Barbara Adamska


Expert in the field of dispersed energy generation and energy storages, expert of the Parliamentary Group for Mining and Energy, Director of Energy Storage Section in Polish Photovoltaics Association, initiator and since 2016, President of the Energy Storage Congress in Poland. Author of numerous publications on energy storage and dispersed energy generation. Founder of ADM Poland, company, since 2012, providing consultancy services of the Polish market for RES. Graduate of the Warsaw University (mgr in economic sciences, specialisation: Finance and Banking, mgr in German Philology) and the Kozminski University (MBA). Specialist within the scope of business modeling for companies operating within the area of energy generation, both in the scope of modeling of infrastructural undertakings and innovative products. Advisor within the scope of development and implementation of services from the group of electricity balancing and management. Author of the strategy for construction of local balancing areas for 4 energy clusters: Karkonoski Energy Cluster, Oławski Energy Cluster EKO, Słupski Bioenergy Cluster and Dzierżoniowski Energy Cluster. All of the four clusters, under the competition organised by the Ministry of Energy, were awarded the Certificate of the Pilot Energy Cluster, of which three of them the Certificate with Distinctions.


Alessandro Apicella

Graduated from Bocconi University in Milan, he then obtained his MBA from Hult International Business School in Dubai first and Shanghai then, with a focus in international business. He had the possibility to live and work in several countries ranging from USA to UAE, China and other European countries, getting exposure to different work cultures and environments. A significant amount of that experience includes working both with start-ups and with large companies, to develop new businesses from scratch. Managing the significant growth curves of such endeavors included development of new processes, building out new infrastructure as well as hiring and developing teams. He now develops and manages the international markets for Municipia Spa of Engineering Group, the biggest Italian IT organization leader in digital transformation. He is passionate about travelling, technology, creating connections between people and most of all solutions and business models to help tackling the challenges of modern times.
In modern cities there is a growing need of urban spaces to serve parking spots, new infrastructures construction and traffic movement. This increases congestion, pollution and social discomfort for citizens. Innovative management of urban mobility with smart technological solutions and different business models can help tackle real threats to modern urban environments.

Michał Dziennik

Head of the Engineering and Innovation Department, Veolia Energia Poznań S.A. He has been working in heating sector for 30 years, he directed many implemented projects, among others, related with the transmission network in Poznan, renewable energy sources and heat recovery from industrial processes.
In the presentation, I will briefly introduce assumption of the EU winter package, the idea of introduction of 4G network in heating sector and the related benefits as well as propositions of activities, which enable implementation of 4G solutions in the existing high-parameter network system in Poznan.

Maciej Frąckowiak


A sociologist, doctor of social sciences, researcher of cities and visual culture. Author and editor of texts and scientific and popularizing books on this subject, including the “Architect can be” report prepared jointly with the Bęc Zmiana Foundation, commissioned by BAIPP m.st. Warsaw. Initiator and curator leasing the animated urban space, as well as the debate on it. In the years 2016-2018 a member of the team coordinating the Very Young Culture program of the National Center of Culture. Lecturer School of Form.


Michał Głowacki


Metaphor Business Partner consultant. Graduate of the Poznan University of Technology and of the WSB University. Over 20 years of professional experience in the automotive, banking and fashion industry – starting from the specialist level up to the corporate management. He possesses a wealth of experience in conducting a variety of projects for international corporations. He co-developed the development strategies for such brands as Skoda, Seat, Audi, VW and Hyundai on the Polish market and co-created the merger of the largest automotive companies in Poland – Skoda Auto Poland and Kulczyk Tradex. He supported the development of the offer of VW Bank on the local market. He was responsible for the digitization of the Skoda brand. Over the last years, he was responsible for designing and imlementing the tendering systems and for automating the collection of personal data for the VW Group (VW Group and VW Financials) and for the Hyundai Group. He carried out numerous projects for the banking, education, self-government and aviation sectors, with the latter one being especially close to him due to his hobbies. He holds lectures at postgraduate studies at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities “The leader of changes in the city” and “Innovation management – design management”.


