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New project brings smart thinking to the Cardiff Capital Region

A new project, hosted by the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA), will consider how smart technology can be used to maximise the positive impact of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal (CCRCD).  The Smart Region project brings together partner organisations – The Open University in Wales, Arup, BT, Centrica, Cardiff University, Microsoft and Next Generation Data – to produce practical and achievable recommendations for using technology to maximise the positive impact of the CCRCD for the people who live and work in the region.


Beginning in early 2018, the project will draw on expertise from the partners and beyond to consider how smart technology and use of data can deliver economic and social benefits to improve quality of life and provide jobs and growth.

The project will work with existing processes and governance arrangements, but also offer an authoritative, independent, non-political perspective, able to showcase ideas from around the UK and beyond. It will also seek to crowdsource the opinions of people who live in the region, challenge existing thinking, and link up activities for maximum benefit.

Auriol Miller, Director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs said: “The Cardiff Capital City Region Deal provides an exciting, timely opportunity to think about how we can use technology to deliver real, practical benefits to the people living and working in the region. This project will catalyse action, building on existing initiatives, to identify what we can do now to benefit communities today and in the future”.

Louise Casella, Director of The Open University in Wales, said

“The Open University is delighted to be part of this important project to maximise the potential of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.  The OU’s vast experience of leading the MK:Smart project in Milton Keynes gives us insight and expertise which we are pleased to be able to bring to this initiative.”

The IWA is now recruiting for a Project Co-ordinator to lead the development of this exciting new area of work. You can find out more about the role and the project on the IWA website.

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