Why you should come to Beyond The Smart City …

It’s been a bit of a struggle this evening – I was supposed to write a post about why you should all come to our event; it was meant to be a well reasoned analysis of all the different potential audiences, and the benefits they would each get from Beyond The Smart City. I was having a really hard time getting sensible words committed to paper until I realised that I was approaching it wrong. I’ve given up on that tactic and instead I’m tackling it this way.  
You should come to Beyond the Smart City because you’ll be part of an audience of people who look at open data not as an end in itself, not as a shiny new toy, but as a tool that’s used to get the job done. Here in the south west we have a lot of people who are seen as isolated by geography and economy from what goes on in the rest of the country. We’re too far away, we’re too hard to get to, we’re too busy working out in all weathers on all shifts to get involved in the latest fads. 
But some of the most embedded and beneficial uses of data collection and connected sensors have been happening in fields like environment, agriculture, marine sciences; where you’re dealing with huge datasets and variables that change unpredictably and often and over huge measures of length and width and depth and time. When your livelihood depends on delicate ecological balances, you tend to need to understand that balance and to adopt only the developments that are going to bring some practical actual benefit. They say the biggest thing holding back the release of open data, particularly in local government, is the lack of understanding of the possible benefits, and the dearth of success stories; that’s precisely what we want to change by bringing the practical people together to share what they know about what works.
And that, right there, that’s why you should come to Beyond The Smart City. Come and meet speakers and delegates who are making sense of big data, open data, the internet of things, smart cities, digital inclusion, data-driven social business, and designing data services; find out how the Met Office are slicing vast amounts of data every day to make it possible for others to consume just what they need; and talk to us at ODI Devon about using data to get the job done.


About jargonaut

Unashamed geek lost in policy land. Frequently required to believe three impossible things before breakfast, and implement them by tea time.
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