Jakub Głuchowski


A fifth year student of Electrical Engineering and a first degree graduate of the Faculty of Power Engineering at the Poznan University of Technology. President of academic circle of the Association of Polish Electrical Engineers at the Poznan University of Technology. Organizer of two editions of Poznan Electricity Day. speaker He started to expand his knowledge of energy clusters during his engineering work, in which he studied the possibility of connecting energy storage facilities in order to balance energy clusters. He is a member of the Board of the Poznan Branch of the Association of Polish Electrical Engineers and Vice-Chairman of the Central Youth and Student Commission of the SEP. In his spare time he develops his passions, which include sport, motorization and technical innovations.

In my presentation I will show the aspects of using energy storages for balancing energy clusters and discuss definitions of an energy cluster and energy storages. Among the technologies for collecting energy, more detailed description will concern an agricultural biogas plant. Validity of the idea of balancing of the clusters is based on the analysis of one of the existing clusters along with a simulation of connecting an agricultural biogas plant.


Paweł Grobelny


Designer, lecturer, specialist in public space design. Scholarship holders of the French Government in Paris, Casa de Velazquez – Academie de France in Madrid and Residency Unlimited in New York. His projects are located in public spaces of such cities as Paris, Brussels, Strasbourg and Shanghai. Winner of many international awards, including “Rado Star France – Prix du Public” awarded during the Paris Design Week. Two-time winner of the Polish ‘XXL Polish Architecture’ award in the ‘Polish Landscape’ category. Curator of several dozen exhibitions devoted to design, in particular public space and sustainable design, presented at the Architecture Center in Paris, the Design Museum in Helsinki, the Architecture Center in Toulouse and the Korea Foundation in Seoul. He runs a design studio at the Faculty of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

Based on the example of completed projects and projects in the course of implementation I will pose a question ‘do modern cities need solutions based on new technologies.’ Can the contemporary return to craftsmanship in relation to products be directly related to the search for so-called “analogue spaces” by the residents themselves? The presentation will also be based on the importance of design for the historical spatial and above all social context.

Gerhard Hartmann


Born 6.2.1966 in Vienna, Austria, married, 2 daughters. Hobbies: Family and Golf. In the City of Vienna since 1.4. 1986, working in the computer centre of the City of Vienna. There all activities wandered through. From shift work in operating (VAX-VMS and PDP) to Unix operations management to Internet and Intranet services. Since 2000 various projects in e-Government and since 2012 in the Smart City environment and since 2011 Chief Data Office of Open Government Data. He is the head of various cooperation projects and staff of DACHLI OGD and Cooperation OGD Austria. IT responsible for the EU project Smarter Together and the resulting data platform based on FiWare.

“Open Data in Vienna, Austria… and beyond”

In my presentation it will be a matter of first going into Open Data in general. What are the most important components? Furthermore, I will give an overview of the Open Data activities in Vienna and Austria. Finally, I will discuss the embedding of Open Data activities in the European context and present the successes of Open Data in Vienna.


Jacek Jaśkowiak

Mayor of Poznań, a devoted community worker, sports activist and businessman. Recently member of the Civic Platform and mayor of Poznań since 2015. In 2018 he won a second term. He has been changing the city in many ways to make it a great place to live. Graduate of the Faculty of Law, A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He gained his professional experience in commercial companies in the 1990s. Among others, his past employment includes Kulczyk Tradex, where he built up the first VW and Audi car dealership in Poland. From 1997 to 2014, he ran his own company. As he was elected the Mayor the change has been significant – the modern approach to the City itself, its inhabitants and development moves Poznań forward. It is visible in the streets, but also appreciated by experts. The vision is clearly defined – the city must become a friendly place to live in different aspects. Poznań is open and tolerant, respectful for differences. It celebrates the value and the freedom of culture as well as appreciate the role of sport and recreation.

