Ljubljana Castle – 16th September
One of the most interesting things in Ljubljana is how fast can people gather around and share their knowledge, vision and ideas. It was Monday 16th of September and I was really excited about this event because smart cities are the future. This is the logical step in society’s development and I’m not afraid to say that digitization era is here and EU is massively supporting it: now that we have solid internet infrastructure, knowledge and different platforms like AI, IoT etc. – we should use them wisely and with creativity and imagination create good solutions.
Headline of the smart cities conference this year was – Resilient Cities: between digital and physical world. Philosophy behind smart cities is to make lives better, solve pollution issues, create secure and safe environment and connect different countries online. This conference was organized by SRIP Smart Cities and Communities which is coordinated by Jožef Stefan Institute, the leading Slovenian research organization and MOL, City of Ljubljana and ZMOS – Association of Urban Municipalities of Slovenia. The moderator of the conference was national television personality Igor E. Bergant.
THE OPENING: SRIP Smart Cities and Communities, Jožef Stefan Institute, MOL, City of Ljubljana
In the opening speech general director of SRIP PMiS operation Mrs Nevenka Cukjati, Ph. D. shared beautiful introduction into the world of smart cities, opened questions like if are we ready for smart cities, unpredictable situations that already shape our lives and future – unpredictable weather and climate changes, Cyber attacks, electricity blackouts etc, she emphasized that we need to join forces and knowledge. Experts from different areas like state authorities, companies and research-development organizations should share their good practices and with projects and pilots inside municipalities start developing services for better and safer lives of its citizens.
Mr Prof. Jadran Lenarčič, Ph. D. director of the Jožef Stefan Institute mentioned that the institute this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, beside that they reached rather impressive number of it’s employees 1000 people and are international recognized as one of the leading science institutions from Eastern Europe.
There was also representative from MOL – City of Ljubljana – Emergency Management Department Mr Robert Kus, M. Sc. – he shared some highlights from the work in the field. Ljubljana is located in interesting geographical position, we don’t have volcano’s or tornado’s, he said. Because it’s relatively active earthquake zone, they did a lot of work on re-building the infrastructure and the buildings to be earthquake safe. And also because of the floods that happened in 2010 – a lot of work needed to be done. They are also working on modern methods and procedures to raise public awareness in case of emergency.
After the opening the first in the conference line-up were colleagues with use cases from abroad: UK, Estonia and Vienna. Next were the experts from the home field Slovenia with presentations on their products and services from State Authorities, Companies and Research-Development Organizations. In the final part there was also a Round Table on how to achieve Resilience and synergies connections between Municipalities and State.