Smart Cities Global Technology & Investment Summit June, Algiers


June 27-28

Investment and innovation strategies for Smart Cities

6.30 - 9.30

Networking Breakfast

9.30 - 9.50

Official Welcome Address - Government of Algeria

9.50 - 10.10

Keynote Address - Mr. Abdelkader Zoukh, Governor of Algiers, Algeria

10.10 - 10.30

Keynote Speech - Smart City Algiers - Next Steps and New Investment Opportunities

10.30 - 10.50

Keynote Speech - Smart City Business Models and Success Stories

10.50 - 11.20

Networking Break

11.20 - 12.00

Smart City Global Leadership Panel # 1 – Smart City Strategies, Success Stories and Opportunities


- International Smart City leaders discuss their strategies for accelerating innovative Smart City programs globally 

Speakers: Mayors/Govt Ministers, Smart City Heads

International Smart City Strategies and Insights 


  • Ensuring public administration cooperation in smart city projects
  • Working within a start-up environment and collaborating with third parties and different stakeholders
  • The importance of transforming the culture of government organisations to drive change
  • Understanding it’s not all about technology: The necessity of solution based planning to meet citizen demand


12.00 - 12.20

Keynote Speech - To be announced shortly

12.20 -13.00

Smart City Leadership Panel # 2 - Developing Sustainable and Affordable Cities


How can we grow and develop sustainable and affordable smart cities? 

City and Industry leaders assess best policy and practice for developing the compact city model, as well as promoting efficiency in providing basic services to make cities affordable and sustainable.

Speakers: Smart City and Industry Leaders, Policy Makers


Developing Sustainable and Affordable Cities 


  • The impact of water, food, and energy on the security and sustainability of cities
  • What are the best strategies for making cities in the MENA region resilient to extreme climate challenges including water scarcity, mass migration, and energy supply?
  • How can we develop infrastructure and energy systems that can sustain the influx of large numbers migrating to emerging market cities from rural areas?
  • What does sustainable procurement look like in a smart city and how can we use International guidelines to help halt climate change?
  • How can we ensure world leaders treat this as a “Now Problem” not a "Future Problem”?
  • How can European institutions and Governments help support smart energy investment in MEA?
  • Can Regional Energy Grids, including Solar Power and Sunlight Arbitrage create more sustainable markets for Electrons?


13.00 - 14.00

Networking Lunch

14.00 – 16.00

Streams A, B, C, D, E, F, G

Stream A

Smart City Strategies and Success Stories


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Speech - Smart City Strategies and Case Studies Assessed

14.15 - 15.00 Panel Discussion - Smart City Success Stories and Challenges

15.00 - 15.15 Keynote Speech - Smart Cities Middle East and Africa 

15.15 - 16.00 Panel Discussion - Smart Cities Trends and Opportunities

Panel Discussion - Smart City Success Stories and Challenges: Enhancing Connectivity in Smart Cities

  •  Identifying the main challenges in smart city transformation and examples of how these have been tackled in different cities
  •  Creating fluidity and unity between different technology and data
  •  What have certain cities done well and what can we expect for the future?
  •  Different stakeholders required to ensure that a city is truly smart
  •  Consumer engagement: Why do we need engagement and what is the best way to achieve it?


Panel Discussion - Smart Cities Trends and Opportunities: Technology Advancement and Citizen Inclusion     

  •  Global trends in AI and robotics: What are some of the changes occurring in cities and are these changes viewed positively?
  • The expansion of Blockchain and real world implications: How are cities leveraging this solution?
  •  Happiness as an end goal: How the UAE is driving citizen-centric innovation and quantifying success on a scale of community satisfaction
Stream B

Tech, Data and Internet Infrastructure


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Speech - Telecoms and IT Infrastructure
14.15 - 15.00 Panel Discussion - Investing in Internet Infrastructure Panel
15.00 - 15.15 Keynote Speech - Data and Smart Cities
15.15 - 16.00 Panel Discussion - Leveraging Data for Smart Cities Development

The internet infrastructure forms the backbone of everything we know today.
New Internet technologies are coming to market, with the power of fundamentally changing the status quo. They are presented, debated and conclusions drawn in this session.


