Smart Cities Council has announced that it has set up new operations in Manchester, to launch a smart cities network this month. The council was founded 11 years ago and has its global headquarters based in Washington.

The council was founded 11 years ago and has its global headquarters based in Washington D.C, with many other operations globally.  

Smart Cities council under its new brand ‘Everyone’, will aim to spark conversation between government, industry, academia, and entrepreneurs to spearhead change and expansion of “smart” from place and infrastructure in the UK to include people, sustainability, and livability.  

Everyone by Smart Cities Council is a movement that is aimed to create opportunities for change through engagement, education, projects, and events centered around impact-focused task forces tackling local and global issues such as energy, the application of digital twin technology, cyber security, wellbeing, placemaking, disadvantaged communities, and more.  

The organisation already counts Amazon Web Services (AWS), EY, ENE.HUB, Aurecon and GHD among its 100+ international member, and in the UK high profile organisations, such as global engineering services and digital infrastructure giant Valmont, life safety technology company Clevertronics, smart buildings dashboard provider Bueno Systems and digital transformation software innovator, Tr3dent, are foundation members of the UK Organisation, with UCLan, University of Lancaster as supporting academic partners, says the Council’s article. 

“I am really proud to lead Smart Cities Council and the Everyone Initiative in the UK and be part of shaping the future of smart – beyond infrastructure and hardware into shared intelligence for the good of people, places, and products. In our view smart is not just for cities, it is for everyone, everywhere, connecting health, wellness, transport, energy, sea, air, parking and other everyday services without limitation, to improve lives and living for the majority, who by the way do not live in cities.” said Andrea Winders, executive director of Smart Cities Council United Kingdom. 

A launch event will take place for Everyone by Smart Cities Council UK on November 21st at DiSH Manchester, a new cyber space by Manchester City Council, with global organisations, change makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in attendance.