Digital Single Market
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ICT 2015

Networking Sessions Programme

China: Demonstrating your Smart City achievements

Room 1.05, 21/10/2015 (09:50-10:35)


The overall objective is that the session should lead to showcase successful EU smart city applications in the leading Chinese Smart Cities.

An existing set of relationships with Chinese smart cities, founded on EU-China initiatives such as EU-China IST Project, China-Europe Public Administration project and the EU-China Smart Cities Project will form the platform from which to progress to real deployments.

Whilst new R &D collaborations with Chinese partners may also result, instigated by the CHOICE project, the aim is to turn policy into practice and have real demonstrations of EU smart city applications deployed in China, with a mechanism for them to be taken up further across China. This approach is being successfully pioneered through the UK-China Smart Cities Project, creating and building on active relationships and involving SMEs.

The objectives for the session would be to enable those with exemplar applications and technologies to understand how this will happen and to make commitments to work alongside Chinese cities and companies to help develop Chinese smart cities, whilst benefiting European Industry, including SMEs.

The timing is perfect as a follow up to the EU-China Summit in the summer, providing an immediate route into following up any agreements which may be made around the Urbanisation Agenda and supporting the ongoing Dialogues in ICT. We hope to be able to conclude with an agreement to pursue funding opportunities to give the work further momentum.


The session will be split into three short sections:

1.What there is to build on as a result of previous EU-China collaborations? Dr Shaun Topham, EU eForum, covers the EU-China Smart Cities work, whilst Camille Torrenti from Sigma-Orionis describes the foundations for R & D collaboration laid by the CHOICE project.

2.What concrete quick wins can be introduced into these existing collaborations? Baudouin de Sonis, eForum will encourage participants to give very short overviews of what they have available to offer to Chinese cities. We understand what the Chinese cities are most interested in and work with policy-makers at State level and city implementation level. We want brief presentations of what may be suited to the Chinese smart city for a quick-win deployment or as a basis for long term co-operation.

3.What next to turn identified requirements into action? We will see how these elements can be taken forward including submission to a Horizon call to support Eu-China activities.

Expected outcome

There is a clear understanding from Chinese policy-makers of how they can benefit from EU experience in the evolution of smart cities and smart governance. Reports from the EU-China and the UK-China Smartcities initiatives (links below) set the context of both general policy requirements and practical assistance. The outcome of the session will be to assemble those with an interest in expanding their existing activities in China and those wishing to start to interact with Chinese cities and the provision of a mechanism for them to do so. Existing relationships will enable the direct introduction to smart cities in China, shifting the focus from sharing ideas, to actually implementing and demonstrating solutions with export potential to such a vast market.

Where practical suggestions are made during the session, these will become priorities for a quick-win adoption process. Other long term relationships will be encouraged. Existing networks will be strengthened.

Organised by: Shaun TOPHAM (EU e-Forum, Network for Exchange of Best Practice, Belgium)

Cluster: International Cooperation


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