Register for our latest Smart City webinar below. 

'Optimising existing infrastructure in a connected Smart City' webinar - Thursday 14th July 2016, 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM (BST)

Time - 11.00AM BST – 12.00PM BST

Date - Thursday 14th July 2016

Speakers -

John Fox – Managing Director, Lucy Zodion

Niraj Saraf – Head of Innovation for Sustainable Urban Living, Innovate UK

Paul Wilson – Managing Director, Bristol Is Open

This webinar is designed for anyone who is interested in smart cities, including local government smart city project teams and those with responsibility for infrastructure or service delivery.

John, Paul and Niraj will be considering solutions to achieve smart cities across the UK. They will also analyse the findings of Lucy Zodion’s newly published smart cities report, including the obstacles facing smart city planners - to find out more and read the full report, click here. 


11.00am - Introduction by Laura Sharman, Editor, Local Government News

11.05am - Report findings, John Fox, Lucy Zodion

11.25am - Niraj Saraf, Innovate UK

11.35am - Paul Wilson, Bristol Is Open

11.50am - Q&A session

12.00pm - Ends

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Speaker biographies

John Fox – Managing Director, Lucy Zodion

John left Cambridge University with an engineering degree in the early 1980s, joining Thorn-EMI on a graduate training scheme. John remained with Thorn for a number of years before leaving to join a specialist lighting company as an electronics engineer; this company was acquired by increasingly larger groups until it became part of Thomas & Betts in the late 1990s. 
During this period John held a number of roles in the commercial interior lighting sector, including technical manager and technical director. He became increasingly involved in industry committees such as the Lighting Industry Federation, and both national and international lighting standards drafting bodies, like the International Electrotechnical Commission and the European Committee for Standardisation. 
In 2001, John joined Zodion Ltd, going on to take the role of Managing Director in 2004.  

Niraj Saraf – Head of Innovation for Sustainable Urban Living, Innovate UK

Niraj is a Lead Technologist for Urban Living with Innovate UK. Niraj has had a varied career, with roles in the Civil Service, banking, international development, entrepreneurship, and management consultancy. As a strategist and innovator, he is passionate about sustainability.
Prior to joining Innovate UK, Niraj worked as a faculty member for strategy and innovation at Ashridge Business School. He holds an MBA from Imperial College, specialising in innovation and entrepreneurship, and is also currently studying for a Masters degree in Sustainability and Responsibility. While Niraj is excited by technological innovation, he is also concerned that human and social factors that are at the heart of implementation and believes in a design approach to innovation.

Paul Wilson – Managing Director, Bristol Is Open

Paul is Managing Director of Bristol Is Open. Paul worked in software and finance for fifteen years and was Chief Marketing Officer of SunGard Financial Systems, a $5bn Fortune 500 company. He joined Bristol Is Open from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, where he oversaw the development the West of England’s Strategic Economic Plan – which attracted more Government per-capita funding (£86m) than any other region. 
Paul is working to build collaboration between industry, local government, SME’s and academics, with the aim of addressing the urban challenges that we are facing in a rapidly urbanising world.

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