Panel Discussion - Investing in Internet Infrastructure: How to Ensure Effective Investment in Internet Infrastructure

  • Identifying the right strategic partners to meet your needs and overcoming barriers to collaboration
  • Looking at different models for encouraging investment: What can your city offer?
  • How to effectively distribute and allocate investment


Panel Discussion - Leveraging Data for Smart Cities Development: How Are Today's Most Successful Digital Communities Unlocking Their Data?

  • Identifying what data you have available, and how this can be used to impact positively on the lives of your citizens
  • Potential applications of AI, predictive analytics and distributed ledger technology with public services to make better use of readily available data
  • Securing the data at your disposal
  • Can an open data policy and proliferation of APIs fuel smart city infrastructure?


Stream C

Mobility and Transport


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Speech -  Mobility and Transport Investment Models for Smart Cities
14.15 - 15.00 Panel Discussion - Mobility and Transport Leadership Panel
15.00 - 15.15 Keynote Speech - Intelligent Transport Systems
15.15 - 16.00 Panel Discussion - Intelligent Transport Systems for Smart Cities

Mobility and transport are at the heart of Smart cities strategies. How to address them how to deploy them and how to make them economically viable shall be the focus of the debates between technologies, economists, urbanists and the citizens


Panel Discussion - Mobility and Transport Leadership: How to involve stakeholders in the design of public transport services and supporting technologies?

  • Improving public transport services while better integrating into urban transport systems. 
  • How to be even more customer driven and put citizens at the heart of your strategy. 
  • Viewing the urban transport system as a whole and engaging in integrated urban transport plans


Panel Discussion - Intelligent Transport Systems for Smart Cities - Financing the Future of Smart Transportation 

  • How to encourage investment for transport infrastructure projects.
  • Utilising minimum investment for maximum impact.
  • Are traditional transport business and operational models obsolete?


Stream D

Security, Health, Education


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Speech -  Smart City Healthcare Investment Models

14.15 - 15.00 Panel Discussion - Health Tech and Smart Cities Investment 

15.00 - 15.15 Keynote Speech - Security for Smart Cities

15.15 - 16.00 Panel Discussion -  Security Models and Tech for Smart Cities


Smart Cities touch upon all economic sectors. They bring up opportunities such as evolving the health and education models, but need to address threats such as models of securing and sharing data.


Panel Discussion - Health Tech and Smart Cities Investment 

  • What kinds of products are needed to facilitate better health outcomes for communities? 
  • The impact of current pressures such as chronic disease on health care systems and examples of how this is being alleviated
  • How effective is current smart health technology, is it being integrated successfully and is there a return on investment?
  • How is smart health technology evolving and can be expected in the future?


Panel Discussion - Security Models and Tech for Smart Cities

  • How does digital connectivity expose cities to cyber vulnerabilities?
  • Enabling data security in IoT: Ensuring confidentiality and authenticity of information
  • What lessons can be learned from the cyber security in the private sector and how can this be implemented in a city setting?
  • Who owns the data being shared between devices and how can we work within legal frameworks
  • Initiatives in equipping citizens with the skills needed to prevent and combat cyber attacks


Stream E

Sustainability, Energy, Utilities, Environment


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Speech - Next generation Energy Systems for Smart Cities
14.15 - 15.00 Panel Debate - Sustainability Strategies for Smart Cities
15.00 - 15.15 Keynote Speech - Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Urban Strategies
15.15 - 16.00 Panel Debate - Energy and Environmental Solutions for More Sustainable Cities

Smart Cities touch upon all economic sectors. Energy, utilities and environment models would need to evolve to address future cities goals. How to achieve this is the focus of the debates between the various stakeholders.


Panel Debate - Sustainability Strategies for: Creating Affordable Circular and Collaborative Cities

  • Examples of social street projects promoting  shared resources and the potential applications of AI in these spaces
  • Approaches to transferring social street models to other cities
  • Capitalising on the growth of co- working spaces: Exploring the benefits and potential challenges
  • Maintaining security and mitigating risks in burgeoning sustainable smart cities 


Panel Debate - Strategies in Establishing Next Generation Energy Systems and Environmental Solutions for Smart Cities

  • What are the best strategies to develop a green and sustainable urban future?
  • Innovative design solutions in waste management, energy and resource supply
  • What are the main hurdles in the adoption of cleaner renewable energy sources?
  • Developing partnerships and gaining investment from private enterprises for the advancement of smart green spaces


Stream F

Finance, Investment and Fintech


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Speech - Smart City Investment Models
14.15 - 15.00 Smart City Investment Models and Public Private Partnerships
15.00 - 15.15 Keynote Speech - Fintech Overview
15.15 - 16.00 Fintech for Smart Cities - which technologies and platforms are most effective?

