Smart City Alliance

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What we do:

The Smart City Alliance is a cross-sector network whose membership consists of practitioners from universities, local authorities, businesses, voluntary organisations and SMEs from across the whole West Midlands region.

The group meets bi-monthly and provides visiting speakers a platform to share their smart initiatives and the opportunity to forge relationships with Alliance partners.

Thematic workshops also look to drive collaborative activity in response to current opportunities.

Chairs: The group is co-chaired by Alex Cole, Chief Innovation Officer at Tin Smart Social, and Rick Robinson, Digital Properties and Cities Leader at Arup.

Co-ordinated by: Iain Mansell, Project Manager at Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands.

Next Meeting:

March 2019

The next Smart City Alliance meeting will take place on Wednesday 6th March from 9am to 11:30am where we have a great agenda planned for you.

Our hosts, University of Birmingham, will be giving us a tour of their new ‘Green Heart’ – over 12 acres of striking new parkland in the centre of its historic campus. Completed in January 2019, the parkland opens up the centre of campus for students, staff and the local community and is complete with energy generating paving and smart way finders.

We will also be hearing from:

Marianna Cavada, University of Birmingham about the liveable cities work previously presented at Pure Data Centre in July
Paul Adams, Goldfish London & Joel Blake from GBSLEP about their Innovation Incubator
Gayle Cogswell, Worcester 5G about the developments on 5G across Worcester and the West Midlands
Kevin O’Malley, Innovate UK will be giving you an update around forthcoming Innovate UK funding opportunities

Venue: University of Birmingham
Building: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Room: MECH/CIV B01
Note: search ‘Y3’ on this interactive location map. If you do this from a smart device you will be encouraged to download the app which will interact with the smart way finders across the campus

Please register your place here.

Upcoming meetings:

Date: Wednesday 1st May
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (includes networking lunch)
Venue: Birmingham City University – Introducing ‘City Gate’

Date: Wednesday 10th July

Time: 9am – 11:30am

Venue: TBC

Previous Meetings:

Wednesday 9th January at Steamhouse 

Our latest meeting took place at SteamhouseUK, with speakers from Maas Global, Streamr, and Smart Oxford.The day began with a brilliant tour of the venue, and ended with a fruitful networking session.

Tour of Steamhouse


7th November 2018 at West Midlands Combined Authority 

Our final meeting of 2018 took place on the 7th November at WMCA, with speakers from JCP Support For Schools, Slenky, Digital Birmingham,  plus discussions led by our Chairs on the implication of 5G in the West Midlands, and the potential for an Intelligent Services Roadmap.

Alex Cole on the potential of an Intelligent Services Roadmap
Cec Richards, Slenky

You can find a full list of Smart City Alliance members here.

Get in touch:


Twitter: @innovationwm