Open Cities Keynotes I: Cities leading the way
Keynotes I: Cities leading the way Towards open cities through strategy, implementation and collaboration
- Edward Anderson, ICT Innovation Specialist at World Bank Institute
- Manel Sanromà, CIO at Barcelona City Council The city protocol: building the open cities together
Jarmo Eskelinen, CEO, Forum Virium Helsinki Chair, European Network of Living Labs
Edward Anderson works with the World Bank’s ICT Knowledge platform’s programme to use digital engagement tools for building greater public transparency and civic participation, as well as more accountability around public services. This includes engaging with technology communities in Tanzania and Kenya, where Africa’s open data movement has taken root. Anderson’s original training is as an aerospace engineer. He started his career with the UN Programme on Space Applications for Disaster Management and European Space Agency’s Earth Observation Science and Applications Directorate, where he focused largely on remote sensing, mapping, risk modelling for climate change adaptation in water resources, coastal zones, epidemics and food security. In 2004 Anderson launched a technology start-up for early warning systems in East Africa – focused on a proof of concept for new diagnostic tools in malaria epidemic surveillance. After supporting the 2006 Development Marketplace for Health Innovations, Anderson worked in disaster risk operations for the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank, building new partnerships with technical communities including NASA, Google, Random Hacks of Kindness, and CrisisCommons. Throughout his career, Anderson has sought to find ways to harness science and technology for development.
Manel Sanromà was born 1956. Ph.D. in Physics, University of Barcelona 1982. He has hold different grants of research in Spain and the United States. Former professor of Physics at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, of Astronomy at the University of Barcelona and currently of Mathematics at the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. In 2007 he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Humanities from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and a Master Degree in E-Health from the same University.
During the last decade he has shared his teaching at the University with several positions related to IT implementation. From 1999-2001 he was director of the Consortium for the Information Society of the Regional Government of Tarragona. From 2001 to 2004 he was director of the Open Administration of Catalonia (AOC), the main E-Government project in Catalonia. From 2005 till 2011 he was the CIO of a Health Services Consortium in Tarragona. Since July 2011 he is the CIO of Barcelona City Council.
He has published dozens of articles and several books on its two main activities throughout the years, namely Astronomy and the applications of the Internet. He was the creator of the first Community Network in Spain, TINET (Tarragona InterNET). Between 1999 and 2002 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Internet Society (ISOC). In 2001 the national magazine El Mundo included him as one of the most influential Spaniards in the development of the Internet.
He is a member of different scientific and professional associations, among others the International Astronomical Union, the Catalan Society of Mathematics and the Internet Society.
Location: INSPIRE auditorium
Date & Time: Wed 19, 14:00-15:30 + 16:00-17.30
Target Group: TBA
Topic Stream: Open Cities
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