The All Ireland Smart Cities Forum will hold its annual conference on 20 October 2020, focusing on the theme of ‘Building a Responsive and Resilient City Post Crisis’.

Covid-19 has completely changed how organisations around the world, including local government, deliver their services. 2020 is being defined by the need for new service delivery models to be designed and rolled out in a leaner and smarter way.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the high street, as a place of business and a vibrant public realm.

Tourism and travel behaviour have been severely affected. The seasonality of the sector, together with challenges posed by ongoing social distancing measures, make it a very difficult environment for businesses to operate in.

The mobility landscape is changing rapidly in response to Covid-19, as cities experiment with solutions that balance public health and safety with accessibility, social equity and climate issues.

Across Government, departments such as ICT are now recognised as being critical to the effective functioning of society.  This is particularly true of the support functions it plays in enabling remote working, and facilitating the dissemination of valuable communications to citizens.

The community and voluntary sector response to Covid-19 has been inspirational in terms of the care and support offered to the most vulnerable members of our society and their commitment to keeping services operational.  Consideration must be now given to how we harness that network in building responsive and resilient places of the future.


This half-day conference will examine how cities and local government across the island of Ireland responded to the challenges of Covid-19; in terms of how service delivery has had to adapt, the role digital played in supporting this adjustment, and how these experiences will assist cities, and local government, in building responsive and resilient cities post-crisis.

This free 2.5 hour event will run from 2pm – 4.30pm on 20 October 2020.

Key conference themes include:

  • Re-imagining the High Street
  • Transforming Tourism
  • Disrupting Mobility
  • Supporting Communities


About the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum

The All Ireland Smart Cities Forum, supported by Maynooth University, sees member cities work together to share insights, support collaborative research and advise stakeholders on collective city priorities.

The cross border initiative includes local authority representation from Belfast, Derry, Newry, Cork, Dublin (all four local authorities), Limerick, Galway and Waterford who together explore common challenges related to implementing smart city policies and projects.