Jonas Lindemann


He has been working on “co-everything” for several years – the shared access of the many to knowledge, things and services. As co-founder and CEO of Hafven, one of the largest innovation communities in German-speaking countries, he runs coworking and maker spaces, accelerators and various innovation programs. In 2017, he was appointed to the Expert Advisory Board for Germany as a Fellow of the Competence Center for Cultural and Creative Industries of the Federal Republic of Germany and is also involved in other advisory boards on digital and entrepreneurship issues. The german entrepreneur, born in 1983, since the age of 20 has founded several companies in various industries. He currently lives and works in Hanover, Germany.


Katarzyna Kierzek-Koperska


In 2002, she obtained her Master degree at the Poznań School of Banking at faculty of finance and banking. She is also a graduate of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw and the European Woman’s Academy in Brussels. In 1998, she has established her first business – accounting and counseling services for companies. In the period of 2008-2012, she served as vice-president of the Wielkopolska Department of National Chamber of Tax Advisers. Currently she is Deputy Mayor of the City of Poznan for environmental protection, economic activities and international cooperation.


Michał Łakomski


Graduate of Management at Law and Administration Faculty of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, and post graduate studies in mobile applications. Deputy director of Organisational Department of Poznan City Hall. Exercises supervision over the system of management, information services and technologies, information security, organisational affairs and archives. Proxy of the President of the City of Poznan for Smart City.

Silos are one of the most frequent problems occurring in organisations, while the bigger operation scale the more durable the silos can be. Different departments, and even smaller teams, focus on their own activities and cycles limited by time frames. How to destroy the barrier in the form of the silos and implement the concept of a smart city efficiently? How to provide effective communication and purpose – oriented understanding by the persons involved in a project? The subject of the next lecture will be joint preparation of the smart city action plan for the City of Poznan and the role and potential of Wielkopolskie Centrum Wspierania Inwestycji.


Iwona Matuszczak-Szulc


Director of City Development and Foreign Relations Department of the Poznan City Hall. She is responsible for contacts with foreign partners, oversees works related with rating of the City of Poznan by the Moody’s, Fitch agencies. She coordinates works related with statistical analyses concerning city development. She is responsible for the process of actualisation and monitoring of the Poznań City Development Strategy and coordination of Poznań participation in the European Urban Agenda. She oversees foreign relations of the City of Poznań. Coordinator of “Get into the swing of the City” project, which purpose was to diagnose and support creative companies gathering Y generation. She oversees works of Think-Tanks at the President of the City of Poznan. Originator and the main organiser of the City Development Forum.


Davor Meersman


CEO of Open & Agile Smart Cities. He is also member of the UN SDG 11 Global Council, member of the advisory board of ETSI‘s Specialist Task Force on Citizen-Centric Standards and is co-chairing the Big Data Value Association’s (BDVA) Task Force on Smart Cities. Furthermore, he is ambassador of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, and a senior consultant on smart city technology, strategies, and funding. As senior researcher at the world’s leading nano and digital technologies research institute IMEC, Davor was one of the founders of City of Things, the largest smart city IoT living lab in Europe. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from Curtin University, Australia.


Tiernan Mines


Many years of experience in growing new concepts and products, and taking them to market. With a brief background in real-estate, he also has an acute understanding of how changes to the urban environment impacts the end user. This translates into his latest venture; co-founding Hello Lamp Post, with its vision to humanise cities, and enable the true co-creation of cities.


Cezary Mazurek

Representative of the Director of ICHB PAN for the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre. For over 20 years involved in the building of the IT infrastructure of science in Poland and the development of services for the information society. The largest implementations led by him include Multimedia City Guide about Poznan, dLibra digital library system, NABÓR recruitment system, PLATON TV science television. Vice-President of the DARIAH-PL Consortium Council. Author of over 100 publications.
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center has been a technology partner of the city of Poznan in the field of digital transformation for over 20 years.
In the presentation we present selected trends and key factors of digital transformation focused on the development towards a smarter city.
Starting from the pillars of digital transformation, i.e. the City Development Strategy and well-functioning components of a smart city,we justify an evolutionary model of transformation based, among others, on the creation of favourable conditions for the implementation of Proof of Concept projects with the active participation of residents.

