PRIAevents organized PRIA Urban Innovation conference – a unique platform for in-depth discussions between local governments, representatives of businesses, academia, urbanism, technology and services experts nationwide and internationally, as well as community leaders. They highlighted research-related issues and gave examples of projects that help create more resistant, sustainable and healthy urban communities, transform cities into innovative cities of the future. The PRIA Urban Innovation Conference took place in Cluj-Napoca, a city that is constantly developing and which attaches great importance to projects that improve the city and its business and social life.
The lecturers who participated were: Emil BOC – Mayor of Cluj Napoca Municipality; Nicholas DE ROUMANIE; Pascal Van Den Noort, Expert on Mobility; Paul DECUSEARA – Chief of Development, ENGIE; Nicolae DORDEA – Customer Sales Manager Business North, ENGIE; Carmen NEAGU – CEO, Energobit; PhD Engineer Daniel MOLDOVAN – Head of Innovation, NTT DATA, Romania; Marius MAIER – Managing Partner, CMC Group Risk Advisor; Adrian Ciprian MIRON – Chief Inspector of the County Police Inspectorate Cluj and Radu MITITEAN – Executive Manager of Napoca Cycling Club / President – Cyclists' Federation of Romania.
"Nowadays, the concerns of utilities are no longer to sell a single product, and to generally offer a long-term relationship to the customer. But a partnership that involves smart approaches from all sides. The Smart City area we hear about is very important because we really need to start to be smarter in the way we manage our lives. And the quality of life in the end is a result of this chain of things upon which we apply intelligence, but not only intelligence in terms of IQ, but also emotional intelligence. That is why the partnership and local communities are extremely important. In terms of the area of innovative solutions for the city, Smart Society and Smart Education are very important. And I think that from here, Cluj can draw its most important advantages. It is a city that gives birth to such an emulation because when we talk about education and intelligent society, and we have to understand that everything else can be done when we have someone to talk to. The Smart Company's elements mean culture, from which ideas and innovation are also born", said Carmen NEAGU, CEO, Energobit, at the conference.
Mrs. Neagu also mentioned that "We cannot talk about innovation without an educated society and without involvement in the social life of the community, in terms of all the other elements of investment, technological and intelligent approaches. We talk about smart approaches even at the residential level: from smart devices at home to intelligent energy management solutions. We talk about Smart Mobility and the whole discussion here where equipment solutions or electric cars or cars on compressed gas have been introduced. So, these solutions are getting affordable. We think about Cluj development and about a strategy on medium and long term."