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Day One
17 September 2019

Day one of PlanTech 2019 will focus on the land use planning system innovations being generated by government and industry both in the UK and globally. Our speakers will provide their own experience and challenges with these innovations as well as the business and user experience benefits of adopting digital technology in the planning system. This day will be of great value to any actors working in the built environment, technology and digital transformation sectors across the UK.

Day One
17 September 2019

How is technology changing the places we plan for and how we plan them? Questions this keynote will suggest answers for include:

  • How can we align the pace of change in technology with the built environment?
  • What are the business models for public/private collaboration?
  • What is the role of built environment professions in a future digital built environment sector, thinking specifically about privacy, platforms and governance of data and platforms?

In this session we will hear from:

  • Jeff Risom, Chief Innovation Officer, Gehl Architects
  • Louise Downe, Director of Transformation, Homes England
  • Sarah Gold, CEO and founder, Projects by IF
  • Stefan Webb, Director of Digitising Planning, Connected Places Catapult

PlanTech has taken off globally. Cities, governments and industry all over the world are increasingly using digital technology to carry out their roles and serve customers, clients and citizens.

During this session we will explore global innovations and disruptions to the built environment sector with live video links to some of the major international players in the field.

In this session we will hear from:

Local planning authorities are taking the lead in building digital planning products and services. In doing so, they are learning huge amounts about the challenges and opportunities around the digital transformation of some of their own planning services, and finding innovative ways of integrating legacy systems with new ways of working. During this session we will delve into some of the best of these projects, share learnings and discuss outcomes.

In this session you will hear from:

  • Alastair Parvin, Co-founder, Open Systems Lab
  • Molly Strauss, Principal Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority (GLA)
  • Mat Trivett, Researcher and Strategist, We Are Snook
  • Aisling Conlon, Insight & Service Design Lead, Connected Places Catapult
  • Kate Taylor, Digital Planning Team Lead, Connected Places Catapult (Chair)

The launch of a shared vision on the digital future of planning, that explores what the future role of central government might be in a digital planning system, as well as spatial visions, development management and more agile local plans.

In this session you will hear from:

  • Stefan Webb, Director of Digitising Planning, Connected Places Catapult
  • James Harris, Policy and Networks Manager, Royal Town Planning Institute

Startups and established companies are increasingly finding value in digital products and services in support of different built environment activities. From site search and appraisal, to case management and community engagement, existing systems are being upgraded to improve user experience, and new tools are being created to serve new markets and demands. This session will provide insights into the suite of different digital solutions that are both emerging and already available to planners and developers.

In this session you will hear from:

PlanTech has taken off globally. Cities, governments and industry all over the world are increasingly using digital technology to identify, appraise and analyse land use development.

During this session we will explore global innovations and disruptions in the built environment sector, identifying common challenges and opportunities in this growing market.

In this session we will hear from:

  • Jarmo Suomisto, City of Helsinki, Finland
  • Jonathan Pichot, NYC Planning Labs, New York City
  • David Hall, Deputy Head of Digital Planning, Planning and Architecture Division, Scottish Government
  • Wei Yang, Wei Yang & Partners, London and China

Mark Enzer will give us an insight into the practical challenges and positive use-cases emerging in the digital twins (computerised or digital version of a physical asset and/or process) field.

  • Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald