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(updated on 28 August 2017)

Four GDC signatories among finalists for the iCapital Award 2017

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Among all ten cities shortlisted for the iCapital Award 2017, four have signed the Green Digital Charter. Their strategy? Foster the use of digital solutions to improve quality of life in cities and increase participation in cities.

  • Helsinki – for its world-class education and IT culture that fosters innovative collaborations among citizens and institutions to jointly tackle urban challenges such as air quality, maritime technology and health-tech.
  • Nice – for its Smart City strategy that offers citizens to engage via the city Innovation Centre in decisions on climate change, healthy ageing, environmental risk and security innovation.
  • Tallinn – for becoming a model of a true “eCity” by digitalising all the city services.
  • Tampere -for its Grow.Smart.Together urban development program, where citizens, universities and businesses are involved in creating smart urban solutions fostering new jobs in the city.

“Tampere is committed to the development of a “city-as-a-platform”-based urban innovation ecosystem. key aims of the new 2017 Tampere Mayoral Program are to strenghten communality and co-creation, and to make Tampere a model city of urban digital economy focusing on citizens’ wellbeing and urban economic competitiveness”. – Lauri Lyly, Mayor of the City of Tampere > More information on Tampere’s application at http://innovationcapital.fi/

After Barcelona (2014) and Amsterdam (2016) (two other signatories), which city will be recognised as the most innovative in Europe?

The European Capital of Innovation 2017 award and a prize of €1 million to scale up innovation activities will go to the city presenting the best innovation ecosystem, with two runners-up to receive a prize of €100 000 each. The winners will be announced on 7 November at the Lisbon Web Summit.

To win the award, cities must prove how they improved the quality of life by:

  • Experimenting with innovative concepts, processes, tools and governance models as a test-bed for innovation
  • Engaging citizens in the innovation process and ensuring the uptake of their ideas
  • Expanding the city’s attractiveness to become a role model for other cities
  • Empowering the local ecosystem through the implementation of innovative practices.

More information can be found at www.ec.europa.eu/icapital

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The prestigious World Smart City Awards are one of the key event of the annual international Smart City Expo World Congress taking place in Barcelona. The aim of these internationally-acclaimed awards is to recognize, promote and support pioneering city strategies, projects and ideas that can potentially change citizens’ lives through their outstanding innovation, impact and feasibility, as well as stimulating inclusive, equitable, safe, healthy and collaborative cities, thus enhancing quality of life for all.

Register now (and until 4 September) on www.smartcityexpo.com.

Who can participate?

Acteurs from both public and private sectors can apply for the World Smart City Awards, divided in three categories:

  • The City Award for cities that demonstrate established strategies, initiatives and policies developed for its citizens
  • The Project Award for implemented projects that are already benefitting inhabitants in a specific smart city area
  • The Innovative Idea Award for innovative, bottom-up concepts that aim to achieve sustainable integrated development in cities and can demonstrate feasibility of implementation

Proposals should be related to one of the topics of the 2017 edition

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8 themes for the 2017 edition

You have until 4 September to apply. Don’t miss the chance!

Winners will be announced at the World Smart City Awards on 15 November, in a ceremony that attracts an audience of more than 1,000 key public and private decision-makers, providing an excellent opportunity to gain prestige and visibility.

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Since 2015, Gemeente Amsterdam (OIS) is managing City Data (data.amsterdam.nl / Dutch only), one data portal gathering all useful data collected by the city (data about pubic space, buildings and plots of land, traffic, healthcare, the environment, liveability, permits, subsidies and many others).

The (open) data portal contains big data collections, like the basic records, which include all addresses of Amsterdam, topographical and cadastral data. City Data also contains smaller collections, such as hits during World War Two or the number of dwellings in certain districts and neighbourhoods.

By opening data, Amsterdam get four main benefits:

  • Transparency and access to government data and information
  • Releasing social and commercial value, data being a driver for innovative business and services
  • Participatory governance from better informed citizens who can thereafter get involved in decision-making
  • Internal efficiency of the municipality’s departments

Data can be shown in a map, downloaded as a data-set, or linked automatically to systems via ‘web-services’ or APIs. Data included in City Data is not only the data collected by the City of Amsterdam. Everyone can and may offer data sets. Although Amsterdam City Data is openly accessible through the internet, some of the data is not open to the public and available for authorised city employees only (non-public data).

