EUROCITIES smart cities month – thank you!

  • cooperation
  • knowledge society
  • mobility

We ran a focus month on smart cities from 17 May to 17 June.

EUROCITIES smart cities month was a chance to showcase our work on smart cities: good practices, events, and experiences from your cities. We also ran a Twitter campaign, #smartercities, which helped generate debate on the topic with our wide community of followers.

So what did we do during smart cities month?

Presented 11 case studies, from: 

  • Barcelona

  • Birmingham

  • Burgas

  • Dublin

  • Genoa

  • Helsinki

  • Lisbon

  • Malmo

  • Munich

  • Rotterdam

  • Skopje.

Presented four infographics on our website (‘did you know?’)

Interviewed three experts/politicians:

Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council and chair of EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum:

“It’s vital that we don’t develop projects in isolation – but work together, whether that’s on climate change, skills, health or urban mobility.”

Christophe Colinet, smart city project manager, Bordeaux:

“For Bordeaux, the smart city is a new societal model that puts citizens, businesses and all territorial stakeholders at the centre of the community’s concerns.”

Mikael Edelstam, consultant and expert in the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) action cluster on business models, financing and procurement:

“Local innovation ecosystems are important because it is all these stakeholders, ideas and assets that can together contribute to solving the challenges cities face today, with limited resources yet increasing expectations from citizen and services.”

Published a new policy statement, ‘Smarter cities: city-led, citizen-focused’

Met European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič for a discussion on why cities, and their citizens, need to be at the heart of the smart cities approach.

Convened the coordinators of 13 smart city projects from across Europe, along with experts and representatives from the European Commission, for a first ever meeting dedicated to community engagement.

Participated in the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) General Assembly

Participated in a number of other events, including a policy dialogue on the role of ICTs in decarbonising the EU economy, organised by the European Policy Centre.

Published an article in European Energy Innovation magazine on our CITYkeys smart city performance measurement project.

An article on our approach to smart cities by Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent, is due to be published in mid-July in the Government Gazette.

Interacted with a large community of experts and stakeholders through our Twitter campaign #smartercities and via LinkedIn.

Please visit the links provided for more information on the different activities. And just because our smart cities month is over doesn’t mean you can’t keep the conversation going on Twitter via #smartercities!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the month a success.