IoT is a promising set of technologies for creating a ubiquitous infrastructure to support innovative applications in Smart Cities (SCs). However, limited attention has been paid to issues of business and social engagement, such as the creation of viable business models and the facilitation of citizens’ engagement in IoT-based SC applications.
Leveraging the expertise of four FP7 projects the workshop will cover the topics:
- IoT as enabler of new business opportunities in SCs.
- The role of SC stakeholders in the development of a successful business ecosystem.
- The role of communities and social media/networks in IoT applications.
- Incentives and barriers for citizens’ engagement in SCs.
The workshop will have an “interactive” character ensuring the direct participation of the audience in the discussions through 5 minute Q&As after each speech and the panel discussions. The workshop consists of two parts.
- position statements by experts and interactive Q&A session that will involve the audience, addressing questions to the experts on their areas of expertise.
- a (moderated) panel discussion, which shall be guided by specific questions that pertain to this session.
The panelists will discuss those questions and accordingly will answer additional questions from the audience.
- researchers on IoT and SCs
- public administrations
- businesses oriented at the SC market
- service providers
- general public.
The involvement of citizens is highly encouraged.
The workshop aims to provide a panel for discussions on business opportunities in SCs and how citizens can contribute to make their cities “smarter”. The impact will be twofold:
- give insights on how potential investors can benefit from the SC domain
- raise awareness of public administrations and citizens on the potential the SCs have to improve the Quality of Life in large cities, provide them incentives and assist towards overcoming the barriers for their participation.