Nils Walravens | EMODnet OPEN SEA LAB

Nils is a senior researcher at imec-SMIT-VUB with a PhD in Communication Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on the topic of Smart Cities, identifying strategies for cities looking to create public value through mobile applications. He studied Communication Sciences at the VUB and obtained his Master's degree in 2007 with a thesis on the introduction of HDTV in Flanders. Since then, he has worked on a large number of local and international projects related to business models in the media and public sector, as well as open data. As of January 2017, Nils coordinates the Smart Flanders programme, which supports the 13 centre cities of Flanders and the VGC in Brussels in opening up real-time data related to urban challenges.