How can a city become and remain a Smart City in the long term, and does achieving this necessarily improve quality of life?

These were the guiding questions of the 21st International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, which took place from 22-24 June 2016 in smarticipate partner city Hamburg (Germany).

Some 250 experts from 50 countries exchanged their ideas on this widely discussed topic. The diverse background of the speakers ensured intriguing and lively debate.

Speakers touched on issues such as: What does it mean to plan a Smart City in India? Where is the human factor in Smart City development? Can we define and standardise Smart City services?

Smarticipate, together with related EU funded research projects, organised a parallel workshop session. The ambition of this separate strand of presentations and discussions was to take a holistic view of Smart City developments, integrating discussions on urban data management, standardisation, decision support, and citizen involvement.

The program and conference proceedings, including those related to smarticipate, can be found on the Real Corp website.