14.00 14.15 Keynote Speech - Smart City Investment Models

14.15 - 15.00 Smart City Investment Models and Public Private Partnerships

The investment and investment models angle is key to the success of smart city strategies, from new ways of building public private partnerships, to new funding models to new return on investment models. this session addresses the multidimensional aspects of finance, economics and investments.


Alternative Business Models and Financing for Smart Cities

  • Moving from soft funding and grants toward institutional and corporate investment.
  • What combination of existing and new approaches exist to finance smart cities?
  • Will old procurement models need to be updated to meet new realities?
  • What do new partnership models look like as different levels of government, industry and other non-government entities work together?


15.15 - 16.00 Fintech for Smart Cities Panel - Which technologies and platforms are most effective?
Fintech is at the heart of smart cities development. New technologies in the AI and Blockchain space, as well as new investment models are fundamentally changing the dynamics. Experts debate Fintech, its potential, opportunities and challenges


The Benefits of Collaboration with Fintech & Traditional Financial Institutions

  • How can financial institutions leverage their position to enable smart cities?
  • How to make use of the range of skills possessed by financial institutions such as planning, business intelligence, data analysis and as an enabler of social links between citizens and business?
  • Helping financial services and fintech companies through servicing the ‘unbanked’, and supporting smart urban initiatives through financial inclusion


Stream G

Governance and Public - Private Partnerships


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Speech -  Public Private Partnership Investment Models for Smart Cities
14.15 - 15.00 Panel Discussion - Smart City Governance and Public Partnerships Panel 
15.00 - 15.15 Keynote Speech - Keynote Speech tbc
15.15 - 16.00 Panel Discussion -  Smart City Governance and Public Partnerships Panel

Examples of Public- Private Partnerships and strategies to Enhancing Collaboration

  • What are the main barriers to obtaining funding for city programmes? 
  • Current funding programmes available to cities the ways innovative partnerships are creating benefits to both public and private enterprises 
  • What are the pros and cons of certain finance business models for smart cities


Building Local Support for Public- Private Partnership 

  • Mechanisms for citizen inclusion and representation during the planning and implementation of new smart city partnerships
  • Challenges in monetising data- How to clearly define terms of use and ensure citizen security
  • Reducing investment risks to both public and private parties when putting together a business case



16.00 - 16.15

Keynote Speech - Smart City Investment Case Study

16.15 - 17.00

Smart City Leadership Panel # 3 - Mobility and Transport Models


How can City Planners, Transport Ministers and Infrastructure Providers develop and implement better mobility models for developing and hi-tech cities? 

Which Cities have had most success in implementing new infrastructure and systems? 
Where are the next opportunities for short and long term investment and growth? 



Are Cities Ready for Mobility on Demand?

  • What are the emerging trends in transport and mobility, and how are they set to disrupt existing models?
  • Are current city frameworks and policy ready for disruptors such as autonomous vehicles and the proliferation of ridesharing and alternative modes of transport?
  • The importance and challenges inhibiting sustainable, environmentally friendly modes of transport


17.00 - 17.15

Keynote Speech - TBA

17.15 - 18.00

Smart City Leaders Panel # 4 Smart City Infrastructure - What internet infrastructure is needed?


What telecoms and internet infrastructure are needed to accelerate Smart City development and growth? How should emerging market cities build and roll out fixed and mobile internet infrastructure to enable high speed connectivity for all citizens? 

Leaders from Government, Industry and Finance discuss the best options and approaches and the next targets 

Emerging Market Strategies for Smart City Infrastructure

  • Are Africa and other emerging markets uniquely positioned to exploit the benefits of new and emerging technology and infrastructure capabilities?
  • Ensuring the right balance of smart, targeted policies and public, private partnership opportunities to meet the needs of the public
  • Defining ownership status for different elements of increasingly integrated and interconnected cities


18.00 - 18.45

Networking Reception

18.45 - 22.00

Gala Dinner and Entertainment

18.00 - 22.00

Algiers Smart City and Historic City Tour