08.03.2018 14h-17h

During this master class, we took a look at the organisation of smart cities. How can they be managed and coordinated? What are tools that can help us? What are the implications of smart city technology and networks for governance? The presentations revealed opportunities for cities to take up a leading role with a smart city ecosystem, but also that the need to grasp these opportunities becomes ever more urgent.

Sébastien Lefèbvre (Stad Kortrijk)

Kim van den Anker (Smart Cities Amsterdam)

Filip De Rynck (UGent)

Steven Benoit (Smart Belgium Services, Belfius)


20.04.2018 14h - 17h

James Thurston (G3ict)

Supporting city leaders in making cities smart & inclusive

Willemien Laenens (SMIT-VUB)

Involving stakeholders in policy preparation


Karen Boers (BeCode)

Addressing the gap in coding skills: BeCode


Pierre-Bernard Van Acker (Hageland+)

Taking rural municipalities on board of the digital revolution: Happy Hageland app


Katrien Dreessen (LUCA School of Arts)

The Other Market: Cocreating the future of work


07.06.2018 9h - 18h

Full day 

XL master class

Factors such as mobility issues and online consumption affect the vitality of our city centers and the local economy. In this master class we sought to explore these factors and identify opportunities for supporting the local economy from a smart cities perspective: (1) through technological applications & data analytics, (2) smart governance & collaboration, and (3) by involving citizens. At the end of the master class, participants were involved to discuss possible recommendations for local politics who seek to grasp these  opportunities. These recommendations are summarized here (in Dutch, translation to follow). We concluded the event with a closing talk by Gert Bergen (Adjunct-kabinetschef Philippe Muyters).

SESSION 1: Smart applications, wise decisions

Doreen Schouterden (Unizo): Meeting the needs of local retailers with smart city solutions

Luuk Martens (Capgemini): Retailers staying ahead of the game through innovation

Matthias De Beule (RetailSonar): Data-driven assessment of the economic & mobility impact of retail development


SESSION 2: Context is key

Floor Thomasse (Stad & Co): Smart Cities need smart cooperation
Martijn van Dam (Gemeente Den Haag): Smart shopping in The Hague
Ruth DeVreese (Hogeschool Gent): Towards vibrant inner cities



SESSION 3: The power of the crowd

Katja Verbeek (Odisee, KULeuven): Measuring social success @
Sander van Parijs (Muntuit): More than a local gift voucher… money as a policy instrument
Lieven Dhont (Peerby): Sharing economy from the perspective of Peerby



Cities and municipalities have access about a variety of data concerning their buildings, budgets, citizens, etc. Moreover, new possibilities to gather data emerge within a smart city context. How can cities and municipalities transparently gather, process, visualize and report these data in line with relevant privacy principles and regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation. 


During the master class, Rob Heyman and Nils Walravens discussed what the possibilities are for those who want to set up city campaigns or technological solutions that involve data collection and how they can consider privacy from the very beginning. Bart Rosseau (Head of Data & Information, Ghent) and Bart Van den Brande (Sirius Legal) provided us with, respectively, a practical and legal perspective on privacy in a smart city context.

Rob Heyman & Nils Walravens (imec-SMIT VUB)

How to bring open data and privacy considerations

into your smart city project from the start?

Bart Rosseau (Head of Data and Information @ Ghent) 

Data and privacy for a smarter Ghent


Bart Van den Brande (Managing Partner, Sirius Legal)

Data protection regulation and information safety

in a smart city context 



Like Rome, smart cities are not built overnight. The transition towards a smart city requires a combination of innovative thinking, sensible use of technology, various smart city actors shaping meaningful application with and for the city and its citizens, embedded in a long term strategic policy.


In our last master class of 2018, we focused on the transition towards Smart Cities. 


During the first part of this master class (on smart city strategies and implementation), newly elected mayor of Leuven, Mohamed Ridouani, presented his vision for Leuven as a smart city. Following this keynote, Smart city representatives Filis Zumbultas (Brussels) and Gino Dehullu (Roeselare) shared their strategy, actions and projects for their city to become smart(er) in the coming years. Here, you can also consult the presentation of Zoé Lejeune (AREBS, Seraing) who could not make it. 

The second part of our master class (on monitoring smart cities as they progress) was kicked off by Bernard Gindroz (Chairman TC ISO standard for Sustainable Cities and Communities). Then, researchers Jan Waeben (imec-SMIT), Jonas Van Bockhaven (Smart City Institute, HEC Liège) and Nikolaos Kontinakis (Eurocities) presented different approaches to monitoring smart cities.

SESSION 1: smart city strategies and implementation

Mohamed Ridouani (City of Leuven): Leuven, a smart city

Filis Zümbültas (City of Brussels): Smart City Program City of Brussels

Gino Dehullu (City of Roeselare): Smart City of Roeeselare

Zoé Lejeune (AREBS, Seraing): Seraing, Smart City


SESSION 2: monitoring smart cities as they progress


Bernard Gindroz (Chairman TC ISO standard for Sustainable Cities and Communities): Smart and Sustainable Development of Smart Cities and Communities: Challenges, opportunities and tools

Jan Waeben (imec-SMIT VUB): Smart Cities are a means to an end, not the goal

Jonas Van Bockhaven (Smart City Institute): Monitoring of Smart Cities

Nikolaos Kontinakis (Eurocities): The CITYkeys experience

@2019 by VUB.

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