Sustainable Development Lab in Leeds

Join us at the Sustainable Development Lab on April 26, 2016

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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the first Sustainable Development Lab. This free, full-day workshop is for public sector thought-leaders across Europe. It will be held in Leeds, UK on April 26, 2016.

Duration: 10AM – 4.30PM (Lunch and refreshments included)
Venue: Open Data Institute Leeds, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG
Cost: Free, but please RSVP using the form below


Do you want to address big city problems with citizen participation?

This workshop offers a new approach to develop sustainable smart cities. It introduces and simplifies important technology, behavioural and design concepts. We will demystify IoT, Usability and Open Data. The Lab will also enable you to take charge of these trends and work collaboratively with citizens to create affordable and scalable solutions. On the day you will develop at least one idea that you can take back to your organisations.

Create new value and meet your organisation’s business needs

The workshop is being organised in collaboration with the Leeds City Council Smart Cities team. Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. Since January 2015 we have been working with the residents of the city, the City Council and SMEs to develop affordable and accessibility technology solutions for vulnerable residents. A year later, we are in the process of scaling these services to 100,000 users. As we work towards this important milestone, we see that the tide is turning! Local authorities in the UK and cities across the world are demanding a pragmatic and affordable roadmap to join the Smart Cities Agenda.

Your workshop facilitators

The workshop will be facilitated by two subject matter experts from our team – Alastair Somerville and Abhay Adhikari. They have run workshops at global conferences and venues across the world. This includes SxSw (Austin), O’Reilly Design Conference (San Francisco) and Waag Society (Amsterdam). We will also be joined by members from the Leeds City Council Smart Cities Team who will share their experiences of running the citizen driven programme.

Register your place at the Lab

This workshop is free to attend but by invitation only. If you are a decision maker who can lead the change in your organisation, then join us. Please RSVP using the form below and we will get in touch with you. For international participants, the nearest airports are Leeds Bradford and Manchester. There are frequent, direct trains from London.

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