Smart Cities

Digital technology facilitating enriched quality of life in the city

A Smart City is a city or region where digital technologies are being combined with infrastructure, architecture and everyday objects. The data from this interplay are then structured and processed into tools that provide an answer to urban problems: social and economic inequality, mobility issues, etc.

The technologies of the digital age run like a thread through the infrastructure the smart city. They facilitate innovations, savings, options for sustainability, and more. All this helps enrich the quality of life in the city.

Partnerships

SmartCityTech

Smart City Tech is a partnership to facilitate global cooperation between city stakeholders aiming at the development and realization of innovative value models for urban areas enabled by smart systems. This partnership keeps us and our members informed about goings-on elsewhere and creates an internationalization platform, opening doors to the rest of Europe. Members of the Smart Cities Programme enjoy all the benefits of the alliance.

SmartCities.Vlaanderen

Our Smart Cities Programme created this successful regional network by participating in an Innovative Business Network (IBN) scheme set out by the Flemish government. This project is an essential part of our Smart Cities Programme, providing access to complementary networks and know-how. Within this ecosystem we focus specifically on companies that actively develop products and services for cities and municipalities in the value chain of a smart city.

Projects

Open City Project

Alongside partner imec, DSP valley is involved in this project. More information coming soon!

Upcoming Events

Members

Programme Manager Mark De Colvenaer
Programme Manager Mark De Colvenaer


Mark De Colvenaer, with a Master of Science in Business Engineering (KULeuven), is a hands-on expert in innovation and business development with a focus on high-tech and ICT driven solutions for societal challenges. 

He has consulted for small as well as big tech companies, often for management assignments.   From 1997 to 2009, he was a guest-professor at the University College Ghent and was a board member of the European Network of Living Labs.  Currently, he focuses on defining and developing cross-sector value models, combining different key enabling technologies (e.g. micro-electronics and biotechnology) into new applications for healthcare and urban areas.  Furthermore, he is closely involved in running the SmartCityTech European partnership. 

Aside from his work as Programme Manager for Smart Cities at DSP Valley, he is co-founder of Kunigi – a leading innovation development practice. 

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