2017 Zagreb

Invitation to the conference

The City of Zagreb and Major Cities of Europe are pleased to announce the 2017 conference that will take place from June 12 to 14. Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia, and its largest city. It is the cultural, economic, cinematic, sporting and governmental hub of the country. It is located on the southern slopes of Medvednica Mountain along the banks of the Sava River. Culturally, it is a European city well known for its numerous historical monuments and medieval architecture. Its favourable geographic positioning in the Pannonian Basin gives the city instant access to Central Europe and the Adriatic coast.

Conference overview: The Digital Future – Cities Facing the Reality

“Mark Twain (1835-1910): Predictions are difficult, especially if they relate to the future”

As always, this annual event will host distinguished speakers from European cities alongside worldwide experts from ICT providers and academia. Emphasis will also be given to high interest solutions from Start-ups, SMEs and EU projects. Thanks to the friendly and open atmosphere of the Major Cities of Europe conferences all delegates can take advantage of the Q&As and roundtables and participate in informal discussions to share ideas, initiatives, experiences and learn from each other. The program includes topics of interest for CIOs, Policy Makers and City Managers leading innovation in their cities such as:

eGovernment – Putting Lipstick on a Pig?

For over twenty years, the promise of e-government initiatives and digital developments have been the transformation of public services. Has that transformation happened? Or have the changes been often little more than cosmetic? What are major further transformations needed?

The Great Vanishing Act – Public Administration and the Impact of Emerging Technology

Developments including block chain technology, internet of things and artificial intelligence will have a major impact on public administration. What will this mean for how public services are configured and delivered, including the impact on jobs, and how citizens request and receive those services?

Boosting the Digital Economy – The Role of Local Public Services

Most local public administrations are keen on the creation of new digital businesses in the local area and the nurturing of digital entrepreneurs. What actions can city leaders take to achieve this? What is the role of the CIO, directly or indirectly?

Deep Dive parallel World Cafes

A new development for 2017, there is the opportunity to participate in a world café’ discussion. With several running in parallel, it is likely that there will be a topic of interest to you.

Local Democracy in a Social Media World

Arguably social media is playing an increasingly important role in local governments decisions and in the outcome of elections, including new parties emerging and the ready dissemination of both information and misinformation. How to manage the response of local politicians and local public servants? What solutions? How to leverage technologies?

City Resilience

Cities have long planned for natural disasters – flood, avalanche or a pandemic. In addition, today there are more insidious challenges – terrorism and large population movements, for example. What role does technology and the CIO play in assisting with the resilience of our cities?

Embedding and Facilitating Innovation in Public Services

Innovations in local public services are often managed as one-off initiatives and are perceived as that by both the public and public servants. Is it desirable and possible to embed innovation in our city administrations, creating a culture that encourages, fosters and rewards innovation?

Further details about the programme, the registration and the logistics will follow soon