Our kick-off event held at the University of Manchester’s Sackville Street Building really brought CityVerve to life. In essence it showed off what happens when there are great ideas and a common purpose.
Before the event started, we caught up with the afternoon’s speakers to get their views on the importance of smart cities, the value of building a consortium and why Manchester is the perfect place for an IoT demonstrator.
Phil Smith, chairman of Innovate UK, tells us about the value of creating something tangible, the “real practical opportunity to change the way cities operate.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, speaks about the importance of smart cities and why CityVerve is important to Manchester’s future. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Vice Chancellor of University of Manchester and Chair of Corridor Manchester, continues the theme, also speaking about the strength of the city’s partnerships.
Andy Chew, Managing Director, Innovation and Architectures at Cisco UK and Ireland, explains why we are creating a showcase for Manchester and other cities around the world. Meanwhile Caroline Gorski, Head of IoT at Digital Catapult, says that what sets Manchester apart is its ability “to make decisions in a powerful and visionary fashion.”
Simon Navin, Project Lead, Ordnance Survey, highlights the importance of a bottom-up approach and getting the citizens involved early in the process. Drew Hemment, Founder and CEO at FutureEverything, adds that CityVerve moves from “technology push” to responding to the needs of citizens.
Finally, Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology at Cisco UK & Ireland, says, “being part of this project is the dream of every engineer.”