Smart City Alliance Terms of Reference

Smart City Alliance Terms of Reference 

The Smart City Alliance (SCA) is a network for people from the private, public, university and third sectors seeking to share and shape how we make best use of technologies for the future of our towns, cities, and rural communities. It is convened by the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM), an organisation that exists to catalyse and promote innovation across the West Midlands and that is part of the West Midlands Innovation Programme (WMIP). 
Engagement in the SCA is voluntary and constitutes an informal agreement both to share best practice and challenges with others and to collaborate on innovation projects.  

Meetings are coordinated and hosted by the private-sector Chair and the Co-ordinator (member of IAWM executive team) and sit within the wider context of the objectives of IAWM and WMIP. Though the content presented at the SCA occasionally overlaps with content presented at other Working Groups that are part of WMIP (Innovative Low Carbon Working Group (ILCWG) and Innovative Health Working Group (IHWG)), the SCA sits as its own community within the wider WMIP family. 

The SCA functions as a sounding board for the creation, production, and dissemination of innovative, Smart, and emerging technologies across the West Midlands. The SCA champions cross-sector innovation and encourages members to collaborate with each other on new projects. Projects are led by members, but the IAWM executive may facilitate partnership and project development.  

The SCA Chair and Co-ordinator will represent the aggregated voice of the SCA to Local Government. SCA members’ feedback will be used to shape challenges issued by Local Government, but the SCA will not provide a governance structure for other organisations, projects, or services. 

The SCA will meet on the first or second Wednesday of most months (with no meetings in January or August) on the following schedule: 

  1. Formal meetings in February, April, June, September, and November 
  1. Informal drop-in sessions in March, May, July, October, and December  

These Terms of Reference are effective from 1 March 2021 and will be ongoing.