The Smart Metropolia Congress is the first and the largest Polish conference devoted to the idea of „smart city”, understood in Gdańsk as a concept of participatory and sustainable development, based on tailor-made solutions adapted to the local needs. Organizators of the event is Metropolitan Area Gdańsk Gdynia Sopot.

As it was in the previous years, to participate in the Congress invited representatives of public authorities, specialists in the metropolitan areas development, entrepreneurs, investors, as well as residents, representatives of non-governmental organizations interested in metropolitan issues and promoters of good practices. We have the ambition to engage influential, opinion-forming and charismatic people from different backgrounds to create a public way of thinking about the metropolis as a common cause.


This year’s edition of the Congress aims at identifying the current and future activities, which will enable all citizens to live in different, better-communicated and inclusive places. It is the metropolises, as systems of connections and interactions of cities and communes of various sizes, today can be perceived as specific laboratories that create the highest quality of life for city dwellers.

Meetings during the Congress will be conducted in various formulas for the target groups – panels, debates, presentations, workshops, creative sessions, inspirational lectures and additional events. The common goal of all panels is to build a community vision of city’s future and to find ideas for meeting the needs of the residents.


Policy council


#DAY 1 – 20 September







Opening the conference:

Michał Glaser – Managing Director of the Metropolitan Area’s Office

Mieczysław Struk – the Pomeranian Voivodship Marshal 

Paweł Adamowicz – the President of Gdańsk, President of the Executive Board of Metropolitan Area Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot

Introductory speeches:

Igor Zachariasz – Associate Director of Union of Polish Metropolises

Susanne Metz – Director-General for State Planning and Urban Development

Filip Springer – Reporter and photojournalist

Metropolises – a common cause
During this debate we will talk about the benefits of cooperation between borough to borough, borough to metropolis and metropolis to metropolis . Are metropolises real danger for small and medium cities? How to meet the expectations of the urban residents while the cities are in a dynamic process of changes? Do we want to chase the big European metropolises and if so, in what way?

Moderator: Tomasz Brodzicki – The University of Gdansk

Igor Zachariasz – Associate Director of Union of Polish Metropolises

Susanne Metz – Director-General for State Planning and Urban Development

Filip Springer – Reporter and photojournalist

Artur Szymczyk – vice-president of Lublin for Investment and Development

Andrzej Porawski – Executive Director of Association of Polish Cities




Same issues, different solutions

Both big, medium and small boroughs share the same problems. Financial limitations are often standing in the way of solving them. On the other hand, big cities are laboratories of good practices that can be repeated and adjusted to other cities and boroughs. During this panel we will discuss those examples of solutions and actions which may be cloned and implemented or collaboratively executed. Do we willingly share solutions that worked out for us? Can we put aside our own profits for the greater, common good?

Moderator: Wojciech Zemła – The Sectretary of Sopot (Shared Services)

Dawid Ozimek – The Deputy Chief of the Emergency Management Department of the Opole City 

Jacek Piątek – Art consultant of Gdynia

Daniel Wrzoszczyk – Head of the Krakow Metropolis Office (cooperation in the fight against smog)

Marcin Wojdat – Secretary of Warsaw (e-services)

Participation. Just a trend or a conscious action of local self-government? Do the residents know better?

It may seem that we have some experience in giving away part of city’s budget to the residents and their participation in deciding on the city’s current matters. We will review the models of the participatory budget (green, children’s) and local funds (solidarity, mayor’s). We will move from familiar patterns to the new civil society. What do small, medium and big boroughs think about participatory budgets? What are the latest trends for the cities, villages, neighborhoods?

Moderator: Hubert Barański – a Smart Metropolis Scholar, Head of the Executive Board of the „Normalne Miasto Fenomen” Foundation

Hanna Pawlikowska – Head of the Architect of the City’s Green Office (Green Budget)

Sylwia Laskowska-Bobula – Deputy Mayor of Żukowo (village fund)

Karolina Wadowska – Metropolia Silesia (metropolitan solidarity fund)

Mirosław Pobłocki – President of Tczew (teen participatory budget)

Katarzyna Alesionek – Sopot City Hall

How to be a smart resident

Series of three interactive lectures showing good practices of applying new technologies in metropolises. We will show how smartphones make life easier for the inhabitants of Polish cities.


12:00 / Smart solutions in public transport

14.00 / Does Facebook help in conversations with residents

16:00 / Smart solutions in social policy and culture

Adrian Werner and Michał Wesołek – Werbrand




Metropolis for residents of the future. What is my city lacking?

During this panel we won’t be talking about metropolitan cooperation – we will focus on residents, especially residents of the future – today’s teenagers. What are their needs and expectations from the city they live? How should the cities look like? How should today’s steward should plan the living environment the for the residence of the future? How today’s mayor should plan the living space the for the residence of the future?

Moderator: Sylwia Gadomska – Head of the Architect of the City’s Green Office (Green Budget)

Mohamed Atoun – a Smart Metropolis Scholar, Member of the Immigrants Council

Krzysztof Tarabura – a Smart Metropolis Scholar

Dorota Flizikowska – a Smart Metropolis Scholar, Innovations Broker

Inventiveness. We create the future

What percent of the inventions is created in metropolises? We haven’t checked it out, but it is predominant, for sure – metropolises are the places where science meets passion and business. Developed and improved, they then serve the whole society. We will present the solutions at the modern technologies/social utility interface, international practices on the implementation of technical and functional trends for cities and metropolises. What technological and social systems would help our cities become growth engines significant to our country?

