The 4th edition of Smart City Day initiated by the local consulting firm Innobridge and themed “Human Smart City” gathered more than 450 people for a conference, workshops, round tables and an exhibition of local innovative initiatives, entrepreneurships, businesses and HEPIA’s student projects at HEPIA (Haute Ecole du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture), in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, 14 September, 2017.
Every year, Smart City Day brings together more than 200 decision-makers from communities and cantons, from economic, political and academic circles.
According to Yves Leuzinger, Director of HEPIA, and Nicholas Niggli, Managing Director of Economic Development, Research and Innovation of the Canton of Geneva, who opened the day, “the city must not be technological! It’s not a goal, just a tool for serving the citizen”.
Salar Shahna, World VR Forum’s CEO gave a speech at the conference on how VR and AR can transform the urban planning, public transportation and our telepresence to serve humanity in the future, and on current VR usage with Oculus and Facebook Spaces.
Furthermore, the WVRF team hosted a VR café throughout the whole day, immersing the attendees in the hottest, new VR experiences at HEPIA’s exhibition space, which consisted of projects on every possible subject matter applicable to urban management: local agricultural initiatives, eco-mobility, health, AR, free access geographical data, technical, social and financial innovations.
Since 2014, this event has gained its popularity among community leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public in French-speaking Switzerland, each time proving its undeniable value in its trendy mountain-engulfed homeland of banks and watches.