We are preparing a conference that will stick in your mind.
Meet this year’s speakers for whom smart city is not a sci-fi.
The motto of this year’s URBIS Smart City Fair is clear:
UPGRADE YOUR CITY!
Stay tuned for more personalities. We reveal the programme gradually.
Jean-Paul De Baets
Jean-Paul De Baets
Programme Manager, Interoperability Unit, Directorate-General for Informatics, European Commission
Jean-Paul De Baets is a programme manager at the Interoperability Unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics. He is responsible for the Joinup platform of the ISA² Programme that develops interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens.
Joinup is a collaborative platform for e-Government professionals at local, regional, national and European level. It offers several services to help them share their experience and support them in finding, choosing, reusing, developing and implementing interoperability solutions.
Before he started at the Interoperability Unit, Jean-Paul dealt with IT Governance as Deputy Head of Unit at the Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit of Directorate-General for Informatics.
Prior joining the European Commission, Jean-Paul was a lead architect at the ministry in charge of the initiation, implementation and assistance of e-Government projects for the Federal Government of Belgium.
Jean-Paul holds a master’s degree in informatics from the University of Namur, Belgium.
In the academic sphere, he engaged in the analysis of natural language and in the development of plagiarism detection system. For several years he worked as a Python developer and data engineer at Seznam.cz, as well as in the field of business intelligence at Kiwi.com. He founded FlowerChecker, a company that launched a plant identification system named Plant.id in 2018, which is based exclusively on machine learning. For the last three years, he has been teaching at the Masaryk university. Occasionally he helps European Commission to assess the ethical aspects of R&D projects.
Coordinator of the national research programme “City of Tomorrow at the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Mr. Volker Schaffler was in-house consultant at the City of Vienna where he was project manager of Smart City Wien and was helping building up the Viennese Smart City Agency as well as defining the structures and processes for a Smart City Wien. He has developed and implemented several city-internal projects as well as national and EU research projects on Smart City Technologies and Services in a number of areas like Energy, Mobility, Healthcare and ICT. In 2015 he joined the Austrian Institute of Technology as Smart City Expert where he was working in research and consulting for Cities, public institutions and public utilities in the field of energy related city planning. Since 2017 Mr. Schaffler is working for the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology as main Coordinator of the national research programme City of Tomorrow and coordinator of the Austrian Smart City Network for Cities. His main work includes supporting cities with their transformation agenda and enabling smart and sustainable transformation to reach the climate and energy targets. His other work includes the digitalization of the Austrian planning and construction sector and the development of future Plus-Energy-Districts.
Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Section III - Innovation and Telecommunication
DI (FH) Volker SCHAFFLER, MA
Stadt der Zukunft / City of Tomorrow
Policy officer; Directorate for Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency; Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission.
Jens Bartholmes is a civil engineer with focus on energy efficiency. He holds a PhD in Physical mathematical modelling of environmental systems (University of Bologna, IT and Harvard University, US) and works at the European Commission since 2004. He published more than 30 scientific articles on probabilistic forecasting and decision support systems.
Since 6 years, he works at DG Energy leading the Smart Cities team of the Directorate for Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency. He coordinates the overall DG Energy H2020 Energy Work Programme (EUR1.1 Billion for 2018-20) under Societal Challenge - Secure Clean and Efficient Energy. He is in charge of the H2020 Smart Cities and Communities calls and the resulting H2020 project cluster - the Smart City "Lighthouse project group" (currently 14 projects, 300 Million Euro EC funding). In addition, he is responsible for the Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan Implementation group on Positive Energy Districts as well as the European Innovation Partnership on Smart City and Communities' Action Cluster on Positive Energy Blocks and deep retrofitting. He is part of the DG ENER team preparing Horizon Europe, i.e. Cluster 4 (Climate, Energy & Mobility) for which he develops the focus area on Smart Cities.
energy manager, City of Litoměřice, Czech Republic
Finished Ph.D. study program at the University of Economics, Prague, Department of Environmental Economics in 2006. Since 2011 he works as energy manager of the City of Litoměřice. Jaroslav has practical experiences in the municipal energy since 2004, he publishes plenty of articles in the energy and energy management field. He worked in national and international projects such as MODEL, Sustainable local energy indicators, MARUEL, MAESTRO, READY 21, ProgRESsHEAT, POCACITO and others. He is a member of the Sustainable Energy Board of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. Since 2018 chairman of Association of Local Energy Managers of the Czech Republic.
Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Urban Development
European and International Programmes (EIP)
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
JPI Urban Europe
Programme on Positive Energy Districts as a joint initiative of several European countries to support cities in the energy transition - so a discussion-based format.
Ing. Martin Tax
Ing. Martin Tax
The chief methodologist of the agenda "Digital Czechia" operates in the structures of the RVIS within the framework of an engagement in the State enterprise NAKIT. He also serves as a consultant for managerial consultancy and Enterprise Architect on "freelancing". As an entrepreneur he is the owner of DAIN s.r.o. and Palmovka Business Center s.r.o., in the past he has been chairman of the board of Directors of DELTAX Systems a.s. His career began as a researcher of the Academy of Sciences (Astronomical Institute and ÚTIA). He graduated from the Faculty of nuclear and physical engineering CTU Prague in the specialization of plasmas physics. He has been devoted to digitisation and eGovernment projects since 1992.
Czech politician and lawyer, in the years 1996 to 1998, a member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, from 2006 to 2013 gradually deputy Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic, deputy Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic and deputy Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic, since 2018 the representative of the capital city of Prague. He is the author of the Law on citizens´ right on digital services.
Doc. RNDr. Milan Ftáčnik, CSc.
Doc. RNDr. Milan Ftáčnik, CSc.
