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1º Meeting - Women in BIM Portugal
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1º Meeting – Women in BIM Portugal

On September 9, organized by the Regional Lead in Portugal Cláudia Antunes, the first national meeting of the group Women in BIM was held in Lisbon. 

The aim of this meeting was to establish solid foundations among the members of the group and to become a reference for the exchange of ideas and experiences among its participants. 

Included in the 10th anniversary of women in BIM international group, this networking event brought together about 50 participants in a relaxed moment of friendliness and sharing. After a brief WIB presentation, each participant had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share great insights into their personal career journey and progression, covering topics such as the role of BIM and being a woman in construction industry and it was followed by a networking lunch.

Cláudia says that “It was really existing to witness the growing presence of female digital leaders at this event that celebrated the achievements of diverse industry professionals.”  

Special thanks to the sponsors of this event, REVIGRESGYPTEC IBÉRICA and BIMobject, and all the partners and supporters of Women in BIM Portugal. 

A few days after, great feedback and positive things happened, such as jobs opportunities, partnerships between companies and new businesses. Taking advantage of the momentum and willingness to repeat this experience, let´s keep in mind the message of Rebecca De Cicco, Founder and Global Chair of Women in BIM, “Why not support each other? Why don’t we grow together?”

The Brazilian Charter for Smart Cities
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The Brazilian Charter for Smart Cities

The Brazilian charter for “smart cities” is a milestone for the regulation of the smart cities segment by creating a standard for the public and private spheres in relation to the rights and duties of each one in the requalification of their cities, it was launched during the Smart City Session in December 2020, and its ideal is to make Brazil look for improvements and innovations for its cities, making them more and more modern and a firm step towards better cities for people.

The construction of the text had a collaborative aspect, by the most varied sectors and was carried out within the scope of the Brazil x Germany cooperation project to support the National Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development in Brazil (ANDUS). The initiators and coordinators of the process are the Ministry of Regional Development (MDR), the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI), the Ministry of Communications (MC), and the German agency GIZ.

According to the Federal Government, there were more than 200 professionals involved in the process of creating the charter, presenting eight strategic objectives for the construction of a public, common, and articulated agenda. One of the main concerns is regarding the population’s accessibility to technologies and the establishment of systems with transparency, security, and privacy.

The main points covered were:

Integrate digital transformation

New relationships are confusing the concepts and boundaries of the urban, so it is necessary to understand what changes are imposed on urban space by digitalization and in what ways it responds to this.

Promote equitable internet access

Internet access is a right of all people through the Marco Civil da Internet in Brazil, but it is important to develop and implement policies, programs and infrastructure projects, and other aspects related to digital inclusion.

Transparency in governance

The document provides for the establishment of data governance systems and technologies with transparency, security, and privacy. Information needs to be presented in inclusive language, in an easy-to-use form, and systems must ensure the preservation of personal data.

Innovative Models in Public Management

The Charter prioritizes the adoption of innovative and inclusive models of urban governance to strengthen the role of public authorities in managing the impacts of digital transformation in cities. The objective is to build political-legal-institutional environments that are favorable to innovation and adapted to the territorial context and the level of activity of the institutions.

Foster local and sustainable development

The document plans to promote local economic development and encourage models and instruments for financing sustainable urban development in the context of digital transformation. To do so, financial resources will be needed to implement environments that encourage innovation, research, and the implementation of infrastructure.

Stimulate urban and sustainable development models

A massive and innovative movement in education and public communication is needed for greater engagement of society in the process of building smart cities. The actions must serve people of all ages, genders, races, and social classes, strengthening their autonomy.

Continuous evaluation

The entire process must be constantly evaluated, and for this to happen it is necessary to build ways to understand the impacts of digital transformation in cities. The analysis must include sociocultural, urban-environmental, economic-financial, and political-institutional aspects.

This is how the definition of “Smart Cities” remained:

“These are cities committed to sustainable urban development and digital transformation, in their economic, environmental and socio-cultural aspects, which act in a planned, innovative, inclusive and networked manner, promote digital literacy, governance, and collaborative management and use technologies to solve concrete problems, create opportunities, offer services efficiently, reduce inequalities, increase resilience and improve the quality of life of all people, ensuring the safe and responsible use of data and information and communication technologies.”

If you are interested in the letter and would like to read it in its entirety, please click on the link: http://www.andusbrasil.org.br/images/ANDUS_Factsheet_ENG.pdf

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CIOB call for Women in BIM speakers

The CIOB is looking for guest speakers for a series of events to complement its accredited university and college curriculums. The series will be called ‘An Introduction to’, and will consist of 30 minute pre-recorded webinars providing an introductory overview of a particular subject area. 

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