24 October 2017 | Bratislava, Slovakia

24 October, 2017 | 8:30am - 5:00pm

Bratislava, Slovakia

French - Slovak Bilateral Forum

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Smart Cities, Cities of tomorrowThe fast growing population in our cities and the need to offer better living conditions for our citizens create new challenges that city developers face in order to create a sustainable environment respectful of its inhabitants and offering them, at the same time, new services. Based on some success stories, the event will examine what should be the main focus of municipalities when developing a smart city strategy. Is the inclusion of the technological solutions in the city management enough to become a Smart City? What are the consequences in terms of governance in the city administration? How can we enhance the regulatory framework to foster innovation?  Is the Smart City concept reserved for big and industrialized cities? What type of collaborative work should cities rely on?

A main challenge of a smart city strategy lies in the ability to make different actors, both public and private work together for the benefit of the citizens. 

A Bilateral Forum to foster cooperation – In order to create bridges between our innovative systems, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic and the French Embassy in Bratislava are launching a Bilateral Forum to gather experts, local and national government and companies from both countries to exchange good practices. Through this forum, main parties will discuss the opportunities and challenges brought by the integration of ICT solutions in the management of city services, such as transportation, energy and housing.

We want each city to share with the participants its success story and best practices thus offering the opportunity to create new cooperation between Slovak and French actors of the smart city.

What to Expect


How to launch a smart and sustainable city strategy? Methodology and exchange of experience in a European framework. 

The need of collaboration between private and public sectors: how to enhance collaboration with universities and companies? How to boost economic environment?


Business to Business meetings & B2T meetings in the heart of Central Europe to exchange knowledge, ideas, stories and opportunities. A B2B session will be held in cooperation with the Slovak Business Agency.


At the end of the day participants would enjoy a small reception during which they can exchange their experiences, views and make new contacts.

Who should attend?

Municipalities from Slovakia and France, French and Slovak companies, startups, clusters, research centers, urban development experts, high level authorities from both countries.



Matchmaking - How it Works


After your registration you can create a profile that will be visible to other signed up attendees on the event website. This profile describes what you are looking for and can offer to potential partners.


Next up you can send meetings requests to selected participants of your choice or accept or decline invitations from other partners.


On 20th of October you receive your pre-liminary schedule by email. Your schedule contains time and table number of each single meeting.

Venue & Location

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Hlboká cesta 2,

811 04 Staré Mesto 

Bratislava, Slovakia
P: +421 2 5978 1111










Mr. Dávid Šmatlák
B2B & website issues Slovak Business Agency Tel: +421 2 20 36 31 70   

 Mr. Victor Hoet    French Embassy            in Bratislava                      Tel: +421 2 59 34 74 14  victor.hoet@dgtresor.go  uv.fr