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The Smart Cities Working Group (SCWG) comprises a mix of private, public and third sector stakeholders with an interest in the Smart Cities agenda and an appetite for taking projects forward. It was created in 2015 in order to create a forum for discussion and the stimulation of ideas amongst key stakeholders within the regional Smart agenda to move forward from theory to practice and support the development of new commercial opportunities within the Smart City, Smart Region and Smart Communities contexts.

The SCWG holds regular meetings and supports the development of pilot projects and collaborations between University and public/private sector partners.

The SCWG will address the following topics:

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Big Data
  • IoT
  • Design and Construction
  • Digital Cities / Digital Civic
  • Governance
  • Future technological developments


To be a forum for stakeholders in the regional Smart agenda which focuses on: 

  • Developing a ‘Smart’ agenda and identifying the opportunities it presents for Plymouth and its regional context
  • Increasing mutual awareness and understanding of expertise, capabilities and technologies
  • Informing strategic thinking and decision making at organisational, local and regional levels

  • Stimulating ideas for innovative, strategically aligned and impactful projects (both commercial and applied research) and matching these to potential partners and funding sources
  • Identifying opportunities for Knowledge Exchange (KE) and Knowledge Transfer (KT) e.g. through highlighting case study projects and initiatives, forthcoming events etc.
  • Providing a forum for Q&A and opportunities for networking.

Previous events

Mediacity 5: 1–3 May 2015
Plymouth Smart Cities Working Group: 12 January 2017
Smart Cities: Small but smart: 7 March 2017


  • Cornwall Development Company
  • IBM UK University Programs, IBM
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Traveline Information Limited
  • Plymouth Community Homes
  • BT South West
  • RIO
  • ODI Devon
  • Elixel
  • Digital Plymouth
Smart city and wireless communication network, abstract image visual, internet of things.Shutterstock image.