The youth from the small town of Athienou, one of the few villages within the UN Buffer Zone and participating town in GEGL, organised a workshop focusing on Smart Cities and their benefits for small and bigger towns on July 13. In the event took part young people interested in the topic, students, young professionals but also senior citizens committed to social change and environmental awareness, among them teachers and the mayor of municipality – Kyriakos Kareklas.
Mr. Kareklas openly expressed the interest of the Municipality to go deeper into smart cities strategies with the help of the experts, in order to explore smart cities solutions for Athienou.
The programme was led by the two guest speakers: Vasos Vasiliou, Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus, Co-Director of Networks Research Laboratory (NetRL) and Chairman of the Cyprus Academic and Research Network (CYNET); and Demetris Drakopoulos, Business Consultant and Smart Cities Services Advisor.
During the morning session, the speakers led together an interactive presentation on smart cities strategies and how to achieve them, different ideas of technologies that are currently used for smart cities, and smart city best practices. After the lunch break, the setting changed into workshop setting where all participants took part in a brainstorming session and solution design. Using non-formal education methods, participants identified the main issues faced by the inhabitants of Athienou such us waste management, energy consumption, and suggested solutions.
What was very interesting was the participation of the Mayor Mr. Kareklas who openly expressed the interest of the Municipality to look into smart cities strategies with the help of the two experts, in order to explore smart cities solutions for Athienou.