2019 Annual conference of Major Cities of Europe
“Channeling Change”

We are pleased to announce that our next annual conference will take place in Venice on June 13 and 14, 2019. The Municipality of Venice and Major Cities of Europe are organising the conference in partnership with Venis S.p.A. (https://www.venis.it/en) and the Ca’ Foscari University (www.unive.it/pag/13526), that will host the conference at its Economic Campus

Conference programme

The golden thread of the 2019 Venice conference is “Channeling Change – Digital Cities in a changing world – explore more, discover more, create more”. The conference will offer the opportunity to explore and discover how change is being implemented across Local Governments and discuss about how creating further progresses. Significant time will be dedicated to discussions. These are the main topics planned for the sessions of the conference:

All players together: cities as service hubs Should local governments become integrated service providers, working with other local players, for example the utilities that provide services such as water, waste, energy and transportation management?
The moral maze: the ethical dimension of technology and transformation How local governments ensure that the use of technology is ethical and that citizens’ participative initiatives through social media are managed in an ethical and protected way. Is the fulfilment of GDPR regulation enough? How to address cybercrime?
Creating public value: Innovative ideas and new and emerging technologies working together What technology is just around the corner that will support the next round of innovation? How do we ensure that innovative technologies add value to the lives of the citizens? What else is needed alongside the technology itself? How can public employees, public officials and citizens act to innovate services? What role can, for example, artificial intelligence, data analysis, blockchain technology etc. play?
Avoiding bad solutions: build on the right foundations with good procurement and future-proof development: How decisions are taken and how solutions or technologies are selected. Sometimes procuring technology, or even in-house development, feels like being on a runaway train. How can we build the right foundations? If the solution proves to be good, how can we boost cooperation, replicability and reuse among local governments.
Riding the dead horse? Project management as we know it – and what we should do about it How to manage troubled projects. If the horse is dead, it is time to dismount. How to take the right decision – and to persuade the organisation that it’s the right decision?
Changing roles, change management and digital transformation Digital transformation and the advent of new technologies is creating a dangerous chasm between the existing managerial and professional skills and new required skills and abilities. It is also about organisational change and new ways to define strategies, projects, new ways to cooperate and work. What skills and tools are needed? Do they exist in the local governments?

What makes our annual conference different

Our most recent annual conferences were hosted by the cities of Leipzig, Zagreb, Florence, Hamburg, Zurich, Ljubljana, Vienna, Prato and Berlin. Up to four hundred delegates from Europe and further afield join each year with significant participation from the hosting country. All our conferences received unanimous excellent feedbacks from the delegates about the quality of the speakers and interest of the topics discussed during round tables and world café sessions, but more importantly it was highly appreciated that we use to discuss openly not only about successes but also about issues, the delegates like to hear the truth not the spin

Why to participate?

The independent and non-commercial environment of this pan-European event represents a unique opportunity for participants to engage together with their peers in innovation in Local Government. Due to the friendly and open atmosphere, the Major Cities of Europe conference will offer an excellent opportunity for the participants to engage in informal discussions during the conference breaks, lunches and dinners, in order to share ideas, initiatives, experiences and learn from each other. Moreover, all delegates will benefit from both the Q&As and the roundtables.
Find out here the 5 Top reasons why to participate.

About Major Cities of Europe

For more than 35 years, Major Cities of Europe (www.majorcities.eu) has been engaged in promoting the exchange of experiences among cities about their digital transformation and innovation initiatives. Major Cities of Europe is a non-profit and independent organisation of CIO’s, IT Managers, Smart City leaders, Heads of Departments and Policy Makers of Local Governments. It also includes Universities and other public organisations.
We promote the exchange of experiences also with private sector organisations including global and national companies, SMEs and Start-ups specialized in providing consulting, ICT technologies and solutions.
We support dissemination of EU funded projects to learn about the results of their research and implementations.

Online registration facility with the logistic information and the evolving programme will be published soon. Meanwhile, an overview of the conference topics can be found on the conference webpage.

The conference language will be English – simultaneous translation into Italian will be provided at the plenary sessions

For further information please contact us at info@majorcities.eu.

We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you and your organisation to the conference.