In October 2015, the Alliance launched its Smart Cities Scotland identity to key stakeholders which set out for the first time Scotland’s cities collective aspirations to be at the forefront of Smart Cities activity and improve services, making Scottish cities more attractive to investors, residents, visitors and the business community.
Since then, Scotland’s cities have made considerable progress in adopting smart technologies, using data as an asset, advancing citizen engagement, embracing innovation and establishing new forms of collaboration across the public, private and third sectors. To provide a long term strategic focus for development and investment in Smart City activity, both at an individual and collective city level, the Alliance has now developed a Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint.

The Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint will be launched by Paul Wheelhouse MSPMinister for Business, Innovation and Energy, at the Productive Places: Embracing the Emerging Economy Conference. The Smart Cities Scotland session will;
  • Profile the Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint and outline to local stakeholders how it will assist the cities to develop the Smart Cities marketplace in Scotland
  • Outline the first set of collaborative data and technology projects being developed as part of “Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City” strategic intervention
  • Offer an opportunity for representatives from the private sector and academia to reflect on the Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint and discuss the role they might play in developing the Smart Cities marketplace in Scotland, and
  • Profile and discuss the CITIE Scotland research conducted by Nesta, a UK innovation charity, which outlines the strong performance of Scotland’s Cities against a range of indicators to support innovation and entrepreneurship, along with a series of recommendations for Scotland and the individual cities on the roles they can play to support the Scottish Cities achieve their innovation ambitions  
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS in the Smart Cities Scotland session include; 

David Altabev, Senior Programme Manager, Nesta; David Beeton, Managing Director, Urban Foresight; Jamie Coleman, Founder and Managing Director, CodeBase; Gillian Docherty, CEO, The Data Lab and Ritchie Somerville, Innovation and Futures Manager, The City of Edinburgh Council


The Alliance is separately hosting a Smart Cities workshop alongside 20 European cities as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels on 11 October 2016. For more information and to register for this workshop please click here The registration code for the workshop is 11C15.



With the growing importance of Place to economic, social and environmental prospects, this conference will explore how we can create more liveable, enlightened and dynamic cities and regions that thrive in the emerging economy. 

Smart Cities Scotland is one of the key areas which will form the basis of the conference programme - other sessions will include; Learning Lessons on the Decentralisation Journey, Planning for Productive Places, Embracing the Low Carbon Economy and Connecting Cities and Regions in the Digital Age.

Contributing to these sessions are: Mark Collins, Co-founder and Director of Strategy & Public Policy, CityFibre; Ian Manson, Chief Executive, Clyde Gateway; David McIntosh, Assistant Director, Corporate Finance - Infrastructure, Transport & Government, Ernst & Young; Elma Murray, Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council; Andrew Thin, Chairman, Scottish Canals; Chris Yiu, General Manager Scotland, Uber and John Woodhouse, CEO and Managing Director, The Woodhouse Partnership

Further information on these wider conference themes can be found here. 


The conference will take place on Wednesday 28 September at The Studio Glasgow from 09.30 - 16.00.

To request a delegate place please contact Please note that there is no charge to attend.