Since 1980 until now, he has been active at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and informatics of Comenius University in Bratislava as a university teacher, from 1989 as a docent. He is professionally dedicated to image processing and computer vision. He also worked in the political functions of a member of Parliament, the Minister of Education, the mayor of the city district and the mayor of Bratislava.
Since 2015 he is the chairman of the Slovak Information Society and is also a member of the government's Board of digitization of public administration. In 2019, he became chairman of the Smart Solutions and innovation Council, a coordinating platform for the Smart Cities Club and the Slovak Smart City cluster. Smart is perceived as an opportunity for municipalities using technologies to improve life in the city, the natural urban region or the autonomous region. Closer to the theme of smart governance.
He has been Deputy Mayor of the Town of Kolin since 2014, responsible for Department of School, Culture and Sport, Department of Environment, Department of Finance, Department of Funds and Public Contracts. He also manages the concept of Smart City
The winner of The Smartest Town Hall Award in the Czech Republic, 2017, IDC IoT Awards, Customer Experience: Kolínská chytrá klíčenka (Kolin Smart Keycard), 2017
Grammar school (Gymnazium Kolin), teacher of Geography and Physical Education, 2007 to Present
• Successful in getting grants in the whole amount of about 250 million Czech Crowns (2014 – 2018) – investment in National Heritage Sites, Traffic Terminal, School Buildings, etc.
• Concept of Smart City of Kolin (Kolin Smart Keycard, Parking Smart System, Smart Waste Containers, Kolin in Mobile application)
• Decreasing the city debt
• Closing down gaming-houses in the town
• Successful negotiation with new foreign and Czech investors about building companies in Industrial Zone Kolin-Ovcary
• The Head of Board of Directors in Kolin Hospital (2016-2017)
• The Member of Supervisory Board in Kolin Hospital (2017 to present)
Director-General of the business Environment and Innovation Department at the Ministry of economy of the Slovak Republic, is responsible for the smart industry agenda, better regulation and measures to improve the business environment. She also covers the smart cities agenda and believes that a better life in our cities will be achieved through a change of thinking and joint dialogue. She also leads the Council Working Group on export and investment support, where she supports the expansion of Slovakia's proexport policy. In this area she gained experience in the years 2012-2016, when she worked as a top director in the EXIMBANKA SR. At the same time, she is the president of the non-profit organization of the Heart of Slovakia, where she links all three sectors of our society and is dedicated to the current issues related to the business and social environment in Slovakia, as well as the reconciliation of family and working life.
Ing. Tomáš Vanický
Ing. Tomáš Vanický
Graduated in Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, building physics. He started his career in the ENVIROS consulting company. In 2007 he participated in the elaboration of the National Action plan for residential buildings. In 2008 he founded the company E-KONCEPT and since 2011 he has devoted himself to rebuilding buildings in the preservation zones with the aim of improving their internal environment and reducing the need for energy. He is currently director of the Centre of the Passive House (CPD).
a researcher at The University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings of The Czech Technical University in Prague. He leads research unit “Participatory Planning and Design“ dealing with human centred design and stakeholder engagement in innovation projects.
His filed of interest includes social innovation in smart cities, local energy distribution and ownership, and social aspects of sustainable buildings.
He focuses on human interactions with built environment, stakeholder engagement and decision-making support in smart city and construction projects.
He holds master’s degree in psychology from Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Currently, he studies doctoral programme Urbanism and Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague.
Chairman of the board Coworking cooperative Together
Vít Skála has been engaged in the creation of communities for more than 20 years and the use of information technology for rural development on theoretical and practical level. He stood at the birth of GIS of the village Senožaty (launched already in 2002!), defended rigorous and dissertation on the use of social capital for rural development, since 2016 operates its own social enterprise PTL, s.r.o. focusing on online marketing. He is active in the management of non-profit organizations dealing with social and health work (Healing and Rehabilitation Centre Chvaly), regional development (MAS Society for the development of Humpolecka), scientific and technical activities (Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Society) or the Community-wide values (Czech identity).
He is a regional consultant for social entrepreneurship, the author of e-learning courses, involving thousands of people from more than 100 countries, a lecturer and a methodology for strategic planning in the public sector. He served as an adviser to the MEP Michaela Šojdrová.
The whole professional life seeks to prove that information technology reduces the gap between rural and urban and the last 10 years sees great potential in the active use of social capital. The support and interconnection of active individuals brings infrastructure and service development, financial savings and higher population to the regions where they live. The Coworking cooperative co. focuses on the practical demonstration of these activities and impacts.
Ing. Jana Smetanová
Ing. Jana Smetanová
She graduated from the University of Economics in Prague. Since 2007, the Regional Development Agency has been active in the Centre of investment, development and innovation in the position of a specialist consultant. She focuses on the issues of social entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 2015, She has been coordinator of the Regional Centre for Social Entrepreneurship support in the Hradec Králové region.
Regional Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Support is a platform aimed at the development of social entrepreneurship in the Hradec Kralove region. This is a support that is targeted precisely according to the needs of the regional actors. The Activities of the Centre are focused on consultancy, individual consultations and grant management of projects in the field of social entrepreneurship, networking of social enterprises and other actors (Hradec Kralove region, Labour Office, ministries, special schools, non-profit sector...), connecting employers from a protected and free labour market, initiating and facilitating development intentions and popularizing the area. She organizes regular thematic conferences, seminars and workshops, we strive to present examples of good practice, among others. Through excursions to successful social enterprises, we organise educational modules focused on the development of social enterprises and the annual social entrepreneurship fairs are also very popular. We also operate the website www.socialnipodnikanihk.cz within the platform www.zamestnanyregion.cz .