What’s next?

The project team will now work further on the “Three Layers of Data” approach, which envisions an integrated platform for internal, shared and open data within the City of Amsterdam.

A replicable tool

When developing the data portal, the project team uses open-source software whenever possible. The developed software, as well as the source code, are freely available for those who are interested (read more).

More information on amsterdamsmartcity.com.

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Together with partners, the Ruhr metropolitan region is organising a day of conference on ‘How digitalization change cities – Innovations for the urban economy of tomorrow’. The conference, to take place on Wednesday 6 September in the city of Witten, will highlight the possibilities available for the region’s urban infrastructure and innovative business models compared with international benchmarks.

You can look forward to talks given by, among others, Dr Christian Ketels (Harvard Business School), Nikolaos Kontinakis (EUROCITIES) and Pr. Jan van der Borg (EURICUR, University of Leuven). Experts from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and Germany will be giving their input during four workshop on the topics of:

  • New mobility
  • Digitalisation of healthcare
  • Urban production
  • Green technologies)

Full agenda of the day : Ruhr Metropolitan Region’s conference program ‘How digitalization changes cities’ – September 6th 2017.

Registration (39€) at this link : http://business.metropoleruhr.de/en/digitalization/

 

Contact person:

Inga vom Hagen-Hülsberg  (Project Manager, Project Development), Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH, vomhagen-huelsberg@business.metropoleruhr.de

Access Edinburgh’s city profile by clicking here.

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As one of the world’s leading capital cities, ranked second for quality of life in 2017, Edinburgh is experimenting with a number of smart city approaches to improve city sustainability, while driving innovation.

Edinburgh is experimenting with smart waste sensors to better understand patterns of litter across the city. An initial project focused on on-street litter bins, and looked to improve the placement and number of bins, and improve routing efficiency. This would help reduce fuel consumption, as drivers stopped making unnecessary trips to bins that did not need emptying, as well as raising awareness of waste volumes produced in Edinburgh to provide useful data for strategic decision making about waste management in the city. Edinburgh is currently expanding this smart approach to investigate the potential benefits of upscaling to city scale, and potentially to other waste types.

Edinburgh is also currently investing in lighting upgrades, that will replace every lighting column in the city with an energy efficient LED over the next 3 years, as well as providing improvements such as controllable dimming. This infrastructure will also provide an Internet of Things network where additional devices such as traffic or air quality sensors to further improve the city’s data-led approach to sustainability and innovation.


On 30-31 May 2017, Edinburgh hosted the first GuiDanCe ‘workshadowing’ visit. Among other activities, participants from the cities of Oulu and Reykjavik discovered innovative projects developed by the University and Edinburgh Living Lab. Get more insights and pictures through our Storify! Click here.

On Thursday 8 June 2014 (14:30 – 15:30 CET), the city of Copenhagen will present its innovation procurement procedure used to deploy an Intelligent Street Lighting system throughout the city.

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Copenhagen’s comprehensive carbon-reduction plan targets a 50% decrease of the energy consumption of its street lights. A 250 million Danish krones (about 33 million euro) contract was awarded for installing a new LED street lighting system and 12-year maintenance.

To finance the project, the tender used innovation procurement procedures to ensure appropriate products and systems being purchased. Louise Rathleff (Program Manager) and Stine Ellermann (Contract Manager) will give detailed description of the procurement procedure and share their knowledge and lessons learnt from the procurement.

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 Moderated by Anja De Cunto (EUROCITIES), this webinar is organised by the SPICE project, in cooperation with EUROCITIES and the EIP-SCC initiative.


For any enquiry, please contact y.li[a]mail.ertico.com

More information on www.spice-project.eu

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The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) published recommendations on how to improve European policies and funding opportunities in the areas or urban innovation and smart cities projects.

They can be consulted at http://bit.ly/2oqDrsb.

Recommendations, developed by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) are classified into four main types:

  • Specific recommendations for Horizon 2020
  • Recommendations for stakeholder engagement and communication of projects’ results
  • General policy recommendations
  • EU Support Coordination

What comes next?

SCIS is building on this initial assessment by collecting more lessons learned from projects, by conducting studies on replicability of projects and by identifying additional experiences from local, national, regional, and EU level.

