Smart City Forum

Building a city of trust

17 November


Corum - Montpellier


Local authorities and public policymakers have a central role to play – as planners, managers, contractors, trusted third parties, guarantors of data protection and the safety of citizens – in providing a trusted environment for smart city developments, in concert with the smart city ecosystem’s stakeholders.

2:00 - 2:15pm
Introduction by IDATE DigiWorld
2:15 - 2:30pm
  • Philippe SAJHAU, Vice President Smarter Cities, Energy-Utilities & Telecom-Media, IBM France
2:30 - 3:45pm
How to build trust in the smart city?

Trust and the smart city have a complex alchemy. Among other things, the process implies avoiding purely top-down approaches when planning and carrying out projects, welcoming initiatives from entrepreneurs, making use of scientific validation bodies, planning on a dedicated system to ensure privacy protection, and thinking about the robustness and resilience of digital applications and information systems.

This round table will examine some of the key trust-building considerations when mapping out how a smart city will be governed:

- How to test the usefulness of a smart city service and users’ interest in it during the design stage?
- How much consideration should be given to bottom-up and open innovation approaches to “open up” smart city projects?
- How to guarantee that smart city services are developed in a way that protects citizens’ privacy?
- How to anticipate the pitfalls of a hyperconnected city, and build resilient information systems?

Moderator: Philippe SAJHAU, Vice President Smarter Cities program, Energies, Utilities & Telecom-Media industries, IBM France

3:45 - 4:00pm
Conclusive keynote
Closing cocktails



1 day incl. VAT



2 days incl. VAT

Sponsored by: montpellier metropole

In partnership with: Macaron-FrenchTech-MMM-FondBlanc