Major Cities of Europe Conference 2017

This years Major Cities of Europe Conference 2017 was held on 12th until 14 June in Zagreb. The SmartGov project took part in the conference, where it was represented by the project partners „Danube University Krems“ and „Active“.

The Major Cities of Europe Conference attracts speakers from European cities and with different background reaching from practice (CIOs, Policy Makers and City Managers)  to academia. Its goal is to share best practices and innovative solutions from Start-ups, SMEs and EU projects. Roundtables and discussions allow the participants to share their ideas, initiatives, experiences and learn from each other.

The slogan of this year was „The Digital Future – Cities facing the reality“ and focused on digital transformation in Smart Cities, its achievements and challenges. The sessions presented the actual status of social media in local government decisions and which solutions can support local politicians and local public servants. Further emerging technologies and their impact in public administration were presented, including blockchain technology, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. The resilience of cities to natural disasters and the role of technology in cities due to them was discussed. The different contributions demonstrated the urgent need that urban innovation and digitalisation in the public sector services need strategies for sustainability, which are based on multi-stakeholder governance integrating different local stakeholders.

The SmartGov project, funded by JPI Urban Europe presented its project goals in the speed dating sessions to cheer up with other projects, policy makers, city managers and other related stakeholders.

Very fruitful discussions were enabled at the SmartGov information booth.

More information can be found on the Major Cities of Europe 2017 Website

 

#SmartGov @CeDEM17s Open Space

The CeDEM17 provided an Open Space, where participants can present papers, organise workshops, birds of a feather, events, meetings etc.

Gabriela Viale Pereira and Malgorzata Zofia Goraczek presented the primary results of our SmartGov project, funded by JPI Urban Europe. The project aims to create new governance methods and supporting ICT tools based on Fuzzy Cognitive Maps. Further to simulate the impact of policies for urban planning in Smart Cities with large stakeholder groups.

CeDEM is an international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age.

The Open Space was held on 19 May and was chaired by Malgorzata Goraczek.

 

 

#SmartGov at the JPI Urban Europe Conference “Engaging for impact”

Last results of our SmartGov project were presented at the JPI Urban Europe Conference “Engaging for Impact” by Malgorzata Goraczek in Brussels.

The conference debated how to strengthen the European capacities and competencies on urban sustainability and how to create local impact. Urban challenges, as well as the role of research and practive for innovation in Europe were discussed.

Mayors from European cities, as well as funded projects by JPI Urban Europe presented they work in this conference.

Further workshops and seminars brought together participants to influence implementation of the JPI Urban Europe strategic research and innovation agenda.

Break-out sessions offered the exchange in following topics:
• Public sector as a transformation agent
• Cities as urban data laboratories
• Enhancing impact and scaling up solutions
• Social innovation and social entrepreneurship in the circular economy
• Sustainable accessibility

More information about the JPI and the Conference: JPI news

Connected Smart City Track #CeDEM17

“Connected Smart City” at CeDEM17

The track “Connected Smart City” at CeDEM17 (Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government) provided a platform for the various living labs, initiatives and projects that work on or with concepts of “Smart Cities”.

It aimed at sharing experiences as well as test results and to further investigate relations of innovative technologies and democratic societies. Following presentations about “Smart Cities” and were presented:

Title: [X]Changing Perspectives: enriching multistakeholder deliberation with embodiment in participatory society (Philemonne Jaasma and Evert Wolters)

The focus of the presentations was on the design of a tool that supports participatory processes of policies. It presented the way of designing a system for citizens initiatives using physical and visual elements.

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Philémonne Jaasma presented the design process of [X]Changing Perspectives. It aimed to explore how design might enrich deliberation with participatory sensemaking. She presented three case studies which were conducted in real life public issues with groups of 32 – 110 multi-stakeholder participants. It was showed how the sessions were filmed and analysed through video analysis. The outcomes demonstrated that physical triggers contributed to equal participation and to constructive deliberation. This design process of a system to support participatory services for citizen initiatives using physical and visual elements is shown in following video

Smart Cities of Self-Determined Data Subjects (Jan Frece and Thomas Selzman)

The focus of the presentation was on describing the process from a data consumer to an analytics provider from step to step.

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Jan Frece presented how Smart Cities depend on data from numerous different sources. He showed how adding personal data from private sources to a smart city’s resources increases its relevance. Important questions that must be taken into account were presented e.g.: legal compliance or ethical soundness. The importance to assure  that personal data will not be used for anything beyond its aim was pointed out. For this a solution for self-determined data subjects (SDDS) was presented. This solution 1) keeps private and personal data decentralized and 2) uses safe locations.

Towards an Open Data based ICT Reference Architecture for Smart Cities (Ina Schieferdecker, Nikolay Tcholtchev, Philipp Lämmel, Robert Scholz, Evanela Lapi)

The focus of the presentation was on presenting the “trianglium” project, which aims to create an ICT Reference Architecture and interfaces for Smart Cities, in which Open Data can be used.

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Robert Scholz presented the importance to investigate concepts, which enable the unification and the common understanding and the replication of ICT architectures. He pointed out how to achieve an unified approach which aims to fulfill complex and integrative ICT solutions for Smart Cities. The presented approach aims to base on the idea of openness with 1) respect to interfaces 2)software components and 3) data. It was shown that those are seen as the main ingredient of an ICT eco-system for Smart Cities.

Combined model of smart cities and electronic payments (Ralf Martin Soe and Olga Mikheeva)

The focus of the presentation was on showing if and how electronic payment can be used as indicator of smart cities.

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Ralf Martin Soe presented the financial dimension of Smart Cities – in setting the link between the smart city and electronic payments. He showed the comparison of  two groups of cases – East Asian: Singapore and Hong Kong  and Northern European: Tallinn and Helsinki. The research question analysed was: “can the level of electronic payments be used as a proxy for smart cities?”  The outcome aims to point out that incorporating financial services provision (electronic payment systems) would help to move from a rather abstract notions of smart economy and smart living towards more concrete technological and policy initiatives.

More information about CeDEM17:
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Smart Cities Smart Government Research Practice Consortium Workshop CeDEM17

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the state-of-art of the Smart City concept and how to translate existing approaches to the reality of the local governments, as well as the institutional capacity for making smarter decisions.

The workshop included 3 lightning talks on ongoing projects related to the topic presented by Malgorzata Goraczek (Department for E-Governance, Danube University Krems, SmartGov project funded by JPI Urban Europe), Ralf-Martin Soe (Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallin University of Technology) and Ricardo Matheus (Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology).

The results of the discussion about the technology and institutional capacity had divergent perspectives from the groups, in which some people believe technology comes first and some believe that technology changes over time and organizations should be prepared for those changes.

When discussing how to translate the existent approaches to the reality of local governments the following keywords were discussed:
– Context or problem call for suitable method
– Interoperability / data
– Data quality
– Capacity building
– Incentives
– Integrating feedback loop into policy making, before any final decision

Presentation available here