5th Smart Cities India 2019
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Conference Programme


Day 1: 22 May 2019 (Wednesday)
Time Conference Room A
0930-1100 hrs Opening Ceremony
Time Conference Room A: Smart Cities Conference Room B: Solar Conference Room C: EV and Battery Tech Conference Room D: Water
1130-1300 hrs Plenary Session: Developing smart cities for our citizens

Discussion points:
• Essential features of smart cities mission
• Role of citizens in building smart cities
• Benefits for unprivileged sector in smart cities
• Learning from key smart city developments around the world
• Market trends and growth drivers
• Enhancing sustainability, accessibility and livability
• Key emerging technologies and applications
• Cities with public private partnerships
• City and utility collaboration
• Conversations between small and large cities and finding incentives to work together
CEO Speaks: Solar energy for a sustainable future:

Discussion points:
• Why should India go big on solar?
• How do we reach not just 2022 targets but also create a sustainable ecosystem to meet NDC target of 2030?
o Required policy interventions
o Required regulatory nudges
• How to scale up the deployment of rooftop solar to meet 2022 targets?
• Can the Indian government facilitate the business of Indian IPPs in foreign geographies?
Plenary Session: Electrifying the future: Learning and way forward from Global Leaders

Discussion points:
• Status of schemes, regulations, policies, subsidies and challenges
• Need of financing for EVs
• Trends in growth of various EV types i.e. 2 wheelers, 3 wheelers, cars and buses
• EV manufacturing and supporting technologies
• EV design and mass adoption
• Overcoming the cost challenges
• Electric vehicle safety standards
• Investment models
High level panel discussion: Water for a sustainable future

Discussion points:
The session will bring the industry leader together to discuss the robust, inclusive, leading-edge solutions for a sustainable water future. The session focus is as follows:
• Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
• Adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all
• Improve water quality
• Increase water-use efficiency across all sectors
• Supply of freshwater to address water scarcity
• Integrated water resources management
• Protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
• Global cooperation for a global issue
• Participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
1400-1515 hrs Digitally integrated smart cities

Discussion points:
• Digital infrastructure for citizen
• Governance and services on demand
• Digital empowerment of citizens
• Command control centres
• 5G for smart cities
• Networks & data solution
• Cyber security
Accelerating renewable energy in India by creating more bankable projects

Discussion points:
• Specific provisions required for the bankable PPAs such as REWA
o Indexing financial closure timelines, etc. to approvals and land acquisition
o Factoring in risks to receivables, etc.
• How to factor in the resource risk?
• Is two-part tariff possible in renewable energy PPAs?
• Is the change in law robust enough in SECI and state PPAs?
• Performance of the plants over 25 years
• Other provision such as termination clause, etc.
India’s EV charging infrastructure

Discussion points:
• Current status of charging infrastructure from home charging to fast charging, swapping and way forward
• Barriers in deploying charging infrastructure
• Vision target and policy measures
• Role of utilities in developing charging infrastructure
• Emerging EVs charging ecosystem i.e solar, park and charge, etc.
• Investments opportunities
Emerging technologies and innovation in water sector

Discussion points:
• Digital transformation
• Policies and regulations to support utilities for deploying advanced technologies
• Long term innovations
• Platform for research and innovation
• Data information and analytics
• Potential of digital to transform the customer experience
• Designing
• Solutions for wastewater, leakage, solar water pump, irrigation, recycle and reuse, groundwater flow, water desalination, etc.
1530-1645 hrs Disruptive technologies for smart cities

Discussion points:
• IoT technology to create an intelligent city for citizens
• Blockchain and its impact on Industries
• Future of industrial IoT in smart cities
• Change in the ecosystem through AI and robotics, automation, drones, digital twin and AR
• The myths & reality of industry 4.0
Solving the grid integration issue to accelerate the uptake of solar energy

• Innovative financial solutions/guarantees to allocate the risks efficiently
• Bankable and robust PPAs
• How to improve the forecasting and scheduling guidelines in states?
• How to achieve better coordination between SECI and states?
• Is must run status even tenable with the current Indian RE targets?
Energy Storage for EVs

Discussion points:
• Present status and future trends in technology, performance and costs
• Batteries and battery management systems
• Next generation battery materials and technologies
• Manufacturing opportunities in India
• Investments opportunities
Water economics: Valuation, pricing, and market development

Discussion points:
• Pay as per the usage
• Valuation of fresh water: Parameters and pricing
• Surging water demands and usage
• Government initiatives, regulatory mechanism and incentives
• Obligations for water trading: needed or desirable
• Role of local communities and citizens for water market
• Global examples

