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STARDUST is Smart with a Heart

Contributed by: iCube Programme

The STARDUST project participated in the 4th Nordic Edge Expo & Conference held in Stavanger, Norway, from September 25 to 27.
STARDUST is Smart with a Heart
Along with the rest of the Smart City Community, in late September 2018, the STARDUST project attended the 4th Nordic Edge Expo & Conference in Norway. The Nordic Edge is an annual event where the Smart City community presents their latest innovative solutions. This makes it an ideal place for the project partners of the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities programme to catch up.

“Smart with a Heart” was the theme of this year’s Nordic Edge Expo and Conference. Being smart with a heart mean a lot of things but it mostly boils down to working together and letting people – both the developers and the users – of the technology be mindful of each other’s presence. Apart from the official event, several side-events were organised around this largest Smart City event in the Nordics.

4500 visitors from all across and beyond Europe attended this three-day event to present outcomes, exchange knowledge and meet with project partners. Project coordinators, universities, technical partners, municipalities, investors and decision makers are given the chance to meet like-minded people that hold the same enthusiasm at heart through knowledge exchange, networking and forging of new business opportunities.

STARDUST had the occasion to be recognised at the “Meet the New Lighthouse Cities” session alongside MAtchUP and IRIS, being the latest Lighthouse projects that entered the SCC1 community. STARDUST’s coordinator Florencio Manteca from CENER, as well as Maarit Vehviläinen, the city representative from the lighthouse city of Tampere, and Daniele Vettorato from EURAC presented the project, its main objectives and the results achieved so far.

For three days, all 12 SCC1 Lighthouse projects including STARDUST, Smart City Information System (SCIS) and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) gathered all together at a joint stand. At the stand, STARDUST was represented by CENER, the Lighthouse cities of Tampere and of Pamplona, Fondazione iCons – iCube Programme, EURAC and CluBE. Everyone had an opportunity to meet, talk and inform visitors about the overall SCC1 community and the individual projects and their solutions.

Moreover, an internal discussion with the title “Communication – How to make «invisible» projects visible” took place among communication representatives of various SCC1 projects, Lighthouse - and Follower Cities. Participants shared stories about how to communicate ideas through their projects or their cities in an international context about new pilots and themes. These pitches were illustrated graphically and moderated by facilitator Josh Stinton (Outspire). Among the participants of the event were Elisabeth Schmid and Anna Vilhula, who are representatives from STARDUST’s Fondazione iCons and Tampere respectively. In parallel to these public sessions, the SCC1 group met at different internal sessions focusing on topics such as big data or business models and finance.

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