4 October 2018
10:00am - 16:00pm

Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow City Centre
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ATCM Cities Summit

So often has the rise and fall of history’s great cities succeeded the rise and fall of the key industries those cities have relied on. The next phase of the digital revolution could be a game changer that dictates those cities that thrive and those that decline. So significant are the potential implications of artificial intelligence that many commentators are already calling this the fourth industrial revolution.

AI could transform how we work, live and play forcing us to re-evaluate the mechanics of the city economy including livability, employment, skills and mobility. However, recognising that cities are always evolving and that AI is only a part of the wider disruption caused by digital technology there is a need to separate those claims that have merit from those that are myth. Are we really on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution? If so, how does the city management industry prepare for the future? We will bring together a blend of urbanists and futurists to offer clarity to these issues.


Draft Agenda


ATCM Cities Summit: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Chair - Seamus Connolly, City Centre Principal, Glasgow City Council


Session 1: Setting the Scene


Welcome to Glasgow - Confirmed

Susan Aitken, Leader, Glasgow City Council


Why An Industrial Revolution Matters – Confirmed

Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive, ATCM



Session 2: Digital Disruption


Can Cities Outsmart the Robots? - Confirmed

Naomi Clayton, Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities and Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth


Flying High: The Future of Drone Technology in UK Cities - Confirmed

Kathy Nothstine, Lead - Future Cities, Nesta 


Next Gen Retail – Confirmed (working title used) 

Alison Lomax, Lifestyle Retail, Google UK



Session 3: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?


The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Real or Hype? 

Panel Debate


Chaired by Vaughan Allen, Chief Executive, CityCo


Confirmed Panellists:


Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership - TBC

Chris Hurst, Director, Clockwork City - Confirmed


Other panellists invited


Session 4: Case Studies


Smart Placemaking for a Global Destination  – Confirmed

Dan Johnson, Director of Placemaking, New West End Company


The UK’s Smartest Street?: How Newcastle City Council, Cisco and Connexin Have Revolutionised Mosley Street - Confirmed

Connexin, Speaker TBA


Sponsored Case Study


Glasgow’s Smart City Strategy

Speaker TBA


Case Study Q&A


The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Conclusions and Next Steps - Confirmed

Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive, ATCM

Thanks to the support of Glasgow City Council, this event will be free to members of ATCM.