European Platform for Intelligent Cities (EPIC) – Manchester Pilot 29th March 2011

Dear All,

I am pleased to have the opportunity to invite you to the Manchester EPIC project workshop on Tuesday 29th March 2011, here at MDDA Offices.

The EPIC platform will combine the industrial strengths of IBM’s ‘Smart City’ vision and cloud computing infrastructure with the knowledge and expertise of leading European Living Labs… to ensure the development of a European ‘innovation ecosystem’ for sustainable user-driven web-based services for citizens and businesses.’ (EPIC, 2010)

The purpose of the workshop is to communicate the SMART City concept and demonstrate the Manchester EPIC pilot, energyhive, to a representative stakeholder community from the City.

energyhive is an energy monitoring product, which allows users to view the household’s energy consumption via a web-based dashboard. The product collates household data at regular intervals via a number of energy monitoring units from within the home, this data can then be stored on a cloud-based storage system.

The workshop will allow the EPIC team to highlight the environmental and technological benefits of using cloud-based approaches to support sustainable web-based services and products.

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About: Robert Grimm

All over Europe, cities are faced with the challenge of using cultural resources to re-position their city in an increasingly culturally and economically diversified European space. Related to this is a clear recognition of the growing importance of cultural resources for economic and community development. This produces new opportunities and challenges for local cultural planning and management. In order to fully exploit the innovative and supportive role of culture in European urban development, it will be necessary to develop a new socially and culturally sensitive professionalism, able to cross the boundaries between the arts, design, urban and spatial planning, public policy and the market, artistic creativity and cultural management. The MA in European Urban Cultures offers a specialist programme aimed at graduate students from Europe and elsewhere with undergraduate degrees in subject areas such as the social sciences; cultural and leisure studies; art, design and architecture; urban theory and planning; cultural marketing and management. The course is also targeted at professionals and administrators eager for the latest experiences, ideas and insights in urban cultural policy.