VVSG, the Province of Antwerp, Living Tomorrow & TomorrowLab are entering into a long-term collaboration.

Together, VVSG, the Province of Antwerp, Living Tomorrow & Tomorrowlab will help prepare the Flemish cities and municipalities for the future. The first result of this collaboration is the organisation of the Climate Day for Smart Cities on 4 May in Antwerp.

This event is a unique opportunity for every one who has anything to do with energy, water, mobility, smart use of space, circular economics and a lot more. An inspiring and varied programme has been put together, in which current developments are translated into relevant issues for local governments, with many concrete examples of what has already been realised in pioneering municipalities.

Every city or municipality can already start preparing for the future today

VVSG Chairman Wim Dries: "By combining forces, we have succeeded in offering cities and municipalities a programme that is of an international level. For example, we are bringing no one less than Jeremy Rifkin to Belgium. Jeremy Rifkin is a well-known American economic and author of numerous best sellers about the impact of technological innovation on the economy and the environment.

In order to submerge the participants into the future, Living Tomorrow has arranged for real-life demonstrations. "Every day, we see how important the confrontation is in order to inspire and open people's eyes" CEO Joachim De Vos explains. "And that is when the real work actually starts. Examining the impact these developments will have and preparing yourself, such as our Innovation Designers of TomorrowLab are doing."

The aim of the Climate Day for Smart Cities is to provide inspiration for all of the participants but also to make it clear that every city or municipality can already start preparing for the future today. The European Commission has made a budget of € 600 million available for this. In his keynote speech, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, will take the opportunity to explain how local governments can make use of this.

You can view the complete programme here.