Day 2: 23 May 2019 (Thursday)
Time Conference Room A: Smart Cities Conference Room B: Solar Rooftop Summit Conference Room C: EV and Battery Tech Conference Room D: Buildings
1000-1130 hrs Urban planning and architecture for smart cities

Discussion points:
• Governing the urban
• Exploring social identity and culture
• Infrastructure and the urban region
• Land use and planning
• Global perspectives on urban transformations
• Knowledge-based economies, innovation networks, and regional development in India
• Livelihoods, migration, and the urban economy
• Slum redevelopment
• Mass housing
Harnessing solar energy in cities: Role of residential consumers

Discussion points:
• Untapped market potential to achieve 40GW target
• Government policies and schemes for residential consumers
• Opportunities for cities to go solar
• Market challenges and drivers
• Consumer perspective towards rooftop solar in residential categories
• Role of discoms
Workshop: EV Charging-as-a-Service: For Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Cities

Topic: If and how-to setup and manage EV Charging business?




Special Plenary Session: Green buildings by 2022

Discussion points:
• Current scenario and market trends
• Policies, regulations and certifications
• Challenges and opportunities
• The economic and business case for green buildings
• Architectural and engineering perspective
• Green buildings for health & wellbeing of people
• A net zero energy buildings
• Communities involvement
• Landscapes in built environments
1145-1315 hrs Climate Smart Cities

Creating solutions and innovative business models to upscale rooftop solar deployment

Discussion points:
• Provision of group and virtual net-metering
• New business models for rooftop solar deployment: community solar, on-bill finance, demand aggregation etc.
• Do it yourself: portable and standardised solar kits for small systems
• Applications and processes to install rooftop solar
• SHRISTI scheme and role of discoms
• Use of blockchain for solar energy
Sustainable materials and technologies for buildings

Discussion points:
• Emerging technologies for building materials and construction sector
• Contribution to promoting economy, efficiency and quality in construction
• Disaster mitigation and management
• Standards and quality for buildings materials and technologies
• Capacity building and skill development
Green Construction acting as a change maker for real estate sector

Discussion points:
• Current scenario of real estate sector adopting the green construction
• Features of green/environmentally sustainable real estate
• Policies and incentives
• Commercial vs residential
• Importance and trends in Indian market
• Green construction to boost the real estate market slump
• Role to play in smart cities and affordable/low-cost housing missions
1400-1515 hrs Waste management in smart cities

Discussion points:
• Policies and regulations
• Challenges and opportunities
• Waste collection and transfer
• PPP models for waste to worth projects
• Circular economy
• Innovative waste conversion technologies
• Landfill designs
• Clean India mission
• Case studies from waste generators
Building an investment ecosystem for rooftop solar in India

Discussion points:
• Which one of the CAPEX and OPEX model would lead?
• Recent investment trends in rooftop sector
• Access to capital: challenges faced by consumers in availing solar loans
• Are banks financing rooftop solar systems – learnings from their experience
• Role of financing institutions in bridging the capital gap
• Challenges faced by developers
• Solutions to promote capital investment in rooftop solar sector
• Mechanisms to assess credit worthiness of consumers
• Innovative solutions and learnings from outside India
Redefining public transport

Discussion points:
• Public transport planning, market trends, challenges and its solutions
• Electrification of public transport
• Intelligent transportation system (ITS) based enhanced public transport
• Digital transactions towards efficient public transport
• Accessible public transport for people with disabilities
• Alternative fuels in public transport
• Empowering women in public transport
Opening Session: Bridging the gap between urban and rural

Discussion points:
• Strengthen, implement and monitor the existing Schemes for Rural India
• Critical needs for improvement of the village’s economic and sociological environment
• Ideas for next 2 to 3 years
Roleplay Session: Smart panchayats are making smart villages

Discussion points:
Few villages in India has been marching from “Swarajya to Surajya” through implementation of various
community and welfare schemes of rural development. It is necessary that Gram Panchayats perform their duties and responsibilities by more programmes and self-governance, work as per their expectations with certain goal and with foresight for social, human, economic and personal development and become committed to increase citizen services, create atmosphere of healthy competition. The session will witness the roleplay stories from few villages that have become prosperous and smart.
1530-1645 hrs Making the cities safer

Discussion points:
• The urban crime prevention approach
• The multi-dimensional approach to urban safety
• Enhancing safety through planning, management and governance
• Local authorities and safer cities
• Women safety on the top
• Cyber security
• Technology and the safer city
• Design for resilience
Off-grid solar applications: opportunities and challenges

