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A big thank you to everyone who joined in the webinar, for those of you who missed it, check out the presentations.

Dare to rethink your city.
Be part of a Smarter Europe.

Today, we purchase our groceries, book the next gym class or order a shared car service via a few swipes and taps on our phones.

We are increasingly more loyal to and fond of companies that enable these simple, direct contact points. Yet, our interactions with governments are in most cases still burdensome, time-consuming and bureaucratic. 

Governments, cities and municipalities can’t stay behind this digital transformation that seamlessly connects citizens and businesses. European public administrations are striving to build Smart Cities to create smarter connections between citizens, businesses and governments.

The European cities Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona have been named among the top 10 Smart Cities worldwide. They are transforming their urban environments through technology by using data to connect, digitalise and make their cities future proof.

The European Union can help you transform your city too!

The European Commission, through the CEF Digital programme, offers eight digital services that can support your digital transformation to a smarter city.
Every service is free of charge, cross-border, open-source and standard compliant and tested. These services enable smart interactions between citizens, businesses and public administrations.

Learn more about these services in our “Digital Building Blocks for Smart Cities” webinar.


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Agenda item & Speaker
10.00 - 10.15
Opening - Discover how the European Commission is supporting Smart Cities
Cristina Martinez - Deputy Head of Unit, Smart Mobility and Living (CNECT - European Commission)
10.15 - 10.35
Discover how CEF services can support you in your transformation efforts - Including 5 minute Q&A
Joao Rodrigues Frade - Head of Sector, Building Blocks (DIGIT - European Commission)
10.35 - 10.45
City as a Platform Manifesto - The importance of the CEF Building Blocks
Carl Piva - Senior Advisor to governments, cities and ICT companies 
10.45 - 11.10
Smart City Case Studies - Including 5 minute Q&A
Ulrich Ahle - CEO, FIWARE Foundation
11.10 - 11.30
Closing Words and final Q&A
Kelly Liljemo - Project Officer, Building Blocks (DIGIT - European Commission)
The webinar was moderated by Thomas Fillis
* all times are CET

Cristina Martinez
Deputy Head of Unit
Smart Mobility and Living (CNECT)
European Commission

Joao Rodrigues Frade
Head of Sector
Building Blocks (DIGIT)
European Commission

Carl Piva
Senior advisor to governments,
cities and ICT companies

Ulrich Ahle
FIWARE Foundation

Kelly Liljemo
Project Officer
Building Blocks (DIGIT)
European Commission

Thomas Fillis
Communication Consultant 
Building Blocks (DIGIT)
European Commission

Big Data

Living in a Smart City is being able to make great decisions based on Big Data.


 Living in a Smart City is unlocking a shared bike service with your phone. 

Context Broker

 Living in a Smart City is knowing that the air you breath is being monitored in real time. 


 Living in a Smart City is getting invoices such as medical prescriptions directly in your inbox.  


 Living in a Smart City is knowing important documents are stored safely, forever. 


 Living in a Smart City is never having to worry about carrying a pen again. 


 Living in a Smart City is sharing sensitive information without losing any sleep. 


 Living in a Smart City is being able to communicate in 24 languages.