to change and update their policies, processes and infrastructure for citizens and business to grow. New technologies are enabling places to quantify how resources are being utilised, supporting stronger policy interventions, more efficient outcomes, and encouraging positive behavioural change.

Learn from experts who have supported the most innovative local authorities from around Europe and the UK in delivering impactful smart programmes. Whatever your specialist interest – urban mobility, energy transition, 15-minute or liveable neighbourhoods, climate actions, innovation zones, test beds – this course will give you a bedrock of smart insights, skills, and tools to start and run your own programme.

8 May 2024: Smarter Places & AI for Cities (Module 1) – Strategy, scope and vision come together to help shape your plan, by identifying drivers, the intended impact, and the stakeholder helix you will need to engage with. We’ll also ensure your data strategies, governance and risk management add integrity and insight to the decision-making process in a context where AI is reshaping our relationship to place.

15 May 2024: Innovative Financing & Procurement (Module 2) – Alternative funding options, leveraging private public partnerships, and the role and styles of procurement all influence your programme’s outcomes.

22 May 2024: Innovation District & Ecosystems (Module 3) – Identifying and building partnerships with innovation actors, learning from the EU’s Smart Specialisation approach, and using Challenge Funds as a tool to mobilize innovation across your local area to support economic growth.

22 May 2024: Smart Solutions for Climate Action (Module 4) Best practice smart decarbonization solutions for energy, mobility, waste, industry, food and how to access them from the market; data-driven carbon management.

Modules 3 & 4 are delivered on the same day to maximise opportunities for combining new learning.

29 May 2024: Citizen Participation & Living Labs  (Module 5) – Co-creation process for sharing best practices, engaging with stakeholders, and the design and implementation of Living Labs all support your local ecosystems of innovation and growth.
Four Key Learning Outcomes 

After this course you will be equipped with the best knowledge and skills to immediately implement smart outcomes.

Apply global good practice to your local strategic development objectives

  • understand how smart supports different approaches to sustainable and inclusive economic development.

Use data more effectively

  • recognise the role of data strategies in urban development and managing privacy risk.
  • match different data governance models to your needs
  • discuss the role of AI, its impacts, risks, and mitigation measures

Make your place more competitive

  • recognise how technology and innovation is making places more competitive.
  • identify why conventional financing mechanisms often fail to achieve smart outcomes and understand how alternative financing and procurement options can accelerate smart place development.

Be more strategic

  • communicate more clearly how smart is changing the roles of public administration, companies, politicians, universities, and citizens and the opportunities this presents.
  • design a co-creation process for smart city roadmaps to increase stakeholder buy-in and increase investment and talent attraction.


Learn at your own pace and in your own way

  • Connect from your home or office
  • 4 x live interactive online sessions, workshops, breakouts, and tasks
  • Personal and team reflection
  • Peer learning
  • Recorded sessions to support future learning


Who takes this course?

Effective collaboration is to successful places and this course is intentionally designed for public, private and third sectors to learn from each other in taking more ownership of their smart transition, and better understand the competing needs, challenges, and perspectives.



Public sector, academia, and community
£950/1050€ (+ VAT where applicable) until 31 January 2024 (super early bird discount).
£1050/1200€ (+ VAT where applicable) until 29 February 2024 (early bird discount).
£1200/1400€ (+ VAT where applicable) after 1 March 2024 (full price)

Private sector
£1200/1400€ (+ VAT where applicable) until 31 January 2024 (super early bird discount).
£1300/1550€ (+ VAT where applicable) until 29 February 2024 (early bird discount).
£1500/1700€ (+ VAT where applicable) after 1 March 2024 (full price)

Payment options to confirm your place
Credit card on registration (an invoice will be emailed so please provide your organisation’s name and address on the registration form)
Purchase Order (please provide your organisation’s name and address on the registration form and we will email you an invoice)

Discounts:  Every 4th signup from the same organisation is free. We are sometimes able to offer partial sponsorships depending on need and impact for public sector employees.


Panel of experts 

Alex Schmidt – Funding / Innovation

Nikita Shetty – Climate / Smart Solutions / Stakeholder Engagement

Gretel Schaj – Data / Governance

Henrik Morgen – Transport / Innovation / Climate

Peter Griffiths – Urban Futures / Strategy / Transport

Philipp Riegebauer – Energy / Product Innovation



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