City Lights

Smart cities are about people – the citizens that live in them and the people leading the way to improve quality of life for residents and visitors.

We go behind the scenes and meet the city employees working to bring smart city strategies to life across the world.

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Featured Stories

City Lights: Pirkko Laitinen, Tampere

City Lights: Pirkko Laitinen, Tampere

We talk to Pirkko Laitinen, Smart City Marketing Specialist at the City of Tampere, about the importance of telling the smart city story effectively.

City Lights: Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Forum Virium Helsinki

City Lights: Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Forum Virium Helsinki

Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Director of IoT at Forum Virium Helsinki, tells Smart Cities World about her mission to make Helsinki “the most functional smart city in the world”.

City Lights: Dr Jackie Watts, Melbourne

City Lights: Dr Jackie Watts, Melbourne

Dr Jackie Watts shares what it means for Melbourne to be a ‘knowledge city’.

City Lights: Ishmael Lucien Quiroz, Belize

City Lights: Ishmael Lucien Quiroz, Belize

Ishmael Lucien Quiroz, Director of Public/Private Sector Dialogue in the Office of the Prime Minister, Belize, is helping form an eGovernance policy and strategy for delivering public services via online systems .

City Lights: Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor, Espoo

City Lights: Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor, Espoo

Espoo’s Mayor, Jukka Mäkelä, talks co-creation, ambitious sustainability goals, city story-telling, ice hockey and more.

City Lights: Sheilagh O’Leary, Deputy Mayor, St. John’s

City Lights: Sheilagh O’Leary, Deputy Mayor, St. John’s

Sheilagh O’Leary, Deputy Mayor, St. John’s, shares what smart city means to her, what’s keeping her awake at night, and more.

City Lights: Andrey Belozerov, Moscow

City Lights: Andrey Belozerov, Moscow

Andrey Belozerov, Strategy and Innovations Advisor to the CIO of Moscow, shares how he landed the role, his greatest achievement so far and what’s keeping him awake at night.

City Lights: Geoff Snelson, Milton Keynes

City Lights: Geoff Snelson, Milton Keynes

In our new City Lights series, we talk to the people who are working to make smart cities a reality. Meet…Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy and Futures at Milton Keynes Council.

City Lights: Jamie Rhee, Chicago

City Lights: Jamie Rhee, Chicago

Jamie L. Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Chicago, talks to SmartCitiesWorld about how modernising procurement policy and practices is helping local businesses and the city’s economy.