Charles Montgomery


How can we be happier in cities? Charles Montgomery finds answers at the intersection of urban design and the new science of happiness. In psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, and in cityscapes from Disneyland to Dubai, he demonstrates that we can transform our own lives by redesigning the cities we inhabit.

Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist and leader of a team creating happier cities around the world. His book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, examines the intersection between urban design and the science of happiness. The New York Times wrote: “Happy City raises issues most of us have avoided for too long. Do we live in neighborhoods that make us happy? That is not a silly question. Montgomery encourages us to ask it without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer.”


Dagmara Nickel

Founder and president of YouNick Mint – the first operational investment fund in Poland, known for its engaged and partner approach to start-ups. Manager and investor with over 20 years of experience. She is responsible for many market successes: she created Nickel Development (leading developer company in Poznan) and YouNick Technology Park (the first private technological park in Poland, providing shelter and development opportunities for almost 150 companies). Awarded with the title of “The one who changes Polish industry” (2010) and “Enterprise of the Future” (2016).

Julia Patorska


She leads the Economic Analysis Team. She has 15 years of professional experience. While 10 years in consulting, previously she was appointed as a civil servant in one of the central government offices. As a consultant she delivered projects within different sectors while achieving the goals of both public and private entities. Since few years Julia is developing consulting services in the area of economic analysis combined with sustainability issues while looking for a link between those areas. Since almost three years she has been intensively engaged with the circular economy, the bio-economy and economy of resources. While delivering market analysis on waste supply and demand, she helps her clients to better understand the regulatory issues of waste management and plan the future according to trends and changing framework. She is the President of the Board of the Association of Polish Economists.

Zero waste of city – ambitious goal or utopia?

Adaptation of waste management systems to increasingly higher regulatory requirements, technological innovations and social expectations is a serious challenge for local government units. Balancing the vision of the economy and living without waste that arouses more and more interest among city authorities who decide to implement practices and even a revolutionary waste management strategy. Is it possible to minimize waste distribution in the age of consumerism?


Adam Rachocki


Scientist, physicist, researches hybrid ionically conducting materials and polymer-liquid crystals circuits. Co-author of scientific publications in renowned magazines from the ISI Master Journal List. Since 2000 involved with the Department of Molecular Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences – currently vice director of this Institution, coordinator of a facility thermomodernisation project using RES. Propagator of science, author of popular science presentations and lectures both for children and youths as well as for students and doctorate candidates. Aside from the scientific activities, a socially involved person – honoured with the Silver Medal of the “LABOR OMNIA VINCIT” Association for “Promotion of the Idea of Organic Work”.

Energy storage and processing – current challenge for science and industry

As shown in the data presented by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in the study entitled “Global Energy & CO2 Status Report”, only in 2018 global energy consumption increased by 2.3%, which translates into almost two times higher increase of the average rate, which has been observed since 2010. Half of the increase originated from energy sector in response to higher electricity consumption – 4% increase to the level of 23 000 TWh was observed in the previous year. The energy constituted almost 20% of the share in the whole final energy consumption worldwide. In 2018, there was also observed 7% increase in production of electricity from the renewable energy sources (RES), which, in 45% enabled balancing of the increase in demand for electricity. The above mentioned data cited from the IEA report seems to confirm the observed tendency, that the global “appetite” on energy consumption will be gradually increasing, and electricity should be seen as the “fuel” of the future. This quite possible scenario forces both science and industry to identify common activities, which will be directed at improvement in efficiency of the current technologies within the scope of generation, storage and processing of energy, as well as searching for new development directions. Today, in the era of progress of electro mobility or dispersed consumer electronics (ever present smartphones, laptops and tablets, mobile audio and video devices, micro power plants, etc.), problems related with storage and processing of electricity are becoming more pressing. During the lecture I will present a few research proposals, which are currently developed by physicians, including those undertaken in the Department of Molecular Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznan. Among many research directions, the issues of increasing ionic conductivity in heterogeneous hybrid materials, are particularly promisingin the context of development of hydrogen cells, or electrochemical devices constituting alternative for traditional batteries and accumulators commonly used for electricity storage. The main effort of scientists made in this scope aims at development of new materials, which will replace the ones applied so far, and thus increase efficiency and functionality of electrochemical devices for processing and storage of energy.


