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Digital Technologies for a ‘Smarter’ Bristol Workshop at the Bristol Forum

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Digital Technologies for a ‘Smarter’ Bristol Workshop at the Bristol Forum


Join us at the 2019 Bristol Forum to explore the role of digital technologies in Bristol’s future.  


The Bristol Forum is an initiative inspired by the One City Approach. The aim of Bristol Forum is to bring together researchers with organisations across the city to address the collective challenges we face. In March 2019 the University of Bristol, University of the West of England and the City Office will host the first in a series of events to ask how we work together to tackle inequalities in Bristol and achieve sustainable development goals.

This session is being run in the Main Hall during the Bristol Forum and will follow the welcome address from Mayor Marvin Rees.  The workshop will look at the future role digital technologies might play in delivering the ambitious social, environmental and economic outcomes envisaged in Bristol's One City Plan:



How can digital innovation meet the needs and aspirations of citizens in a way that is inclusive and fair, both at home and in work?  



When machine learning meets human learning in the city, what is the agenda for human learning?



What are the risks and opportunities for planetary and human health arising out of digital technologies?



To what extent can digital technology accelerate Bristol's transformation to a Carbon Neutral City?



Four interactive workshops running in parallel will bring community groups, technologists, the public sector and businesses together to explore: the future role of robots and automation; the future of urban freight systems; how to develop an inclusive and open smart city ecosystem; and collaborative approaches to smart city policy making.  All will consider cross-cutting themes of open data, digital inclusion, governance and ethics.  

The workshop will end with a plenary session to draw together the learning, and relate this to Bristol’s One City Approach.  A report will be prepared and circulated to all attendees.

Session Convenors:

Katie Winkle (Bristol Robotics Laboratory)

Freyja Lockwood (Smart City & Innovation Manager, Bristol City Council)

David Ludlow (Associate Professor: European Smart Cities, UWE)   

Aleksandra (Ola) Michalec (Geography & Environmental Management, UWE)

Daniela Paddeu and Graham Parkhurst (both Centre for Transport & Society, UWE Bristol)

Ges Rosenberg (University of Bristol).


NB: This workshop is taking place during the Bristol Forum on the 29th March 2019.  Full details of the forum and its programme can be found at  https://www.bristolforum.org.uk/ together with a separate Eventbrite page for booking tickets to the whole event.



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