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URAIA meeting in Brussels, co-organised by the BRIC

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On 30 and 31 May, around a hundred participants will be gathering in Brussels for the annual meeting of the URAIA platform.

They represent cities, regions and local governments and come from about thirty countries: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, United States, Vietnam, Zambia.

The two-day programme includes exchanges and discussions on the topic of ‘Using data to empower cities and their citizens’. Round tables will look in more depth at certain aspects such as the economic and financial impact of data, data as an instrument for citizens’ participation, the regulatory framework for data, etc.

Inès Moubax, Implementation Manager, and François Du Mortier, e-Government Manager at the BRIC, will be members of the panel on ‘The financial and economic of big and open data in cities’. The BRIC will highlight the region’s proactive policy on open data. Within this vision, the regional open data portal ( is the essential prerequisite if big data and open data are ultimately to exert a measurable economic impact in the Brussels Region.

The afternoon of 31 May will be devoted to a visit to five practical Brussels Smart City initiatives: the Brussels Mobility smart traffic lights, the Fix My Street platform, the network, the Actiris passive building and the video-protection cameras.

This visit will be followed by a meeting with local startups at Digityser, organised jointly by the BRIC and Seven startups will present their activities:

  • Communithings
  • Urban Harvest
  • CitizenLabs
  • Shayp
  • Digityser
  • Expopolis

At the end of these two days of meetings, a summary document will be published containing the recommendations made by participants to ensure that open data and big data become real tools at the service of the management of cities and regions.