Cities of Knowledge Conference to encourage e-communities and highlight e-access in Dublin

Cities of Knowledge Conference, an international eGovernment/Public Sector Knowledge Management event, is taking place in Clontarf Castle, Dublin on Tuesday 20 November 2007.

Organised by Dublin City Council in collaboration with Dublin Institute of Technology, this visionary event is focused on exploring how creative use of various technologies can help cities develop a competitive edge in the changing global economy.  Aimed at leaders of the public and private sectors throughout Europe, the conference will demonstrate how business can work with cities in creating knowledge societies. The Conference legacy will be a network of committed cities and businesses throughout Europe that could be the nucleus of a global leadership forum of progressive cities and businesses.

At the announcement of Cities of Knowledge, John Tierney, Dublin City Manager, said, 'The wellbeing of Dublin is essential to the national economy and our key concern is to sustain competitiveness and develop the quality of life in the city. To do this we need to be a knowledge city utilising the power of technology to foster creative industries and to make life better for our citizens as they go about their daily life.'

Brian Norton, President of DIT said, 'DIT has the capacity to take cutting edge research and translate it into practical usage. This conference focuses on new interactive technologies that will offer opportunities for citizens to communicate more effectively with their city, and we are delighted to be involved in this project with Dublin City Council.'

The Conference arises from the ICiNG (Innovative Cities for the Next Generation) Project.  ICiNG is a project funded through the European 6th Framework Research programme. It aims to develop effective e-communities and e-access to city administration.  The project involves the cities of  Dublin, Barcelona, and Helsinki. Each city is providing 'City Laboratory' test-bed sites in strategic development/city regeneration locations where users will trial and evaluate technologies and services.

This conference will provide a unique opportunity to reflect on how cities can enhance the quality of life and public service provision, develop competitiveness and attract creative professionals through developing knowledge economies that harness leading-edge technology.  It's the conviction of the conference organisers that cities which invest in knowledge can have an edge in an increasingly competitive world. 

A host of renowned speakers will present topical and practical speeches at the event, which will be attended by international delegates from various sectors, along with interested members of the public.  Progressive cities, from San Jose in California to Tallinn in Estonia, will be represented to tell their stories.  Lively and informative debates will be facilitated in order to provide delegates with constructive and feasible solutions and objectives.  Places at the conference are strictly limited, and early booking is strongly advised.  Delegates will have the experience of taking part in a unique 'club' of progressive cities and companies.  Conference delegate registration is €195, with a reduction available for groups (4 delegates for the price of 3).

Renowned speakers making presentations at this event include:
Jon Udell, Technology Evangelist, Microsoft
Martin Curley, Head of Innovation, Intel
Mark Wardle, Head of Innovation Programmes, BT
Prof John Ratcliffe, DIT Futures Academy

Delegate bookings: http://www.bookyourplace.ie/  or call 01 668 0600.

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