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SMART CITIES: BUILDINGS, ICT, ENERGY, MOBILITY & CITY ENVIRONMENT
5-7 April 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria, Organizer: Via Expo
We are pleased to send you the first 2016 newsletter dedicated to the development of the information technologies in Bulgaria. In an exclusive interview, two experts from the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria lay down the national policy and put an accent on the fields where investments will be made till 2020. Anelia Dimova and Reni Antonova will be speakers at the Smart Cities Conference. They highlight that a number of projects in the country are underway, which shows great potential for the smart cities concept implementation. 
To see the last updates on the Conference program, click here 
Smart Cities Exhibition assists companies in realizing their marketing strategy through our support at every stage: before, during and after the event with 4 free of charge services that may help in finding the right partners:
 Announcement for distributors/collaborators wanted. An easy way to find distributors, agents or employees. Fill out the online form and your announcement will be uploaded on the webpage in the section: Announcement for finding distributors/collaborator.
 Targeted e-mail blast to potential exhibitors' clients from Bulgaria and SE Europe
 The catalogue section "Exhibitors looking for business partners in SEE" shows
in which Balkan countries the exhibitor is looking for partners. It will be uploaded on the website
 Exhibitors, looking for distributors, will be announced in the print and e-visitor invitation sent to over 10 000 contacts in Bulgaria and SE Europe.
If you want to join Smart Cities 2016, please contact us via e-mail office@viaexpo.com or
on +359 32 512 900.
 
Anelia Dimova
Reni Antonova
 
WE HAVE TO INVOLVE ALL INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS AND TO USE THEIR EXPERIENCE AND RESOURCES TO BUILD INTELLIGENT CITIES IN BULGARIA
Anelia Dimova and Reni Antonova, Information Technology Directorate, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria

How can information technologies help progress in the Bulgarian economy? What is our national policy in this sector?
Information and communication technologies are one of the main drivers for building a competitive economy based on knowledge and innovation. Therefore, the EU and Bulgaria recognize the development of ICT as a priority strategic horizontal policy. The "Digital Bulgaria 2020" National Programme defines the parameters for the development of information society in Bulgaria and aims to support the implementation of European priorities and tasks described in the Digital Agenda of Europe in terms of social and economic potential of information and communication technologies and the Internet by 2020.
The development of the digital single market and the smart cities requires a number of basic preconditions: Development of ICT infrastructure, availability of skilled workforce and good e-skills and use all possible public and private sources of financial resources to support advanced technical solutions. The Bulgarian Government fully recognizes the potential of the smart cities initiative and actively supports the cooperation between the municipalities and business in its implementation. 
Numerous projects are being supported by the current operational programmes, the municipality budgets and various public-private partnerships in areas as sustainable mobility including advanced smart public transport, intelligent traffic management and congestion avoidance, demand management, information and communication, freight distribution, walking and cycling, energy efficiency of public and private residentials and buildings, energy efficiency of the heating and cooling systems of the cities, energy efficiency of the lighting systems, public e-services (administrative, e-learning, e-education, e- social care), etc.

Both of you will be speakers at the Smart Cities Conference – what will the highlights of your presentation be?
We will present National Policy Aspects in the Field of Information Technology for Innovative Smart Solutions:
- Smart cities initiatives in the Digital Agenda for Europe.
- Smart cities initiatives in the Digital single market.
- Digital Bulgaria 2020
 • Presentation of the program
 • Normative framework
 • New Generation Broadband infrastructure 
 • Electronic governance
 • Cyber security
 • Clouds. Data -Open and Big, the Internet of Things, RFID, M2M
 • Internet Governance
 • Intelligent transport systems, e-Call
 • E-Glossary on Information Society
 • Information Society Indicators 
To read the full interview, click here 
 
PARTNERS
 
 
BAIT is the biggest, most representative and influential branch organization in the sphere of ICT  in Bulgaria. In 2015 BAIT celebrated 20 years from the founding. BAIT marked the anniversary by publishing a special edition – “BAIT 20 years”. It is an exciting story about the development of the Bulgarian ICT industry through the eyes of all nine former Chairs of the Managing Board. Presently 100 member companies are enlisted in the association which are generating an annual turnover of 2.7 milliard BGN and 10 000 ICT specialists are working for them. The Association includes companies in the trend of hardware, software, system integration, networks, telecommunications, Internet suppliers, etc. To get more information about BAIT activity, click here 
 
 
 
“Building Green” is a Greek triannual magazine and communications platform that attempts
to bring forth every aspect of Zero-Energy Building and Urban Space through an architectural approach, in order to become a source of information on sustainable architecture and the use of technology in the service of humanity.
 
 
 
Sdelovaci technika (Communication Technology) is a leading Czech publishing house which edits a journal of the same name, runs a web portal www.stech.cz and organizes conferences and seminars. For over sixty years, the magazine Sdelovaci technika has been a source of information from the world of electronics, electrical engineering and telecommunications. Our website offers news from various areas of the technologic world, as well as the electronic version of the magazine.
 
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