Moderator: Agnieszka Cichocka – Start-up Community Manager, STARTER Gdańsk

Wiesław Bartkowski – University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Mateusz Marmołowski – CTA

Patrycja Bałdowska-Witos – a Smart Metropolis Scholar, UTP University of Science and Technology

Sebastian Demczyński – a Smart Metropolis Scholar, vice-president of the LOTOS group Engineers and Technicians Union


Grand Prix Smart Metropolia Award Ceremony

1. The best Public Space in Pomeranian Voivdeship 2018 – Marshal Mieczysław Struk, Pomeranian Office of Spacial Planning (PBPR)
2. The best Low-carbon Action in Pomeranian Voivdeship 2018 – President Maciej Kazienko WFOŚiGW

GRAND PRIX Smart Metropolia 2018:
1. Public Figure
2. Public Activity
3. Economic Local Government

#DAY 2 – 21 september







Opening the conference

prof. Grzegorz Gorzelak – EUROGREG – Centre for European regional and local studies, University of Warsaw




Countries and cities. Should metropolises be supported by the country?

What kind of impact should the national policy have on local self-government? Will the lack of support from the national government brake the Integrated Territorial Investments partnership? How long will the structures established until today last? Will the local partnerships survive and grow without the national policy’s influence on the local self-government?

Moderator: Jarosław Och – University of Gdańsk

Jan Olbrycht – Member of the European Parliament

Michał Wolański – SGH Warsaw

Marek Sowa – Member of Parliament, Nowoczesna, former Lesser-Poland Voivodship Marshal

Julia Zimmermann – Member of Razem Party national board

Mateusz Kokoszkiewicz – a Smart Metropolis Scholar, Gazeta Wyborcza journalist

Andrzej Skiba – Attorney and political scientist, the president of the Executive Board of the Public Debate Institute

City landscape. Metropolis landscape

The faces of cities or boroughs are our showcase. From the smallest to the biggest examples we will discuss. What is the best way to control the chaos in the city – the grassroots or legal actions? How to transfer the good solutions implemented in the neighborhood to our city or borough? How to interest the residents is being proactive and participating in the change?

Moderator: Roman Marcinek – Jagiellonian University, specialist from the field team of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Krakow

Bartosz Skaldawski – Head of the National Heritage Board of Poland

Robert Szymala –Director of Urban and Spatial Planning Office of Wałbrzych

Beata Kleszcz – Head of the Department of Trade and Marketing Wrocław City Hall

Magdalena Błeńska – An architect, Member of Parliament, vice-president of Porozumienie Party

Michał Szymański – Acting Manager of GZDiZ Gdańsk

Miłosz Sura – Town-planner, Poznań Metropolis




Responsible business’ impact on the development of the metropolis. Balancing profits and losses

Business attracts business – this is shown by the example of Gdansk Oliva business center, Mokotów and Wola in Warsaw, Bonarka shopping centre in Kraków or Fabryczna in Wroclaw. That’s why the cooperation between policymaker and investor (both national and international) is so important – to develop and drive the regional economy. During the panel we will show positive and negative examples of business and local self-government cooperation in our country and the world.

Moderator: Piotr Wołkowiński – Specialist for Partnerships, Social Economy Support Centre

Maciej Grabski – Head of Olivia Business Centre

Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała – Vice-president of Gdynia for economy

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson – Independent Policy Advisor

Adam Piekarski – Head of Morgan Philips Talent Consulting

Patryk Demski – Vice-president for Investment and Innovations, LOTOS group

Urban transformations. We design the services

This workshop is dedicated to the designers, organizations and producers of revitalization processes (both social and infrastructural) and social integration in the urban area. How to implement actions that will take in account the needs of all the residents – kids, teenagers, seniors, elders and the disabled? How to execute the idea of universal planning? How to implement the trends: activism, well-balanced city and inclusiveness?

Leader: Paweł Grobelny – designer, exhibition curator and lecturer




Metropolis – powered by the people. Examples of active attitude

Local leaders are often put in position where they are required to make the tough and controversial decisions. During their longstanding work they are often left alone, have time limited mandate and are subject to public criticism. How to act long-term without focusing merely on the perspective of next few years? Why can we only act and mobilize in the face of sudden crises and we are not able to cooperate on a daily basis?

Moderator: Artur Celiński – DNA cities, vice-editor in Chief of Cities Magazine

Katarzyna Czayka-Chełmińska – Head of the Executive Board of the School for Leaders

Tadeusz Ferenc – President of Rzeszów

Magdalena Kosakowska – Mayor of Kamionka village

Tomasz Limon – Managing Director, Pomeranian Employers

Open space: Urban transformations. We design services

Resumption of the previous panel, in the form of table discussion. Presentation of the selection of good practices from the signed participants from #1 day (the possibility of presenting your own good practice).

Leader: Paweł Grobelny – Designer, exhibition curator and lecturer



Michał Glaser – Managing Director of the Metropolitan Area’s Office

Paweł Adamowicz – the President of Gdańsk, President of the Executive Board of Metropolitan Area Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot




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