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November 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Launch of the Smart Atlantic Way Report – A Roadmap towards a Smart Region
The goal of this (online) event is to launch the report setting the background and objectives for the Smart Atlantic Way initiative and to engage with stakeholders including local authorities, companies and academics regarding the future of the smart region approach in the West of Ireland.
The vision of the Smart Atlantic Way (SAW) initiative is to co-develop the enabling collaborative mechanisms and digital infrastructure to optimally harness available resources, capacities and natural endowments distributed across the region and to create new capacities as well as value chains which will strengthen our regional economy and address other priority challenges. As we design and consider our own challenges and resources base, we can point to international case studies in order to best prepare for and set course towards in relation in the same priority areas, business, governance and quality of life. We intend to achieve short-term intended impact & benefits from aligned participation and focus from business, governance and public servants towards improved governance, data infrastructure & sectoral connectivity.
The programme of the event includes
- Presentations from representative from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the Western Development Commission
- Presentations from representative of related initiatives in Ireland and the EU
- Presentations from representative of local authorities engaged with the SAW initiative on use cases for smart technologies and the smart region approach
- An interactive panel to discuss questions and comments on the implementation of the smart region approach in the Smart Atlantic Way
Instructions to join online will be circulated to registered participants shortly before the event.
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The concept of a Smart Region is a development framework which builds upon the Smart City model, and recognises that, in order for our region to achieve our future potential, we need to consider the opportunities, benefits and challenges that Smart deployment can offer. We need to look beyond the traditional application in the urban context and move towards a Smart future that embraces both urban and rural regional settings. The SAW Initiative aims to build upon the progress made in the Smart Places Project. The focus of this was to better understand our regional position, through examination of the stakeholders, available capacities, datasets, initiatives and innovation networks in the West, North West & Border area of Ireland. This includes the counties of Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo and involves relevant local authorities (nine County Councils and Galway City Council), which represents a population base of 1 million.