Daniel Raczkiewicz


For 10 years he has been passionate about professional energy. As the main specialist in Kozienice Power Plant (ENEA) he was responsible for the strategy in the area of Renewable Energy Sources. In 2007-2010 Director of the Energy Trading Office in one of the first private trading companies, responsible for TPA’s customer service, strategy of the wholesale trading office. Since 2011 he has been an advisor in the energy sector. Author of numerous advisory and expert studies. In the years 2013 -2017, as the President of the Management Board, he co-created the start-up, trading company IEN Energy, developed and implemented innovative, unprecedented products in electricity trading, i. e. virtual energy warehouse, auto consumption of generated energy, virtual power plant and PPA service. An expert on the energy market, who knows perfectly well the principles of the energy market functioning, who actively supports RES generators in the selection of optimal energy sales models, also supports the development of innovative IT solutions dedicated to the energy sector. He participated in the development of the strategy for 15 energy clusters, including 11 certified by the Ministry of Energy.

The object of the presentation will be featuring the role and tasks of the energy cluster coordinator on the example of practical experiences of energy cluster in Michałów. As a preliminary point, energy market transformation will be presented, followed by explanation what the energy cluster actually is. Then the examples of project implementations in the cluster will be discussed with particular focus on the role of coordinator in their delivery. The summary part will include local circulation of values and benefits in the cluster in socio-economic terms.

Rafał Ratajczak


Graduate of law and international relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the Adam Mickiewicz University and Management and Economy of Poznan University of Economics. For the last 20 years involved with environmental protection industry and waste management. At present, manager in the area of smart city in Wielkpolskie Centrum Wsierania Inwestycji.


Artur Rakowicz

Lawyer, legal councillor. Proxy in the the co-generation industry. Doctoral student at the University of Life Sciences in Poznan. Graduate of the „Academy of Energy” postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. Founder and coordinator of three energy clusters, including a pilot certified energy cluster in Białogard. In his professsional and scientific career, associated with widely undestood scattered power industry. His research is focused on legal and economic aspects of gaining independence by rural and suburban areas from national grid supplies. Co-author of monography: „Perspektywy rozwoju energetyki niekonwencjonalnej na Pomorzu Zachodnim” (Perspectives of non-conventional power industry development in Western Pomerania) (ed. M. Świątek, A. Cedro. Szczecin 2019)
The discussed issues include among others cooperation and participation of TSOs in the clusters, investment support for clusters by the State, including criteria for grant allocation, delays in enacting the scattered power industry act, formal barriers in cluster establishing: no opportunities of participation of partnerships, no opportunity of including the units, issue of cities (communes) on poviat rights, insufficient legal regulations on clusters, no legal simplifications for clusters in the scope of e.g. Obtaining a licence, lack of special distirbution tariff for the cluster members and obstacles related to location of RES investments within the energy clusters.

Dariusz Stasik


Agnieszka Spirydowicz

Experienced Project Manager with documented work history in strategy consulting. Specialist in the field of Energy Clusters and the RES market. Coordinator of the Zgorzelec Energy Cluster. Holds high competences in Management, including Project Management, Marketing and foreign languages. Professional in the area of business development and market surveys.
Self-governments in the area of the Zgorzelec Energy Cluster are seriously considering the future of the lignite mines in Turów and the dependant areas. Due to active works, the Zgorzelec Energy Cluster holds competences to develop and conduct revitalisation programme for this area in accordance with the demands of the Platform for Mining Regions in Transformation at the European Commission. Transformation, in accordance with the ZCluster, means maximum usage of the Smart City elements transforming the previous structure of the whole region of the Cluster operation, leading it to the higher development level.

