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Greater Paris’ Smart City Forum Review

Sustainable mobility

Gathering all the protagonists of the connected city, such was the aim of Greater Paris’ Smart City Forum held on November 20, 2014 in Paris’ city hall.

Organized by La Tribune newspaper in partnership with the Paris city council, the first edition of the Smart City Forum was dedicated to mobility. With 45 prestigious speakers hosting a dozen conferences, this first forum kept its promises and gathered over 1700 guests.

“Big cities are highly attractive to populations and most of all they are creation spaces. A smart city is a city that dares”, declared Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, in her opening speech at the Smart City Forum. Speakers and start-up creators successively took the floor to share experience and discuss innovative solutions.

How do you coproduce a smart city? To answer this question, Virginie Calmels, deputy mayor of the city of Bordeaux -in charge of Economics, Labour and Sustainable Growth- shared the secrets of the successful development of the city of Bordeaux. “A new climate is felt in Bordeaux, with a strong company creation growth rate, at a crossroad between urban transformation, new sociology and openness to the world.”

Start-ups celebration! With the intervention of Olivier Gatelmand, cofounder of Game in Town, first mobile geo-localized games platform. “You become the king or queen of an area of interest, discover your city in a blink and get to meet people”, he explained. This application for Android and iPhones connects people and places through games. It is one of the numerous initiatives and innovative projects presented that day at the Paris city hall.

Source: Hugo Whitemore