Discussion points:
• What are the current and emerging applications of off-grid solar
• Government scheme and initiatives to promote off-grid solar
• Solar energy for energy access in rural India
- Solar lighting
- Solar home systems
- Mini/micro grids
• Solar agriculture and solar pumps
• Solar for productive use
Creating sustainable mobility future

Discussion points:
• Trends, major challenges, policies and programs initiated for mobility innovation in cities by government and private sector
• New mobility coming as a challenge for urban planning
• New developments and services in urban public transport
• Public transport options for tier II and III cities
• New initiatives in Metro transit system
• Global learnings and success stories
Corporate Session: Optimising CSR for Rural Development

Discussion points:
While rural development has always been a key area of focus for governments and a key determinant
of political fortunes, it has also accepted by the corporate sector with the advent of mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Act. The companies have invested a lot through CSR grants for community development and infrastructure in rural areas. The session will explore the following:
• Common mistakes made by CSR when supporting rural development
• Focus on capacity building
• Participatory approach
• Collaborating with government
• Collective Impact
• Innovative models for CSR programs in rural development

Brainstorming Session: Tools for making smart villages self-sufficient:

Discussion points:
Housing: Housing affordability, low-cost housing, materials selection, energy and water solutions, sanitation, reusability and recycling of waste, skill development, environmental design, disaster resilience, etc.
Infrastructure: Construction and maintenance of roads and other forms of infrastructure, access to education and health care, provision of services, including energy, potable water, waste and sewage management, creation of public spaces, ICT applications and operations, etc.
Economy: Building social capital, micro and community-led finance, income generation, farming support, crop selection and improvement, market access, pricing, various forms of tourism, etc
Sustainability: Environmental, Social, and Economic sustainability, etc.
Smart Governance: ICT and data-driven solutions, machine learning applications, alternative forms of governance, etc.


Day 3: 24 May 2019 (Friday)
Time Conference Room A: City Leader Conclave Conference Room B: Solar Conference
Room C
Conference Room D: Startup Conclave
1000-1045 hrs Session 1: Cities for all:

The session will facilitate the discussion that supports more concrete articulation of the relationship between the concept of Smart Cities, that in some countries is referred to as the Right to the City, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
It seeks to deepen the exchange about transformational urban policies that can help to ensure inclusive urban growth and at the same time allow for the economic prosperity that national and local governments strive to achieve
Addressing manufacturing challenges

Discussion points:
• Challenges faced by domestic manufacturers
• Availability of finance to set up manufacturing units
• Effectiveness of policies encouraging manufacturing
• Impact of trade barriers like safeguard duty
• Revisiting DCR in wake of WTO order
• Effect of quality control orders like BIS and ALMM
• Roadmap to achieve backward integration and economies of scale
Enabling shared and connected mobility in india to change the way of travel

Discussion points:
• Current trends, issues, challenges and its implications
• The need of shared and connected mobility
• Policies, regulations and guidelines from government
• A step towards decongesting cities and reducing the roadsides parking
• First and last mile connectivity
• Parameters for passenger safety
• Adapting the transition of electric mobility
• Employment opportunities
Start-up Conclave
1045-1130 hrs Session 2: Spotlight from cities: Cross learning and knowledge sharing (Open house)    
1145-1230 hrs Session 3: Civic engagement and participation

The session aims to share successful examples of innovation allowing for broader participation and civic engagement in the implementation of the Smart Cities, drive sustainable urban development and create open and inclusive cities, share innovative tools, methods and approaches for civic participation in the implementation, monitoring and reporting on the smart cities
Digitisation ushering a new solar era

Discussion points:
• Need of digitisation
o Innovation in O&M technologies
o Reducing evaluation cost & time for rooftop solar
• Solar industry 4.0
o Smart modules and inverters
o Impact of big data in solar projects
o Improving forecasting mechanisms
o Use of blockchain technology for energy trading
• Efficient energy management with IoT
• Putting “Digital Twins” to work
Road safety
Discussion points:


• Reviewing current policy and future recommendations
• Safe road infrastructure, highways, toll management
• Traffic layout, control, management and enforcement for road safety
• Effect of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) on road safety
• Vulnerable road users
• User behaviour and Post-crash care
• Training and skilling for drivers
1230-1315 hrs Session 4: Ideas for fast-tracking implementation of smart cities (Open house)      
1400-1600 hrs Smart Cities India Awards

 

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