Radosław Szczerbowski


Employee of the Municipal Economy Department of the Poznan City Hall, Head of the Municipal Energy Department. Dr. Eng. in technical sciences, graduate of the Poznan University of Technology. In the years 1994-2019 he worked as a scientific and didactic employee at the Institute of Power Engineering of the Poznan University of Technology. In 2016-2019, he was a member of the Council of the Electrical Faculty of the Poznan University of Technology and the Dean’s Plenipotentiary of the Electrical Faculty for promotion and cooperation with the economy. Scientific interests: issues related to the energy production sector, energy economy, energy policy and energy security. Author over 90 publications on scientific research and scientific editor of 12 scientific monographs on energy and energy security. Member of the Association of Polish Electrical Engineers. Vice President of the Clean Energy Foundation.

Challenges that the development of modern cities faces result in more frequent emergence of a new concept of development of smart cities of the future. This idea should not be understood only as promotion of modern technological solutions. While creating assumptions for development of the Smart City idea, it is easy to forget about an important aspect which is energy, in every form. Any concept of a Smart City would be impossible to implement without access to and warranty of uninterrupted supply of energy. Therefore, it is necessary to remember about development of the energy sector, which should be a support for the Smart City idea. In the future, development of electro-mobility, IT systems, Poznan residents-friendly technologies will not be able to operate without an efficient energy system. For that purpose, it is already necessary to develop an appropriate vision of the energy system development, which, in the perspective of the subsequent decades, will be able to provide security of energy and heat supply for the residents. Prognoses show that diffuse sources may constitute a significant form of supplementing for energy supply. Energy cluster also are a place for development of such sources. Initiators of the Poznan Energy Cluster also want to be active participants of energy market and develop diffuse energy sector within the area of the City of Poznan. The energy cluster will enable the usage of local resources and facilitate implementing the state-of-the-art technologies where they are useful and cost-effective.


Bogna Świątkowska


Inventor, founder and president of the management board of Bęc Zmiana Foundation, which which she implemented several dozen of projects dedicated to public space, architecture and design, as well as competitions addressed to young architects and designers. Initiator and editor-in-chief of the magazine “Notes na 6 tygodni”. Earlier editor-in-chief of the first pop culture monthly “Machina” (1998-2001), author of numerous texts, interviews, radio and TV programmes dedicated to the modern pop culture. Holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage scholarship (2014). Member of the Social Culture Council to the President of the Capital City of Warsaw (2012-2015), the Council for Architecture and Public Space of the Capital City of Warsaw (2015-2018), and Expert Team for Local Culture to the National Centre for Culture (2015-2017).


Kinga Świtalska


Graduate of Poznan University of Technology – Master degree studies in Environment protection Technologies with specialisation Eco-technology. She also graduated from the following post-graduate studies: Management Studies on Emissions Trading and Energy Management and Renewable Energy Sources – Development, Management and Financing. She works as Advisor for Energy in the Regional Environmental and Water Management in Poznan. Previously employed as Junior Specialist for Energy in Wielkopolska Agencja Zarządzania Energią Sp. z o.o.

Increase in energy efficiency and development of renewable energy sources in one of priorities of the European Union policy concerning climate protection, energy security and environment conservation. Expression of the adopted strategy is implementation of the so-called energy and climate package, also including allocation of monetary funds for support of investments in RES. As introduction to the presentation, entitled “Substantive and financial support of investments into renewable energy sources and energy efficiency”, there will be discussed assumptions of the project “Polish national system of advisory assistance for public, housing and business sector on energy efficiency and RES”. Further part will present the available programmes of financial support of investments in terms of renewable energy sources and improvement of energy efficiency.


Frans-Anton Vermast


Since 2008 Frans-Anton Vermast MBA (1969) has been Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador for Amsterdam Smart City and Chief Technology Office of Amsterdam, winners European Capital of Innovation: iCapital 2016. He is a global expert in searching for opportunities for novel appliances and services that make cities and their regions an inclusive society and a more habitable place for people to live, work and play in pleasantly. He specialises in citizens engagement and governance- and finance models to facilitate collaboration in a quintuple helix.