Sharing your story will help providing recommendations to policy-makers to address market gaps in the smart city sector. Please contact igor.taranic@ceps.eu

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5 days @CeBIT
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Dr. Lutz Heuser, from the Urban Software Institute [ui!] presenting the Cockpit pilot

This year, the CeBIT show lasted between 20 and 24 March, and was entirely dedicated to the digitalisation of the world economy. From cloud technology and cybersecurity to robotics, drones and the Internet of Things (IoT), this gigantic fair showcased the latest and best products and services in the digital market.

The Smart City Forum’s stand was located in one corner of the Public Sector Parc. Coordinated by the Urban Software Institute [ui!], the whole area was dedicated to smart city projects being developed in collaboration with German cities, universities, and/or companies.

Also represented were private partners from Cologne and Munich involved in the Smarter Together and GrowSmarter ‘lighthouse’ projects, and in the Hamburg-centred Horizon 2020 funded MySmartLife and reTHINK projects.

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EIP-SCC point of demonstration (Halle 7 – A14)

Under the ‘EUROPA’ banner, another stand was allocated to the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), where three Horizon 2020-funded projects introduced themselves:

  • the CITYkeys performance measurement framework
  • the ESPRESSO project (the acronym stands for systEmic StandardisationapPRoach to Empower Smart citieS and cOmmunities)

Over five days, visitors (mostly from industry) could obtain information on the EIP-SCC market place in general and the urban platforms in particular. Urban platforms are technological infrastructures  by which cities manage data flows across their systems (sensors, cloud services, mobile devices, analytics, social media and many more). These networks help European cities manage the vast amount of data collected  by public service operations and sensors (Internet of Things)[1].

Scores of flyers were handed out at that stand to explain the Green Digital Charter/GuiDance, CITYkeys, and ICTFOOTPRINT.EU projects. The 2016 collection of GDC case studies and our two handbooks on the CITYkeys framework were also available to inform visitors.

We need common and open standards

On 19 March, the opening ceremony was attended by Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, partner country of CeBIT 2017, and Angela Merkel, chancellor of host country Germany. In his keynote address, Abe emphasised the importance of education and of common technology standards. “Together, let us develop common curricula and common standards”, he said.

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Japan was the partner country of this 2017 edition

Common standards are key to the interoperability of different systems, and they make all smart city solutions scalable, replicable, and efficient. The CITYkeys project offers a measurement framework based on open standards and formats, which is an invaluable tool for cities aiming to improve their local decision making processes and to cooperate at European level. The key performance indicators (KPIs) developed by the CITYkeys partners have been endorsed by the ESPRESSO project, which develops a standardised integrated framework for smart cities.

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CHORA project "Conscious City" (TU Berlin)

CHORA project “Conscious City” (TU Berlin)

Just around the corner, where a humble lamp post offered visitors free wifi access, students from the Technische Universität of Berlin presented a simulation table designed to visualise patterns for collaborative urban planning. Through its ‘Conscious City’ project, the university’s architectural design and urban planning group CHORA intends to demonstrate how games and other platforms can help us co-create our urban environment.

Visitors could attend a number of conferences and sessions on ‘smart urbanism’, where the speakers elaborated on the concepts and technologies behind the drive to develop safe, clean, and efficient cities. Most of these, however, targeted German speakers only.Those curious to know what ‘smart city’ means outside the EU’s borders could attend a lecture delivered by Andrey Belozerov, deputy CIO of the city of Moscow. The recording of his thought-provoking address, entitled ‘Cities – new key drivers of digitalisation’, is available at http://www.cebit.de/event/cities-new-key-drivers-of-digitalization/KEY/74913.

Digital technologies provide great opportunities for cities to improve their local urban planning practices, and help them go a long way toward becoming sustainable, green, and inclusive. What this year’s CeBIT has confirmed again is that much depends on how we use these fast-evolving and omnipresent technologies, tools, gadgets and gizmos.. The event also left visitors wonder if the ‘rest of the world’ is ready to catch up with Europe just yet.

[1] For a more detailed explanation of urban platforms, click here to download a presentation on Vivienne Avery (Greater London Authority) or at http://bit.ly/2obDYyw.

