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Newsletter #4 - June 2016

City-zen: make things happen! - We all know that running innovation is not "a long calm river". New challenges and impacts from external factors may disturb the original framework. And as we do with climate change, we need to adapt. City-zen can't escape from this rule and an amendment is being submitted which includes smaller and larger changes compared to what was planned years ago when the project was set up. All changes are working together towards a more innovative result. We are determined to reach a high level of innovation together. That's what this 4th City-zen newsletter illustrates !

Crossed interviews - Focus on roadshow
Greg Keeffe (Queen's University Belfast) and Craig Martin (TU Delft)

G.K. : The roadshow was originally my idea!  I thought it would be a good idea to take the power of design and imagination that the team had with respect to urban sustainability and place it directly in neighbourhoods that most needed it.

So that’s what we do. We go off to a city, engage with city government, citizens and academics and in a short space of time (1 week) deliver a future vision for them that takes new technologies and lifestyles and binds them together in a strategy plan for carbon descent.

C.M. : To arrive in a city with specialist knowledge is not enough. To offer a city a list of solutions without coherently and openly defining the city challenges is fruitless. To leave a city with a future blueprint exclusively conceived by the visitor will fail in the long-term. This is the Roadshow view.

The Roadshow is a unique event; its solutions are vital, hard earned, candid and realizable.

Clicks and Links' game nominated for Big Chip Awards

The Age of Energy game has been shortlisted for the Big Chip Awards 2016 in the category "Best Public Sector Project"! This game allows youngsters to take up energy saving challenges.

This Big Chip is the UK's longest running digital industry awards and the biggest outside London. It has an unrivalled reputation for judging consistency and integrity. Run by and for the digital industry – not for profit – the Big Chip Awards are for all things digital in the north of England, with special categories for start-ups, micro-businesses, students and apprentices.

GEG/Atos' innovative projects - latest news
EcoCity and VivaCity

EcoCity: GEG manages the "Smart grid' part of the Grenoble EcoCity project with Atos Woldgrid. In the bargain: new jobs and new services to enable everyone to better manage their consumption, improve energy efficiency and monitor the effectiveness and actions implemented. More info about the achievements and prospects.

VivaCity: the website of the programme is now available. Check it to know more about this experimental platform which is covering the perimeter of the Grenoble EcoCity.

ALEC, advising Grenoble on energy
Grenoble's local energy and climate agency

Established in 1998 on the initiative of local authorities, Grenoble's local energy and climate agency (ALEC) advises both stakeholders and citizens from the metropolitan area. ALEC aims to change habits and mentalities in the field of housing, mobility, lifetsyle and consumption.

ALEC has become a major partner of local authorities for monitoring energy use and the energy performance of buildings, implementing the energy and climate action plan...

City-zen field trip to Bornholm
May 31 to June 2, 2016 - Bornholm, Danish island

From May 31 to June 2, 2016, City-zen participated in field trips to Bornholm - the EU renewable energy test island - to get insight into numerous research and development projects on renewable energy.

Of particular interest, the Bornholm distribution system which is part of the Nordic interconnected system (Sweden, Norway, Eastern Denmark, Finland) and integrated to the power market DK2.

Smart City Event - Amsterdam Arena
7 -10 June, 2016

From 7th until 10th of June 2016, the Smart City Event will take place for the 6th time in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This international conference hosts various cities, system operators, energy companies, industrial organisations and technological parties. They come together to share knowledge on how to achieve a Smart City.

Climate ambition and energy transition are the main focus point. Amsterdam Smart City is official host of the Smart City Event. And DNV GL and TU Delft present their City-zen game GO2Zero.

"Food for thought" - sustainable energy week
Webinars on 13 -17 June, 2016

My Smart City District is organising five online seminars during the European Sustainable Energy Week (11:30 - 12:15 every day) about key issues and challenges for smarter, greener towns, cities and districts.

City-zen will take part in two webinars about "City-zen engagement" on Tuesday 14 June and "Retrofitting" on Wednesday 15 June. Register now.

Debate on digital technology
Thursday June 23, 2016 - Alixan (France)

GEG will present their tool VivaCity (a collaborative energy data management programme) during a debate on digital technology organised by Europe Direct Sud Rhône-Alpes on June 23rd at Alixan in France. With a speech by the MEP, Michèle Rivasi.

National Infrastructure Forum
Tuesday June 28, 2016 - London (UK)

Join us at the National Infrastructure in London, on Tuesday 28th of June. Clicks and Links will present City-zen. Get to know their award winning game the Age of Energy.

The National Infrastructure Forum is a one day forum open to strategists and senior practitioners from both public and private sector. Send an email to to get one of the free passes !

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement N 608702