On 16-17 March in London, we held the third annual RE•WORK Connected City Summit, bringing together city and government representatives, industry innovators, exciting startups and leading academics for two days of discussions around future smart cities. The summit showcased technological advances that are disrupting architecture, energy grids and transportation; explored discussions on humanising smart cities & sharing best-practices in governance; and facilitated cross-sector, international networking sessions for the attendees.


Pollution Reducing Building Facades
  Allison Dring, Co-Founder & Director, elegant embellishments

prosolve370e is a decorative facade module that reduces air pollution in cities. When coupled with architectural surfaces, the modular system can grow to effectively counter local pollution hot-spots. The modules' forms are devised to increase the efficacy of the photocatalytic technology, employing surface enlargement for better reception of light. prosolve370e was recently installed on a hospital facade in Mexico City.

In this talk, Allison Dring, an architect and co-founder of elegant embellishments, explores today's building design and technology, designing exterior spaces, air pollution, carbon-negative materials and more.

Panel: How Can We Connect & Engage Citizens Through Technology? Asa Calow, Hacker in Residence, MadLab; Niraj Dattani, Head of Development, Spacehive; Tomas Diez, Co-Founder, Smart Citizen Project; Michael Kohn, Founder & CEO, Stickyworld; and panel moderator Alexander Grünsteidl, Director User Experience Design, Method.

The participants in this session give a short presentation of their work followed by panel discussion on how technology facilitates different forms of social engagement, the importance of connecting with citizens, and explored vital questions like: how do we build engaged communities in the digital age? Why should we humanise smart cities? What can we learn from failed projects?

Deep Learning Applications for Smart Cities
Ajit Jaokar, Professor, Technical University of Madrid & Founder, FutureText

This talk explores the basics of deep learning technologies and how they apply to smart cities, with a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on the rapid evolution of deep learning.

Ajit’s work involves applying machine learning techniques to complex problems in IoT and telecommunications. His research is based on two courses taught by Ajit – Big Data for Telecoms at Oxford University and the Citysciences Program at the Technical University of Madrid.

View more videos from the summit on our playlist here.

The next event in our IoT series is the RE•WORK Connected Home Summit in Boston, taking place alongside the Deep Learning Summit, on 12-13 May 2016. Speakers include Blade Kotelly, VP of Design at Jibo; David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist of Alexa and Echo and Amazon; Rahul Bhattacharyya, Research Scientist at MIT; and Bernt Meerbeek, Senior Scientist at Philips Lighting.

Tickets are limited for this event, for more information and to register please visit the event page here. View all upcoming RE•WORK summits here.