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“If I were to decipher the message that 2017 is bringing, I would say that data sharing and co-creation will certainly boost urban innovation in the forthcoming years. And that, in Zaragoza, we have some interesting tools to make it happen:

  • our smart Citizen Card, our “de facto” digital platform upon which we can build all sorts of services, from gamification to citizen participation
  • our Open Urban Lab, the co-creation lab of the city, located at the very core of Zaragoza’s flagship innovation hub “Etopia Center for Arts and Technology
  • a thriving civic and innovation ecosystem and a program “100 Ideas ZGZ” conceived to set bottom-up ideas in motion, using the city as an innovation platform

The good news started in Luxembourg. After pitching the Citizen Card in late January on the Big Data Info Days on Horizon 2020 we are overwhelmed by the number of agents from either industry and research arena that have proposed to partner with us in big data-related H2020 calls. Almost simultaneously, four groups of design students from the University of Zaragoza presented four innovative ideas for new services on the Citizen Card. They had been working on them for three months both in the classroom and in the Lab.

A week later we took a plane to Brussels: on Jan, 25th Zaragoza’s Citizen Card received the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on ‘Citizen participation and impact on society’. During the conference ‘Cities in Transition – the role of digital in shaping our future cities’ held in Brussels we had the opportunity to present our current and future data policy and discuss it with an engaged audience from government and academia. Take two concepts already developed in these blog’s pages: Big (open) Data, and Data Sharing.

From left to right: Daniel Sarasa, Carlos Alocen and Gerardo Lahuerta after receiving the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on 'Citizen participation & impact on society'

From left to right: Daniel Sarasa, Carlos Alocen and Gerardo Lahuerta after receiving the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on ‘Citizen participation & impact on society’, Brussels, 25 January 2017

We need European funding to materialize these and other ideas, so we’ve been working very hard with the team on several European proposals for using data to spark and guide the co-creation of new public services. We have already tested this principle within the project CITYkeys, where data has allowed us to identify gaps and opportunities for new transport services: that’s how the future network of bicycle parking spots started to be designed. A path, that of the co-creation of new public services based on data insights, that we intend to develop further.

On Feb, 6th we enrolled on a learning trip to beautiful Cascais (Portugal) to join the “Smart Life Incubator” think tank. We were ‘locked’ by the outstanding TM Forum staff alongside other city policy makers from Tokyo, Liverpool, Nice, Porto, Saint Quentin, Cascais and Utrecht. It was an intense 3-day working session focused on addressing urban challenges through innovation and cooperation between stakeholders. We dealt with problems such as mobility, talent attraction, unemployment, on-line services,… We shared strategies to bring deprived public space back to life, or to improve city response in case of catastrophe. Surprisingly, data sharing was identified as a common enabling vector for most of the challenges. The bad news is that no one seems to know how to make it happen without compromising, either legitimate organization assets or personal privacy: the relationship between big data and governments is still heavily cluttered.

So while everybody talks about co-creation, there is an astonishingly small number of succes stories out there. Most projects, like the “Co-creating responsive urban spaces” initiative in Amsterdam, are just starting.  And data sharing is something we all think should be happening (for the sake of humanity, right?) but that no one has seen yet. In my Master on City Sciences’ thesis I pointed out that there are gigantic organizational and behavioural (psychological) barriers that block the way. As more projects on co-creation start in the following years, and small scale urban data sharing examples are being built, we expect that a whole new body of knowledge about the subject will appear. This knowledge, of course, will blossom on the urban ground, since it is the natural environment where people’s ideas and big (urban) data can turn into solutions.

The story of co-creation and data sharing is just beginning. We’ll be here to write it.”

Daniel Sarasa Funes is urban innovation planner and Smart City Program Manager at Zaragoza City Council. He is co-author of Zaragoza’s digital agenda 2012-2015 “Towards a Smart Citizenship” and co-editor of OpenYourCity.com

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Last Friday (8 march 2016) during a ceremony organised in the European Committee of the Regions (Brussels), Amsterdam became the new European Capital of Innovation (iCapital).

This price has been attributed by the European Commission to reward the city’s efforts on finding innovative solutions to improve life of its citizens and boost its local economy. The winner of this competition, launched only last year, scooped the pot of €950,000 to be used on further boosting innovation.

