Prague City Data Congress will show how to change cities for the better with data


Prague City Data Congress (PCDC) is an international event that will take place in Prague in the second half of September. The focus of this year's edition will be on climate change and the congress will present a range of intelligent solutions that use data in climate protection projects, using examples from the transport and public space sectors. Registrations for the event are now open.

Prague City Data Congress will show how to change cities for the better with data

The fourth edition of the event will take place on September 19 and 20 in Prague's CAMP (Centre of Architecture and Metropolitan Planning). The format of the event, which is free of charge and is once again organised by the city's ICT operator (OICT), will resemble a festival or think tank rather than a classic conference to offer sufficient space for both expert debates and practical workshops or discussions in which anyone interested in the topic will be able to participate. Experts who are among the current world leaders will come to Prague to take part and share their know-how.

"We have decided to dedicate this year's Prague City Data Congress to climate change, which has been resonating globally for some time. For two days, Prague will become a unique place for sharing valuable knowledge. Top experts in their field will show how to perceive and effectively use a large amount of data available to modern metropolises. Thanks to the OICT's data platform Golemio, Prague has this data. I know from experience and I believe that thanks to correct interpretation and work with data, a modern and smart city is one where its leadership knows how to use the right data at the right time and in the right context," said OICT CEO Tomáš Barczi. 

Benedikt Kotmel, head of the OICT Golemio data platform, who is behind the birth of PCDC, added that the event aims to offer the most up-to-date ideas and approaches on how to make smart decisions, manage and govern not only the city by using data. At the same time, the event will encourage experts to meet the local community that takes interest in this year's topic. Prague has made big progress in working with data over the last five years. The team that built and continuously develops the Golemio data platform works directly for the City of Prague. Involving its own data experts in city decision-making can be a good practice example for other cities.

The first day of the PCDC - Monday, September 19 - will be dedicated, for example, to Thijs Turel, Programme Manager at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), and the Responsible Sensing Lab project: designing a Smart City based on European values. On the second day of the congress (Tuesday, September 20), Laura Buettner from the Senate Office of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, who is an expert in the IT and Digitalisation Department, will present her work on creating and expanding data governance for the City of Hamburg. 

The congress will be in both Czech and English with the evening keynotes presented only in English. The event is free of charge, all you have to do is register for it, using the form on the official website of the congress, where those interested can also find further information, including a regularly updated programme and list of speakers, or the newsletter prepared for attendees. 

Photocredit: Prague City Data Congress

Lucia Legáthová

Economic Diplomacy Specialist

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