Maciej Stroiński

Deputy Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Development of the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre. Vice-chairman of the PIONIER Consortium and the Wielkopolska ICT Cluster. Resident member of the Polish Information Processing Society. Co-founder of the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre. The initiator of the creation of the nationwide broadband scientific network PIONIER. Participant of many national and European projects. Author of over 200 publications in books, magazines and at the conferences.
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center has been a technology partner of the city of Poznan in the field of digital transformation for over 20 years.
In the presentation we present selected trends and key factors of digital transformation focused on the development towards a smarter city.
Starting from the pillars of digital transformation, i.e. the City Development Strategy and well-functioning components of a smart city,we justify an evolutionary model of transformation based, among others, on the creation of favourable conditions for the implementation of Proof of Concept projects with the active participation of residents.

Eveline Wandl-Vogt


Experimentalist, foundress and coordinator of exploration space at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and affiliate at metaLab (at) Harvard. Based on the mission of knowledge4development and against the background of a RRI mission statement, Eveline aims to apply open innovation methods and practices in humanities, contributing to the agenda2030 and the achievement of the sustainable development goals such as ADHO, ALLEA, COST actions, DARIAH, ECSA, and standarization bodies.

Knowledge Cities for Development: Futurecraft on the example of Cultural Experiences

“We are passionate, we want to push ourselves and we want to push the limits of our science — and the currency is knowledge.” Markus Nordberg

Against the background of „futurecraft, a symbiotic development of urban ideas by designers and the public” (Ratti and Claudel 2016) and Humanity centered design (Donelli 2016), the presenter introduces exploration space, a space for innovation and experimentation at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and best practice example for Open Innovation of the Austrian government. It acts against a RRI mission statement.
The author describes based on various examples the methods used to faciliate the creation of anti-disciplinary, purpose-driven cross-sectoral innovation ecosystems based on the development of (sustainable) knowledge partnerships.
This presentation aims to offer insights into the needs of designing knowledge creation (processes) to further inclusiveness against the background of cultural knowlege and education in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda2030.


Jan Węglarz

Jan Węglarz – fulll member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, full professor of the Poznań University of Technology, founder of the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center and  the Institute of Computer Science of the Poznań University of Technology. His main research area is operational research. Laureat of the EURO Gold Medal.
In 2016 he received honorary citizenship of Poznan. In 2019 he was awarded the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center has been a technology partner of the city of Poznan in the field of digital transformation for over 20 years.
In the presentation we present selected trends and key factors of digital transformation focused on the development towards a smarter city.
Starting from the pillars of digital transformation, i.e. the City Development Strategy and well-functioning components of a smart city, we justify an evolutionary model of transformation based, among others, on the creation of favourable conditions for the implementation of Proof of Concept projects with the active participation of residents.

Anna Wróblewska


Founder of Metaphor, a partner business that creates a network of people with interdisciplinary competences combined with the idea of humanizing business. She created Concordia Design Consultancy – for 6 years she was its partner and boss. The first in Poland consultant of Innovation&Design Management, she participates in building strategies of companies and institutions as well as structural changes in terms of design management. For 12 years she has been building company strategies, brand strategies, development and implementation of new products and services based on the methodology of service design thinking, design driven innovation, among others in the field of interior design, fashion, FMCG, IT. Products created under her leadership receive prestigious awards in Poland and abroad – being also sales hits. Author and substantive manager of the first in Poland postgraduate studies in Design Management (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities). Consultant in the largest project for Family Companies in Poland.


Zhao Qing


Smart City Chief Architekt in Huawei Enterprise BG Solution & Marketing
With more than 30 years IT industry practice, has rich and senior experience in Consulting Service and Application Development areas. Strong capability in leading business development and application services delivering. Rich experience in National Broadband, , e-Government, Safe City and industry vertical application services development, and global practice delivery. Specially in recent smart city planning and design, participated China 20+ smart city planning and policy consulting activities, and also heavily involved smart city business planning for worldwide such as Neapolis city, Cyprus; Mexico City and Yanbu Smart City, Saudi Arabia. Graduated at Xian Jiao Tong University, China in 1982.

From city development challenges perspective, understanding why and how we need to build smart city. Through Shenzhen City in China smart city practice to illustrate its focusing and key measure taken in implementation. Further shows Huawei’s smart city development strategy and approach in global practice.