The strength of Amsterdam lies in its holistic approach, as the city promotes innovation investment in four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion and quality of life, relying on the active participation of “smart citizens” to transform the city. Initiatives go from a high-tech e-parking system to programming courses for children. The city is also an important hub for start-ups.

Amsterdam is one signatory of the Green Digital Charter, testifying of its commitment in putting innovative solutions at the service of the fight against climate change. Digital technologies create real opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and facilitate emission reductions, in particular in the context of big cities.

Torino, another signatory of GDC, was selected as runner-up and will thus receive €100,000 to fund future initiatives.

Congratulations to both of them!

Seeking for more information?

  • Press Release, “Amsterdam is the European Capital of Innovation 2016”, European Commission, 8 April 2016
  • Why not your city? Click here to know more about this year’s results and conditions of application.
  • Watch teasers on the finalists on the ‘Innovation Union’ YouTube channel

The EIP-SCC Citizen Focus Action Cluster is organizing a webinar on the engagement of citizens through co-creation and co-design tools. The webinar will take place on March 18th from 13:00 to 14:00.

Pursuing sustainable and citizen-centric smart cities means not only starting from citizens’ needs but also leveraging on socially-driven innovations where citizens act as creators and drivers of socio-technical change. This is why co-design and co-creation are receiving increased attention in the debate on urban innovation and smart cities.  From being ‘objects’ whose needs are analysed and detected to meet their demands, citizens become active subjects of smart civic movements and constitute the backbone of smart cities. From an industry perspective these developments can lead to greater interaction with customers and their expectations in order to design more meaningful and marketable user experiences. City administrations rely on innovative e-government platforms to grasp citizens’ demands and rejuvenate dialogue and participation.

The Citizen Focus Action Cluster is focusing one of its streams of activities on reviewing and analysing  methods and good practices for making smart cities human-centric, meeting citizens’ needs and leveraging citizen-led innovations: Initiative#1 investigates co-design and co-creation as tools for enhancing social inclusion and participation. Through this webinar it aims at sharing the most recent developments in this field from a multi-stakeholder perspective, highlighting current research and best practice on these topics.

Citizen Focus Action Cluster will chair and open the webinar leading the discussion through the interventions of speakers such as Mercè Graell, from Design IT and Frank Kresin, from Waag. Anne Deltour, from DG Connect will give the conclusions.

For further information on the programme, visit the event.

For registrations, click here.

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The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (eafip) will held two workshops on the topic of innovation public procurement for the environment and general/egovernment sector.

The workshops target public procurement authorities in general public services like public administration, and  economic and financial affairs (ministries, regional and local authorities, public utility companies, etc.) and public procurers active in the environment sector.

  1. eafip Workshop for public procurers in the Environmental sector 4 May 2016, Rome, Italy. Register and Agenda
  2. eafip Workshop for public procurers in the General/eGovernment sector. 31 May 2016 Barcelona, Spain. Register and Agenda

The objective is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe. Will be discussed EU funding opportunities (Horizon 2020 calls), case-examples and lessons learned as well as the eafip Toolkit.

Participating public authorities will have a chance to openly discuss unmet procurement needs, innovation concepts, project ideas and much more. All procurers will have an opportunity to briefly present theirs ideas, plans and projects in the parallel sessions.

More information can be found on eafip.eu.

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The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) is a three year initiative of the European Commission for the support of public procurers who want to start and implement innovation procurements of ICT-based solutions.

Through EAFIP, EU Commission collects data from public procurements, develops toolkits on innovation procurement and opens calls to fund public procurers’ innovative projects.

The last call for EAFIP Assistance is now open until 17th of April 2016 for applications. Candidates will apply to receive free hands-on and tailored support to develop their own Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) or Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI). The EAFIP initiative is open to all public procurers across EU. Up to 12 of them will be selected and provided with a complete assistance (also legal assistance) in the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement project. To submit an application, eligible candidates only need to fill in an online survey before 17th April 2016.

Horizon 2020 seeks to improve the support for groups of public procurers either in PCP, research and development on procurement before the market, or in PPI, integration for innovative commercial solutions in the market.

European procurers interested in PPI may check the Procurement of Innovation Platform, a hub for information regarding innovation procurement supported by European Commission.

 

Fore more info, click here.

 

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